'Russiagate' Is Failing And Its Supporters Are Getting Concerned

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Submitted by Alexander Mercouris of The Duran

‘Russiagate’ is failing and its supporters are getting worried

Three weeks ago I wrote a piece for The Duran in which I suggested that the corner appeared to have been turned in the fake ‘Russiagate’ scandal.

What was a tentative conclusion then can now be firmed up.

Though the leaders of the US security services have denied the President’s allegation that they wire-tapped him – though they were careful not to deny that they mounted surveillance on him and his associates – the President’s claim that they did, in effect smoked them out.

Thus former DNI James Clapper admitted that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians up to the point of his retirement on 20th January 2017, and former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell more recently has publicly trashed the whole story of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Possibly the single most important admission that no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians has been found came however from within the FBI itself, though it has gone almost completely unnoticed.

This came in the form of information deriving from an anonymous leak which appeared in an article in The New York Times on 5th March 2017.  This leak almost certainly originated with FBI Director James Comey himself.  The relevant sentence in the article reads as follows

In addition to being concerned about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior F.B.I. officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.

(bold italics added)

In my article of 6th March 2017 discussing this comment I said the following

This is very twisted language which shows that The New York Times is not reporting this part of the story straightforwardly.  However the meaning is clear enough.  The FBI is worried that the more discussion of its investigation there is – extending all the way to discussions by no less a person than the President himself of court approved wiretaps – the more people will fall for the false ‘no smoke without fire’ argument, and will feel let down by the FBI when it eventually announces that its investigation has drawn a blank.


This is an entirely valid concern, and is one of several reasons why such investigations are supposed to be confidential.


This is the second confirmation within a few hours from people who have held posts within the national security bureaucracy that the endlessly repeated claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia are not supported by evidence.  The first was made by Clapper (see above) and the second was made anonymously to The New York Times by officials of the FBI.


These admissions follow a continuous pattern of admissions from officials within the national security bureaucracy now stretching back months that inquiries into claims of collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia are drawing a blank.

A further sign that the ‘Russiagate’ scandal is flagging is the way its supporters are latching on to non issues in order to keep it going.

Thus following the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday 20th March 2017 the militantly anti-Trump news media latched on to FBI Director Comey’s formal confirmation that an FBI investigation was looking into the allegation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as if this was news, and made it the big story, even though the existence of this investigation has been public knowledge and the topic of exhaustive discussion in the media for months.

No doubt this was done in order to avoid mentioning the fact that the Committee on 20th March 2017 heard no evidence even slightly damaging to the President, but did hear evidence which appeared to confirm the truth of the President’s claim that he and his campaign team had been placed under surveillance during the most critical months of the Presidential election campaign.

Then there was the way Representative Adam Schiff used in his opening statement at the Committee hearing the discredited ‘Trump Dossier‘ – shot through with obvious falsehoods, uncorroborated by the intelligence agencies, and trashed by no less a person than Michael Morell – as his frame story for his whole narrative of secret collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  This is desperate, and shows how evidence-less and fact-free the whole ‘Russiagate’ story actually is.

Then there are the claims – almost certainly originating in Ukraine – about the supposedly nefarious activities of Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort.

Not only have these claims been emphatically and authoritatively denied by the two people involved – Manafort and Deripaska – with Manafort asking to give evidence to the House Intelligence Committee to put the record straight and Deripaska threatening to sue anyone who repeats them, but since they involve alleged actions which took place years before Donald Trump launched his Presidential campaign, and have no connection to him, their relevance to the ‘Russiagate’ scandal is not obvious.

Lastly, there is the wholly bogus non-scandal around House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, who is obviously being targeted by the Democrats because of his increasingly openly expressed and entirely justified skepticism about the whole ‘Russiagate’ story.

To be clear, Nunes’s decision to share information about surveillance of the President and his team during the transition period with the White House before he shared it with his Committee colleagues was no doubt a mistake – and one which Nunes has apologised for – but it is hardly a serious one, or one which would justify removing him from his chairing of the Committee.

To my mind what this episode shows is how sensitive the Democrats are about the raising of the whole surveillance issue.  This lends further strength to my opinion – which I note is coming to be increasingly widely shared – that it is the surveillance carried out during the election of Donald Trump and his campaign team which is the real scandal in this affair, and that the fake ‘Russiagate’ scandal is the smoke-screen concealing it.

