RussiaGate is starting to make a lot of people look ridiculous

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The so-called ‘investigation’ into possible links between US President Donald Trump and members of his team with the Russian government is starting to make a lot of people look ridiculous. The list is very long, from members of US Congress and the Democrat leadership to special counsel Robert Mueller, the intelligence community and pretty much all of the talking heads and scribblers of the mainstream media, all of whom are struggling to present the current farce in Washington as some sort of exercise in democracy, free speech and transparency of political process – and all failing miserably.

President Trump can be forgiven for feeling frustrated at the sight of this extended episode of The Twilight Zone. No wonder he resorted to his weapon of choice, Twitter, and wondered on it why was it that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller did not investigate the former FBI Director James Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over that scandal with her very unconventional use of emails. (Incidentally, Mr Trump should realise that he is the US President and can simply order his Attorney General and the FBI to start that investigation and not just suggest it in a tweet.)

Anyway, as the name ‘Comey’ has been mentioned, it would be a good idea to look back at his testimony that he gave to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee in June, to get a taste of what this ‘investigation’ into Russian links is all about. So that you know, there’s a joke about his performance which goes like this: “Medics are puzzled by a man who remembers every single word he said and heard during the three years that he held a very important job.”

Yes, that was the most remarkable thing about Mr Comey’s performance in the Senate: he seemed to remember every single word uttered during his time as the FBI Director, cut short in May by President Trump who had sacked him on the grounds that he lost the plot. Comey’s witness statement is actually the key to understanding the nature of the whole conspiracy against Trump.

As the joke has highlighted, Mr Comey came across as a bit of a superhero with a memory that even Superman would have been proud of. Every tiny detail, every little nuance in the conversations that he had had in his three years as the FBI top dog were filed in his brain. This was a performance that should have alerted at least some of the Senators on the panel by its crisp delivery, remarkable smoothness and a flow of words that resembled a rushing stream in the spring time. No pauses, no time to find the best word combination, just a flow of words and sentences.

And then there were some points made by Mr Comey that sounded – how can I put it mildly? – a bit over the top. How about his claim that the so-called dossier on Trump’s visit to Moscow that was produced by the former MI6 agent Chris Steele was worthy of serious attention. That sounded very strange. Because the document was based solely on unverified info and anonymous sources and resembled an article from a trashy Moscow tabloid. Didn’t Mr Comeys long experience in the force alert him to the fact that such sort of ‘intelligence’ should have been treated with a bit of scepticism? It turned out that no, it didn’t. In his testimony he confirmed that this was a serious piece of intelligence gathering. Strange, very strange.


And then, of course, there was his very odd answer regarding his decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton further for her bizarre antics with using her private server to send highly confidential emails, and then deleting 33,000 of them when she was found out, and even smashing her mobile phone to bits. Mr Comey’s instincts, as it turned out, told him that there was nothing in it, no abnormality, so to speak. And that was why he took it on himself to stop the investigation. Very suspicious, that point and even more suspicious that none of the Senators pressed him hard on it.

Finally, the matter of his private conversation with President Trump, one-on-one, in the Oval Office, that Mr Comey so eloquently described to the panel, with every little detail and nuance included. He said he later wrote a memo about it and, as you do as a former FBI Director, asked a friend of his to leak it to the press.

This was the climax of his statement, the crescendo of his symphony, the Everest of his assent to greatness. The beauty of the situation was that Mr Comey made it sound like it was no big deal, leaking a private conversation with the US President. And no one in the room objected. In essence what this nasty piece of work was saying was that President Trump supposedly leaned on him in that conversation to drop his investigation of Mike Flynn, who had been forced to resign by then as the White House National Security Advisor as a result of bizarre allegations that he colluded with the Russians. It was at this point that the ex-FBI Director introduced some of the techniques that his agency is known for, i.e. making innocent things sound very suspicious and even sinister. Just what this whole ‘investigation’ into Mr Trump’s alleged links to the Kremlin is doing.

Mr Comey’s body language alone during his testimony to the Senate committee gave a very good indication of what he was up to. And, in a way, his performance revealed what the whole conspiracy against Mr Trump is all about – to sow doubt about his legitimacy as president and ten get rid of him.

This whole RussiaGate stinks. And you can feel the stench from a mile away.

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