Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election:
The first involved establishing personal contact with Americans perceived as sympathetic to Moscow — such as former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and early Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page — and using them as a means to further Russia's foreign-policy goals.
The second involved hacking the Democratic National Committee email servers and then giving the material to WikiLeaks, which leaked the emails in batches throughout the second half of 2016.
The third was to amplify the propaganda value of the leaked emails with a disinformation campaign waged predominantly on Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to use automated bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump agitprop.
And the fourth was to breach US voting systems in as many as 39 states leading up to the election, in an effort to steal registration data that officials say could be used to target and manipulate voters in future elections.
Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say
Interesting how Trump won every surprise swing state by a similar 1% margin.
That 1% margin was just low enough to avoid automatic audits. Would the Russians know that? I assert this implies collusion with the Trump campaign and other Republicans.
The fact that Trump campaign officials were discussing Russian sanctions relief at all during the campaign, indicates collusion. Sanctions relief was the tacit payoff for the Russian hacking.
Over the weekend, Trump tweeted:
Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat
Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!
This sounds like Trump making excuses for his collusion, because he's a blathering idiot and that's how he loves to whine.
And of course:
NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia
However, the GOP obstructed efforts by the Obama administration to act on the Russia attack
, and the Republicans still are thwarting investigations in congress. GOP traitors, all.
In terms of US politics, this is the single biggest story of my life -- a major America political party is outright engaged and covered up treason to consolidate power here in the US. Furthermore, their politics ONLY benefit the oligarchs and elites. This is disgusting and evil in the extreme.