And it worked. Washington Post:
The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.... “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.” ... The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding—which they say was also reached with high confidence—that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks. In the months before the election, it was largely documents from Democratic Party systems that were leaked to the public. Intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russians gave the Democrats’ documents to WikiLeaks.
FYI: This was not the "biggest electoral college victories in history." It was 46th of 58. He lies. A lot.— Michael Cyril Cr8on (@MCCisNauseous) December 10, 2016
A president trashing the CIA weeks before he's sworn in is a development.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) December 10, 2016
Popular vote loss. Foreign intervention in the election.
This is totally a constitutional crisis, isn't it?
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 10, 2016
We have a President-Elect who actively encouraged a foreign government to help him by undermining our democracy. He should not be President.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 10, 2016
I don't think I've ever heard of a transition period full of this much scandal, ugliness and international intrigue.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 10, 2016
I'm disappointed in Sarah Palin more than any other human being. She saw what Russia was doing from her backyard and chose to say nothing.
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) December 10, 2016
So, yeah. Re-upping our cover from a couple of weeks ago:
Last word goes to Tim...
Seems like we're gonna have to settle this with a good old fashioned dance off.
— Tim Federle (@TimFederle) December 10, 2016