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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Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Mar 20, 2017 8:25 PM

If the Russians concluded that Trump had no chance, it is because they were monitoring our fake news and the skewed polls.  Christ, even the Russians were taken in by our Jew News.

laomei's picture

Funny thing is that I knew Trump was going to win by February last year.  

Pigeon's picture

Yes. That explains the 3MM illegal voters for Hillary. Dipshit.

laomei's picture

It was incredibly obvious the instant he turned his attention to the rust belt while shillary attacked them.  That really was the turning point and all of us on the alt right saw it immediately.  All the fake polls and (((narrative))) was meaningless after that.

Rufus Temblor's picture

Comey is simply not credible. He is professional liar whose only goal is to keep the surveillance state up and running.

Rufus Temblor's picture

When Comey perjures himself, Congress won't do a damn thing about it. They did nothing about Clapper, nothing about Koskinen and next to nothing about Holder. These swamp scum can lie with impunity.

fatlibertarian's picture

Deep state is immolating itself. All of THIS FOR THE CLINTONS?

As others have said, if Trump was under investigation then chances are he was wire taped. The press can't have it both ways.. LOL

Cherubim's picture

Did anyone hear what Comey said about Russian agents on Conservative news sites?? Folks, it's only a matter of time before they start rounding up ZeroHedge posters and lock them up.

I am getting tired of this. Where is Trump's answer to this obvious grab for power. It's time to use the power of the Presidency to get rid of the politicians in the Intelligence agencies. If he doesn't put on his Big Boy pants and start fighting back, he will only get what he deserves.

Cabreado's picture

You're getting tired of it because you (and 300 million others) have been barking up the wrong tree...

the Big Boy pants need to be on the citizenry,
and the citizenry needs to be focusing on a thoroughly corrupt and defunct Congress.

But maybe you can see the neglect, and to where it leads...
as you yearn for it yourself -- get the Dear Leader to fix it all up.

Ha!  "...get what HE deserves..."

crossroaddemon's picture

I agree with you on the morons waiting for Big Bad Fearless Orange Leader to fix everything, but I'm not sure what you're suggeting people do about congress. It's inconceivable you're going to vote a non-bought congress into office... literally inconceivable. So what are you proposing?

Cabreado's picture

Ah, too late to focus, eh?

Congress is a non-entity to you, too, because it's too late?

And I notice from your comments that you are playing the Dear Leader game, too.

crossroaddemon's picture

Whoa... what? I think you've got me confused with somebody else. Dear leader game? I gave up on political solutions almost two DECADES ago; I don't expect anyone in the political classes to do anything for me ever. You've got the wrong man.

Cabreado's picture

But it's not supposed to be about political classes, it's supposed to be about representation and balance of powers.
When you give up on representation (and you have), you create a vacuum that naturally, and only, can be filled by concentration of power.

But nobody cares,
and so it will go.

(and I'm not down-voting your comments, btw)

crossroaddemon's picture

But we;re not represented. DO you seriously believe we are?

rejected's picture

Trump is in Kentucky pushing RepublicanCare. Only took 2 months, Jan 20 to Mar 20. Fastest flip of a pol I have seen in my 70 years.

crossroaddemon's picture

Yeah, no fooling. I expected it to happen, but nowhere near that fast. He was backpedaling on shit literally the day after the election. I've never seen anything like it, not even Obama.

Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

"They" got to him.

Politicians are like the Mafia- kinda harmless unless you interfere with their income sources.

ZD1's picture

He needs to get rid of Obamacare mandates.

It's not backpedaling.



MuffDiver69's picture

There is no plan until the senate makes their changes and then both houses reconcile that....Then again you have no clue how legislating works, your used to a pen and phone dictatorship

Dre4dwolf's picture

Anyone that was confused about which side Comey is on, its clear as day now, his role in all this is PROBABLY to perpetuate the fake Russia hacking narrative against Trump and to impede Trumps ability to "drain the swamp" as much as possible.

They will keep the Russian interference McCarthy play going to de-legitimize Trump as much as possible (damage control because Trump is taking a sledge hammer to the establishments head).

The NSA and FBI are defunct in my eyes, to the degree they are still effective in basic routine crime prevention and deterrence, but they are clearly "Establishment" "Deep State" entities , deeply rooted in the old-power-structure.


The hearings essentially removed my sense of skepticism about Comey and the NSA and confirmed to me what I feared.

The way I see it, Comey is quick to shoot down Trump and "confirm" that "the Fbi has no information and is not investigating wire taps", but hes also quick to play the " we cant talk about ongoing investigations " card when Russian "interference" (whatever that means) comes up.

He is an Obama Hillary Soros puppet in my eyes.

If comey was trying to get people to trust the FBI/NSA , he achieved the complete opposite IMO, but my opinion doesnt count for much.


Just my 2 cents.


MuffDiver69's picture

Your right...Gordy was telling him it's gonna be hard to get the votes to reauthorize the surveillance law if he doesn't come up,with some heads on the Flynn unmasking...that can happen to anyone at anytime and Comey blew it off..

William Dorritt's picture

NSA and CIA could never provide the Pentagon with ANY ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE on any battlefield.

They can't find a single bad guy.

