Corrupt AF: Donald Trump and Russia

A Timeline

April 3, 2018

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan is sentenced to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine after his guilty plea for lying to Robert Mueller's investigators regarding conversations with Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in 2016. Source: Vox
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March 8, 2018

Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, is arraigned in Virginia on charges related to money laundering and tax fraud. Source: New York Post
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February 28, 2018

Former chairman of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort is arraigned in Washington, D.C. on charges of money laundering charges and failing to register as a foreign agent. Source: POLITICO
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February 23, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller files additional charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort that includes he secretly recruited and paid a group of former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine and its Russian-backed president. Source: NBC News
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February 22, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office indicts former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates on an additional 32 charges in the Eastern District of Virginia. Source: Washington Post
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February 20, 2018

Alex van der Zwann, a Dutch lawyer formerly working with the major global firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, pleads guilty to lying to investigators about communications he had with Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and business partner to Paul Manafort. Source: New York Times
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February 16, 2018

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces the indictments of thirteen Russian nationals and three entities with violations of federal election law and wire fraud in support of Donald Trump's candidacy. The announcement reveals these Russian nationals ran illegal social media advertising through pilfered identities, sowed racial and religious discord, and suppress minority turnout. Russians also sought to promote Bernie Sanders' candidacy, convince voters to vote for third party candidate Jill Stein, and disparage Hillary Clinton. Source: New York Times
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December 1, 2017

Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to Donald Trump's campaign and his short-lived national security adviser, pleads guilty to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI in a plea deal that requires him to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Source: New York Times
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October 30, 2017

Paul Manafort is indicted on charges of conspiracy against the United States and that he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies. Source: New York Times
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August 9, 2017

In a phone call on August 9, Donald Trump berates Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his failure to protect him from congressional investigations into Russian interference. Source: New York Times
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August 3, 2017

Special Counsel Robert Muller impanels a Washington grand jury. Source: Wall Street Journal
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July 27, 2017

George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, is arrested at Dulles International Airport on a return flight from Germany.

July 26, 2017

Hours after the home of Paul Manafort is raided by the FBI, Donald Trump tweets a call for the firing of acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, "Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation..." Source: Think Progress
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July 26, 2017

A predawn raid is conducted by the FBI at the home of Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. It is later revealed by the New York Times that prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller told Manafort that he will be indicted. Source: Washington Post
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Summer 2017

Donald Trump repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans to end the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference, according to a report in the New York Times. Trump, using similar language he used with then-FBI Director Jim Comey, would pressure senators without senior staff present. Source: New York Times
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June 2017

New York Times reports that President Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller in June 2017. Trump cited, among other reasons, Mueller's resignation from Trump's Virginia golf club over a dispute regarding fees. Source: New York Times
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May 17, 2017

Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, was named by the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein as Special Counsel in the investigation of Russia's election meddling. Source: New York Times
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May 11, 2017

In an on-camera interview with NBC's Lester Holt, Donald Trump deviates from the official White House line and reveals the Russia investigation was behind his motivation to fire FBI director James Comey: “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story...” Source: NBC News
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May 10, 2017

Trump meets with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office without any American press. (Russian state media photographer is allowed in unbeknownst to White House staff.) Trump reveals he "relieved great pressure" by firing Comey whom he calls "a real nut job." In this same meeting, Trump reveals "highly sensitive classified intelligence" to the Russians, later to be revealed as provided by Israel. Source: Washington Post
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May 9, 2017

Donald Trump fires James Comey as FBI director. Comey is informed of his firing while speaking in front of a television at an FBI recruitment trip in Los Angeles. Source: CNN
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May 5, 2017

President Trump threw an angry fit following the May 3 testimony of FBI Director Jim Comey because Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to "protect" him. Two days later, an aide to Attorney General Jeff Sessions approached a Capitol Hill staffer seeking derogatory information on Comey. Sessions reportedly sought at least "one negative article a day in the news media" about Comey. Source: New York Times
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March 2, 2017

After reports surface of undisclosed meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak despite denials in testimony to Congress during his confirmation hearing as attorney general, Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign. Source: Washington Post
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February 16, 2017

After a second FBI interview, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos changes his phone number, scrubs his social media, and deletes his Facebook account.