Having increasingly given up on the House Intelligence Committee, the proponents of the ‘Russiagate’ scandal now seem increasingly to be resting their hopes on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

They will be equally disappointed there.  These attempts to use Congressional committees as investigative and prosecutorial instruments suffer from a basic misconception: these are oversight committees, not investigative or prosecutorial committees, and they cannot be used in that way.  They cannot magic up evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia that the actual investigation – the one carried out by the FBI – says is not there.

The single most important fact about the last few weeks, and the clearest possible sign that the ‘Russiagate’ scandal is flagging, is that there have been no more leaks from within the intelligence and security agencies since the ones at the beginning of March about Jeff Sessions’s meetings with the Russian ambassador.

That suggests that the former Obama administration officials, who I suspect were the people who were physically communicating the information in the leaks to the media, are no longer being fed  information about Donald Trump and his associates or about the progress of the FBI investigation by their sources within the intelligence and national security bureaucracy.

That could be because people within the intelligence and national security bureaucracy are being deterred by the investigation into the leaking of classified material which the President has been calling for but which the House Intelligence Committee hearing on 20th March 2017 suggested FBI Director Comey is resisting (almost certainly because people within the FBI were involved in the leaks), or it could be because increasingly there is no damaging information to leak.

Regardless of what the explanation is, in the absence of any more leaks there has been nothing over the last few weeks for the supporters of ‘Russiagate’ to work with.  The result is that in the absence of anything new the effort to keep the ‘Russiagate’ scandal going and in the public eye is flagging.

My best guess is that it will collapse entirely by early summer.

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DieSocialJusticeWankers's picture

The whole fucking thing is a joke!!! Trump is 100% correct.  

Trump must be just stunned at the depths of the filthy cunts in politics; no way Trump knew the rabbit hole went this deep!

Victory_Garden's picture

When you build up lies on sand...the Seas of Truth will eventually wash them all away.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

I feel like we are living in one big episode of the X-Files:  The Truth Is Out There, Somewhere!!

toady's picture

"Russiagate" is already a successful venture. We went from moving forward with Russia as a allies back to cold war 2.

Good job neocons!

DieSocialJusticeWankers's picture

That's the worst part.....Trump was wiling to make friends.....you could see it....now things are falling apart....same old BS!

Sand niggers in Saudi Arabia...friends?????

White Christians in Russia...enemy???????



Pure Evil's picture

No matter whether its true or not.

One's reputation has been vilified.

Sadly, not even Trump wants to spend the rest of his life suing these assholes for slander.

But, when you run for national office, the first thing you have to do if you win is step into the swamp.

From there, you just sink up to your neck in effluence.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Pure Evil Mar 31, 2017 9:22 PM

How the hell did I miss THIS one?

Mere days before Gen. Michael Flynn was sacked as national security advisor, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gathered more than a dozen of his top FBI disciples to plot how to ruin Flynn’s aspiring political career and manufacture evidence to derail President Donald Trump, according to FBI sources.

McCabe, the second highest ranking FBI official, emphatically declared at the invite-only gathering with raised voice: “Fuck Flynn and then we Fuck Trump,” according to direct sources. Many of his top lieutenants applauded and cheered such rhetoric. A scattered few did not.

This was one of several such meetings held in seclusion among key FBI leaders since Trump was elected president, FBI sources confirm. At the congregation where McCabe went off the political rails and vowed to destroy Flynn and Trump, there were as many as 16 top FBI officials, inside intelligence sources said. No lower-level agents or support personnel were present.

If you are among the millions of Americans who have pondered in recent months whether the Obama-era “Deep State” intelligence apparatus and FBI are working for or against Trump, this is the first definitive proof that the country’s once-premiere law enforcement agency has gone rogue.

The non-elected hierarchy that steer the FBI have declared war on President Trump and his White House inner circle. Make no mistake.

He was appointed Feb 2016 by Obozo


Jimmy Jimmereeno's picture

I don't know how you missed it because it's been out there for days; even on the Hedge where I read it altho don't have a link for you.

