Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign invented Russia-gate - in 2015.
The campaign had conducted polling on likely Democrat voters. Their analysis showed that Hillary Clinton's biggest weakness was the fact that she and her husband took over a hundred million dollars from Russians for her signing off on the deal that gave Russia twenty percent of America's uranium when she was Secretary of State.
John Podesta (the genuis whose email password was "password") decided to use the tactic known to every child: projection. The campaign decided to accuse Donald Trump of being complicit with President Putin in order to deflect from Clinton's sleazy corruption.
Whilst the tactic did not work in the sense of securing Hillary the White House, it has grown into one of the biggest campaigns in the history of lying propaganda. The Clinton campaign managed to co-opt the deep state, the corporate media (and just in case you haven't noticed even Fox News' coverage of Trump's presidency is in the main negative), the establishment leadership of the Republican Party, the leadership of the multinational corporations and substantial elements of the judiciary.
Whilst this sustained disinformation failed to win Hillary Clinton the election, it has hamstrung the incumbent. Trump has been unable to staff the executive with enthusiastic supporters of the policies that won him the election. He has been unable to implement his foreign policy positions, especially with regard to creating co-operative relations with Russia and focusing on the defeat of the jihadists. He has been unable to push his legislative agenda in Congress. Even the courts have attempted to block his use of his clear Constitutional and statutory authority.
Today, Congress is set to pass a bill that would hamstring Trump's executive authority even further by preventing him from easing sanctions on Russia, and indeed it aims at increasing sanctions on Russia, along with Iran and North Korea. According to Congress, the rationale for further sanctions on Russia is its role in fighting the jihadists in Syria, which, in an Orwellian twist, is described as destablising, even though it was the support given to the jihadists by the US and its allies that destabilised Syria. Another rationale offered is the Ukraine coup of 2014, which again was the work of the US in supporting to the Stepan Bandera idolising neo-Nazis which brought about the overthrow of the democratically elected government. Victoria Nuland, a Clinton appointee, even boasted of the five billion dollars the US spent on the coup. The Congressional rationale for sanctions of Iran and North Korea are equally Orwellian: a sure sign of dishonesty. These moves are merely intended as counters to the president's authority and freedom of executive action.
There is in fact a coup d'etat in progress. John Brennan at a Security Forum in Aspen has called for state officials to refuse to obey presidential orders, specifically should President Trump seek to remove Special Counsel Mueller, who was appointed as a result of former FBI Director James Comey's leaking of government information to the media. Mueller, a friend and colleague of Comey, has staffed his investigative team with pro-Democrats. He has picked up the witch hunt template, the Steele Dossier, which the Clinton campaign paid over a million dollars for, and which Comey and Adam Schiff and others have used to smear Donald Trump.
All the while, day in and day out, the corporate media run supposed news stories on Russia-gate. The stories are fuelled by selective leaking from anonymous officials and former officials. The stories are construed in the most negative and scandalous light possible. When the stories are shown to be false, they are dropped, only to be subsequently repeated as though they had never been debunked.
The US has a long and consistent history of such anti-democratic campaigns. It has conducted such coups and election meddling in countries across the globe: from Chile to Russia, from Guatemala to Italy. The election of Donald Trump was for the neoliberal elite the wrong result. It is an outcome they are not prepared to accept. They are using all the practised abroad techniques of regime change to destroy Trump's presidency, and Russia-gate is central to the campaign. Apparently, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity have noticed this too. They have sent President Trump a memorandum, explaining in detail that the claim that Russia hacked the election is false. The veterans are understated, but the unavoidable implication of the memo is that there is coup d'etat under way.