Caitlin Johnstone has an eye-catchingly ribald way of calling to mind that, to her credit, she has been right about Russia-gate (now evolved into Deep State-gate), and that, by all rights, the duped should stoop to make amends. Johnstone refers to how she nailed it in the fall of 2017, warning ardent Russia-gate believers, and those still suffering from the HWHW virus, that Deus ex Mueller was not going to suddenly swoop down ex machina, as with the protagonists in the Greek tragedies. Mueller would not be able to rescue those still unable to accept the reality that Mrs. Clinton was quite capable of snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory all by herself.
Mueller would disappoint Russia-gate true believers, Caitlin wrote. Now, with “Politico” preparing believers in Russia-gate for “disappointment,” Johnstone seems to have nailed it again. Except …
Caveat: Mueller’s search may well come up empty, but the stakes are so very high, with the most senior Department of Justice, FBI, and CIA officials shown to have played fast and loose with the Constitution and the law (including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and perhaps Mueller himself) there is still some chance that a manufactured “there” will eventually appear and help get the miscreants off the stage and off the hook.
“No There There”
It was Consortium News’s Robert Parry who, early on, figured out what was afoot. He appears to have been the first to write that there may be “no there there.” Those interested can scan the milestone items below, which sketch how the story played out on Consortium News. Yes, the whole Russia-gate narrative in Establishment media is nothing short of obscene — and quite deserving of the penitential/remedial gesture invited by Johnstone. For good or ill, you will find the language in Consortium News a tad more subdued. But kudos to Caitlin!
The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate’
By Robert Parry, March 4, 2017
Exclusive: The hysteria over “Russia-gate” continues to grow – as President Trump’s enemies circle – but at its core there may be no there there while it risks pushing the world toward nuclear annihilation, writes Robert Parry. [Emphasis added]
As shown in “Moon-Strzok No More” [linked below], Bob Parry’s tentative conclusion that “there may be no there” came 11 weeks before FBI counterintelligence guru Peter Strzok told his girlfriend, FBI attorney Lisa Page, there was “no big there there” and 19 weeks before Page reportedly told a joint House committee that when Strzok texted her saying that when Strzok wrote there was “no big there there,” he meant there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), July 24, 2017
(VIPS’ 50th and perhaps most consequential Memorandum for the President)
More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
By William Binney and Ray McGovern, September 20, 2017
The Foundering Russia-gate ‘Scandal’
By Robert Parry December 13, 2017 (Bob’s last substantive article)
Moon-Strzok No More, Lisa Page Spills the Beans
By Ray McGovern, July 7, 2018
“No there there” means no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, admits Page.