Comey: "The Russians Concluded Trump Was Hopeless Last August"

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears that Russia fell for the same ruse that much of America, not to mention its press and punditry, was taken by, at least according to the FBI director: believing US polls. 

During his hearing before the House Intel Panel, FBI Director James Comey said that the Russians expected Hillary Clinton to win the presidency over Donald Trump as of August and September.

“Late in the summer they concluded based on the polling that a lot of people were reading that Mr. Trump didn’t stand a chance,” said Comey, although it was not clear just how the FBI knew what the Russians "concluded" as of last summer.

The FBI director's extrapolations then continued: “let’s just focus on undermining her,” Comey says of Russian thinking at the time, which however was also confusing as earlier in his testimony Comey said "we saw no efforts aimed at the vote itself."

Comey then disputed the content of a tweet from President Trump regarding Russia influencing the 2016 presidential race.  At the same time that Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testified to the House Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, the president tweeted a video from his @POTUS account, saying "the NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process."

Responding to a question from Rep. Jim Himes about the president’s Twitter post that “The NSA and FBI tell Congress that Russia did not influence electoral process,” Comey said: “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view and have no information on potential impact because it’s never something we looked at.”

Comey was then pressed on whether it was "too far of a logical leap to conclude that the assertion that you have told the Congress that there was no influence on the electoral process is not quite right" to which Comey responded "It certainly wasn't our intention to say that today."

"Because we don't have any information on that subject. That's not something that was looked at."

Comey then again seemed to contradict himself when he said that "we saw efforts to penetrate the voter registration databases."

Five hours after its start, the hearing continues, with numerous extrapolations, with no actual facts presented, as the heads of the FBI and NSA redefine "conspiracy theory."

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

So... that evidence that 'Russia' hacked the DNC and gave it to wikileaks revealing emails the msm didnt really cover using the Russian hacking story as cover/diversion...

So - what WAS that evidence again??

I have found not a shred of evidence offered by this government.

Where's the beef?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

No investigations of AIPAC, the ADL, SPLC, JINSA, or Clinton's pay to play crimes though, right?

"There are two large exceptions to the Russian conspiracy. The first is that it is good policy for the United States to be talking to Russia. If Clinton were president today, there might be dogfights over Damascus. Her gang was all for regime change in Syria, and for confrontation over the Ukraine. That’s bad policy. I’m glad they’re not running the show– though they are certainly running this story. Before you get too upset about Russia winking at the sanctions, the scandal that brought down Michael Flynn, please recall that in 2012, President Obama sent secret signals to Iran to ignore congressional sanctions, we’ll be talking to you once I’m reelected. …

Which brings up the second exception. Israel tried to interfere in that 2012 election, as Chris Matthews sensibly reminded his audience recently: Benjamin Netanyahu tried to help Mitt Romney beat Obama. Sheldon Adelson held a fundraiser in Jerusalem for Romney.

Netanyahu didn’t stop there. After Romney lost, Netanyahu came to Congress to tell the Congress to reject President Obama’s nuclear deal. That was an unprecedented interference of a foreign leader in our policy-making, enabled by the Israel lobby; but there were never any investigations about that. Subsequently Chuck Schumer said he was torn between a Jewish interest and the American interest, before voting against the president, and he paid no political/reputational price for it; while President Obama said that it would be an “abrogation” of his constitutional duty if he considered Israel’s interest ahead of the U.S.; for which Obama was called an anti-semite.

Throughout those negotiations, Obama could never address the fact that Israel has nukes. This lie is honored by the press, in a way that it would never honor Trump’s lies. And the manner in which Israel got nukes, including thefts from an American company with the complicity of the White House, is only investigated by peripheral figures.

The Israeli interference in our politics is the conspiracy in plain sight that no one in the media talks about because they’re too implicated themselves. The two top executives at the largest media company, Comcast, are pro-Israel; one of them, David Cohen, raised money for the Israeli army. Netanyahu’s speeches to Congress were written by Gary Ginsberg, an executive at another media company, Time Warner, but hey, that’s not an issue. Four New York Times reporters have had children serve in the Israeli army.