February 14, 2017

After an Oval Office meeting, Donald Trump asks everyone but FBI director James Comey to leave the room. Trump proceeds to tell Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." Source: Written Testimony of James Comey
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February 13, 2017

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is fired for, reportedly, lying to Vice President Mike Pence about a December 2016 conversation with the Russian ambassador. Source: New York Times
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January 30, 2017

Donald Trump fires the acting deputy attorney general for her refusal to defend the Muslim ban in court. Source: Washington Post
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Late January 2017

White House Counsel informs President Donald Trump that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about his discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Source: Washington Post
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January 27, 2017

FBI agents interview former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos in which he makes false statements. (He claimed he received information that the Russians had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton before he joined the campaign.)

January 26, 2017

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets with White House counsel Donald McGahn that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the vice president about his contacts with the Russians, leaving him open to blackmail. Then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later reports that McGahn immediately reported the matter to the president. Source: ABC News
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January 24, 2017

Michael Flynn, national security adviser to Donald Trump, interviews with the FBI. He later pleads guilty to lying to the FBI during this interview in exchange for cooperation with the investigation. Source: ABC News
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January 20, 2017

Just eleven minutes after Donald Trump is sworn in as president, Michael Flynn texts a former business partner that the Russian sanctions preventing a business deal to go through will be "ripped up" once Trump takes over. Source: NBC News
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January 20, 2017

Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

January 15, 2017

In an interview with Face the Nation's John Dickerson, Vice President-elect Mike Pence says Michael Flynn did not discuss sanctions in a conversation with the Russian ambassador in December. Source: CBS Face the Nation
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January 11, 2017

Erik Prince, founder of mercenary group Blackwater and brother of Donald Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, traveled to Seychelles to meet with a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an effort to establish a backchannel between Moscow and Trump. Source: Washington Post
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December 30, 2016

A day after Michael Flynn spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Russia declines to retaliate for the Obama administration's sanctions in reaction to Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Donald Trump tweets praise for Putin: "Great move on delay (V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" Source: Twitter
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December 29, 2016

At the direction of a "senior official" in the transition, incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn contacts the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to lobby the Russians not to overreact to the sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and to influence a vote in the United Nations. Source: Washington Post
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December 28, 2016

General Mike Flynn, Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, speaks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding new sanctions placed against Russia by the Obama administration in response to Russia's meddling in the election. Flynn is later fired, according to the White House, because he "lied" to Vice President Mike Pence. (It is later reported that Flynn discussed his calls with senior officials.) Source: Washington Post
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December 22, 2016

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner directs incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact members of the U.N. Security Council and the Russian ambassador to delay or defeat a resolution critical of Israeli settlement policy. Source: BuzzFeed
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December 7, 2016

Russia announces the sale of a 19.5% stake in the state-owned energy company, Rosneft, for $11 billion. The announcement appears to partially corroborate a report filed by British spy Christopher Steele that claimed former Trump adviser Carter Page was offered the brokerage fee for the sale of a 19% stake in Rosneft. Source: Bloomberg
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December 1-2, 2016

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and incoming senior adviser to Donald Trump, floated the possibility to setup a secret backchannel communications channel to the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Kushner was joined by incoming national security adviser, Mike Flynn. Source: Washington Post
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November 10, 2016

A top Russian diplomat, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei A. Ryabkov, said that "there were contacts" between the Russian government and Donald Trump's "immediate entourage." Source: New York Times
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Post-Election November 2016

Russian Facebook accounts organize a celebratory pro-Trump rally outside Trump Tower after the election as part of a larger, coordinated effort to support Donald Trump. Source: The Daily Beast
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November 8, 2016

