CIA source pulled from Russia had confirmed Putin ordered 2016 meddling: NY Times
…did Trump fucking burn our main intelligence asset in Russia?
How do we know that this wasn’t a part of a quid pro quo? Trump gets power, feeds them Intel, and they don’t blow his cover? How do we know for sure that the Trump folks were blackmailed from the start, and then got pulled in deeper from there? Of course, you don’t blackmail Trump so much as give him what he wants for a price he is willing to pay. “What? A spy? Yeah, we got one in department X. Great guy, the best guy.”
We really don’t know, and the fact that it seems at least a little bit plausible is troublesome as hell. This could easily be why they couldn’t get Trump financial records — it would show the goddamn money laundering and shit. They feed him cash, he does their dance, and gets power.
Daddy Putin probably told him to do X, y, and Z and concluded with “and just be yourself.”