One of them is columnist David Brooks, who says that he gets gooey-eyed when he visits Israel. He is one of several Zionists with columns at the Times. Tom Friedman justified the Iraq War because suicide bombers were going into Tel Aviv pizza parlors. (Huh?) Yesterday Martin Indyk said on National Public Radio that Jared Kushner’s strong Jewish background was an asset for his being a Middle East mediator, a job that Aaron David Miller, who also has a strong Jewish background, defined as being Israel’s lawyer. Indyk, himself a mediator, started a pro-Israel thinktank with Haim Saban, an Israeli-American who was Clinton’s biggest funder and who lately smeared Keith Ellison at a giant gathering at Brookings, which he also helps fund, as “clearly an anti-semite” and “anti-Israel;” and Jake Tapper of CNN moved on to the next question, presumably because smearing a public official in that manner is not news.

Saban is also chummy with Jeffrey Goldberg, one of whose qualifications for being the best journalist in his generation, according to the Atlantic’s publisher, is that he served in the Israeli Defense Forces, because he felt that America was unsafe for Jews. One of Goldberg’s first hires as editor at the Atlantic is Julia Ioffe, who hates Russia, and who told a synagogue audience last year after she was attacked as a Jew by Trump supporters: “Personally I was kind of glad to see the outpouring of antisemitism” because people had forgotten that Jews and Israel are the “underdog.” At another NY synagogue, believing that he was speaking off the record,

Dennis Ross, the longtime White House “mediator” of the peace process, said that American Jews must be “advocates” for Israel, not for Palestinians. Again, not a scandal. But when Rashid Khalidi, who wrote a book about the U.S. being imbalanced in the peace process, warned that neoconservatives would “infest” the Trump administration, he was smeared up and down as an anti-semite."

serotonindumptruck's picture

Comey reveals just enough information to keep himself alive.

I mean seriously, Comey, of all people, knows enough to keep his mouth shut, if he wants to stay alive anyway.

Folks like you and I can point out the incontrovertable facts all day long and apparently, suffer no real ill effects.

People like Comey fully realize that one small slip-of-the-tongue may result in, at best, a permanent end to their career or, at worst, a permanent end to their existence.

ZD1's picture

The one issue Islamist cuck is trying to hijack the posts again. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

and the dumb fuck ziocuck still cries and shits his pants when his precious Israel is exposed for its crimes.

rather counterproductive to fling lame, hackneyed insults at me, ain't it?


Also, Comey should be investigating the Jewish/Israel Lobby for meddling in our elections- not Ivan.

Atomizer's picture

Good job Trey. That's why we love you in South Carolina. 

Had it been me, told Comey to stop at a store to purchase boxes and collect his personal belongings in office.

Your cool headed approach is appreciated. It's a bit emotional for me. Thank you for representing our beautiful state. I wish Ohio and Florida had a clone of you.


NobodyNowhere's picture

If nothing else (no impeachment, etc), the idea is to keep Trump entangled so he gets delayed and possibly prevented in the rollout of his economic plans.

Democracy hijacked.


JB Say's picture

If they wanted to bring Trump down they could have spoofed something and the entire media would run with it like the global warming apocalypse. I think the intel blob is just training their new captive President and creating noise to distract from the Vault 7 bomb while they scramble to figure out what the other 99% of that iceberg might be.

Herdee's picture

A typical idiotic dumb blonde working as an American politician. Do you think she's really that dumb? Trouble is, the answer is YES.

indaknow's picture

So after browsing all my favorite news sources I gather that there's been no confirmation of collusion between Trump and Putin. No evidence of interference by the "Russians" in the election. But... The intelligence community has permission to acknowledge that there's a investigation ongoing into whether there's a connection between Trump and Putin?

This is blatant swamp dwellers Protecting each other to the end. This has to be designed to placate the dems. I'm starting to think this whole anti Trump movement by the establishment is more about saving the democratic party than to bringing Trump down. 

They fucked up in 2016 and everyone knows it.

