CTH republishes a long, long post from 2018 that goes into some of the inner workings for that narrative. It's far too long to even quote here, but it's worth rereading and reminding yourselves of some of the things that were going on, and are still pieces on the chess board.
I'm amazed at how gullible some, many, conservatives can be. The good news is that AG Barr has signalled that he doesn't buy it. The signals come in two forms: 1) Barr's statement that Crossfire Hurricane and events after the election were "without a basis." 2) The intense focus of John Durham on the Brennan Dossier (Intelligence Community Assessment).
Here's the CTH piece:
Thomas Farnan has a much shorter article addressing aspects of the continuing Russia Hoax--continuing as a hoped for Get Out Of Jail Free Card for the coup plotters:
Last week, the DOJ declassified three footnotes in the Inspector General’s FISA report. They showed the FBI knew Christopher Steele had associations with shady Russian oligarchs and that somebody — whose identity is redacted — suggested in 2017 that parts of the dossier may have included Russian disinformation.
Some responded as if the footnotes revealed Vladimir Putin and not an FBI-CIA-Clinton conspiracy was responsible for the ridiculous machinations of Russiagate. ...
Beware especially pundits associated with NeverTrump who assert with ontological certainty that Russia interfered in the election. They would love to believe that when people in Pittsburgh defied them and voted for Trump, we were tricked by Putin.
The problem with their self-serving ruse is that “Putin-did-it” provides a lifeboat for the Spygate conspirators. Brennan, Comey, McCabe et al. are going to say, “we were fooled by the Russians like everyone else.” In the hysteria they generated, Putin is the matinee villain du jour and Russian disinformation makes them victims of his shenanigans, poor fellas.
Three years of scrutiny has determined that the dossier was phony. That the FBI, CIA and Clinton campaign used it to orchestrate the biggest political dirty trick in American history is the real scandal, and Putin is a red herring.