Documents reportedly leaked by the Kremlin suggest that President Vladimir Putin authorized an intelligence operation in 2016 to support Donald Trump’s campaign, according to the UK Guardian, though no “collusion” is apparently shown.
It has long been known that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election. The report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded in 2019 that Russia attempted to interfere to Trump’s advantage, including by hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign.
Critics still questioned whether Russia preferred Trump or rival Hillary Clinton, who had infamously “reset” relations in 2009 — to Russia’s advantage.
The Guardian reported:
Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents.