How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Won't Prove Trump-Russia Collusion?

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

Dear America. Stop trying to make Russiagate happen. It’s not going to happen. Deus ex Mueller isn’t coming. You’re going to have to solve your country’s problems yourselves, America. He may dig up evidence of corruption, but Robert Mueller’s investigation will never – ever – find proof that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election using hackers and propaganda. If you attribute all your problems to Trump, you’re guaranteeing more Trumps after him, because you’re not addressing the disease which created him, you’re just addressing the symptom.

A while back I figured out a trick for using Twitter as a tool to find out what sorts of things establishment loyalists really don’t want me saying. Once I discover a really hot button, I write an article that bangs on that button as hard as possible. One of those buttons is expressing my certainty that Robert Mueller’s investigation will never, ever find any proof that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election using hackers and propaganda.

We are not allowed to say such things. If you debate a Russiagater for any length of time and you know how to debunk their assertions, they always, always, always wind up resorting to a “just you wait until Mueller finishes his investigation” declaration, which from my point of view is the same as debating a fundamentalist Christian whose argument boils down to “Well I’ll be proven right when you die and God sends you to Hell!”

You can always feel right if you kick the can around some corner in the future that can’t be seen and analyzed critically. Luckily for us, we’ve got information that we can look at right now which does not require any religious faith...

We know from the Snowden leaks on the NSA, the CIA files released by WikiLeaks, and the ongoing controversies regarding FBI surveillance that the US intelligence community has the most expansive, most sophisticated and most intrusive surveillance network in the history of human civilization.

Following the presidential election last year, anonymous sources from within the intelligence community were hemorrhaging leaks to the press on a regular basis that were damaging to the incoming administration.

If there was any evidence to be found that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election using hackers and propaganda, the US intelligence community would have found it and leaked it to the New York Times or the Washington Post last year.

Mueller isn’t going to find anything in 2017 that these vast, sprawling networks wouldn’t have found in 2016. He’s not going to find anything by “following the money” that couldn’t be found infinitely more efficaciously via Orwellian espionage. The factions within the intelligence community that were working to sabotage the incoming administration last year would have leaked proof of collusion if they’d had it. They did not have it then, and they do not have it now. Mueller will continue finding evidence of corruption throughout his investigation, since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish, but he will not find evidence of collusion to win the 2016 election that will lead to Trump’s impeachment. It will not happen.

This sits on top of all the many, many, many reasons to be extremely suspicious of the Russiagate narrative in the first place.

Russia-gate's Shaky Doundation - The Russia-gate hysteria now routinely includes rhetoric about the U.S. being at “war” with nuclear-armed Russia, but the shaky factual foundation continues to show more cracks, as historian Daniel Herman describes.


Russigate Is More Fiction Than Fact  - From accusations of Trump campaign collusion to Russian Facebook ad buys, the media has substituted hype for evidence.


The Big Fat Compendium Of Russiagate Debunkery - Russiagate is like a mirage: from a distance it looks like something, but once you move in for a closer look, there’s nothing there. Nothing. Nothing solid, nothing substantial, nothing you can point at and say, “Here it is."

Humans are storytelling creatures.

The most significant and most underappreciated facet of our existence is how much of our interface with the world consists not of our direct experience of it, but of our mental stories about it. Combine that fact with the century of research and development that has gone into refining propaganda tactics and the US plutocracy’s stranglehold on mainstream media, and you get a nation lost in establishment narratives. People forming their worldviews based on phantasms of the mind instead of concrete facts.

I’ve noticed a strange uptick in establishment loyalists speaking to me as though Trump-Russia collusion is already an established fact, and that I’m simply not well-informed. There is still the same amount of publicly available evidence for this collusion as there ever was (zero), so this tells me that the only thing which has changed is the narrative. Pundits/propagandists are increasingly speaking as though this is something that has already been established, and the people who consume that propaganda go out and circulate it as though it’s an established fact. When you’re not plugged into that echo chamber, though, it looks very weird.

This is why Russiagaters find my certainty that collusion will never be proven so intensely abrasive. Their entire worldview consists of pure narrative?—?literally nothing other than authoritative assertions from pundits who speak in a confident tone of voice?—?so when they encounter someone doing the same thing but with hard facts, it causes psychological discomfort. This discomfort is called cognitive dissonance. It’s what being wrong feels like.

The Only People Who Still Believe In Russiagate Are Those Who Desperately Need To...

I mean, I get it. Really, I do. When I stop listening to the narratives of both his supporters and his detractors and just look at the hard facts, from my point of view Trump is doing some really shitty things and doesn’t seem much different from his neoliberal neocon predecessors. Republicans are horrible, and he seems pretty much like a garden variety Republican who says rude things on Twitter. If I look at those hard facts, then add in two years of psychological brutalization by the corporate media telling Americans that Trump is an evil Nazi who will turn the country into a smouldering crater, I can understand why people would be in a hurry to get him out of office.

And when I converse with Russiagaters, that’s generally what this boils down to. “Impeach Trump” is a punishment in search of a crime. They’ve been whipped into a frenzied state of fear by establishment psyops, and they want Mueller to pull a deus ex machina and save them from the evil orange monster. They believe Mueller will get Trump impeached for Russian collusion because they badly want to.

It’s not going to happen, though. Deus ex Mueller isn’t coming. You’re going to have to solve your country’s problems yourselves, America.

And this is actually a good thing, because Trump is not the source of your country’s problems. Believing that a Trump impeachment will fix any of America’s major ills is like believing cough suppressants cure pneumonia. What do you get when you have pneumonia and you take cough suppressants instead of antibiotics? You get wrong-sounding Muppets, that’s what.

