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RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN 2016 US ELECTION -- THE INVESTIGATION
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August 14, 2016

The New York Times publishes a story raising questions about Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's work in the Ukraine, detailing handwritten ledgers showing "$12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau."

August 15, 2016

Following several weeks of communications regarding a potential "off the record" meeting with Russian officials, federal court records say that the Trump Campaign Supervisor told George Papadopoulos that “I would encourage you” and another foreign policy adviser to the campaign to “make the trip, if it is feasible.” The trip did not take place.

August 17, 2016

Trump receives his first intelligence briefing as the Republican nominee for president. Michael Flynn is in attendance.

August 19, 2016

Paul Manafort resigns from the Trump campaign.

August 21, 2016

Trump's friend and informal adviser Roger Stone tweets: "Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel."





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September 21, 2016

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Donald Trump Jr. ^ responds to a Twitter direct message from WikiLeaks about an anti-Trump site. "Off the record I don't know who that is but I'll ask around. Thanks," Trump Jr. wrote, according to copies of the private messages that Trump Jr. later released himself via Twitter.

September 23, 2016

Yahoo News reports that U.S. intelligence officials were investigating whether Carter Page met privately with Russian officials while visiting Moscow in July.

September 26, 2016

Trump, in his first debate with Clinton, continues to express skepticism about Russian involvement. “I mean it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?” That same day, Carter Page says he is taking a leave of absence from the Trump campaign.

September 30, 2016

The Russian news agency Interfax publishes an interview with the Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos in which he expresses critical views toward U.S. sanctions against Russia. The next day, according to federal court records, George Papadopoulos sent the person identified in federal court records only as "The Professor" a private Facebook message with a link to the article.





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October 3, 2016


In response to a WikiLeaks message on Twitter suggesting he "push" a story about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. writes two messages: "Already did that earlier today. It's amazing what she can get away with," followed by "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?"

October 7, 2016

In a joint statement, U.S. intelligence agencies express confidence the Russian government has attempted to interfere in the election: “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” That same day, Wikileaks begins publishing Clinton campaign aide John Podesta’s emails, which had been hacked in March 2016.

October 12, 2016

WikiLeaks messages Donald Trump Jr. with a suggestion that Donald Trump tweets a link to wlsearch.tk. Fifteen minutes later, Donald Trump tweets: "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!" Two days later, Trump Jr. tweets the link WikiLeaks provided to him: "For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk."

October 21, 2016

WikiLeaks messages Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter "btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4" at 8:31 a.m. At 8:38 a.m., WikiLeaks publicly tweets out a link to the Podesta emails.





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November 8, 2016

Donald Trump is elected the 45th President of the United States, defeating Hillary Clinton.

November 17, 2016

President-Elect Trump names Michael Flynn his national security adviser.

December 9, 2016


President Obama orders a review of foreign attempts to tamper with U.S. elections. Trump dismisses the CIA’s finding that the Russians sought to sway the election in his favor. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

December 12, 2016

Republican leaders announce that congressional committees will investigate the CIA findings.

December 16, 2016

President Obama says the Russian government, at the “highest levels,” initiated the hacks of emails, not voting machines. He vows to retaliate. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr announces plans to “continue its review of the intelligence surrounding” Russian influence in U.S. elections





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December 22, 2016

A person identified in federal court records as a "very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team" directed Michael Flynn to contact government officials from foreign countries, including Russia, to determine their positions on a United Nations Security Council resolution about Israeli settlements that was set for a vote the next day.

Flynn called the Russian ambassador, told him the incoming president opposed the resolution, and he asked the Russian ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat the resolution, according to the documents about Flynn's subsequent guilty plea entered Dec. 1, 2017, to charges he lied to the FBI about those discussions.

The Russian ambassador informed Flynn the following day that his country would oppose the resolution.

December 28, 2016

President Obama signs an executive order announcing sanctions against Russia, including expelling 35 diplomats and the closing of Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that had been suspected of spying. Trump insists the issue should be put to bed, but agrees to meet with intelligence officials for a briefing.

“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump says. Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak contacts Michael Flynn, the incoming administration's National Security Adviser, according to court records related to Flynn's Dec. 1, 2017, guilty plea to federal charges including lying to the FBI about those discussions.





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December 29, 2016

Michael Flynn called someone identified in court records only as "a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team" at Trump's Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach with other members of the presidential transition team.

Flynn asked "what, if anything, to communicate to the Russian ambassador about the U.S. sanctions," according to the court records. Immediately after that phone call, Flynn called the Russian ambassador and asked him not to "escalate the situation" in response to the sanctions, according to the court records.

December 30, 2016

Russia's Putin announces his country will not retaliate, a message that the ambassador also relayed to Flynn, according to Flynn's guilty plea in the federal case against him. Trump later praises Putin in a tweet.

January 2017
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Jared Kushner ^, Trump's son in law and a leader on the campaign, accepts a job as a White House adviser. He is cleared to take it on Jan. 21. As part of security clearance, he is required to report meetings with foreign officials such as the one he'd had with the Russian lawyer, Veselnitskaya, in Donald Trump Jr.'s office at Trump Tower.





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January 6, 2017

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence releases its report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections." Then FBI Director James Comey said that he met with the president-elect that same day at Trump Tower in New York, a meeting that Comey would later testify was tense and made him so uncomfortable that he immediately created a written record of it.

January 10, 2017

BuzzFeed publishes a document prepared by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who compiled a dossier on Donald Trump and his alleged ties to the Russian government. The dossier alleges that Russian operatives obtained potentially compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Moscow has denied having any "compromising materials" on Trump, who dismissed the reports.

January 11, 2017

Trump says in a news conference that while Russia was most likely behind the DNC election-year hack, “we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”

January 12, 2017

The Washington Post first reports that Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Kislyak had secretly spoken on Dec. 29.

