Donald Trump was mocking the press after the indictment against the Russians were announced on Friday:

“Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President. Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn’t know!”

But perhaps he did know.  Intelligence officials point out he patented “Make America Great Again” in 2012.  But, more substantially, back in 2014, a NATO ally received intelligence that Russia would back Trump for the White House.  There are several wonderful bits of information like that in this piece by John Schindler, who worked with the National Security Agency and now writes for the Observer:

  • “Of greatest interest, NSA and its partners noted a spike in Kremlin conversations about Trump and the presidency in mid-November 2013, which was when Donald Trump was in Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant. While that visit has been the source of considerable salacious gossip—both in the notorious Steele dossier and in subsequent Kremlin efforts to fool American intelligence—for its alleged sexual shenanigans, its real purpose may have been more serious and sinister, according to several U.S. and Allied intelligence officials I’ve discussed the matter with.”
  • “Based on SIGINT reflections back in November 2013, it appeared likely that Trump had discussions with Kremlin officials when he was visiting Moscow, in preparation for his coming run for the White House. “It’s one hell of a coincidence,” an NSA official told me, “that high-ranking Russians suddenly start talking about getting Trump in the White House right after he’s in Moscow.”