\John Shattuck, who among other career accomplishments was assistant secretary of state and ambassador to the Czech Republic under Clinton), let the T-word out of the bag in”Donald Trump raises specter of treason,” Boston Globe, 12/16/16, beginning:
“A specter of treason hovers over Donald Trump. He has brought it on himself by dismissing a bipartisan call for an investigation of Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee as a “ridiculous” political attack on the legitimacy of his election as president.
“Seventeen US national intelligence agencies have unanimously concluded that Russia engaged in cyberwarfare against the US presidential campaign. The lead agency, the CIA, has reached the further conclusion that Russia’s hacking was intended to influence the election in favor of Trump….”
Shattuck goes on to envisage why Trump has been denying the reality of Russian hacking:
1) To look good before the Electoral College vote.
2) To discredit US intelligence so he can impose his own “product.”
3) To go directly to the public in pushing his own narratives.
4) To cover up his and/or his campaign’s own knowledge or involvement in the advantageous (to him) hacking.
From our perspective today, it wasn’t #1, because his attitude hasn’t changed since the Electoral College met in each state. The other three explanations seem to hold together: #2 facilitates #3 (which he has been doing for a long time), and those two allow him to try to pull off #4. Of course, #4 will fail: no cat that big will stay in the bag.