Though he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million, Donald Trump wins in the Electoral College, 306-232, to become the 45th President of the United States. Source: USA Today
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November 8, 2016

WikiLeaks contacted Donald Trump Jr. on election day and suggested Trump refuse to concede and challenge the election if he lost. "Hi Don if your father 'loses' we think it is much more interesting if he DOES NOT concede and spends time CHALLENGING the media and other types of rigging that occurred—as he has implied that he might do. The discussion can be transformative as it exposes media corruption, primary corruption, PAC corruption, etc." Source: The Atlantic
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November 8, 2016

On the day of the election, Michael Flynn publishes a brazenly pro-Turkish op-ed in The Hill newspaper. Three days later, The Daily Caller reports on Flynn's firm's contract with a Dutch company with ties to Turkey and points to this op-ed as part of that work which prompts an FBI investigation of Flynn. Source: The Hill
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October 21, 2016

WikiLeaks reaches out to Donald Trump Jr. with "an unusual idea." They request, "Leak us one or more of your father's tax returns." WikiLeaks offered up three reasons why. The first was that the New York Times already published part of a Trump tax return earlier that month. The second reason was that it could come out at any time "through the most biased source." The third reason they referred to as "the real kicker." "If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality. This means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing on Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won't be perceived as coming from a 'pro-Trump' 'pro-Russia' source." The added, "The same for any other negative stuff (documents, recordings) that you think has a decent chance of coming out. Let us put it out." Source: The Atlantic
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October 18, 2016

Christopher Steele, a former British spy working for Fusion GPS and investigating Donald Trump, files a report as part of "the dossier" that states former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, during his July trip to Moscow, about the offer of the brokerage of a 19% stake in Rosneft, a state-owned energy company, in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on Russia. Source: Business Insider
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October 14, 2016

Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, claims the campaign is not in contact with WikiLeaks. "Nothing can be further from the truth. I think all of us have, you know, have had concerns about WikiLeaks over the years and it's just a reality of American life today, and of life in the wider world." Source: POLITICO
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October 13, 2016

Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks directly communicated via Twitter direct messages despite claims from both parties, including under oath. Source: The Atlantic
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October 12, 2016

WikiLeaks sent Donald Trump Jr. a request for his father to tweet using a specific link: "Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us... There's a great many stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows will find it. Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4." Donald Trump Jr. did not respond but his father tweeted fifteen minutes later: "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!" Source: The Atlantic
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October 11, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. flies to Paris for a lunch with a Syrian peace activist, Randa Kassis, and her French husband, Fabien Baussart, who nominated Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize. That night, Trump Jr. spoke at a seminar organized Baussart, for a $50,000 fee. Source: Los Angeles Times
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October 10, 2016

Trump declared "I love WikiLeaks!" while campaigning in Pennsylvania and reading from sheets of paper detailing the release of emails from John Podesta, campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton, though often misreported as her emails. Source: The Hill
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October 7, 2016

A joint statement between the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence affixes blame from the recent hacks of Democratic Party organizations and staff on the Russian government. The statement reads that the Russian government "directed the recent compromises." Source: Department of Homeland Security
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October 7, 2016

WikiLeaks publishes a trove of emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign, within an hour after the Washington Post published a story and video of Donald Trump admitting to sexual assault in a 2005 video. Source: CBS News
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October 3, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks in October 2016 and then asked, "What's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?" Roger Stone tweeted about Hillary Clinton with #WikiLeaks the day prior. Source: The Atlantic
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October 2, 2016

A few days before WikiLeaks released emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Trump confidant Roger Stone tweets "Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done #WikiLeaks." Source: Twitter, Roger Stone
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October 2016

Russian Facebook accounts organize simultaneous "Miners for Trump" demonstrations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, targeting a key battleground state, in October. The effort was part of a larger, coordinated effort by Russians to support the candidacy of Donald Trump. Source: The Daily Beast
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September 20-21, 2016

