The Russia Timeline

JUNE 16, 2015

Donald Trump announced his bid for president.


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AUGUST 8, 2015

Roger Stone left Trump campaign but continued to serve as a surrogate.


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October 2015

Trump Organization discussed a real estate project in Moscow proposed by Russian billionaire Sergei Gordeev. Michael Cohen and international financier Giorgi Rtskhiladze emailed about the project but it did not move forward.


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OCTOBER 28, 2015

Trump signed a letter of intent with Moscow-based developer I.C. Expert Investment Co. for a Trump Tower Moscow project. Michael Cohen said he discussed the deal with Trump three times but the project was later abandoned for “business reasons.”


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NOVEMBER 3, 2015

Felix Sater emailed Michael Cohen saying he would get Putin on board with Trump Tower Moscow and it would help get Trump elected. He wrote “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.” He also said he arranged for Ivanka Trump to sit in Putin’s chair on a tour of the Kremlin.


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DECEMBER 10, 2015

Michael Flynn attended RT gala in Moscow, is paid $33,750 for the appearance, and is seated with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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DECEMBER, 2015

Paul Manafort’s certified financial records showed up to $17 million in debt to pro-Russia interests. The documents filed with Cyprus government authorities in 2016 detail transactions from 2012 and 2013 through Manafort’s shell companies LOAV Advisers and Jesand LLC.


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MID-JANUARY 2016

Michael Cohen emailed Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov through a general press account asking for help on the stalled Trump Tower Moscow project.


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FEBRUARY 12, 2016

Michael Flynn said he was advising Donald Trump.


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FEBRUARY 29, 2016

Jeff Sessions became first sitting U.S. Senator to endorse Donald Trump for President.


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MARCH 3, 2016

Jeff Sessions announced as chair of the Trump campaign’s national security advisory team.


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MARCH 6, 2016

George Papadopoulos had a conversation with Sam Clovis, identified in court documents as Campaign Supervisor, in which it was made clear improved relations with Russia was a campaign policy focus.


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MARCH 14, 2016

George Papadopoulos met with Joseph Mifsud, identified in court documents as the professor, who had substantial ties to the Russian government and took interest in Papadopoulos because of his role on the Trump campaign.


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MARCH 19, 2016

John Podesta falls for a phishing email that allows Russian hackers to access his account.


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MARCH 21, 2016

Trump named foreign policy team led by Jeff Sessions and including Carter Page, Walid Phares, George Papadopoulos, Joe Schmitz, and Keith Kellogg.


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MARCH 24, 2016

George Papadopoulos met with Joseph Mifsud again and was introduced to a Female Russian National who he identified as Vladimir Putin’s niece. After the meeting he emailed Sam Clovis and other campaign officials telling him he discussed arranging a meeting with Russian leadership.


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MARCH 28, 2016

Trump hired Paul Manafort to lead campaign delegate effort.


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MARCH 31, 2016

Trump met with his foreign policy team including George Papadopoulos.


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APRIL, 2016

Jared Kushner had two undisclosed phone conversations with Ambassador Kislyak between April and November.


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APRIL, 2016

George Papadopoulos kept campaign officials updated on his “outreach to Russia” and contacts with “the Russians.”


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APRIL 10-11, 2016

George Papadopoulos exchanges emails with the Female Russian National and Joseph Mifsud about a foreign policy trip to Russia.


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APRIL 11, 2016

Paul Manafort emailed his former colleague Konstantin Kilimnik in Kiev and asked if “our friends” had seen his media coverage including Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.


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APRIL 18, 2016

Joseph Mifsud introduced George Papadopoulos over email to Ivan Timofeev, identified in court documents as the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Connection, and the two have “multiple conversations” about arranging a meeting between officials from the Trump campaign and Russian government.


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APRIL 22, 2016

Ivan Timofeev emailed George Papadopoulos proposing to meet in London or Moscow and Papadopoulos responded suggesting a meeting in London with the Ambassador.


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APRIL 25, 2016

George Papadopoulos emails a Campaign Senior Policy Adviser saying that there is an “open invitation” for Trump to meet Putin.


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APRIL 26, 2016

George Papadopoulos met with Joseph Mifsud in London who told Papadopoulos he met with a Russian government official who informed him the Russians had “dirt” and “thousands of emails” on Clinton.


