Considered a favorite of the liberal press, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign chair John D. Podesta insists that President Donald Trump is jealous of Hillary for winning the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Podesta famously blamed Hillary’s Nov. 8, 2016 campaign loss on former FBI Director James Comey, then fixating the media on the Kremlin. Podesta’s campaign strategy was to tie Trump to Kremlin, frightening voters that the real estate tycoon could not be trusted because of his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Hillary told a Las Vegas presidential debate audience Oct. 19, 2016 that Trump was a “Putin puppet,” something Democrats parlayed after the election into the biggest political media hoax in U.S. history. Trump’s detractors in Congress and the media have whipped Washington into Russia hysteria.

Give Podesta credit for getting a handle on a bogus theme that’s paralyzed the Trump presidency, with unending Congressional and FBI investigations into alleged Trump collusion with Moscow in the 2016 election. Trump never met or exchanged a single word with Putin except congratulatory words after the election. But Podesta’s clever attack mode of tying Trump to the Kremlin persists with today’s bogus investigations trying to show that Trump campaign officials coordinated WikiLeaks’ embarrassing public disclosures about the dirty inner workings of the Hillary campaign. Podesta was especially embarrassed to find his emails questioning Hillary’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State, pay-to-play donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary rate the State Departments and getting debate questions in advance from DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile.

Podesta’s recent remarks show he’s all over the map when it comes to the 2016 election. “Obviously you know, we bear the burden of having lost the Electoral College. I lose sleep about that every night . . .,” Podesta admitted, a far cry from his strategy of blaming the loss on Comey and Russia. When you consider how the Russian theory stuck with Congress, you have to give Podesta credit that he tapped into lingering Cold War anxiety. Congress was so brainwashed by Podesta’s Russia theory that they voted July 28 to hit Russia with new sanctions over Trump’s objections. When Trump met with Putin July 7 at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the world sighed in relief that the two nuclear-power leaders would start to improved U.S.-Russian relations. Congress killed that voting in new economic sanctions, prompting extreme retaliation by Putin.

Podesta’s outrageous Trump-collusion theory has harmed U.S. national security by creating the worst U.S.-Russian relations since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Trump campaigned to improve U.S.-Russian relations but war hawks like Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) destroyed Trump’s chances of resetting Russian relations. Working with anti-Trump Democrats, McCain and Graham usurped Trump’s authority under Article 4, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, making Trump commander-in-chief. Democrats and Republicans made it impossible for Trump to conduct foreign policy or protect U.S. national security under the July 28 sanctions bill. Trump reluctantly signed the bill Aug. 2 with a gun to his head, knowing Congress had the votes to override a veto. Thanks to Podesta’s anti-Russia hysteria, Congress has harmed U.S. national security.

Admitting that he loses sleep nightly because he ran a failed campaign, Podesta admits that the Russian meddling in the 2016 election was just another hoax. “I think it really just bugs the hell out of him that she [Hillary] three million more votes than he did and he keeps coming back to that,” Podesta told Chris Cuomo and CNN’s “New Day.” Podesta boasts about Hillary winning three million more popular votes but has no problem blaming Hillary’s loss on the Russians or Comey. Speaking on CNN, Podesta helps deliver the anti-Trump narrative regardless of the facts. Winning three million more votes proves, beyond any doubt, that Hillary benefitted, not Trump, from Russian influence. Russian hysteria on Capitol Hill and in the media has cost the U.S. dearly in national security. Without Russia, the U.S. must go-it-alone trying to contain North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Podesta exposed his con-artist self, switching gears, deciding to accept some blame for running an inept campaign for Hillary. While not admitting it, his phony Russian theory has cost the country dearly in terms of U.S. national security. Watching Congress toss common sense to the wind, passing more Russian sanctions July 28, damaged U.S.-Russian relations for the foreseeable future. If and when former FBI Director Robert Mueller completes his investigation into Russian meddling and Trump collusion in the 2016 campaign, Trump may get the monkey off his back. As long as the media rails against everything Trump, it’s doubtful he can get anything done. Democrats and Republicans joined forces for the July 28 sanctions bill to prevent Trump from running foreign policy and national security. Podesta has no qualms manipulating the media for his own agenda.