WikiLeaks sent a direct message to Donald Trump Jr. about a website that alleged Trump and Russia were in cahoots. The following morning, Don Jr. responded that he didn't who was behind the site, said he'd "ask around." Don Jr.'s brother-in-law Jared Kushner, who received emails about these communications, failed to provide such documents to congressional investigators, it is later reported by POLITICO. Source: The Atlantic
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September 11, 2016

Russian Facebook accounts organize a pro-Trump demonstration on September 11 as part of a larger, coordinated effort by Russians to prop up Donald Trump's candidacy. Source: The Daily Beast
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September 8, 2016

Then-Senator Jeff Sessions meets with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his Senate office in September. Sessions claims he met with Kislyak in his role as member of the Armed Services Committee. No other committee members met with the Russian ambassador that year. It is later revealed through U.S. intelligence intercepts that Sessions and Kislyak discussed the campaign. Source: Washington Post
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September 7, 2016

A longtime Republican activist and donor, Peter W. Smith, launches an effort to seek "hacked" Hillary Clinton emails from her private server and claims to be in contact with Michael Flynn, a national security advisor to Donald Trump. A document marked "Trump campaign" was dated September 7, 2016, days after Smith launched his effort in search of the emails. Source: Wall Street Journal
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Early September

Rick Gates, business partner of Paul Manafort who stayed on as deputy campaign chairman following his ouster, instructs a Dutch lawyer to contact Konstantin Kilimnik and informs the lawyer of this individual's current ties to Russian intelligence. Source: New York Times
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August 21, 2016

In a cryptic tweet, later proved accurate, Roger Stone predicts Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta will be targeted: "Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta's time in the barrel." Source: Twitter, Roger Stone
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August 20, 2016

Russian Facebook accounts organize events collectively called "Florida Goes Trump!" across seventeen different cities within the critical battleground state. Photos and video survive from two of the locations, Ft. Lauderdale and Coral Springs, that were reposted by a Facebook page run by the local Trump campaign chair. The effort is part of a larger coordinated plot by Russians to orchestrate pro-Trump or anti-Clinton events offline. Source: The Daily Beast
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August 2016

Shortly after resigning from the Trump campaign, FBI places Paul Manafort under surveillance as part of its investigation into Russian election meddling. Source: Wall Street Journal
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August 19, 2016

Amid questions surrounding previous work on behalf of a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, including his name and a payment listed on a secret ledger, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns from the campaign. Source: POLITICO
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August 19, 2016

Paul Manafort's daughter Andrea Manafort Shand claimed in texts to a friend that, "As I suspected, my dad resigned from being the public face of the campaign but is still very much involved behind the scenes... It's all just PR." Source: Huffington Post
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July-August 2016

Donald Trump receives a brief and warning from the FBI that foreign adversaries, including Russia, "would likely try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign." Source: NBC News
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August 9, 2016

Michael Flynn's firm signs Dutch company Inovo BV as a client, which is owned by a Turkish man with close ties to Turkey's leadership. The contract is for three months and $600,000. Source: New York Times
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August 8, 2016

In a speech to Broward County Republicans, Trump confidant and Nixon-era dirty trickster Roger Stone claimed he was in communication with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, "I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be." Source: Mediaite
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August 4, 2016

In an email to recently fired Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, Roger Stone says, "I dined with Julian Assange last night." Source: Wall Street Journal
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August 3, 2016

Erik Prince arranges a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes, and an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. The emissary informs Don Jr. that the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help the Trump campaign defeat Hillary Clinton. Source: New York Times
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August 3, 2016

Russian Foreign Ministry wires nearly $30,000 from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank to their embassy in Washington with the memo line reading, "to finance election campaign of 2016." The wire transfers was one of more than sixty totaling over $380,000, each from the foreign ministry and each carrying the same memo line. Source: BuzzFeed
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August 2016

Russian operatives used false identities and Facebook's event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in, at least, Texas and Idaho. Facebook later admitted it does not know the extent to which Russians ran ads on their social network nor if it continues to this day.