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APRIL 27, 2016

Ambassador Kislyak attended Trump’s foreign policy speech at the Mayflower hotel and attended VIP reception with Trump beforehand.


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APRIL 27, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed campaign manager Corey Lewandowski stating that “Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right” and a Senior Policy Adviser saying he has “some interesting messages from Moscow about a trip when the time is right.”


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APRIL 30, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed Joseph Mifsud thanking him for his help in setting up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian government.


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EARLY MAY, 2016

Paul Manafort had a previously undisclosed dinner with his Ukrainian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-army trained linguist.


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MAY 4, 2016

George Papadopoulos received an email from Ivan Timofeev with Joseph Mifsud cc’d about arranging a meeting in Moscow. Papadopoulos forwarded the email to Corey Lewandowski and Sam Clovis.


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MAY 6, 2016

Mike Pence endorsed Trump.


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MAY 13, 2016

Joseph Mifsud emailed George Papadopoulos reiterating interest in “a high level meeting of Mr. Trump with the Russian Federation.”


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MAY 14, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed Corey Lewandowski stating the “Russian government has also relayed to me they are interested in hosting Mr. Trump.”


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MAY 18, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security sent experts to help candidates take measures to protect their campaigns from digital spying.


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MAY 19, 2016

Paul Manafort became Trump campaign chairman.


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MAY 21, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed Paul Manafort, identified in court papers as another high-ranking campaign official, with subject line “Request from Russia to meet Mr. Trump” stating “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss.”


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June, 2016

Felix Sater emailed Michael Cohen inviting him to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and offering to introduce him to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and other top Russian officials. Cohen declined.


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JUNE, 2016

Former Trump campaign aide and current Deputy White House Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn emailed campaign aides about setting up a meeting between Trump officials and Putin. Dearborn was relaying information from Rick Clay, a former Iraq war contractor from West Virginia.


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JUNE 1, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed Corey Lewandowski about Russia who referred him to Sam Clovis who he said was “running point.” Papadopoulos emailed Clovis with subject line “Messages from Russia” stating “I have the Russian MFA asking me if Mr. Trump is interested in visiting Russia at some point.”


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JUNE 3, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. got initial email from Rob Goldstone about meeting with a Russian operative.


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JUNE 7, 2016

Hours after Donald Trump Jr. confirmed the meeting, Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination and promised a “major speech” with dirt on Hillary Clinton.


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JUNE 9, 2016

Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Emin and Aras Agalarov intermediary Rob Goldstone, Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former Soviet counter-intelligence officer Rinat Akhmetsin, Russian translator Anatoli Samochornov, an executive at Agalarov’s developmetn company Ike Kaveladze, and one unnamed individuals at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. arranged the meeting after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Kushner failed to disclose this meeting on his form to obtain a security clearance.


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JUNE 14, 2016

DNC announced its entire computer network, including conversations and opposition research files, was penetrated by Russian government hackers dubbed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear. Cozy Bear gained access in summer 2015 and Fancy Bear gained access in April 2016.


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JUNE 15, 2016

Hacker Guccifer 2.0 claimed credit for the DNC attack and posted stolen documents. The Trump campaign put out a statement accusing the DNC of being behind its own hack “as a way to distract.”


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JUNE 15, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Kevin McCarthy admitted that Russia was behind the DNC hack in closed caucus meeting and McCarthy said “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump.”


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JUNE 19, 2016

George Papadopoulos emailed Corey Lewandowski relaying a message from the Russian MFA asking for a campaign representative to travel to Russia if Trump could not and offering to make the trip “off the record if it’s in the interest of Mr. Trump and the campaign to meet specific people.”


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JUNE 21, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 posted more documents stolen in the DNC hack.


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JULY, 2016

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor communications from Carter Page.


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JULY 7, 2016

Paul Manafort wrote an email offering to give his former client and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska private briefings.


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JULY 8, 2016

Carter Page gave lecture in Moscow. The trip was approved by former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. According to the Christopher Steele dossier Page also met with Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin.


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JULY 15, 2016

Mike Pence named as Trump’s running mate.


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JULY 18-21, 2016

During the GOP convention Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak met with Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, JD Gordon, and Walid Phares. Trump aides including Gordon removed a pro-Ukraine amendment from GOP platform.