January 13, 2017

Trump press aide Sean Spicer acknowledges one call between Flynn and Kislyak, but ge says it was for “logistical information.”

January 15, 2017

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Vice President-Elect Pence discusses the calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador, saying it was "strictly coincidental that they had a conversation."





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January 19, 2017

The New York Times reports that the FBI is leading an interagency task force probing ties between Russia and three close Trump associates: Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Paul Manafort (pictured below).
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January 20, 2017

Trump takes the oath of office, becoming the 45th President of the United States.

January 22, 2017

Michael Flynn is sworn in as national security adviser, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.

January 24, 2017

Michael Flynn denies to FBI agents in an interview that he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Trump took office, a statement he has since contradicted in a guilty plea to federal charges brought by the special counsel that he lied to the FBI in that interview.

January 26, 2017

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informs the White House counsel that Flynn lied about the nature of his calls with Kislyak and is vulnerable to blackmail. Trump would later fire Yates in the midst of the controversy over his travel ban.





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January 27, 2017

Then FBI Director James Comey has testified he had a private dinner with President Trump at the White House.

Comey's written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee months later described how the president told him at that dinner, "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty." Comey said of the exchange: "I didn’t move, speak or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed."

February 13, 2017

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tells MSNBC that Trump has “full confidence” in Flynn. Hours later, Flynn resigns, saying he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President-Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”

February 14, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Trump asked Flynn to resign because of an “erosion of trust.” That same day is when James Comey, then director of the FBI, testified that President Trump met with him privately and pressed him to drop the investigation of Flynn. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go," Comey quoted the president as saying. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee during testimony months later that he was "so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in."

February 15, 2017

The New York Times reports that telephone records and intercepted calls show that "members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election."





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March 2017

Carter Page “was in a lobby near Lincoln Center in the upper west side of Manhattan" and FBI agents "just walked up to me,” according to his testimony to Congressional investigators. Page said this is when the FBI “first approached” him.

March 16, 2017

Documents released by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, show Michael Flynn received $33,750 from Russia's state-owned television network for a 2015 speech he made in Moscow.

March 20, 2017

During a public hearing with the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey publicly acknowledged that the bureau is investigating whether there was collusion between members of Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Additionally, Comey dismissed Trump's claims that Trump was wiretapped by the Obama administration.





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May 9, 2017

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.

May 10, 2017

Trump met with top Russian diplomats in the White House, during which he reportedly revealed classified information. According to a later New York Times report, the president also told them that day, "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off."

May 11, 2017

In an interview with NBC News, Trump called out Comey publicly: "Look he’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil – less than a year ago. It hasn’t recovered from that." He also said that the Russia investigation was indeed on his mind when firing Comey.

Trump told NBC's Lester Holt that he said to himself, in making the decision to fire the FBI director: "You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won."

May 16, 2017

News breaks that Trump had asked Comey to close the investigation into Michael Flynn, the resigned national security adviser back in February. Comey kept detailed memos of his conversations with Trump, including of a dinner in which the president reportedly said, "I hope you can let this go."

May 17, 2017

The Justice Department taps former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump’s team knew Flynn was under investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign.

May 22, 2017

Flynn tells the Senate Intelligence Committee he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in declining to provide the committee documents related to its investigation into collusion between associates of Trump's campaign and the Russian government.





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June 7, 2017

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^ Former FBI director James Comey says President Trump privately requested his loyalty and later urged him to drop the investigation into Flynn in written testimony released ahead of Comey's public questioning by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

July 6, 2016

Carter Page testified that he met with Andrey Baranov, head of investor relations at Rosneft, while in Russia. They watch the Portugal versus Wales soccer match at the Europa cup.

July 8, 2017

The New York Times first reveals the previously undisclosed meeting between Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort and Veselnitskaya. The Times reported that Trump Jr. told them in a statement the meeting was “primarily about an adoption program. The statement did not address whether the presidential campaign was discussed.”





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July 9, 2017

The New York Times reports the presidential campaign was a topic of the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer. The article cited five sources who stated Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting on the premise that damaging information on Hillary Clinton would be provided.

Following the article, Trump Jr. confirmed he agreed to the meeting because of the information on Clinton, though the information provided was not useful and the meeting was actually about adoption: “It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Trump Jr. stated.

July 10, 2017

The Washington Post reports the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer was arranged at the request Emin Agalrov by Goldstone. Later that evening, the New York Times reports Goldstone presented the meeting in an email to Trump Jr. promising information on Clinton.

According to the article, Trump Jr. did not indicate he believed Veselnitskaya was connected to the Russian government — something she has denied.

July 11, 2017

After several days of increasingly revealing statements, Donald Trump Jr. posts screenshots of the emails between him and Goldstone on Twitter.

He also includes a statement saying he believed the meeting would be about "Political Opposition Research" and originally wanted to have the meeting over the phone. "To put this in context," Trump Jr. stated, "this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue."





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July 12, 2017

President Trump, aboard Air Force One, tells reporters, "Don is — as many of you know Don — he's a good boy. He's a good kid. And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting." The president said, "I only heard about it two or three days ago," but his understanding was the meeting was arranged to discuss some opposition research and nothing came of it. "Honestly, in a world of politics, most people are going to take that meeting," Trump said.

July 13, 2017

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he wants Trump Jr. to testify before the committee and would be willing to issue a subpoena to compel his testimony if necessary.

July 14, 2017

NBC News reported that a Russian-American lobbyist who is a veteran of the Russian military also attended the Trump Tower meeting involving the Russian lawyer, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort. The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, confirmed to The Washington Post that he had been in the room, and said he had been invited to the meeting by Veselnitskaya.





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