July 27, 2016

At a press conference during the Democratic National Convention, Donald Trump urges a foreign power, Russia, to commit cyber espionage against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, to hack and release her email. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

July 22, 2016

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks releases a trove of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in order to drive a wedge between supporters of Bernie Sanders and the party. Source: Washington Post
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July 20, 2016

Then-Senator Jeff Sessions again meets with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak—this time at a VIP reception in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention—and again failed to disclose this meeting. It is later revealed, through U.S. intelligence intercepts, that Kislyak tells Moscow they discussed campaign matters. Source: Washington Post
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July 15, 2016

Michael Flynn, a senior national security advisor to Donald Trump, writes an email saying, "There are a number of things happening (and will happen) this election via cyber operations (by both hactivists, nation-states, and the DNC.)" A week later, on July 22, WikiLeaks releases DNC emails in the lead up to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Source: Yahoo! News
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July 2016

Russian Facebook accounts organize a July 2016 "Down with Hillary!" protest outside of Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters as part of a larger, coordinated plot across the country. Source: The Daily Beast
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July 14, 2016

George Papadopoulos, a then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, claims that top Trump campaign officials agreed to a pre-election meeting. There's no indication that any such meeting ever occurred. Source: Bloomberg
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July 7, 2016

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, offered access to the campaign in an email to an overseas intermediary for Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with very close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the July 7 email, Manafort writes, "If he needs private briefings we can accommodate." Source: Washington Post
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July 2016

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump, travels to Moscow in July 2016 where he met with Russian government officials. Upon returning from Moscow, Page emailed a Trump campaign aide describing insights he received from his conversations. Source: New York Times
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June 2016

With the release of Democratic National Committee emails, Australia's former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, takes the unusual step of meeting with the FBI to share his conversation with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump. Papadopoulos revealed that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. Source: The Guardian
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June 18, 2016

At the behest of the Trump campaign, the Republican platform reflects a policy shift to a more pro-Russian stance on Ukraine. Source: Washington Post
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June 9, 2016

Donald Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and son-in-law Jared Kushner meet with several Russians offering "damaging information" on Hillary Clinton from the Russia government, including a lawyer, a lobbyist and former spy, and a known money launderer. Source: CNN
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June 7, 2016

Four days after Donald Trump Jr. is approached about Russian "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump wins the New Jersey Republican primary and promises to deliver a speech which he claims to discuss the misdeeds of the Clintons: "I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you going to find it very, very interesting." He never gave that speech. Source: TIME
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June 6, 2016 at 4:04pm

Donald Trump Jr., Azerbaijani pop star Emin Agalarov and British publicist Rob Goldstone swap various emails and phone calls. At 4:04pm, Don Jr. speaks with Agalarov for roughly one to two minutes. Twenty minutes later, Don Jr. speaks to a blocked number for about four minutes. As soon as the call is done, he calls back Agalarov. A few minutes later, Don Jr. emails Goldstone to thank him "for the help." Source: Washington Post
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June 3, 2016

In response to publicist Rob Goldstone's email offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, Donald Trump Jr. replies, "if it is what you say then I love it especially later in the summer." Source: Twitter, Donald Trump Jr.
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June 3, 2016

A British publicist, Rob Goldstone, contacts Donald Trump Jr. via email that a mutual businessman wishes to supply the campaign with damaging information about Hillary Clinton that was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." Source: Twitter, Donald Trump Jr.
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2016

CBS News reports that intercepts picked up conversations between Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian individuals discussing the campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Source: CBS News
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May 21, 2016

Two separate Russian-linked Facebook pages organized dueling anti-Muslim rallies in Houston, according to samples of thousands of Facebook ads purchased by Russian operatives and released by congressional investigators more than a year later. Source: Texas Tribune
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May 19, 2016

Paul Manafort, originally hired to manage delegates for Donald Trump, is promoted to campaign chairman and chief strategist after the ouster of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Source: New York Times
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May 4, 2016

"The Professor" emails Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, "I just talked to my colleagues from the [Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. The[y] are open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North American Desk if you are in Moscow."

