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FBI Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016

"This story is so fucking insane on so many levels. But once reasonable people have no problem with America's secret police infiltrating a political campaign and are happy to normalize this, because Trump eats centrist-liberal brains."


The Full Story of Trump’s Russia Ties Will Come Out—But It’ll Take Time


Convergence Is Worse Than Collusion

Trump and Putin share many more goals than just Trump’s election.

AUG 13, 2018


StephenCohen: Mueller's Own Mysteries

"...As reflected in the text and footnotes, Mueller relies heavily on reports by US intelligence agencies, but without treating the recorded misdeeds of those agencies, particularly the CIA under John Brennan in promoting the Russiagate saga. He also relies heavily on contemporary media accounts of Russiagate as it unfolded, but without taking into account their journalistic malpractices, as abundantly documented by Matt Taibbi, who equates the malpractice with news reports leading up to the US invasion of Iraq.

So much for all the shameful Russiagate allegations of Trump-Putin collusion, conspiracy, even treason. Surely it means the US needs another, different investigation, one into the actual origins and meaning of this fraudulent, corrosive, exceedingly dangerous and still unending American political scandal."


"This tweet and so much else, illustrates why Dems are panicking over Bill Barr. Now that the Mueller festival has collapsed, investigative and media attention is turning to how this conspiracy theory started, who did it, and whether CIA/FBI/NSA powers were politicized and abused."

And so we now move into the most important questions of all. Investigating the investigation will prove much more productive of the mythical 'collusion' though of a distinctly domestic kind. Count on it.


America in Denial: Dr Gabor Mate on the Psychology of Russiagate (and vid)

"...It wasn't that they just wanted to know the truth. They actually wanted the truth to look a certain way. It's much more comforting to believe that some foreign enemy is doing this to us than to look at what this says about us as a society. There was a massive denial..."


CraigMurray: The Real Muellergate Scandal

"Robert Mueller is either a fool or deeply corrupt. I do not think he is a fool..."


Mike Whitney: 'Judgment Day For John Brennan'

"Sometime in the next 4 weeks, the Justice Department's inspector general will release an internal review that will reveal the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Among other matters, the IG's report is expected to determine 'whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.'

Critics of the Trump-collusion probe believe that there was never probable cause that a crime had been committed, therefore, there was no legal basis for launching the investigation. The findings of the Mueller report - that there was no cooperation or collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign - seem to underscore this broader point and suggest that the fictitious Trump-Russia connection was merely a pretext for spying on the campaign of a Beltway outsider whose political views clashed with those of the foreign policy establishment.

In any event, the upcoming release of the Horowitz report will formally end the first phase of the long-running Russiagate scandal and mark the beginning  of Phase 2, in which high profile officials from the previous administration face criminal prosecution for their role in what looks to be a botched attempt at a coup d'etat..."


Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

Republican Congressman Justin Amash says that after reading the full, redacted Mueller report, he is convinced that Trump committed obstruction of justice, and must be impeached. Story at Quartz.


He has more guts and integrity than the entire Democratic House leadership.


Cohen: Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security (and vid)

"Now in its third year, Russiagate is the worst, most corrosive and most fraudulent political scandal in modern American history. And they have enticed mainstream media into one of the worst episodes of journalistic malpractice in modern times..."


Russia’s “attack” on the U.S electoral system in 2016 was “sophisticated,” “concerted” and “systematic.” Any effort to impede the investigation into a matter of that “paramount importance” struck “at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

“As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said.


Russiagate, Like Count Dracula, Will Never End

"Russiagate, like Count Dracula, will never end because new political blood will be fed to this vampire...The Russiagate fable-fraud has become a kind of theocratic cult, and it has millions and millions of self-inflicted and unwilling followers. Democratic elites are still roaming the streets of Washington and the Halls of Congress in search of fresh blood..."


