from 21st Century Wire:
The master plot went something like this: the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the goal of getting Donald Trump elected. After tens of millions spent, hundreds of interviews, and hundreds of thousands of documents produced – the disgraced former FBI director Robert Mueller could not manage to produce any evidence of ‘Trump-Russia Collusion’ – which was the original remit of his epic witch hunt. As failures go, this one is hard to top.
Despite continued denials and obfuscations by the US corporate media and their British adjuncts like The Guardian, the two and half year-long political hoax known as #Russiagate is now on life support, and is likely to become another zombie inquiry in a matter of weeks.
What will become of this lucrative cottage industry after the coming collapse of Mueller‘s historic folly? How will Washington’s new generation of conspiracy theorists cope?
RT International unpacks the 5 Phases of Russiagate-Mueller withdrawal syndrome….
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller prepares to issue his long-awaited and likely flaccid ‘Russiagate’ report, Democrats and their supporters in the media have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions, not all of them pretty.
Set up in 2017 to investigate rumors of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Mueller’s investigation is set to close in a matter of days, with a final report expected shortly afterwards.
Although a handful of key Trump associates, like former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Republican operative Roger Stone, have been charged with process crimes, nobody has been charged with any offenses relating to collusion.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper – himself no fan of Trump – told CNN on Wednesday that “the investigation, when completed, could turn out to be quite anti-climactic.”
An anti-climactic conclusion would spell disaster for Trump’s opponents in Washington, who have hammered the president for ‘Russian collusion’ for the better part of two years, and for the media, who have never missed a chance to add to the narrative, often with false and outlandish theories.
With Mueller’s report unlikely to satisfy their appetite for collusion, Democrats and the media have been going through a bizarre grieving process in recent days, as they get ready to bid farewell to their dear old friend Mueller.
The process is best explained using a time-tested psychological model. Much like a grieving family adapts to the loss of a loved one, Mueller’s fans now have a long and rough road to recovery ahead of them. Here’s what they can expect:
Denial is, for many people, the first stage of grief. As news circulated of the Mueller investigation’s impending conclusion, former FBI number 2 Andrew McCabe appeared on CNN to give viewers a lifeline, saying “it’s possible” that Trump is working on behalf of the Russian government.
Andrew McCabe: "Numerous people in and around the president, in and around the campaign, maintained contacts with individuals from Russia, people connected to the Russian intelligence services."
— The Hill (@thehill) 20 February 2019
McCabe, who admitted last week that he opened the first iteration of the Trump/Russia investigation without any hard evidence, called the accusations against Trump “extraordinary,” and “something we should all be concerned about,” again without any evidence.
Similar reports abound in the media. “Trump must be a Russian agent,” read a headline last month from Wired, because “the alternative is just too awful.”
Wired’s logic states that if the president isn’t aiding Russia through malevolence, then he must be doing it through incompetence.