I have not seen one argument or suggestion that Russia or those directed by Russia were not trying to help Trump win the election. But I would suggest that in fact they had no idea that Trump might win, regardless of any Russian-backed activities.
Consider that there were no countries, residents, governments or leaders throughout the world that expected Mr. Trump to be elected. You can safely bet that that was the view throughout Russia too...including Mr. Putin and the leadership of Russia.
So...what was really going on? I suggest that it not only possible but probable that, with the success they had in hacking into various American sources a year or more earlier, that they decided to test the American Public's reaction to some of the politically indefensible and embarrassing information they had acquired. It is likely that they discovered far more than was leaked during the campaign season. To reveal what they did release was arguably a signal of proof that they had "stuff" that the DNC AND Ms. Hillary would find not only embarrassing, but possibly grounds for impeachment; that not-so-subtle message would have made influencing a President Hillary Clinton easier and perhaps even more effective.Governments usually go to great lengths to hide their hacking operations...and do so quite effectively. The DNC hacks were not particularly well hidden, as known cut-outs were employed. Arguably, they wanted the government, expected to be headed by a President Clinton, to know.
Whether all of this is true or only true in part is not something I can prove. But when you consider that the entire world, in addition to the Democrat party and its adherents, expected the election of Ms. Hillary Clinton to the American Presidency, what other use did the leaks serve? Most of America knew about the leaked data and that didn't move the polls...and neither did Trump's other promises and claims.
Think about it.