The Russiagate Scandal Descends Into Total Absurdity

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Authored by Alexander Mercouris via TheDuran.com,

Even as the Trump administration disintegrates – with the President publicly quarrelling with his Secretary of State, and his Chief of Staff forced to deny he is about to resign – the scandal which more than anything else has defined this Presidency has disintegrated into total lunacy.

Consider these facts...

(1) The Mueller investigation

Just a few weeks ago the media was full of reports of how Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation was “closing in” on the President and his campaign team.  The focus of media interest was on an early morning search in July of the house of Paul Manafort, the campaign professional who at one time acted as the Trump campaign’s chairman, with lurid headlines that he was about to be indicted, though it was never made clear for what.

Since then there has been nothing, a clear sign that the search of Manafort’s house has come up with nothing, and that the pressure to get Manafort to talk by dangling threats of indictment in front of him have resulted in nothing.

In all other respects a curtain of silence has fallen on Mueller’s investigation, a strong sign that after its failure to “break” Manafort it no longer has a clear strategy of what to do.

(2) The Senate Intelligence Committee

This held a portentous press conference recently to announce the findings of its nine month investigation into the Russiagate allegations.  As a result of that press conference we learnt that

…….the committee and its staff have conducted more than 100 interviews, comprising 250 hours of testimony and resulting in 4,000 pages of transcripts, and reviewed more than 100,000 documents relevant to Russiagate. The staff, said Warner, has collectively spent a total of 57 hours per day, seven days a week, since the committee opened its inquiry, going through documents and transcripts, interviewing witnesses, and analyzing both classified and unclassified material.

The result of all this impressive activity?  Precisely nothing.  Here is what Senator Richard Burr, its Republican chairman, had to say

There are concerns that we continue to pursue. Collusion?  The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion. Now, I’m not going to even discuss any initial findings because we haven’t any

(bold italics added)

The position has been summed up perfectly by President Trump’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders

MS. SANDERS: I think more importantly than the President being frustrated, I think the American people are frustrated. The Senate Intel Committee told us yesterday that, after nearly nine months of investigated — that’s included more than 100 interviews, over more than 250 hours, 4,000 pages of transcripts, 100,000 pages of documents, interviewing officials in the intelligence community who wrote the report on Russian election meddling, interviewing relevant Obama administration officials, and talking to every Trump campaign official they’ve requested — it’s literally found zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

 

I think that the American people would like them to focus on some other things. I know that we certainly have said this all along, and we’re glad that as they continue this process they’re coming to the same conclusion.

(bold italics added)

Notwithstanding this urging “to focus on some other things”, Senator Burr continues to insist that the question of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia – the heart of the Russiagate scandal – is “still open”.  One wonders how much more money, time and work it will need before he finally accepts that it should be closed?

(3) Social media

Relentless pressure on the leading social media platforms – Facebook, Google and Twitter – from people like the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Deputy Chair Senator Warner has unearthed a tiny number of advertisements and comments costing in aggregate substantially less than a million dollars which are ‘assessed’ to have ‘some’ unspecified connection to Russia.

Most of these advertisements and comments did not appear during last year’s US Presidential election and were not about it.  Some of those which did were pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump.  There is however no rhyme or reason to these advertisements and comments, many of which were on non-political subjects, including such momentous matters as puppies.

A reasonable person would conclude that this small number of advertisements and comments could have had no bearing or influence on last year’s US Presidential election, and that they were not intended to have any.

A reasonable person would also conclude that the tiny number of these advertisements and comments – unearthed after frantic and relentless searches by the social media platforms after they were put under intense pressure from the politicians to come up with something – their vague and contradictory material, and their nebulous connection to Russia, in fact proves that there was NO sinister Russian plot to swing last year’s election to Donald Trump by using social media, or even a Russian plot via social media to create doubts about it.

There is however nothing remotely reasonable about the true believers of the Russiagate scandal.  On the contrary they have latched onto this material – whose lack of substance in fact proves the absurdity of their claims – not as disproving their claims but rather as vindication that what they have been saying all along about “Russian meddling in the election” has now been proved to be true.  A whole stream of strange articles (see for example this one in the Financial Times) has appeared in the establishment media which all but say this.

To which one can only say that when evidence of the non-existence of a conspiracy is taken as proof of its existence it becomes clear that all connection to reality and indeed to sanity has been lost.

(4) Attempted Russian hacking of state voting systems

In some ways this was the most bizarre recent claim of all.  It has been thoroughly discussed by Glenn Greenwald and to his commentary I have little to add.

What makes this episode bizarre is that the claim that the Russians hacked or attempted to hack the voting systems of US states is one which has been made repeatedly over the course of the scandal, only to be invariably and repeatedly proved to be false.

The latest iteration of this claim was in an article in USA Today sourced from the Department of Homeland Security which claimed that the Russians had attempted to hack the voting systems of 21 states.

