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The same media that flogged the insane 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory for years are resurrecting that particular dead horse, in what appears to be an effort to stop the White House from cleaning up the US intelligence community.

"Russia is aiding President Trump in the 2020 election, intelligence officials told lawmakers," the New York Times blared on Thursday, adding that President Donald Trump berated the acting Director of National Intelligence after last week's briefing to that effect, about how "Democrats might exploit the news."


How nice of the Times to prove Trump's (alleged) point, then - and with a story that relies entirely on anonymous, unverifiable sources no less. It's just like the early 2017 stuff about the "Trump-Putin dossier" on which the president-elect was briefed by FBI chief Jim Comey and DNI James Clapper, only for this to immediately leak to the #Resistance press, and set the stage for years of "Russian collusion" investigations.

Sure, the 'Russiagate' nonsense failed to stop Trump from getting elected or being sworn in, just like it failed to provide a pretext for his impeachment, so the Democrats had to make one up with the Ukraine phone call. That doesn't mean they can't try again, though!


MSNBC - which never recanted its Russiagate reporting - immediately blared the Times report as breaking news. CNN went a step further, calling on Clapper to comment on the story - yes, the very same former spook who brazenly lied to Congress about spying on Americans, co-authored the infamous "intelligence community assessment" claiming Russia was meddling in the 2016 election, and claimed Russians were "genetically driven" to subvert the US.


Comment: Just in time for raving Russiagater Rachel Maddow. Not only does she not have to apologize for gas-lighting her views four the last four years, she gets to stay employed!


In what surely speaks volumes by itself, the story was uncritically amplified by the Washington Post's chief fact checker.

Notice that all of this is happening just a day after nearly every single mainstream Western outlet outright misinterpreted a quote - in exactly the same way - from a court hearing about WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, because it fit their narrative about "Russian meddling."

This new alleged "bombshell" also comes a day after Trump named trusted envoy Richard Grenell to oversee the ODNI - Clapper's old beat - causing much wailing and gnashing of the teeth among the #Resistance and NeverTrumper types.
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Richard Grenell
Could it be that they're just a tiny bit nervous Grenell might clean house of all the "resistance" types that have acted for years on the self-righteous conviction that they, not the elected president, should run US policy? Folks like Clapper, Comey, CIA chief John Brennan, or the "whistleblower"-who-must-not-be-named who initiated the Ukrainegate fiasco, for example.

While normal, sane people may think that 'Russiagate' was a failure - and on its face, it was - it did actually manage to accomplish two major things. One was to validate the Trump Derangement Syndrome of the mainstream media and the Democrats, eventually encouraging them to believe they could actually impeach him. We all know how that ended.

The other, and perhaps more important, was to provide cover for all the people involved in the spying on Trump's campaign, illegal FISA wiretaps and "unmaskings" of names, perjury traps, trumped-up prosecutions, letting Hillary Clinton off the hook for private email server use, and whatever actually happened to the DNC computers that got blamed on Russia.

Those people now have lucrative book deals or cushy jobs in the media and think tanks, rather than being charged with plotting a coup and being locked up in a federal penitentiary - even as they bleat how "no one is above the law." Funny how Washington works, isn't it?
Nebojsa Malic is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for Antiwar.com from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Twitter @NebojsaMalic