July 10, 2016: Seth Conrad Rich, a 27-year-old Democratic National Committee (DNC) employee, was fatally shot in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Some say Seth Rich was assassinated, but I have some doubt: An assassin would have shot Mr. Rich in the head, not twice in the back. Some theorize that Rich was murdered in retaliation for leaking DNC e-mails to Wikileaks. Interesting to note is that Wikileaks has offered a reward in the Seth Rich murder case.
July 18-21, 2016: GOP Convention. Donald Trump chosen as presidential nominee.
July 22, 2016: Leaked Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails published by WikiLeaks. 
July 25-28, 2016: Democrat Party Convention. Hillary Clinton chosen as presidential nominee, in the midst of disaffection from Bernie Sanders supporters who were cheated out of the nomination. The leaked DNC emails were also causing Clinton disaffection.
An envelope with “extraordinary restrictions” arrives at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carries “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Or so says The Washington Post.  “Sourcing” from a mole “deep inside the Russian government” alerted then-President Barack Obama, via the CIA, that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race! Not only that, but Putin’s plan was to defeat or damage the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton! 
According to a graphic included in the lengthy June 23rd Post article, it was CIA Director John Brennan who alerted the White House in early August. Obama ordered an assessment of vulnerabilities to the election system and also to “get agencies to agree on the intelligence that Putin was seeking to influence the election.” 
Brennan, of the Secret Team, then telephoned Alexander Bortnikov, director of Russia’s FSB. “You had better not interfere in the U.S. presidential election!” snarled Brennan. 
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson attempted to centrally secure U.S. voting systems. But some of the States rejected Johnson’s plan, “calling it a federal takeover.” 
In early September occurred the Black Caravan Incident. Jeh Johnson, Homeland security secretary, James Comey, then-FBI director, and Lisa Monaco, Homeland security adviser, arrived on Capitol Hill in a caravan of black SUVs for a meeting with 12 key members of Congress, including the leadership of both parties. 
The John Podesta emails were published by Wikileaks. Were Russian hackers responsible? Not so, said Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Murray claimed it had not been an electronic burglary at all, but that he had flown to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September. 
——- Sources ——-
 “2016 Democratic National Committee email leak”, Wikipedia, June 25, 2017.
 “The Octopus and the Cyber Bomb”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 25, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/the-octopus-and-the-cyber-bomb/
 “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”, by Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous. The Washington Post (online), June 23, 2017.
 Graphic: “Secret CIA Report Arrives at the White House”. Included in Washington Post article cited in #3 above.
 “Black Caravan of the Secret Team”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, June 24, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/black-caravan-of-the-secret-team/
 “Swamp Creatures Are Terrified”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, May 16, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/05/16/swamp-creatures-are-terrified/