Now the McCabe guy and his wife's receipt of $600k political bribe money need to be looked into.  But first Trump needs to fire McCabe.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Jimmy Jimmereeno Mar 31, 2017 10:52 PM

They feared Flynn which is why Trump should have fought for him. His son tweeting about Pizzagate showed you, he raised him.

I hope he can fire him.

Some I hear can't be fired, much be impeached.

Another thing I thought of, how do you put anyone on trial in DC, the town is almost all black you could never get a conviction. Too many would hang the jury. The hint was the jury nullification in Oregon for the Bundy Ranchers. Im telling you the rule of law is pretty much gone now. I would hang a jury or convince everyone else to aquit, if I ever went, which I don't if it were a trial that was political like Bundy ranch.

What a mess, I swear this election either way will end the republic as we ONCE knew it.

Four chan's picture

how did hillary clinton get the cia to repeat her lie and the cia plants in the media to forward it? 

FoggyWorld's picture

I keep thinking about Comey and it isn't easy to outright fire him.   However, Trump can ignore him and the entire FBI and find another agency that will work with him even if they have different sorts of investigative tools and experience.   If Comey and McCabe and others won't leave, they just have to be worked around and in a well thought out way.

BarkingCat's picture

A special prosecutor could be appointed and then investigate the top levels of the FBI and other agencies.

I would love to clone Trey Gowdy and have him do it.  I am sure that there are others that are just as good that simply don't know about.

11b40's picture

Trey Gowdy? You mean the one who spent $15Mil and wasted about a year on Benghazi without ever asking the right questions or calling the right witnesses.......and ended up with zip? That Trey Gowdy?

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Chris Dakota


If Americans would read ZH, they would really understand the MESS that the TRUMP Administration is dealing with at this time. ZH is probably one of the best sources of TRUTH in the internet space. While people may have differing opinions at times, I do appreciate the contributions from others and yourself.

Again ... Thanks for posting the information on Gen. Michael Flynn. Just amazing what is going on in America.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Mar 31, 2017 10:56 PM

You're welcome. I don't know how I missed it, shows you we must keep posting.

I've been posting the truth since 1997, I am trying to wake people up so they can too see the truth and man we are winning...:)

Today I read Comey has a secret twitter, they are sure it is him because it links to his sons account. His handle is that of an American socialist.

Thank you Gus


Bay of Pigs's picture

Thanks to everyone here who has tried to keep it real and the carry torch for truth, integrity and honesty all these years. I've learned more on this site than I ever could have imagined. Kudos to the Tylers, Sac and the entire ZH team for all their determination and hard work. Amazing what they have been able to do. Forever indebted to you all, and to MsCreant who brought here so long ago from Mish's joint.


pippi68's picture

Outed. Twitter to /projectexile7 to say hello.tho he treasures his online privacy we are told. Ha ha!

FoggyWorld's picture

And McCabe's wife ran as a neophyte congressperson who lost but received $650,000 for Virginia's Governor, Terry (BIG CLINTON) MacCauliffe.  $650K for his wife should have disqualified McCabe from being involved in anything political but Comey had and has no trouble with it at all.

When if ever is Comey going to be shown the door?

Freddie's picture

Putin in a real Christian, he is very smart, he threw the zoligarchs out including Soros and he remembers who murdered 25 million Russian Christian Russians.....the killers were the zio Rothschild Bolsheviks,

WhackoWarner's picture

X files are of USA making.  Let us not pretend that this came out of nowhere.  The rot is so deep and the psychosis so pervasive.

Popcorn and giggles are not an option. The structure of all government is so tainted and without guidance.  It is not a joke but a crime against the people.

The systemic corruption and graft and abuse is so huge. 

I think every single person in government has forgotten who pays them and why.  And the depths of the scheming theft of the debt that supports this crime syndicate.


X Files?  This is no longer any kind of joke.  It is a crime scene (and pre-meditated) that goes way back.  And all the forensics are being manipulated into arguments about red and blue and black and white etc. All distractions from the fact that slavery on a mass scale and theft of every asset is accelerating.

AND what I find amusing is the lie that USA spouts to the world about being the poster child of freedom and democracy.  FU.

espirit's picture

@ Beam Me Up Scotty

Thinking about your truthiness today, and how much we need your support here on ZH.

Pure Evil's picture



"The truth is out there"


Yeah, kinda like a fart after a breakfast burrito from Taco Smell.