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JULY 22, 2016

Wikileaks posted 20,000 hacked DNC emails.


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JULY 25, 2016

FBI announced investigation into DNC hack.


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JULY 27, 2016

Trump called on Russia to release Hillary Clinton’s emails in a speech.


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JULY 29, 2016

Konstantin Kilimnik emailed Paul Manafort saying he had important messages from “the guy who gave you your biggest black caviar jar several years ago” and asked to come to the United States to brief Manafort. Manafort replied “Tuesday is best.”


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JULY 31, 2016

Konstantin Kilimnik and Paul Manafort confirmed their plans to meet for two hours.


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EARLY AUGUST 2016

Paul Manafort had a previously undisclosed dinner with his Ukrainian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian Army-trained linguist.


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AUGUST 2, 2016

Paul Manafort met with Konstantin Kilimnik in New York at the Grand Havana Club.


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AUGUST 5, 2016

Roger Stone wrote a column for Breitbart entitled “Dear Hillary, DNC hack solved, so now stop blaming Russia.”


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AUGUST 8, 2016

Roger Stone said he communicated with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and predicted an “October Surprise.”


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AUGUST 14-16, 2016

Roger Stone and Guccifer 2.0 exchanged private messages on Twitter.


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AUGUST 15, 2016

Sam Clovis told George Papadopoulos “I would encourage you” to “make the trip: to Russia “if it is feasible.”


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AUGUST 17, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 sent private Twitter messages to Roger Stone.


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AUGUST 17, 2016

Trump received his first classified intelligence briefing and reportedly received information about “direct links” between the Russian government and the email hacks.


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AUGUST 19, 2016

Paul Manafort resigned from Trump campaign amidst fallout from a report that he received $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments for his work for a pro-Putin political party in Ukraine.


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AUGUST 21, 2016

Roger Stone tweeted “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.”


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LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2016

Peter Smith reportedly assembled a group of technology experts, lawyers, and a Russian-speaking investigator to acquire the 33,000 deleted personal emails from Hillary Clinton’s server which he believed were hacked. Smith reached out to five hacker groups including two in Russia and implied his project had the blessing of Michael Flynn.


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SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

Jeff Sessions met with Ambassador Kislyak.


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SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 and Roger Stone exchanged private messages on Twitter.


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SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Carter Page stepped down from the Trump campaign.


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SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Trump Organization created a new host name for its server and the first lookup came from the Russian Alfa Bank. Four days earlier, a New York Times reporter contacted Alfa Bank about the odd pattern of lookups between two of its servers and a server registered to the Trump Organization. According to domain name systems (DNS) experts, two Alfa Bank servers accounted for 87% of the lookups to the Trump Organization server from June to September 2016.


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OCTOBER 3, 2016

Roger Stone tweeted “I have total confidence that WikiLeaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon.”


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OCTOBER 4, 2016

Roger Stone tweeted “Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming.”


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OCTOBER 7, 2016

John Podesta’s hacked emails posted on Wikileaks less than an hour after Access Hollywood tape story breaks.


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OCTOBER 7, 2016

The United States government formally accused Russia of attempting to interfere with the election.


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OCTOBER 12, 2016

Roger Stone said he had a backchannel to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.


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OCTOBER 21, 2016

Jared Kushner’s company finalized a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank as part of a refinancing deal on a Manhattan property. Kushner personally guaranteed the loan and failed to include it on his disclosure with the Office of Government Ethics. Donald Trump owes $130 million to Deutsche Bank’s US arm.


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OCTOBER 30, 2016

Jared Kushner received an email from “Guccifer400” demanding payment to prevent release of Trump’s tax returns. He believed it the email was a hoax and did not respond.


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NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Trump won the election.


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NOVEMBER 11, 2016

Trump named Pence head of his transition team.


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NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Putin called to congratulate Trump.


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NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Jared Kushner’s assistant received a request to meet with Ambassador Kislyak. The meeting was set for December 1.


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NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Trump named Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.


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NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote to Mike Pence warning him Flynn had been paid as a lobbyist for Turkish interests.


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DECEMBER 1, 2016

Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn met with Ambassador Kislyak and Kushner proposed creating a secret back-channel for communications between the transition team and the Kremlin. In his prepared testimony, Kushner stated that the proposed backchannel was for discussion about Syria but did not happen.