Russia !BOO!

serotonindumptruck's picture

Of course they're going to protect each other until the end. I mean, what's the alternative? Turn on each other and bring the entire house-of-cards down upon everyone?

The entire geo-political situation has become so incredibly precarious that the status quo must be maintained at all costs.

We all exist at the point where the slightest provocation may ignite the entire planet. No one wants to be the last man standing when the economic game of musical chairs ends, and yet, we all want to be able to preempt everyone else.

I fear that there is a great global die-off about to occur, and it won't matter whatsoever who is in the White House.

HoserF16's picture

Trump was "Hopeless!" Right up until the point he blew Hillary the Cunt, right out of the water...


Aristofani's picture

after the ted cruz mob dumped him and joined tRump. kellyanne conway was one. then of course zionist propagandist brietbart jizzed up at the party, after a lot of zionist and silicon valley money showed up to save donny tiny hands campaign of bullshit and con.

btw comey shows his establishment republican colours in this sham of a testimony. They got to keep up the Russia hate for the sheeple before it gets dragged into another stupid war. Remember the 2 minutes of hate carry on in Orwell's 1984? Same game, just boringly longer here.

When are people going to wake up? tRump doesnt give a fuck about you! Are you so dumb you cannot see the red, white and blue dick being shoved up your arse? “American Dream”, you have to be asleep to believe it. "America First"? more like US empire first and whatever bullshit glory and money dRump can make out of it.

Promethus's picture

The truly disturbing thing to come out of these hearing is just how truly third rate our sixteen intelligence agencies are. Long on Libturd fantacies, suppositions and ass clown analysis. Zero facts 

onlooker's picture

""The FBI director's extrapolations then continued: “let’s just focus on undermining her,” Comey says of Russian thinking at the time, which however was also confusing as earlier in his testimony Comey said "we saw no efforts aimed at the vote itself.""

"Undermining her" IS directed at the Vote.

I dont understand. 

wdg's picture

Trump is surrounded by scumbags and traitors. Why did Trump appoint this corrupt and lying RAT? Just fire the bastard and install a new director who is honest, impartial and moral. People with these qualities are hard to find but they do exist out there. And forget selecting anyone from the cesspool called Washington DC. 

Non-Corporate Entity's picture

It's boring political theater spoken in legalese. I would need a translator.

bugs_'s picture

A lot of Americans have been forced to conclude that the FBI is hopeless.

It is quite apparent to this Trumpski that the entire Russian narrative and the fake news pushers behind it are hopeless as well.

I think I'll watch the one hour and 30 minute gap on election night again to see hopeless in motion.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

"Coulda... kinda.... sorta.... maybe... perhaps... y'know..."

WHAT the fck is Comey talking about???

Someone should tell that nitwit: "Hey, Comey! St Paddy's Day's over - lay the fck off the booze you drunken bum!"

One Ton Lady's picture

side note


the authorities have found out that some mexican stole  tom brady's jersey after superbowl in houston


ha ha ha ha ha


now that's funny............

Aloha12's picture

TB should have built a wall around his locker.

Robert of Ottawa's picture

How does Comey "know" so much about how the Russians think, or were thinking?

captain-nemo's picture

It is obvious that this investigation now is kept alive only to ensure that nobody can request information about the case and who is behind it, and to avoid that Trump drains the swamp and fires them all.  

They claim that the  investigation started in July 2016, but according to other leaks, the investigation of Trump and his associates and their connections to Russia, started in fact more than a decade ago.

It now seems like they intend to keep this investigation alive for at least four more years.  

Just to compare.  The FBI managed to go through 650000 email from Hillary on Weiner's laptop in only one week, and then closed the case against Hillary days after.

This absurd case against Trump is not only being investigated by all intelligence agencies. It is also investigated by the senate and the deep state, including all the mainstream media. It will possibly never end. It is like Trump say, a total witch hunt and it is Obama that is behind it all, exactly as Trump say.


What a complete disgrace.

Mrcool's picture

All Kabuki theather , AHHHHH ya, I dont know? We didnt look into that , i dont recall , we know for sure? NOTHING ! What a clown show ! Try these acts in any court in america for the little people, see how far it gets you!


