Former President Donald Trump was characterized as an "impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex," according to documents assessed to be leaked from the Kremlin that were seen by the Guardian.
The documents appear to show that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally supported Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election to support Trump's campaign, bolstering the US intelligence community's findings on the matter. Independent experts reviewed the documents and said they appeared to be authentic, the Guardian reported.
The papers suggest that Putin, his spy chiefs, and senior ministers in January 2016 met and concluded that Trump was the best option to promote the Kremlin's strategic objectives because he would induce "social turmoil" and undermine the American presidency. Trump's victory "will definitely lead to the destabilization of the US's sociopolitical system," the report said.
One report prepared by Putin's expert department called for "all possible force" to be used to ensure Trump's victory, as the Kremlin viewed him as the "most promising candidate."