Needless to say the claim was immediately picked up and repeated with enthusiasm by all sorts of people until two of the states involved – Wisconsin and California – categorically denied it, upon which the Department of Homeland Security was forced to issue a retraction.

To which one can only ask: how often does this story have to be refuted before it is accepted as false?

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Overall one senses a scandalous story of nefarious collusion and double-dealing between the Trump campaign and Russia which now rests on nothing but hot air as all attempts to prove it true fail one by one.

In the meantime the American public and even parts of the media are losing interest, as shown by the fact that the scandal hardly comes up in White House news conferences any more.

Serious damage however continues to be done.

The scandal has paralysed the foreign policy of the US government as Donald Trump’s signature policy upon which he was elected – rapprochement with Russia – has been blocked because of a concocted scandal with no substance behind it.

The result unsurprisingly is an angry President, resentful at how his signature policy has been blocked, who having no clear idea what to do, is hitting out in all directions, sometimes by behaving spitefully towards his own staff.

Moreover, as the disintegration of the scandal makes it all but impossible for the President to be removed from office through his impeachment (the original intention of those who concocted it), this chaotic and unhappy state of affairs looks likely to continue indefinitely.

*  *  *

But then - Just when you thought the Hillary Clinton concocted ‘Russia election meddling’ story could not get any more stupid, CNN outdoes itself.

(5) CNN Claims Russia Used 'Pokemon Go' To Meddle In US Election

via Alex Christoforou,

Putin has weaponized Pokemon to subvert US democracy.

Never mind Russia dismantling America’s democratic system with only $100,000 in Facebook ads, which did not even discuss the US election, Russia has now weaponized Pokemon.

We can now expect to see Pokemon characters subpoenaed to testify in front of Congress.

Via The Gateway Pundit

CNN broke an ‘exclusive’ story on Thursday in their desperate attempt to publish anything with the word ‘Russians’ in the title. CNN is now claiming the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential election through Pokemon Go.

 

How did we go from Trump colluded with the Kremlin to Pokemon ads?

CNN claims…

Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter. A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go.

 

One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned.

 

The campaign, titled “Don’t Shoot Us,” offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms, amplifying a campaign that appears to have been run from one source — the shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency.

 

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that the Don’t Shoot Us Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down after the company determined they were linked to the IRA. CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page and the other Don’t Shoot Us accounts.

 

The Don’t Shoot Us campaign — the title of which may have referenced the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” slogan that became popular in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown — used these platforms to highlight incidents of alleged police brutality, with what may have been the dual goal of galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.

 

The Don’t Shoot Us YouTube page, which is simply titled “Don’t Shoot,” contains more than 200 videos of news reports, police surveillance tape and amateur footage showing incidents of alleged police brutality. These videos, which were posted between May and December of 2016, have been viewed more than 368,000 times.

All of these YouTube videos link back to a donotshoot.us website. This website was registered in March 2016 to a “Clerk York” in Illinois. Public records do not show any evidence that someone named Clerk York lives in Illinois. The street address and phone number listed in the website’s registration belong to a shopping mall in North Riverside, Illinois.

 

*****

 

The donotshoot.us website in turn links to a Tumblr account. In July 2016, this Tumblr account announced a contest encouraging readers to play Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game in which users go out into the real world and use their phones to find and “train” Pokémon characters.

 

Specifically, the Don’t Shoot Us contest directed readers to go to find and train Pokémon near locations where alleged incidents of police brutality had taken place. Users were instructed to give their Pokémon names corresponding with those of the victims. A post promoting the contest showed a Pokémon named “Eric Garner,” for the African-American man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer.

CNN make it so easy for Twitter users to troll them…

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vortmax's picture

"The scandal which more than anything else has defined his Presidency"

Stopped reading there. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

The Russiagate Scandal Descends Into Total Absurdity

My response: So is Mueller fired???? Inquiring minds want to know.

TGDavis's picture

No, Mueller will continue until someone commits a crime. 

Rapunzal's picture

It was from day 1 absurd. But they keep the story running because the goal of the parasitic elites is to control the narrative on the news channels. They will get even more aggressive the closer we will get to the final economic collapse. They need to overload us with any BS they can find to completely kill our senses for what is real and what not. They don't even care we find out about all the false flags and hoaxes because tomorrow will be a new one. It's called information overload.

MozartIII's picture

They got nothing. Fucking Maroons!!!

loebster's picture

Russiagate is the Joowitch elite's way of keeping Trump on track with WW3.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-c...

JohnG's picture

"Even as the Trump administration disintegrates – with the President publicly quarrelling with his Secretary of State......"

Here we go with anti-Trump Tyler again.  Trump is doing JUST FUCKING FINE, and sez you, MF'er. 