Vageling's picture

For the 'I have no information' guy,  he talks funny. 

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Teflon Don is still hopeless, Mr. Comey. Sad !!!!!

ZD1's picture

Trolls from WisCONsin are hopeless. 

Reaper's picture

Time for a grand jury to investigate Comey for abetting Cankle's misuse of classified info. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Absolutely- him and L Lynch.

Clinton broke numerous laws, without any doubt, including attempts to destroy evidence.

Comey falsely described the elements of the statutes, and falsely claimed there was no 'intent' by Clinton, former first lady, Yale law grad, senator and sec of state... to break the law.

Comey lied under oath. Lynch failed to indict despite clear evidence of MULTIPLE broken laws for partisan reasons.

The DOJ absolutely should look to indict them both.

Rule of law, kids.

gcjohns1971's picture

What  bothers me about today's hearings is that they would have us accept the conclusions of unelected bureaucrats in the Intel Community - sight unseen- over the documented will of the voters.

They would have us accept those intelligence conclusions when virtually ALL the major geopolitical conclusions of these same bureaucrats over the past 17 years have been incorrect.

Arab Spring was NOT about a film. Syria did NOT use chemical weapons. Sadaam did NOT have nuke program.  Sadaam did NOT support Islamic extremists.  ISIS is NOT the JV team.

But we are supposed to believe these peoples' conclusion...sight unseen?  We have to believe what THEY SAY was discussed in a phone call...but we are NOT allowed to review their raw evidence?

With a record such as theirs we are supposed to believe them enough to overturn the results of an election?

We are supposed believe without evidence?  With "faith" in shadowy unsupported conclusions of proven liars and incompetents we are supposed to abandon democracy for oligarchy?

And, make no mistake, that is the choice we are offered.

For even were they right in their conclusions, rejecting the election for the conclusions will mean the Intel Community and not any voters choose the leadership.

If these Intel Community (IC) people are honest and truthful, which there is reason to doubt, it does not mean that ALL IC PEOPLE FOREVER are honest and truthful.  ..Yet if we react to IC claims NOW, then future IC people need merely make an unsupported CLAIM of foreign overturn the VOTERS?


Why not show the homework that makes them believe, if they do believe?

What source or means is more valuable than our Democracy??

Dilluminati's picture

This is what happens when Obama plays secret agent, he gets the facts wrong and makes accusations.

I blame Obama!

This whole clusterfuck is his fault.


Joebloinvestor's picture

Comey then again seemed to contradict himself when he said that "we saw efforts to penetrate the voter registration databases."

Yeah, our very own fucking government.

Pigeon's picture

They did it to IL or IN too, I think.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

So now the story is the Russians concluded Donald couldn't win and concentrated on undermining Hillary. Well, my, my, my that's not what we've all been led to believe the past 8 months or so. Exactly why is that? Personally I think the Russians decided to undermine Hillary so that a LOT less questions would be asked and we could all draw this to a close and be warm and fuzzy again together. This is bullshit, Comey is deep state, running a line of shit and being very very coy about it. Funny how they could admit they were investigating Trump but cannot admit to even investigating the leaks, which by the way are felonies. They're upset, you see, but not to the point where "we'll find them and fry they're fucking asses". All these guys are hip deep in it, otherwise why not come out swinging and present the Trump evidence Russia was helping him. Because it's a fucking failed deep state plot.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Or maybe there's no difference between Trump and Hillary and we've all been fed a gargantuan spoonful of bullshit.

The "elites" must reduce the global population from 7 billion to 500 million....and that will happen regardless of who is in the White House.

Catahoula's picture

They will drag this clown show out for 4 years. Every time Trump name is mentioned in the media. 

PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Catahoula Mar 20, 2017 9:31 PM

And when it is over, they will have destroyed the use of the "media" by the CIA.

zke007's picture

We shouldn't forget that Comey is still on the Clinton Crime Foundation payroll.