GOSPLAN HERO's picture

Comey is raw shit.

theyjustcantstop's picture

I'm hoping to see good use of president Trump's large defense spending.

remember the constitution provides for the defense, and security for america,'americans', from foreign, and DOMESTIC enemies.

right now there're many, many American's who are putting america, and American's in danger.

for as I can tell president Trump could build a 60' tall wall on the southern border, and build 100 or more prisons for felonious oath takers, and bankers, gang members, illegals, usaid members, and anti- American nro's using American's tax-dollars for crimes. 

if President trump could find that $2 trillion the dod misplaced he could drain a lot more swamp people.

this is how rouge governments, and their politicians work, the 911 commission railed on how the government agencies whos job it is to protect america, and americans weren't communicating, so their solution was give them the ability to cover each others asses, and add to the smoke screen.

I waiting for what I thought I heard during the primaries, there would be a 10 % cut in govt. jobs across the board.


crossroaddemon's picture

Don't kid yourself. That scratch is going straight to the MIC.

onwisconsinbadger's picture

From Rude Pundit : Olive Hill, Kentucky, is a shitty town of poor people in a beautiful area of Kentucky, in Carter County, near the border where the state meets both Ohio and West Virginia. The population is pretty much 100% white, about a third of the population lives at or below the poverty line, and one out of every 79 residents is a registered sex offender. And the water system in town is so outdated that "Two surveys estimate a 45-50 percent water loss due to corroded piping." You can bet there are issues with the quality of that water coming from the corroded cast iron waterline. But the town, which voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by 74% to 22%, just got a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a cooperative effort of the state and federal governments to help some of the poorest areas of the country. The $243,000 grant may not seem like much, but for a small town like Olive Hill, it'll be transformative for the health and well-being of the people there.

Drumpf Base.

ZD1's picture

Quit pushing bogus bullshit that you heard from the drag queens on MSNBC.

BTW, WisCONsin sucks. 


Occams_Razor_Trader's picture

The Russians like most of us realized that the media was full tilt for the Clinton shit circus, and they assumed that the Clintons would steal it with the machine they had in place.

I believe to my core that the Clinton's underestimated the margin they had to "fix" to win this thing- their metrics were off!


crossroaddemon's picture

I don't entirely accept that explanation. Look, I used to be in software development. The easier programming problem, and the one less likely to cause problems, is to just program the answer you want into the machines and not even bother counting the votes. It makes much more sense to just rig it outright than fuck around trying to massage it. I take the far more sinister view that the machines were rigged to put Trump in office, and all the theatrics we're watching a part of a deep con.

Wild E Coyote's picture

You must be software programmer with H1-B visa.

crossroaddemon's picture

Don't be obtuse. Even if they were massaging it, it'd be by percentages or something and the chosen candidate would still win. It would NOT be left to chance, and wasn't. 

Either the machines weren't rigged at all, or Trump was chosen to win. They rig the machines but not quite enough... that doesn't even make sense.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

you rig it so he still loses the popular vote? While the entire judeocorporate media rails against him while giving Clinton a pass?

you are an idiot.

TheLastTrump's picture

It can't POSSIBLY be the case that President Trump was elected by the will of the people, can it?


Because that would contradict the media/leftist narrative that YOU ARE PROMULGATING.


Talking points. You fucking piece of shit.

TheLastTrump's picture

No, you're a SCUMBAG LEFTIST SHILL trying to INJECT DOUBT INTO THE DEBATE per the training you received.


William Dorritt's picture

Trump probably won 48 States.


McConnell already said he would block funding any investigation of election Fraud.

Boscovius's picture

I believe you are right, and that is because most Trump supporters remained silent.  

Timming's picture

All I know is that after today it is clear that we need to see Trey Gowdy as our next president. 

A Dollar Short's picture

What a crok of crap.


William Dorritt's picture

James Comey and Loretta Lynch Should Be Impeached for Whitewashing Clinton’s Crimes
Former federal prosecutor says that Hillary obstructed justice and destroyed evidence—with the support of the president himself       
            By Sidney Powell • 10/11/16 8:30am

It’s easy to see now why Lynch secretly met Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac
 on June 27. Only a few days later, the FBI had its little chat with
Hillary—neither under oath nor with a rights warning—in the presence of
her coconspirators. Then, Hillary announced she would keep Lynch as
Attorney General if she is elected president. Surely by coincidence, the
 very next day Comey does his song and dance ending the “investigation.”

Wild E Coyote's picture

I am not telling you Trump was wiretapped.
I am not telling you that Trump was under observation.
I am not telling you that we have information about Russian connection to Trump.
I am not telling you that we leaked information about the wiretapping which was not supposedly conducted.
I am not telling telling you anything and I don't know what the fuck I am talking here.
But I know what the Russians were thinking. I got a magic ball for that.

JuicedGamma's picture

The Russians might have undermined Clinton; the deep state is undermining a sitting president. You tell me which is treason.

TheLastTrump's picture

Even if the Russians did what the media/Democrats would like us to believe...isn't that part of our mutual struggle? Isn't sauce for the goose also sauce for the gander?


Didn't the Obama administration attempt regime change in Ukraine thru tools like we're claiming the Russians used on us, or worse?


Didn't the Obama administration attempt regime change in Israel in like manner?


Democrats projecting.

William Dorritt's picture
Comey has long history of cases ending favorable to Clintons In Berger probe said 'we take issues of classified information very seriously'

Published: 07/07/2016 at 8:54 PM


 Jerome R. Cors


incharge1976's picture

His wife and brother both took money from the Clinton Foundation. Why is he still running things? Why was he involved in probes concerning the Clintons? It's all a big joke. 

JuicedGamma's picture

Glad for the happy ending. And here I thought we were all fucked.

RICKYBIRD's picture

The documents Berger stole were never recovered. And yet he was allowed back into the top secret archives, what was it, only 3 yeears later?