May 2016

Alexander Downer, Australia's former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, meets with foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos. During a discussion over drinks, Papadopoulos reveals to Downer that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. Source: The Guardian
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May 2016

Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian central bank with ties to organized crime and Russia's security services, proposed a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The subject line of the email was, "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite." It is later reported by the New York Times that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, failed to provide these documents to congressional investigators. Source: New York Times
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April 27, 2016

Then-Senator Jeff Sessions meets with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a foreign policy speech delivered by Donald Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Sessions would later fail to disclose this and other meetings. It is later revealed that Sessions discussed campaign matters with Kislyak during these meetings. Source: CNN
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April 26, 2016

Later revealed in court documents, Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos is offered "dirt" in the form of "thousands of emails" hacked from the Democratic Party from a professor with known ties to the Russian government. The professor, later identified as Joseph Mifsud, also falsely introduces a Russian woman to Papadopoulos as Russian President Vladimir Putin's "niece" in an attempt to arrange a meeting. The Washington Post later reports that senior campaign officials were aware of Papadopoulos' contacts.

April 26-27, 2016

Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos meets with "The Professor" for breakfast in London. "The Professor" says he just returned from meetings in Moscow with high-level Russian officials who claim to have "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, including "thousands" of emails. The following day, Papadopoulos emails a "High Ranking Campaign Official" to discuss Russia's offer of a meeting. He also emails the same to "Senior Policy Advisor." Source: CNN
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April 23, 2016

Documents later reveal a Stone Mountain, Georgia and Jackson, Mississippi events orchestrated by a troll account named "Blacktivist" focused on Confederate imagery called "Not My Heritage."

April 13, 2016

In text messages with a friend, Paul Manafort's daughter Andrea Manafort Shand claimed that her father was "super tight with the Trumps. All the kids call him all the time. And him and Trump both live in Trump Tower in NYC." Source: Huffington Post
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April 11, 2016

In an April 11 email exchange days after Paul Manafort was named as a campaign strategist for Donald Trump, Manafort referred to positive press and reputation and asked if a Russian billionaire had seen "my media coverage" after being named to the Trump campaign. Leaving nothing to the imagination, Manafort asks, "How do we use to get whole?" Source: The Atlantic
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April 10-25, 2016

Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos communicates repeatedly with a female Russian national that he believed at the time to be Russian President Vladimir Putin's niece. The woman says she is happy to meet again. Papadopoulos suggests a meeting with the Russian ambassador in London. The woman says "we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr. Trump." After a series of emails with a connection to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they discuss arranging a meeting between Putin and Trump. On April 25, Papadopoulos emailed a "senior policy advisor" on the campaign that the "Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to meet with him when he is ready. The advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in 'neutral' cities." Source: CNN
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April 3, 2016

In documents that later leak online, Russian nationals reach out to unwitting Americans offering materials with instructions to print them out for an April 2016 rally in at the Erie County Holding Center. The man, a Buffalo resident, shares screenshots of the outreach with The Daily Beast. Conversation also mentions a May 2, 2016 rally.

March 31, 2016

Donald Trump posts a photo of a national security meeting that includes himself and adviser George Papadopoulos despite later claims by Trump and his allies that Papadopoulos was a "low-level volunteer." Source: Donald Trump, Instagram
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March 29, 2016

Donald Trump names Paul Manafort as convention manager to shore up delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and serving in an unpaid, volunteer role. Source: Donald J. Trump for President
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March 24, 2016

Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos lunches with "The Professor" and a woman referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin's niece in London. (Papadopoulos later learns she is not actually Putin's niece.) Papadopoulos later writes to campaign officials that they sought to "arrange a meeting between us and Russian leadership" to discuss ties between the two countries.

