Even The Washington Post Admits "The Quest To Prove Russian Collusion Is Crumbling"

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By Ed Rogers via The Washington Post,

While everyone is fixated on President Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.

As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of President Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.

Cable news airtime and in-print word count dedicated to the nonexistent collusion story appear to be dwindling. Democrats and their allies in the media seem less eager to talk about it, and when they do, they say something to the effect of “but, but, but … Kushner didn’t answer every question … He wasn’t under oath … There are still more witnesses … What about this or that new gadfly?” They are stammering. And it hasn’t taken long for news producers and editors to realize that the story is fading.

At last, the story that never was is not happening.

There are a few showstoppers from Kushner’s testimony that make it obvious to any fair-minded, thinking person that there was no collusion with Russia. In his own words, Kushner makes it clear that his actions were innocent but, at times, misguided and ill-conceived. He plainly states he had “hardly any” contacts with Russians during the campaign and found his June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and the infamous Russian lawyer to be an absolute “waste of time.”

Democrats and their allies in the media have exhausted themselves building a scandalous narrative surrounding the Russian lawyer meeting, but according to Kushner, the meeting was so useless that he “actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after [he] had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”’ Maybe the collusion didn’t take very long, or maybe he realized what the lawyer had to say was a useless farce and he wanted to get on with his day.

Much to the dismay of Trump’s haters, Kushner’s account of events even further proves just how far the media has stretched the collusion story. When the campaign received an official note of congratulations from Russian President Vladimir Putin the day after the election, Kushner had to send Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest an email asking for the name of the Russian ambassador so that he could reach out and confirm the message’s authenticity.

So, that’s that. If you can’t remember your handler’s name, you can’t be guilty of nefariously colluding with that person. How much collusion could Kushner have possibly done with someone whom he had so little communication with that he could not remember his name and did not know how to contact him?

Sure, there are others still in the crosshairs of the collusion-hunters, but Kushner has been the biggest target if for no other reason than he is the only one serving in the White House. Paul Manafort is a private citizen, and he departed the campaign before the general election campaign really started. Donald Trump Jr. is implicated only in the one ill-advised and now-shown-to-be-pointless encounter with a few gadflies. The media can knock itself out trying to find some left-behind paperwork or some other scrap to hang onto, but the dead end is in sight.

The quest for collusion is crumbling.

With the Democrats and their allies in the media beginning to walk away from the collusion story, the single biggest thing keeping this story alive is the president’s obsession with it. No doubt the issue will continue to be irresistible to some of Trump’s haters. Some will never believe the truth, no matter what else is revealed. But if Democrats and the president’s worst enemies can begin to silently acknowledge the obvious and move on, perhaps Trump can, too. Maybe now he will see the futility of continuing to whine, tweet, moan and seethe about the whole non-affair. Maybe the president will now see that he should leave Sessions alone so that he can get on with his work. Maybe he will let special counsel Robert S. Mueller III quietly do his job and the whole “Russian collusion” affair won’t even be a footnote in the retelling of the story of the Trump campaign.

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toady's picture

Too late.the damage is done. I still can't figure,out,why they're so interested in who did the,"hack", but not the content of the "hack".

Normalcy Bias's picture

It's pure redirection man, the oldest trick in the book.

They no longer even contest the veracity of the emails, because they know to discuss the actual content would disastrous for them.

L@@K! A squirrel! (Russians)

Bes's picture

dead men tell no tales.


russia is all distractions.

trump's wall street, goldman, mic, israel, saudi, police state loving is more than enough to show he is a sham


nmewn's picture

So lemme see if I can follow your logic here, the dimz (being majority Goldmanite's) & the Deep State (comprised of pampered people waiting on their federal pensions) that has been trying for over a year to take out Trump was all being controlled by...Trump, as a distraction? 

wee-weed up's picture



The story is crumbling because the more is learned about the facts...

Actually proves it was the Dims who were doing all the illegalities.

And that goes against the MSM narrative.

Thus the story gets "dropped."