And we badly need an independent prosecutor to re-investigate Uranium 1 which involved the Clintons sending over 20% of our enriched uranium to Russia in exchange for a monetary payment to the Clintons in which Charles Schumer and Director Comey were allegedly heavily involved due to very reliable sources. We are also asking for an investigation into the foreign companies that made illegal contributions to the Clinton Crime Foundation of which Russia was one as well as China. In 2013, the same year that he was appointed the FBI Director, James Comey became a board member, a director, and a member of the Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee for the controversial London-based bank HSBC with close ties to the Clinton Crime Foundation and lists among its clients Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate with ties to a Russian uranium deal approved under Clinton's State Dept., and six other major foundation donors listed in a report by The Guardian. When Obama nominated Comey to become FBI director in 2013, Comey promised the United States Senate that he would recuse himself on all cases involving former employers.

Which was a lie because Comey earned $6 million in one year alone from Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin also became a Clinton Crime Foundation donor that very year. If Comey Lies about the President the investigation will go much deeper and the findings will be sent to every news outlet in this country and Canada.The conservative publication StarNews also notes one further connection between James Comey and the Clinton Foundation, this time regarding his brother Peter Comey. As the publication was able to confirm, Peter Comey is the “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for LAPiper. Interestingly, Peter Comey took out a mortgage on a home that is owned by James Comey. The $711,000 mortgage substantiates a financial relationship between James Comey and his brother and HSBC.DLA Piper is the number six campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton's political campaigns since 1989 with over $939,101 in total contributions. It has also given between $50,000-$100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. If the name DLA Piper looks familiar, it was the firm tasked with auditing the Clinton Foundation.What a joke and Comey and his brother were up to their eyeballs in all of this



monad's picture

Thanks. That is beautiful.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Comey's contacts in the FSB told him so.

gregga777's picture

But, Comey doesn't know the identities of his gay sex partners because he doesn't have eyes in the back of his head.

crossroaddemon's picture

You know the secret to having fun with an ugly chick, right? You fuck her from behind so you never have to look at her face.

Sizzurp's picture

The leftists and the anti-Trump deep state have played this Russian card for all it's worth, but it has gotten very little traction outside of DC.  I don't think anyone believes any of it, but I do think they believe Trump was under secret surveillance by either US or foreign intelligence as an attempt to damage him politically.  That is the real scandal and I think Trump will be proven correct. Foreign influence into our election has likely taken place, but they ignore it when it comes from countries or agencies friendly to the left and the globalist agenda. Does anyone believe Mexico, China, Germany or France wanted Trump? We had a former Mexican president parked in Aspen calling Trump a SOB right out in the open. What about Saudi Arabia or Qatar? What I find most disturbing is how well coordinated the Trump opposition is, particularly in regards to the hijacking of our president's foreign policy and use of the press as a weapon. Trump's opportunity to enact meaningful reforms is disappearing like vapor and that is exactly what they want.

gregga777's picture

The Trump-Russian conspiracy lying propaganda is Satan's true gospel to those in the Black Jew Bloc.

Benito_Camela's picture

For fuck's sake. The "anti-Trump" deep state? How is the deep state all the sudden against a guy who is promising to dramatically increase military spending and who probably wants to double the amount of surveillance on Americans? Hey and did you hear, the anti-deep state Trump may be about to strike a bargain with Russia to take Edward Snowden into custody. Yeah, them deep-staters really hate Trump. 

ZD1's picture

For fuck's sake. The deep state is not the same as the military. 

gregga777's picture

What an effing liar. FBi (Feral Bureau of iWeasels ) Director James "Hillary's Bitch" Comey has about as much credibilty as the former PLOTUS (Pathological Liar Of The United States) and Jumped up Affirmative Action, fake Constitutional scholar, LGBTQQPedophile-K9HorseDonkeyGoatKat-MonkeyBLMWhatever Gay Bathhouse Barry.

Benito_Camela's picture

But you need to stop holding back. Why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel?

That said, Trump is fast approaching even terms with Obama's record of lies and half truths. Will the partisan hack ZHers at least acknowledge this?