Kelly was clearly fucking with the press when he "denied" he was about to resign.

Fuck You fella, gal, whatever xe you tend to be today.......

SafelyGraze's picture

cnn has jumped the covfefe

Manthong's picture

 

The Russians hacking Pac-Man to influence a Trump win has to be the looniest story.

Oh, it wasn’t Pac-Man?

Well, that one is next.

sodbuster's picture

And crooked Hildacunt is still free, along with her pedophile husband and parasitic daughter........

ebworthen's picture

I contributed to Trump's campaign, and bought some Stolichnaya a couple times over the past year.

Oh yeah, I bought some great double edge razor blades made by "Astra" in St. Petersburg too.

I expect to hear from Herr Mueller any day now...

Hal n back's picture

Hell, a lot of people are depending on the income they earn from all these investigations. Consier it economic stimulation, albeit adding to US debt. Its a good thing we do not have to worry about debt.

 

MoreFreedom's picture

What they need to do, is question every politician what was the source for their accusations of Russian collusion, and bring them up on charges of treason when they've no evidence to support it.  I can see every one of them saying "Well it's obvious because Trump won".  Yeah, it's just as obvious Trump won because of a Leprechaun.

So It Goes's picture

"Even as the Trump administration disintegrates – with the President publicly quarrelling with his Secretary of State, and his Chief of Staff forced to deny he is about to resign"

Says who - anonymous sources that you accept as fact?  I stopped reading there.

Ms. Erable's picture

Not only is this article a complete and utter waste of bandwidth, the author is a complete and utter waste of carbon and should immediately, voluntarily and permanently cease all bodily CO2 emissions.

Pumpkin's picture

All this BS has defined the political elite, not Trump.  If I were Trump, I would declare matial law upon the government only.  I would re-instate every general that those elite has retired, and I would find every single penny of corruption and give them military trails and punishment.  Our country has desolved into a government, by the government and for the government.  THEY ARE SERVANTS OF THE PEOPLE, and none of them fulfill the role.

Akzed's picture

This is not a country any more, it's a government - from sea to shining sea.

Blue Steel 309's picture

Welcome to the fall of the USA Empire. If we are lucky, it will resemble the USSR when it collapsed under the weight of its own lies.

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

That’s the whole point. They will point back on this for the next election. I can see it now “Trump was under government investigation for sixteen of his first twelve months in office, this racist puppet of Putin is unfit for a second term!”

serotonindumptruck's picture

That's the problem with telling lies.

One must repeat and compound upon the initial lies until Ouroborus consumes its own tail.

TGDavis's picture

Will someone explain to me what "collusion " means? Can you give me 4 to 5 bullet points.  Thanks.  I mean this seriously and without any snark. 

GeezerGeek's picture

(Snarkily)

Collusion: any act or lack of action involving Donald J. Trump and any Russian person or government agency.

Examples:

DJT says Make America Great Again (DJT performed an action)

DJT berated V. Putin because of Russian actions in Syria. (DJT interacted, indirectly, with Putin.)

Russian troops in Syria kill ISIS jihadis. (Some Russians did something.)

Ergo Trump colluded with Russia. QED.

For further information visit https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collusion

Albertarocks's picture

Hey is that you Snarky?  Haven't seen you in a long time.  Hey, not to change the subject but did you ever get caught that time you started that fire in the hospital laundry trolly?

Duc888's picture

 

 

"Even as the Trump administration disintegrates....."

 

Wow, Fuck you.   Six words in and you're a shitbag Hillary voting troll.

She lost asshole.  Get with the program.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'm not your downvote, but can we stop with this bullshit of calling out anyone who criticizes Trump as being a Hillary voting troll?  It's a good article that points out how ridiculous the Russiagate "scandal" is.  I don't know anything about the author, but I seriously doubt he is a Clinton supporter.  More like a person with an opinion that Trump isn't doing so hot, which is a reasonable opinion from any Trump voter or Bernie voter or independent who is sorely disappointed with Trump's actions so far.  You don't have to close your eyes and ears just because you voted for the guy.

Ozymango's picture

I'm with you in general theory, but it's pretty lame to open an article on one subject, with a non-supported statement from a completely different subject. That is, if the writer wants to make the point of the lead sentence -- "Even as the Trump administration disintegrates" -- then you gotta go ahead and support that thesis (here are some example of the disinegration). But then going on to show all the ways the Russiagate "scandal" is just so much hot air/BS, what is demonstrated in the article is all the ways that all these charges against Trump are what disinegrating here.

Now it could be that both the Trump administration *and* the critics of the Trump administration are disinegrating, so basically the government and the media and what passes for expertise and judgment these days is all disintegrating, in which case you'll get no argument from me. :-)

MrSteve's picture

The Big Lie tactic is breaking down as it has no credibility. The Trump-bashers need to reread their Alinsky / Goebels manuals to find out where they went wrong, so wrong!