Just wafting on the waves like a tsunami hitting the sides of a porcelain bowl when the first turd drops.


Kinda like this bathroom a work that doesn't have good ventilation. You walk in just wanting to take a piss and your nose hairs are all in an uproar cause the stench from the after lunch dump crowd is opening up a can of whoop ass on your sense of smell. And, your like, OMG, can't catch my breath, let me outta here.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) WhackoWarner Mar 31, 2017 10:27 PM

No its not a joke and I warned you guys a year ago.

Swamp is deep and truth is gushing out, so much so that many won't be able to handle it.

It is putrid, repulsive, evil and corrupt.

Remember the sign on Ron Pauls desk, he knew it wasn't a joke.


sleepingbeauty's picture

It's not a joke but I delight in the truth being revealed. Bring on the popcorn!!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Title: 'Russiagate' Is Failing And Its Supporters Are Getting Concerned

My response: I sincerely hope from my heart that this entire FAKE NEWS NARATIVE blows up in the face of those who started this nonsense meant to discredit the POTUS.

When this is over, I want to see HEADS ROLL and CAREERS END for the WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT!!!!

WhackoWarner's picture

I got a bridge I can sell you too. Perhaps I can sell a subscription to nirvana as well.  Never friggin happen.  Nobody will be held acountable due to the fact that the rot is so deep and has been going on for so long.

Heads roll?  Where exactly are you going to start.  exhume some bodies from 1913 onwards....


USA has been so distracted by utter nonsense. Like watching a crime syndicate take over every aspect of life.  BUT now that mom and pop are directly impacted they cry foul. Be prepared mom and pop.  You were asleep at the wheel for decades and ain't going to save you now by arguing about red and blue and The Russians are coming.

Americans has every opportunity to educate themselves. Chose to opiate opinions, sanction crime vai government, allow theft and bribery in official offices, MADE THE LEGAL DECISION THAT CORPORATIONS WERE PEOPLE and as such could buy elected officials....allowed lobbying to write policy and legislation.

Sanctioned death world wide.  Elevated brutal deaths in innocent people in the defense of corporations.  LIED and lied and lied.

Heads will roll?  Only friggin heads due to roll are the inconvenient "eaters".  The uselss ones.  But only after all theft of assets is completed and the debt is hung on the population for generations.

Send you a postcard from the Caymans with a thank you note. (in your dreams).

Yeah I am angry.

Hulk's picture

Most excellent rant !!!

Got The Wrong No's picture

Truer words could not be spoken. All we have left is dreams of what could possible be and memories of what probable never existed. Reality is a sad truth. 

I have planed well and will hopefully be able to afford myself until I die, but I have this sick feeling within, that I have much to lose before that day comes. 

If enough people are placed in a position where they have nothing left to lose, maybe a change will come. What that change would be, God only knows. There I go

dreaming again. 

eatthebanksters's picture

This will lead to the biggest swamp drainage imaginable. The Dems will implode and Trump will MAGA. Winning!

FoggyWorld's picture

It is impossible to drain the swamp with Comey and McCabe at the helm of an obviously dysfunctional but very important department.  How much longer is Trump goint to let that very odd man continue on?

BobEore's picture

The "seas of truth" are somewhat 'seized up' at the moment, in their cleansing function,

having been rather severely contaminated by the radioactive fallout of ONEMEDIA campaigns like this one. The Russia thing has never been more than a media-driven pysop - designed and executed to achieve what I described as far back as August last as the post-election agenda - a dividing of America into permanently warring camps as prelude to a civil war which will finish the once mighty Republic forever. How very few here seem to be avoiding falling into place with that agenda!

While not a sympathizer with the Trump camp, it's apparent to me that there's not been a day since opening bell January when this admin has not been peppered with accusations that have all the earmarks of this agenda - delivered, as per usual, by those working as agents of a foreign power.

Stripped of the red/blue b.s., this is an effort to force everyone into one partisan camp or another, close ranks, and prepare for battle. The outcome is predetermined. No winners, among Americans. To the spoilers go the spoils!

Jim in MN's picture

CBS News polling has Independents rejecting the Russian hacking for Trump lie by 2-1 margin.


It's over.  I hope they keep pushing it and solidify the Independents against them (the largest voter bloc).