Can't let the REAL story get out, ya know.

nmewn's picture

Lets see how fast Mueller the Inquisitor can "change" from Russian collusion! to..."Say, this check written to Melania's hair dresser looks very suspicious!" ;-)

Save_America1st's picture

here's a story that isn't crumbling at all...the case is building and building and it's looking solid and water tight:

Stefan Molyneux breaks down the whole DWS/Awan scandle:

The Truth About The Awan Family Democrat IT Scandal | Debbie Wasserman Schultz Exposed


Hope Wasserman burns for this and I wouldn't be surprised if she gives up info on Hitlery and stealing the Dem primary scandal or she ends up Arkancided with several nail gun shots to the back of the head.

Son of Loki's picture

The Russians got to Bezos, obviously. He must now be "a colluder!"

jeff montanye's picture

what does the wapo want here besides letting the russian hacking meme die (just as Jack Burkman surfaces with the claim of a dnc insider that Rich met with Natalia Veselnitskaya one month before his murder - giving her a cache of DNC emails later released by WikiLeaks)?

"Maybe the president will now see that he should leave Sessions alone so that he can get on with his work. Maybe he will let special counsel Robert S. Mueller III quietly do his job and the whole “Russian collusion” affair won’t even be a footnote in the retelling of the story of the Trump campaign"

and what did president trump chastise sessions for?  from wapo: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”   yeah, that's right, leave sessions to reprosecute the war on drugs not debbie wasserman schultz and imran awan.  nothing to see here, move along.

and robert (the drooler) mueller (couldn't find a zionist in 9-11) may not just quietly do his job (which the original wapo story claims has disappeared).  from the a/p (my italics): 

Rosenstein acknowledged that Mueller could expand his inquiry to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ and Rosenstein’s roles in the decision to fire Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign. Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel, wrote the memorandum intended to justify Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Sessions met with Trump and Rosenstein to discuss Trump’s decision to fire him despite Sessions’ pledge not to become involved in the Russia case.

The AP asked Rosenstein specifically whether Mueller’s investigation could expand to include examining Sessions’ role.

“The order is pretty clear,” Rosenstein responded. “It gives him authority for the investigation and anything arising out of that investigation, and so Director Mueller will be responsible in the first instance for determining what he believes falls into that mandate.”

Under Justice Department rules, Mueller is required to seek permission from Rosenstein to investigate additional matters other than ones already specified in the paperwork formally appointing Mueller.

“I’ve talked with Director Mueller about this,” Rosenstein said. “He’s going to make the appropriate decisions, and if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there’s a need from me to recuse, I will.”

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the scope of the investigation.

anything else the wapo wants? oh yes: Years from now, when you speak of this, and you will, be kind.  and basically try to put it all down the memory hole, because the investigation of the original supposed russian election influence, the "hacking" of the dnc emails, is heating up to the combustion point and we see the turning of state's evidence by imran awan and debbie wasserman schultz as an existential threat to the demcratic national party, the clintons and the deep state.  possibly even the transgenerational zionist project to take over the government of the united states going back through 9-11 and the jfk assassination.  we are not kidding: trump drop this shit and we will call it even.

thanks but no thanks


doctor10's picture

Gimme a break!!! The story is crumbling because Trump signed the Bill. They were in a snit because they were scared he wouldn't. Hillary promised she would. Thats ALL that has happened here.

toady's picture

Yep. Eventually all the trails lead back to them. It's all in the content of the emails, which have been available for all to see, for the better part of a year. Yet Hillary, Whashername-Shultz, Podesta, and the rest of the dnc aren't even under investigation, let alone in jail.

jeff montanye's picture

congresswoman wasserman schultz is starting to act, just a little bit, as though she thinks she is under investigation:



TeamDepends's picture

Shit's getting real. You knew they would start eating each other at some point.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vQyNtasKYgw&itct=CAsQpDAYByITCOmwp7KastUCF...

Creative_Destruct's picture

At last, the story that never was is not happening.

That Russia thing ain't working PERFECTLY  for the Dim-witts AND, what's more, the finger is starting to point more toward them... SOOOOO

Time for that "Better Deal" distraction thing.

Be prepared for more of the same as time goes by.