If you attribute all your problems to Trump, you’re guaranteeing more Trumps after him, because you’re not addressing the disease which created him, you’re just addressing the symptom.

The problem is not Trump.

The problem is that America is ruled by an unelected power establishment which maintains its rule by sabotaging democracy, exacerbating economic injustice and expanding the US war machine.

Stop listening to the lies that they pipe into your echo chambers and turn to face your real demons.

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Paul Kersey BennyBoy Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:37 Permalink

Mueller is not looking for Trump/Russia collusion in the 2016 election.

Ken Starr went after Bill Clinton for Whitewater. Ken Star didn't get Bill Clinton for Whitewater. Ken Star got Clinton for dropping his wad on Monica's blue dress after lying under oath about not having sex with her.

Mueller is not looking for Trump/Russia collusion in the 2016 election. Mueller and his team of forensic accountants will be pouring through Trump's tax returns, Felix Sater's secret testimony, and the mistakes made by Eric, Don Jr, Jared and Flynn (father and son), seeking out Trump Organization Russian mob money laundering and misappropriated Trump charitable contributions. They are also looking for emoluments clause violations on a case in NY, where Obama-appointed Judge, George Daniels, has already commenced discovery. No, Mueller is not looking for Trump/Russia collusion in the 2016 election. Mueller is looking for anything and everything else.

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Paul Kersey Paul Kersey Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

Nobody in Congress, neither Republicans nor Democrats, REALLY wants Trump impeached. Wall Street can't survive a Trump impeachment trial. What they want is for Trump to resign under extreme pressure, and for Pence, Deep State's puppet, to take over, with Paul RINO Ryan pulling his strings for the Goldmanites, Koch Brothers and the neocons.

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GUS100CORRINA Cman5000 Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

How We Can Be Certain That Mueller Won't Prove Trump-Russia Collusion?My response: This guy needs to be shut down and fired because of conflicts of interest.In response to the author's question, we see the following.The HUMAN HEART is deceitful above all else and desparately wicked, who can know it?YES this DESPOT with a REPROBATE MIND who is part of the DEEP state will lie and create fiction as soon as the DEEP STATE decides the time has come. It should be noted that DESPOT Sen. Lindsey Grahm threatened TRUMP if he fires Mueller.This whole situation is EVIL.

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Hubbs Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:06 Permalink

Silly Caitland Johnstone, don't you know that Justice in America is a farce? Just like George Carlin stated that elections were a ploy "to give the American public the impression that we have a choice: You don't. You have owners,"in the same way, the "legal system" has been comandeered by parasitic lawyers for their own benefit to shake down the public and make them think that we can get "justice." We  can't. We have Kangaroo farms. So Mueller, let's go do the hop, oh baby, lets go do the hop!Justice is random, arbitray, and capricious. Just as Alice in Wonderland said so eloquently. "Stuff and nonesense. Who ever heard of sentencing first, verdict afterwards?,"The courts decide what the "necessary" verdict is first, then cherry pick case law, disregarding any exhonerating evidence  or statute necessary to "justify" the verdict.

gm_general Wed, 11/15/2017 - 20:15 Permalink

Mueller is down with the creeps who did 9/11, perhaps the greatest act of deception ever. If these fields want to manufacture evidence of Russian collusion, they could just do it.

Cabreado Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:10 Permalink

It's getting longer and longer now... when I remember typing here that I considered the handling and resolution of the Clinton email situation to be the grand bellwhether of where We are.Good for me -- no regrets there.  Bad for's even worse than I thought.

MuffDiver69 Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:46 Permalink

Collusion is not a crime even if it occurred and we all know it..A bit of cognitive dissonance creeps in with this author though...Saying Trump is not feeding this while setting in place a plan through his cabinet is the wrong read and I have found it impossible for people I agree with on most things to see it...Even some relatively smart people treat Trump as though he is literally some guy that got lucky selling real estate in some small suburb and had a TV show..I look forward to him setting them off again for the weekend..It would be fun to guess what it will be, but I guarantee he is thinking about it at this minute..Like him, some of us are having a blast..Just think where we used to be and it’s all being exposed day by day....There are many people who think the Mueller and Rosenstein meeting with Trump the day before Special Counsel was announced was a coincidence..yeah..right...

Rex Andrus Wed, 11/15/2017 - 22:42 Permalink

We know who hacked every election since 1960. It wasn't Putin. Change your name Caitlin. It's not that you're not allowed to be called Caitlin, it's just that this name has been totally debased.

Mzhen Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:21 Permalink

Caitlin:  "Rogue journalist, utopia prepper, last of the anti-war, anti-establishment left, and proudly 100 percent reader-funded through Patreon."

RumpleShitzkin Thu, 11/16/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

“This discomfort is called cognitive dissonance. It’s what being wrong feels like.”
Gotta love this author. That’s a nice piece of work. She has a way with words.

TeddyBear Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:06 Permalink

Y'all do know that Pence is going to be the one to force Trump out. He really wants to be president. And he sees this as his only chance. And the Republican tards see him as the only one that could win the next election.Now they just have to figure out how to make it look like the Dem tards did it.

shadow54 Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:16 Permalink

unelected power establishment= The SwampThe USA can't be fixed without democratic reform.Starting with presidential races. It is not a democracy when one candidate can spend 1.2 billion while the other only half that.Imitate places like Canada. Paper ballots. Blocks on corporate and union political funding etc.

Cockoo Thu, 11/16/2017 - 05:14 Permalink

Former DNC Chair the one and only Donna Brazile will  or may testify in a lawsuit alleging that the DNC murdered whistleblower Seth Rich.

Reaper Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

"Prosecutors could indict a ham sandwich."  Indictment is not proof.  The Exceptionals want to believe that their prosecutors are honorable men, and only the guilty are indicted.   Trust is the opiate of the stupid.