Dilluminati's picture

But.. but it is fake news


MuffDiver69's picture

True and considering it's always faked to put Trump in a bad light, then the poll means everybody is sick of this shit

nmewn's picture

It was over when they said "Russia hacked the election", which of course is unpossible. It should have then occured to them that they were being made fools of yet again after Jill Stein confirmed her new real estate holdings and the electoral results & process. 

But no, "progressives" being "progressives" they had to compound these two minor errors with one giant fatal one by going all McCarthyite on the deal and sucking in the all the dead-ender Clinton-Obama clones embedded within the Deep State.

For which I for one am eternally grateful, thanks again! ;-)

Pure Evil's picture

But, I still can't figure out how they get Maxine Waters to act so life like.

Do they stick a hand up her ass to control her mouth or is she just attached to wires?

The truth is out there, man!

Got The Wrong No's picture

Clinton, Maxine Waters and the like are zombies who are kept animated through the Demonic sacrifices of children. 

Chris Dakota's picture

Trump said the day after elected "the whole place is one big lobby"

Pissedman's picture

This is how you ferret out your enemies and discredit them. They just discredit themselves and you can Always use it against them...

Laddie's picture

Yet not a word on #PIZZAGATE, or Podesta collecting millions in payoffs from Russia. The Mainstream Media is an arm of the (((DEEP STATE)))

That the ordinary American has no idea of those two issues shows who controls the information flow.

“You must understand. The leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. The October Revolution was not what you call in America the ‘Russian Revolution.’ It was an invasion and conquest over the Russian people. More of my countrymen suffered horrific crimes at their bloodstained hands than any people or nation ever suffered in the entirety of human history. It cannot be understated. Bolshevism was the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant of this reality is proof that the global media itself is in the hands of the perpetrators.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), Nobel-Prize-winning novelist, historian

iamerican4's picture

The "Thirteenth tribe" is (((Gog))), the cult impalers hired from Gog and Magog (their capital cities) to "crucify" (Latin for impale) "tens of thousands" of Christs and Christ Immanuel - thereby creating the Roman Empire/Church on mass terror - for twice denying Caesar was God. They are of Uz-ben-Shem, the biblically accursed "Damascus."

Hulk's picture

Operation Mockingbird never ended...

land_of_the_few's picture

Nice rant but perhaps you are barking up the wrong tree. The Dems are globalist neocons that believe in transnational capitalism by weakening of the traditional social structures etc., just like Blair. There is not a cigarette-paper difference between them and Rothschild.

Plus, most the history we currently "know" about the early Soviet era is from Trotsky, Krushchev and the cold-warrior Robert Conquest, none of which count as neutral sources. Any actual verification research done with period materials, contradicts virtually everything that they wrote about the era. Perhaps recently found color photographs made by a US diplomat are the most striking:



ebworthen's picture

Main Stream Media:  "The moon is made cheese!"

LetThemEatRand's picture

The real smokescreen is that Trump says he was the victim of illegal wiretapping while he gives more power to the NSA/CIA/FBI that did it.   Most of America seems perfectly okay with the idea that Trump was the subject of surveillance, so long as it was "legal," which apparently means approved by the police state.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Exactly LTER.  Murder is legal if 50%+1 says it is.  Same with rape, or pedophilia.  Is Trump going to be the liberty and freedom president?  Or is he going to continue shoving government down our throats??  Thats how all elites operate:  Rules are for YOU, not for ME!!

ghengis86's picture

Yeah, don't know what's going on, but I used to disagree with LTER but lately the posts have been spot on. No offense man, but something happened during this election and your posts have been much more consistent, pointed and rooted in sound principal/knowledge/common sense. Some people lost their shit both for and against Trump; LTER got sharper. And as much as I wanted to believe the Trump story, I knew that some things would never change with the state. So hearing someone verbalized my thoughts in a pretty Trumpster environment resonated.

So, getting back to principle, we see that yes, Trump is marginally better than Hillary and much better at rhetoric. But when judged on actual substance and action, he's much less than what he hoped for and more what we should come to expect.

Draining the swamp? Goldman cabinet? MIC budget increase?!? Power to CIA. Grovel to (((them))). The more things change...

Catahoula's picture

A fucking disgraceful joke. Bunch of filthy incompetent partisan clowns.