But hopefully, the Fusion GPS Trump dossier source will be ferreted out... but not likely with the MSM Dim-shills providing distractions and cover.

AND part of the cover will be (for as long as leaks and time allow)  to MAINTAIN the Russia-Trump collusion narrative, whenver possible.

After all, the Dem strategy is to NEUTRALIZE Trump's political capital and legislative advantage by playing to the idiot Neocons in the Rep Party who inevitably freak at any notion that Russia MIGHT  be assoaciated with ANYTHING.

Bes's picture

now nmewn, i thought you were more shrewd.

the world is not binary: right v left, red v blue, deep state v trump

i fear you and many around these parts suffer from a combination of:

cognitive dissonance




i have never shown blind faith to any party including the dems.   but let's be clear here, the goal is the destruction of the united states and the people's trust therein. full stop.

the oligarchs need to destroy the country with the largest and wealthiest middle class to turn us all into serfs.  turn the first world back into the third.  rich people do just fine in the third world.

the gop and the dems have been marching us down that path in fits and starts since 1913.

obama, bush(s), clinton(s), reagan, nixon, lbj, wilson,

AND including trump et al.

and the oligarchs all around the world have been jumping in and helping all along the way. 

you must be a fucking idiot to think putin actually gives two fucks about you, and the good ole USA.  

he's a dictator oligarch.  period.  no friend of you or mine, just his billionaire buddies.

same for trump.

the biggest trick has them having us all go at each other over bogus political parties, race, and religion instead of after them.

wake up.


nmewn's picture

And just where did I say St.Pooty ever gave a shit about me? 

Bes's picture


then perhaps you aren't,  but around zh there are a lot of morons who are more pro-putin then anti-oligarch

it's farcical


but the kicker is that putin's oligarch buddies (and the shadow forces around the world) got a nice crack at the USA, specifically people's trust in it by even appearing to "meddle"

and we have to be real here, trump jr and kushner (zionist) did definitely try to go sniffing around with russian help


that's all it takes

and then the cry baby in chief, who can't take the hit to his image about the popular vote, decries with that millions voted illegally.   yet he still won.


boom hit again from the inside


so right now in the year 2017 the country is crumbling by internal corruption from both sides of the aisle, and from external hits (oligarchs, israel, banksters, etc..)

and trump is more than happy to send us over the cliff.


this is how societies fall apart and they will not be rebuilt until well past our lifetimes.  


nmewn's picture

You seem to be under some misconception regarding me.

I don't call it "my society" or "my country" anymore when the guy standing right next to me is voting to use government force against me.

Check your premises ace, we are not "exceptional" anymore. That is over. Dead. Done. So don't hit me with your patriotism bullshit. 

bilbert's picture

10 weeks, 3 days, and an outsized attitude.

Hyjinx's picture

Don't even bother.  Lots of people are over the rainbow around here.

NoDebt's picture

Russia collusion story was perhaps the only thing more fake than pre-election polling results.  (And no, the "Russia collusion" narrative is NOT going away, despite what this author thinks- they have WAY too much invested in it to give up now)

Why they are still allowed to attend WH press briefings is beyond me.  Those credentials would have been yanked from most of the MSM months ago.  If I was running things CNN would be outside on the lawn seated in a folding metal chair for every briefing.  They can take pictures through the window from outside.



chunga's picture

And congress goes along with it nearly unanimously.

nmewn's picture

If you don't think there are some pissed off motherfuckers inside the "intelligence community" having to listen to & read about..."SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies say"...for over half a year I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I need to unload.

All I can say is, I wouldn't want to be Debbie Wassername, Hillary, the NYT's/Wa-Po editorial staffs or a certain Pakistani caught at Dulles trying to get the hell out of Dodge right about now cuz...as our boi Chuckie Schumer likes to say with his patented smirk..."They have a thousand ways to get you."

The swamp is a very dangerous place ;-)

The First Rule's picture

Yes, it was Seth Rich.


Think anyone in DC is actually going to investigating his murder, which occurred during a robbery, in which the robbers TOOK NOTHING?


No, of course they won't investigate.  

