The fake-est of fake news stories is that V. Putin wanted Trump to be prez and therefore used his ‘Boris Badinov’ skills to damage HRC. Russia is Saudi Arabia without the flowing robes. They are the world’s largest energy producer. Every other ‘news’ story on “Russia Today” (their slick news network/propaganda arm, broadcast globally) is about the evils of fracking in the U.S, in an attempt to discourage this practice of exploiting our own energy resources, and to discourage populations in Europe and other viewing countries from doing the same.
Russia’s power rests with being a player in the global energy sector and if we’re stupid enough to demonize carbon based fuels and reduce production, all the better for them. They are not afraid to use the energy ‘weapon’ as they’ve demonstrated in the past when they threatened to cut off supplies to Ukraine during a very cold and deadly winter. Many European countries are very dependent on Russia for energy and the deal done by Chancellor Merkel to allow expansion of the North Steam pipeline which goes entirely through Russian controlled territory will only increase this dependancy. The more energy in the pipeline-pun intended- the lower the price for Russia’s No. 1 export. The last thing Putin wanted was for Alpha Male Trump to be prez-elect. Look at his picks- Tillerman from Exxon to be Sec State, Perry from Texas to be Sec Energy. Look at Trump’s rhetoric on the Dakota access pipeline. A Trump presidency means carbon based energy-friendly policies. In no way is this in Russia’s interest.
And I haven’t even had to mentioned the likelihood that HRC’s rogue server meant that potentially damaging information was in the hands of adversarial nations and theoretically could have been used at some point in the future to damage her presidency, had she won, thus making her the more attractive president from our adversaries viewpoint..