What if Russia didn't care about who won the Presidency?
What if their purpose were just to sow discord & put our electoral process in question.
Russia prizes the game of Chess & the thought processes it helps develop far more than we do.
They view the world as a chess game far more sincerely than we do.
If the game isn't about this piece or that, which it isn't in the mind of a good player.
If it doesn't matter who wins, it only matters the damage done to the institutions, then the Russians don't need actual collusion, they just need to have engaged in activities that throw shadow on whomever won & call the election into question. That's the win for Russia, just as it's the win for US when we engage in the same activities in other places where we simply "need" to keep the region destabilized. What if there was no collusion on either side, just Russia playing global chess & beating our pants off in an age old gambit of getting your enemy to tear itself apart while you sit back & laugh about it?