Because if they did, it would lead back to people who are above the law.

jeff montanye's picture

no empire lasts forever and history is speeding up.

nmewn's picture

Crumbling?...LMAO!!!...it crumbled months ago and the WaPo is just now reporting on the dust cloud from the implosion? They are pointing out some as yet unidentified powdery-like substance that is coating everything?

What could it possibly be?! ;-)

Normalcy Bias's picture

It's so beyond obvious now that WaPo is printing this story in order to salvage a shread of credibilty.

shovelhead's picture

"Ok guys. We really can't pull this off this bullshit story we started anymore, so we're going to try to walk away from it and see if we can make up something better."

Your friends at WA PO.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

"L@@K! A squirrel! (Russians)"

Not anymore.

Unfortunately, June Foret, the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (Bullwinkle Franchise) died the other day - she was 99 years old - RIP June!

I don't know about Boris Badenov or Natasha Fatale.

Doctor Faustus's picture

She was the voice of Natasha as well.

Normalcy Bias's picture

I heard about her passing. 99 years is one hell of a run, and many, many people will will remember her work fondly.

It's the exact opposite of John McCain's legacy, where many, many more people will celebrate his passing, than will celebrate his life's work.

Nice work, Songbird...


Archibald Buttle's picture

i have a unibroue 'terrible' on the shelf, waiting on mcstain... one has to celibrate when appropriate, right? i have a whole bunch of nice beers on the same shelf, they just have different names on them. both the brewery and the reason to pop a particular one open.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

When we celibrate we must also remember the 134 dead and the almost 300 seriously injured on the Forrestal that day.

It is suggested that we also remember that his father, the Admiral, was head of CINCPAC and presided over the Gulf of Tonkin setup that got us into the Vietnam War that killed 50,000+ and ruined the lives of so many others.

subversion's picture

Well it also keeps Trump from acting friendly and having better relations with Russia. It's sad that he is going out of his way to hurt relations with Russia just to keep local politicians happy.....or he is part of the swamp.

Either way the Rothschilds will get their 3rd world war just so that they can have their control back in Moscow.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

If the "hacking" didn't occur and the "collussion," with the top lieutneants in the Trump campaign did not occur, Russian "meddling" almost certainly did NOT occur.

Why then 99.2 percent of Congress voting for punitive sanctions that move us close to WWIII with a nation that has as many nuclear weapons as our nation?

Why does 100 percent of the MSM seem to prefer this and be advocating for such a result?

It's frightening. I joked with another post - did everyone suddenly take "Crazy pills?" Maybe they did though.

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Maybe it's the Fluoride in the water?

Stinkytofu's picture

this is how it works....


as reported:  "leaked emails show collusion between cnn debate host and clinton campaign...."


the response:  "dem mean folks be 'ttackin' me cause i be's black, an' a wimmins!  thasss raysiss & sexissmal!"

                ...."oh, yeah, an ah's a chrissten, so don't be lyin!"


follow-up reports:  "attacks on ____ by republicans based on racist/misogynist sentiment."

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Can Trump and his team get attys fees and costs awarded when the "witch hunt" is over?

SRV's picture

More to the point.. can taxpayers get the 10s (100s) of millions the Dems have flushed down the toilet trying to destabilise the Trump Administration?

land_of_the_few's picture

Perhaps Europe can get billions in compensation too for the baseless sanctions. Oh, and putting them at risk of getting nuked. Again. Some of us can remember the 80s, thanks.

Jim in MN's picture

Sorry, they'll have to settle for the scalps of the traitors.

Which is definitely not nothing.

gregga777's picture

If anything going on with the US CONgress, the Special Prosecutor or in the Crony Capitalist CONporate Mainstream FAKE NEWS Media was about the TRUTH then Hillary Rodham Clinton's payoff from the Russians for approving the sale of Uranium One's assets to the Russians would be one of the top actions under investigation. But, telling the TRUTH would bring down the Empire of Lies, so we can't have that.

shovelhead's picture

Better hurry before it's illegal.

Archibald Buttle's picture

ah! another opportunity to proclaim: "just to be on the safe side, i boycott everything."