Jack Oliver's picture

They actually 'placed' Trump in the Presidency - so they could enable this shitshow !!

Your 'votes' had nothing to FUCKING do with it !!

Nor have they mattered - probably since Lincoln !!

Lumberjack's picture

Nope, like the psychologists said
about the noise in Cuba, It's mass psychogenic delusions. Seems contagious and strongly suggest another wall be built to quarantine this outbreak... around DC.

canadian shenanigans's picture

Total psyop and diversion to....

JimmyRainbow's picture

dont forget the sublimal messages in the porridge just right on election day

indaknow's picture

Descends is present tense.  I think we all know that it descended into absurdity a long time ago. 

bardot63's picture

"Just a few weeks ago the media was full of reports of how Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation was “closing in” on the President and his campaign team...."

JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE MEDIA WAS FULL OF SHIT.  AND A FEW MONTHS AGO THE MEDIA WAS FULL OF SHIT.  AND A FEW YEARS AGO THE MEDIA WAS FULL OF SHIT.  AND TODAY, THIS ARTICLE IS FULL OF SHIT.

hooligan2009's picture

distract, divert and prevent governent - that is the plot of the libtard socialist demoNrats - if the russias put as much effort, time and money into bringing down the US government, there would be a national outrage.

the (swamp stench) enema of the american people is the libtard demoNrat party.

the proof is the complete disresepct the libtards have for other peoples money to produce nothing of value.. again

from this

"...nine month investigation into the Russiagate allegations.  As a result of that press conference we learnt that

……. The staff, said Warner, has collectively spent a total of 57 hours per day, seven days a week, since the committee opened its inquiry..."

conveniently, the use of "goal seek" results in 57 x 7 hours a week = 399 hours - funny that?, but anyway, 400 hours (yah i know right?) times 40 weeks (aka "9 months") = 16,000 hours of diversion from ACA, DACA, cutting spending (SETH RICH!), pissagate, weiner/abedin/clinton/awan giving state secrets to pakistan/taking money from Oman/Qatar/Soros/

so 16,000 actul hours, plus all the other pensions, health care, security, catering, hotels (hookers and blow and pill popping from the local chemist queuing up behind John Kerry?)

direct costs at what 5,000 bucks an hour plus the same for support services = 10,000 an hour times 16,000 hours

cost to US taxpayers of lying, cheating and stealing libtard demoNrats diversionary tactics and you have ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY MILLION DOLLARS SPEND ON NOTHING!!!!

now apply that logic to every gvernment principle written over the obamas term, then the bush years before that and you get a path to trillion dollar a year deficits and 20 trillion a year in debt.

but oh, let's protect entititlements and military spending!

spending like a drunken sailor and staying broke - forever.. bleh!

Rolln's picture

Man this site needs to crawl out of Putin's ass.  wtf...

venturen's picture

there is no coming back from that pit

Bay of Pigs's picture

No, you just need to crawl under your rock again.

land_of_the_few's picture

His rock is a recently-refurbished MIC office. His workmates are posting faux-antisemitism on the taxpayer dime.

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw's picture

Trump is trading blows round per round with the useless MFing NWO/Globalist/Jewish Banker/MSM Cabal.   All the best to the Donald. 

 

He  kicked their azz in Nov and is holding is own against them as of today. 

 

Drop dead this weekend John McCain..............

viator's picture

"Even as the Trump administration disintegrates – with the President publicly quarrelling with his Secretary of State, and his Chief of Staff forced to deny he is about to resign,' according to the NeverTrumpers and the Lamestream Media, Trump continues to hit one ball after another out of the park.

az_patriot's picture

"Even as the Trump administration disintegrates..."

WTF kind of ridiculous journalistic bullshit is that?  Is this site now another Hillary shill?  The only disintegrating going on is with the liberals, the MSM, and the Deep State -- all of which are scared shitless that they're losing control to the people.  And they are.  Trump is taking these parasites apart.  One snowflake at a time.

WasNotWuz66's picture

Still trying to figure out that math.................................  57 hrs per day(?!) 7 days a week (I get that)

Was it possibly the "collective" part that got me??

JailBanksters's picture

I thought it had reached peak absurdity, and then CNN decided to out Trump, Trump.

Personally, I think it was Wile E Coyote using a DIY Acme mind control ray gun, that's

the only reason I can think of why people didn't vote for Hillary, she's adorable.

Honest John's picture

Putin is most definitely the master of the universe.  He has single handedly shut down the US political system and didn't leave any trace.  Take note Harvard Business School.  You should do a case study on this.  The US lost.  They haven't won any wars in decades.  An empire in ruins.

1 Alabama's picture

Democrats are SORE LOSERS!

Quinvarius's picture

There is no evidence the Trump Administration is having issues.  Just debunked fake news.