'They Will Pay A Price': Bolton Says US Has Expanded 'Offensive Cyber Operations' Against Russia

"The United States is ramping up cyber operations targeting Russia and other so-called adversaries, in what US National Security Advisor John Bolton says is a response to election meddling. 'The purpose is to say to Russia, or anybody else that's engaged in cyber operations against us, [ Except Israel, of course.] you will pay a price...'

Bolton has long argued for a more hostile footing in cyberspace: In an oped for The Hill last year, he urged the US to launch a 'retaliatory cyber campaign' against Russia, which has apparently now become policy."

The American duopoly uber alles: How to win Dem friends and influence people...


US Escalates Online Attacks on Russia's Power Grid

"The most disturbing part of the news that the US is engaged in acts of war against Russia and attacking civilian infrastructure is that the elected Commander-in-Chief hasn't been informed of this escalation. Russiagaters are cheering for this currently."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

NBC news reports on a new study from the University of Tennessee.

Ken Dilanian wrote:
President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that Russian's 2016 propaganda campaign on social media had no impact on the presidential election.

A new statistical analysis says it may well have.

The study, by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not prove that Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it demonstrates that Trump's gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely with high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls and bots of the Internet Research Agency, a key weapon in the Russian attack.

"Our results show that the weeks when Russian trolls were accumulating likes and retweets on Twitter, that activity reliably foreshadowed gains for Trump in the opinion polls," wrote Damian Ruck, the study's lead researcher, in an article explaining his findings.

The study found that every 25,000 re-tweets by accounts connected to the IRA predicted a 1 percent increase in opinion polls for Trump.


Analysis: No, Russian Twitter Trolls Didn't Demonstrably Push Trump's Poll Numbers Higher

"Russian 'ads targeting the three states that handed Trump the election - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - were seen by only 1,000 people..."


Insinuendo: Why the Mueller Report Doth Repeat So Much

"...What becomes clear is that the special counsel used a number of rhetorical devices to couch evidence and craft a narrative so that a document that ultimately clears the president can also be used as an indictment..."

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Russian attack is the biggest joke of the new millennium. So tell me please someone, where has there been an election in the last twenty years that foreign governments and or their oligarchs have not spent money in to get a preferred outcome. 

I know that the US tries to influence democratic elections because I am watching it in real time. I am getting constantly spammed on social media by US funded groups of both the left and the right trying to influence my vote.  The big NGO's some of which are likely tied to some branch of the 5Eyes are involved as are corporate funded "think thanks."

But this is a very old story for our country. Canada got medicare despite the almost overwhelming media attacks by the US insurance companies against Douglas's introduction of it. It is rather galling to have to see so much angst over a non-event given the scope of the misdeeds of the self-righteous "victim" in the area of electoral interference in other peoples countries.


In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.


Re: Above...

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents New 'Russian Influence' Story

"Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump. He later admitted that the claims therein were 'likely false.' Today, Isikoff came up with a new fake story about 'Russian influence'. Isikoff claims that the conspiracy theory, that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed because he stole the DNC emails which Wikileaks later published, was placed by Russia's foreign intelligence service.

It's eternally tempting to suggest that out-there ideas like the Rich conspiracies were a function of nefarious external actors like Russian intelligence officials. That text from Bannon, though, underlines the more anodyne truth: It was politically useful for a number of people to hype the allegations at the expense of Rich's reputation."


Isikoff is a generally respected reporter.  As for the Steele dossier,


Russiagate Falls Apart Even More Every Day (and vid)

The Nation's Aaron Mate and Lee Camp deconstruct 'Mad Dow' disease & Russiagate conspiracy gobbledygook.


Trump-Russia Dossier Journalist Says Russia Planted Story About Clinton Hitmen Killing Seth Rich

"The man who first reported on the discredited Steele dossier has a brand new conspiracy theory about Russia. The idea that DNC staffer Seth Rich was killed on the order of Hillary Clinton was invented by - guess who?"