March 21, 2016

In an interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump identifies Carter Page, a former adviser to Russian state-owned energy firm Gazprom, as a foreign policy adviser to the campaign. Source: Washington Post
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March 21, 2016

At an interview with the Washington Post, Donald Trump identifies George Papadopoulos as a foreign policy advisor. Source: Washington Post
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March 19, 2016

In emails later leaked by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign chairman forwards an email to the campaign IT staff seeking guidance regarding his password. Clinton IT staffer Charles Delavan accidentally says a phishing email is a "legitimate email" when the remainder of the message makes it clear he meant "illegitimate." It is believed that this is how the Russians obtained access to Podesta's personal email account. Source: The Week
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Early March 2016

George Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign in early March 2016.

February 2016

General Michael Flynn (ret.) becomes an informal national security adviser to Donald Trump. Flynn is known for favoring closer ties between the United States and Russia. Source: Reuters
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January 2016

Michael Cohen, personal attorney to Donald Trump, writes an email in mid-January 2016 to the spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin seeking help in restarting the Trump Tower Moscow project in early 2016. Source: New York Times
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December 10, 2015

Michael Flynn, an adviser to Donald Trump and later his short-lived national security adviser, sits with Russian President Vladimir Putin and paid $45,000 to speak, which he did not disclose at the time, at Russia Today's 10th anniversary conference. Source: Russia Today
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December 2, 2015

Michael Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr. meet with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at his private Washington, D.C. residence in early December 2015, a week before Flynn traveled to Moscow for a paid speaking gig at the anniversary of Russia propaganda channel, RT. "Emails indicate that the meeting was arranged at the request of General Flynn or his son," reads a report released in April 2018. Source: Talking Points Memo
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November 3, 2015

Business associate, Felix Sater, emails Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, promises to engineer a real estate deal with the help of Russian President Vladimir Putin and elect Trump. Sater writes, "Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of [Putin's] team to buy in on this..." Source: New York Times
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October 28, 2015

Donald Trump signs a letter of intent to build a Trump Tower Moscow amid attempts by his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and a business associate, Felix Sater, to secure aid on the project from Vladimir Putin. Source: Washington Post
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September 2015

A special agent for the FBI contacts the Democratic National Committee about a potential breach of DNC computer system by Russians. Source: New York Times
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June 16, 2015

Donald Trump announces his campaign for president in the lobby of Trump Tower. Source: ABC News
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2014

Golf writer James Dodson asked Eric Trump in 2014 who was funding a golf course project because "no one's funding any kind of golf construction" due to the recession. Eric Trump replied, "We don't really rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia. ... We've got some guys that really, really love golf, and they're really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time." Source: WBUR
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2014

Paul Manafort, a Republican consultant who will later ascend to the role of campaign chairman for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is the subject of a 2014 FISA warrant related to work he performed for Ukraine's former ruling party.

2013

Prior to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Donald Trump writes a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin with an invitation to attend. At the bottom of the letter, "Trump scrawled a postscript adding that he looked forward to seeing 'beautiful' women during his trip." Source: Washington Post
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August 23, 2013

In a letter to an academic press over an unpublished manuscript, Carter Page writes that, “Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda." Carter Page will later serve as a foreign policy aide to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Source: TIME
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September 15, 2008

Amid a major financial crisis driven by housing, Donald Trump Jr. reveals, "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets... certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." Source: eTurboNews
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January 2006

Paul Manafort, later to become Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016, is investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for activities dating back as far as January 2006. Source: CNN
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2004

Paul Manafort's political consulting firm begins work that often dovetails with Russian political interests and often includes Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, who is connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This relationship continues until a fallout sometime in 2014. Source: Wall Street Journal
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