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DECEMBER 6, 2016

Jared Kushner said he turned down two meeting requests from Ambassador Kislyak and arranged instead for his assistant to meet with him on December 12.


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DECEMBER 8, 2016

Carter Page traveled to Moscow.


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DECEMBER 10, 2016

Trump named Rex Tillerson, previously awarded Russia’s Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin, for Secretary of State.


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DECEMBER 12, 2016

Jared Kushner’s assistant met with Ambassador Kislyak who requested that Kushner meet with Sergey Gorkov who was “someone with a direct line to the Russian President.”


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DECEMBER 13, 2016

Jared Kushner met with the head of the Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank Sergey Gorkov. Kushner failed to disclose the meeting and the bank was under US sanctions at the time. Gorkov gave Kushner two gifts and Kushner stated in his prepared testimony that he did not attend the meeting in his capacity as a businessman.


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DECEMBER 15, 2016

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the UAE met in New York with Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon ahead of a meeting in the Seychelles coordinated by the UAE to set up a backchannel between Russia and the Trump White House. The Crown Prince did not alert the Obama administration that he was coming to the United States.


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DECEMBER 25, 2016

Kislyak and Flynn exchanged texts.


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DECEMBER 26, 2016

Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB official who was believed to have helped write the Steele dossier, was found dead in his car in Moscow.


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DECEMBER 28, 2016

Kislyak and Flynn exchanged texts.


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DECEMBER 29, 2016

Obama put sanctions on Russia for interference in the election. Flynn had five phone calls with Ambassador Kislyak and discussed sanctions.


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DECEMBER 30, 2016

Trump tweeted praise of Putin’s decision to not retaliate against US sanctions.


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JANUARY 4, 2017

Michael Flynn told transition team he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign.


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JANUARY 6, 2017

DNI released report stating Putin and the Russian government “aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances” through the hacks and the Russian military released emails through the persona Guccifer 2.0 and also relayed the hacked emails to Wikileaks. The FBI, CIA, and NSA supported this conclusion.


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JANUARY 6, 2017

FBI Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump about intelligence community findings related to Russian interference in the election and “salacious” but unverified information about him.


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JANUARY 10, 2017

Jeff Sessions testified in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and lied that did not have communications with the Russians during the campaign.


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JANUARY 10, 2017

Unverified Christopher Steele dossier published by Buzzfeed.


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JANUARY 11, 2017

Erik Prince, an informal adviser to the Trump transition team, met with a Russian official in Seychelles in a secret meeting arranged by the UAE in order to help establish a back-channel for communication between the Trump team and Moscow.


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JANUARY 15, 2017

Mike Pence falsely claimed Flynn and Kislyak did not discuss sanctions.


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JANUARY 20, 2017

Trump inaugurated.


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JANUARY 24, 2017

Michael Flynn interviewed by the FBI.


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JANUARY 26, 2017

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn “essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians.”


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JANUARY 27, 2017

Sally Yates met with Don McGahn again. FBI Director Comey and Trump had a private dinner in which Comey claims Trump asked for his loyalty. According to Comey’s prepared SSCI remarks Trump called and asked him for dinner that day.


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JANUARY 27, 2017

Former Trump executive Felix Sater, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko met in New York to discuss a peace plan for the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Cohen reportedly delivered the plan to Michael Flynn.


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JANUARY 27, 2017

George Papadopoulos agreed to be interviewed by the FBI and lied that he was made Russian contacts and was told the Russians have thousands of Clinton emails prior to joining the Trump campaign when in fact he was already an adviser.


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JANUARY 28, 2017

President Trump called Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office. Mike Pence, Michael Flynn, Sean Spicer, and Reince Preibus attended. Preibus called FBI Director Comey and asked for help pushing back on Russia stories.


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JANUARY 30, 2017

Trump fired Sally Yates.


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FEBRUARY 3, 2017

Trump and Michael Flynn had a private lunch.


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FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Michael Flynn denied discussing sanctions with Ambassador Kislyak in interview.


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FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Michael Flynn reportedly called Mike Pence and apologized for misleading him about his discussion of sanctions.


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FEBRUARY 13, 2017

Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Adviser eighteen days after the White House was warned he was compromised.


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FEBRUARY 14, 2017

Trump Trumpasked FBI Director James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go at a meeting in the Oval Office, according to a memo written by Comey to document the event.