Actually Hillary Clinton’s dumb campaign team with a little help from James Comey combined with CNN and CNBC 24/7 news coverage of Trump put Trump in the White House but that’s a story for another day


How the Seth Rich conspiracy theory put Trump in the White House


Acosta resigns as Trump's Labor Secretary amid Epstein pedophile scandal:


Margaret Kimberley: Time For Russiagate to End

"Russiagate is a scheme meant to give Democrats popular support without doing anything the public wants them to do. Democrats turned what has been labeled Russiagate into a get out of jail free card. They didn't have to explain how they managed to lose to Donald Trump as long as charges of Russian meddling could be used to make Russiagate live on into the 2020 election where it can be the most useful to them..."


Galloway: Dunce's Cap For Russiagate Coverage Should Go to CNN

"So unhinged has CNN - the last hold-out of the Russiagaters - become, that they have now piled new levels of ordure on the political prisoner Julian Assange in a much touted 'Special' heaping speculation upon speculation on what they hope is the coffin of a man they once lionized. The scandalous behavior - including CNN's own (now Fox) contributor Donna Brazile - through which the Democratic Party rigged their own Primary process to defeat Bernie Sanders and procure the coronation of the aforementioned Mrs Clinton, was not hacked but leaked. Not by Russians but by Americans. Not by RT but by Democratic Party insiders, disgusted as they should have been at the shameless Tammany Hall shenanigans going on in their party..."


Mueller Testimony: Another Debacle For the Democrats Anti-Russia Campaign

"...It was a reactionary diversion, an attempt to distract public opinion from the collaboration of the Democratic Party with Trump's agenda, including his murderous pogrom against immigrants, his assertion of quasi-dictatorial presidential powers, his record spending on the military and his preparations for war agianst Iran, Russia and China, including the use of nuclear weapons.

The hearing came only one day after Democrats reached a budget deal that effectively grants Trump a free hand to carry out his policies for the rest of his term. The wall to wall coverage was out of all proportion to the content of Mueller's testimony itself. No new information  or allegations were presented and Mueller declared at the outset that he would restrict his answers to statements already contained in his report. Mueller refused to answer more than 200 questions over the course of the two hearings..."


Second, as Mueller will also remind us, two units of the Russian intelligence services breached 29 computers at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and 30 computers at the Democratic National Committee. The Russians siphoned off more than 70 gigabytes of information from the DCCC and stole “hundreds of thousands” of documents from compromised email accounts and networks.

That information was in turn passed by the Russians to the American news media, directly through a fake Russian persona (named Guccifer 2.0)


UK 'Up To Its Neck' in Russiagate Affair, Says George Galloway, as Secret Texts Reveal British Role (and vid)

"Turns out it was Britain that was the foreign country interfering in American affairs,' says former MP George Galloway to RT, speaking about the new revelations published by the Guardian about early British involvement in the 'Russiagate' investigation..."


Secret Texts Cast Light on UK's Early Role in Trump-Russia Inquiry

"Secret FBI and Mi5 texts reveal how, as early as June 2016 (and just as ex-MI6 officer Steele was beginning his dossier) UK intelligence agencies were already playing a key role in developing the suggestions of Russian interference in November 2016 US election."


Russiagate Fanatic Michael Isikoff's Curious Project

"Seymour Hersh has been right about some of the biggest stories of our times, and he thinks the DNC email theft was an inside job..."


Judge Throws Out DNC Lawsuit, Assange Still in Peril

"A federal judge dismissed a DNC lawsuit against President Trump over WikiLeaks' release of emails from the Clinton campaign. RT America's Rachel Blevins reports. Then [Canadian] author and historian Jeremy Kuzmarov joins Steve Malzberg to share his insights."


Craig Murray: In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead

"In the world of the political elite the answer is Russiagate..."


Push-Back with Aaron Mate (and vid)

"Mueller time is over, Russia hate is here to stay.' Prof Stephen Cohen on Russiagate: 'driven by malign motives..."