I’ll go out on a limb. No, I’m not a conspiratorialist. Rather, I hypothesize, as would a scientist using inductive reasoning would, trying to rule out the singular falsities in search for a truth. This hypothesis is based upon the psychological make-up not of DJT, but his patron of sorts, Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s character was shaped through the events that we, North Americans, missed, chiefly the fall of East Berlin and Eastern Germany. In those events, he was tested in various fronts of Soviet then Russia covert projects. His rise parallels the rise in intellectual technology, from super computers to micro-data in software development. One might say, he embraced the new machine.
All manner of reports are landing in mainstream media about the Russian plan to attack not just the US, but the free world via cyber-security and cyber-social outlets. It is a large, large plan, but something that fits within Putin’s outlook as well as personality. http://time.com/4783932/inside-russia-social-media-war-america/
Putin’s Personality: Putin, unlike Trump’s narcissistic penchant for adoration, wants balance, but not a benign balance. He has learned that to achieve balance, he must force the balance of behavior and thinking of others. In his mind, grown out of his limited temperament, there is an image of what the world should be, held in check chiefly by his strong hand of control. Think of his sports, his activities in martial arts led by his personality: purity in strength in balance under the man’s mind of control. (Not the woman’s mind of control. Mars versus Venus, here). Consider other aspects of Putin’s experience-taught character and their impact on his personality: the fall of Berlin, the fall of Soviet state further shaped his penchant for balance and control. See Putin and you see one who looks steady, acts steady; rarely smiles, rarely jokes. His aides wait upon him to speak as if he’s some form of Russian sensei or perhaps better, oyakata-sama*. Look to his long term methodology and you see one who views free media and free speech as a threat to his vision of balance. So, he reacts – he always reacts – with a plan, unlike DJT who “shoots from the hip” with his unique recklessness.
So, Putin plays chess, while DJT plays checkers. Yet, what if DJT were “innocent” of collusion with Russia espionage and hacking? What if DJT were not complicit, even while his erstwhile compatriots are? Lock up Flynn and company, but DJT – evidence? Putin is a planner; he is a cerebral, methodical chess-player: he would in all likelihood have calibrated his tactics to isolate his patsy from such culpability. For instance, he would have planted fake “dossiers” that when revealed just at the right time as false, would re-invigorate DJT’s allies and validate their place on the world’s stage, including Putin’s own place, growing as it is. (Again, I’m hypothesizing). This is Putin’s game of chess.
Still, there is one weakness here: what does DJT know that Putin does not? What secrets does DJT keep from his “secret” patron? Whatever it is, such as tax fraud, RICO violations outside the Russian money thread, there must be something. Putin loves control like DJT loves himself. However, Putin, like all finite beings, cannot have complete control. So, I ask again: what secrets does DJT keep that Putin does not know? They would be Putin’s Achilles heel.
*(oyakata-sama? Putin “worship” in Russia and Russians elsewhere is common, he is a father/god to many).