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FEBRUARY 15, 2017

FBI Director James Comey reportedly asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to never leave him alone with President Trump again.


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FEBRUARY 16, 2017

George Papadopoulos was interviewed again by the FBI.


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MARCH 2, 2017

Jeff Sessions announced he would recuse himself from Department of Justice Russian investigation.


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MARCH 9, 2017

Mike Pence claimed he did not know about Flynn’s foreign lobbying despite Rep. Cummings’ November letter.


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MARCH 10, 2017

Roger Stone admitted to engaging privately with Guccifer 2.0.


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MARCH 20, 2017

FBI Director Comey stated publicly for the first time in testimony that the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the election and links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.


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MARCH 21, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, secretly went to the White House and viewed intelligence reports from aides Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis.


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MARCH 22, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes briefed Paul Ryan, held a solo press conference, then went back to the White House to brief President Trump without briefing the members of his committee.


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MARCH 22, 2017

President Trump reportedly asked DNI Daniel Coats to intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to get him to back off the Flynn investigation in a private meeting with Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.


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MARCH 30, 2017

Michael Flynn offered testimony in exchange for immunity to FBI, House and Senate Intelligence Committees.


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MARCH 30, 2017

Trump called FBI Director Comey and described the Russia investigation as a “cloud” and asked what could be done to “lift the cloud.”


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MARCH 31, 2017

Trump tweeted Michael Flynn is right to seek immunity.


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APRIL 6, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes recused himself from his committee’s Russia investigation.


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APRIL 11, 2017

Trump called FBI Director Comey and asked what Comey had done to “get out” the fact that he was not personally under investigation and added “because I have been very loyal to you very loyal; we had that thing you know.”


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APRIL 25, 2017

Michael Flynn said he had recently gotten a message from Trump to stay strong.


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MAY 4-6, 2017

Trump spent the weekend in Bedminster, NJ and asked Stephen Miller to draft a letter firing FBI Director James Comey. The letter was not used.


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MAY 8, 2017

Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump met with the FBI about a possible overseas cyberattack on the Trump Organization.


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MAY 8, 2017

Trump discussed his plan to fire FBI Director James Comey and the termination letter drafted by Stephen Miller with Vice President Pence, Reince Priebus, Donald McGahn, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Jared Kushner in a meeting in the Oval Office. McGahn urged Trump to wait until he talked to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which Trump did later that day.


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MAY 9, 2017

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, claimed in termination letter that Comey gave him assurances on three occasions that he wasn’t under investigation. The White House cited a memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the basis for firing Comey.


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MAY 10, 2017

Trump met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and Foreign Minister Lavrov in the Oval Office. He gave them highly classified information from an Israeli source and bragged about firing Comey and called him a “nut job.”


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MAY 10, 2017

CNN reported Roger Stone encouraged Trump to fire FBI Director Comey. Trump tweeted that he had not talked to Stone in a long time and called the report “fake news.”


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MAY 11, 2017

Trump called Roger Stone to tell him he was doing a “good job” defending him on television.


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MAY 11, 2017

Trump stated in an interview that he would have fired FBI Director Comey “regardless” of DOJ recommendation.


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MAY 12, 2017

Trump tweeted FBI Director Comey better hope he doesn’t have “tapes.”


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MAY 17, 2017

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller named special counsel in Russia investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. White House counsel was alerted after the fact.


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MAY 18, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein confirmed in closed Senate briefing he knew Trump wanted to fire FBI Director Comey before he wrote memo cited by Pence, White House officials as rationale for firing Comey. Pence put out statement denying that he knew about Michael Flynn’s lobbying for Turkey until March.


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MAY 18, 2017

Reports out that the FBI investigation includes a person of interest currently employed by the White House and is authorized to include whether White House officials engaged in a cover up.


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MAY 22, 2017

Michael Flynn’s attorneys told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he will invoke the fifth amendment and not turn over subpoenaed documentation. Additionally, an internal Pentagon report stated that Flynn lied about his payments from Russia to investigators in early 2016 as he tried to renew his security clearance.


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MAY 24, 2017

President Trump hired private attorney Marc Kasowitz to help him through the Russia probes.


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MAY 25, 2017

Jared Kushner confirmed as a focus of the FBI investigation.


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MAY 30, 2017

Trump attorney Michael Cohen subpoenaed by House Intelligence Committee.


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MAY 30, 2017

Michael Flynn stated through an attorney he would turn over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.


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MAY 31, 2017

House Intelligence Committee approved subpoenas to businesses owned by Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn.


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JUNE 5, 2017

Leaked NSA intelligence report stated Russian military intelligence hacked at least US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials across the country days before the 2016 election.


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JUNE 7, 2017

President Trump named Christopher Wray as his nominee for FBI Director.


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JUNE 14, 2017

Reported that the special counsel investigation includes examination of whether President Trump obstructed justice.


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JUNE 15, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence hired Richard Cullen as outside counsel represent him in the special counsel and congressional committees’ investigations.


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JUNE 16, 2017

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen hired Stephen Ryan as outside counsel to represent him in the Russia investigation and Donald Trump added John Dowd and Jay Sekulow to his legal team.


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JUNE 20, 2017

Jeff Sessions hired Charles Cooper as outside counsel to represent him in the Russia investigations.


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JUNE 20, 2017

Paul Manafort registered under FARA and disclosed that his firm DMP International LLC received $17.1 million for his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine between 2012 and 2013.


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JUNE 26, 2017

Jared Kushner hired criminal defense attorney Abbe Lowell as outside counsel joining previous outside attorney Jamie Gorelick.


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JULY 8, 2017

Donald Trump dictated the misleading response to the New York Times about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian operatives in June 2016.


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JULY 10, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. hired Alan Futerfas to represent him in the Russia investigation.


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JULY 13, 2017

Donald Trump contradicts his son and said “maybe” the June 2016 meeting was “mentioned at some point” to him.


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JULY 14, 2017

Donald Trump hired veteran lawyer Ty Cobb to oversee the White House’s legal and media response to the Russia investigation and Jared Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick dropped out of the case.


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JULY 21, 2017

Donald Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz and his spokesman Mark Corallo left the Trump legal team.


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JULY 26, 2017

FBI agents raided Paul Manafort’s Alexandria home before dawn and without warning using a search warrant to seize documents. The search warrant indicates investigators argued to a federal judge that Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records voluntarily.


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JULY 27, 2017

George Papadopoulos was arrested by the FBI.


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JULY 31, 2017

First reported that Donald Trump dictated his son’s initial misleading statement about the June 2016 meeting with Russians in Trump Tower contradicting previous statements by his lawyers.


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AUGUST 3, 2017

First reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington DC. Experts said such a move indicates Mueller expects to subpoena records and take testimony from witnesses.


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AUGUST 11, 2017

Rinat Akhmetshin, the Russian lobbyist who met with Trump Jr., Manafort, and Kushner in June 2016, testified before Robert Mueller’s grand jury.


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AUGUST 16, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and said he planned to “divulge more of what he found directly to President Trump.”


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AUGUST 30, 2017

Reported that Robert Mueller is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the state’s investigation into Paul Manafort for financial crimes.


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SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Facebook announced that a Russian “troll farm” had purchased $100,000 in ad spending from June 2015 to May 2017 accounting for over 3,000 ads. Additionally, Facebook announced it identified about 470 fake pages and accounts likely operated out of Russia.


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SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. testified in closed Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.


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SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks hired attorney Robert Trout to represent her in the ongoing Russia investigation.


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SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Counsel Don McGahn hired attorney William Burck to represent them in the Russia investigation.


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SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer hired attorney Chris Mead to represent him in the Russia investigation.


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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Twitter told congressional investigators it identified 200 accounts tied to Russia that sought to interfere in the 2016 election and that three accounts associated with Russian propaganda outlet RT spent $274,100 to promote ads.


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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Senators Burr and Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to Jared Kushner expressing concern he did not disclose his personal email account.


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OCTOBER 13, 2017

Special Counsel Mueller’s team interviewed former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.


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OCTOBER 16, 2017

Special Counsel Mueller’s team interviewed former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.


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OCTOBER 30, 2017

Paul Manafort and Rick Gates surrender to the FBI after being indicted on twelve counts including money laundering. They plead not guilty.


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OCTOBER 30, 2017

News broke that George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to the FBI for lying about his contacts with Russia during the campaign. The court document was dated October 5.


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