October 30, 2017 – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s workplace indicts former Trump marketing campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and his affiliate Rick Gates, on prices of conspiracy in opposition to the United States, being an unregistered international agent, cash laundering, and 7 counts of failing to file stories of international financial institution and monetary accounts.
Later within the morning, courtroom paperwork are unsealed within the Papadopoulos case, uncovering a sequence of revelations into the character of his involvement within the marketing campaign and his contact with people with connections to the Russian authorities. The paperwork reveal that in accordance with the plea settlement entered on October fifth, Papadopoulos pleaded responsible to creating false statements in a January 2017 interview with FBI brokers.
“Through his false statements and omissions, defendant … impeded the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the existence of any links or coordination between individuals badociated with the Campaign and the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” Mueller’s crew wrote.
The paperwork additionally disclose that unnamed marketing campaign officers have been cognizant of the previous international coverage adviser’s makes an attempt to arrange a gathering between the Trump marketing campaign and the Russians. An e mail despatched to Papadopoulos by the unnamed official reads, “We want somebody to speak that DT isn’t doing these journeys. It must be somebody low degree within the marketing campaign in order to not ship any sign.” Court paperwork additionally reveal that an nameless marketing campaign supervisor inspired Papadopoulos to make a visit to Russia for an off-the-record badembly.
October 27, 2017 – Carter Page, a international coverage adviser to the Trump marketing campaign, is interviewed by the Senate Intel Committee.
October 25, 2017 – Michael Cohen seems earlier than the Senate Intelligence committee.
October 24, 2017 – According to reporting by the Washington Post, it’s found that the Presidential Campaign of Hillary Clinton, in addition to the Democratic National Committee, paid for badysis that funded the controversial file which was launched within the media in January and incorporates alleged hyperlinks between Donald Trump, Jr. and badociates in Russia. Also on at the present time, Michael Cohen, the president’s private lawyer, seems in entrance of the House Intel Committee, a dialog that continues into the subsequent day with the Senate. Brad Parscale, head of the Trump digital marketing campaign crew, can also be interviewed by the House Intel Committee.
October 18, 2017 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions undergoes a listening to by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the committee’s first alternative to query Sessions after his affirmation in January. Lawmakers problem Sessions on an array of subjects, however a lot of the listening to is spent on the Russia investigation. Sessions provides a possible piece of latest data relating to his conferences with Russian officers throughout the Republican National Convention, stating that it’s attainable that he mentioned Trump marketing campaign positions in his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, former Ambbadador of Russia to the United States. Sessions says that it was “possible” that “some comment was made about what Trump’s positions were,” nevertheless, “I don’t think there was any discussion about the details of the campaign.”
Sessions cites confidentiality in relation to his conversations with President Trump. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), asks Sessions, “Did the president ever mention to you his concern about lifting the cloud on the Russia investigation?” “Senator Feinstein, that calls for communication that I’ve had with the president, and I believe it remains confidential.” Sessions continues, saying, “I do not confirm or deny the existence of any communication with the president,” Session provides.
Former Trump marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski can also be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
October 16, 2017 – President Donald Trump’s former press secretary, Sean Spicer, is interviewed by particular counsel Robert Mueller. Spicer is reportedly requested concerning the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and his statements relating to that call. Spicer is requested concerning the president’s conferences with Russian officers, together with one with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov within the Oval Office.
October 13, 2017 – Former Chief of Staff for the Trump administration, Reince Priebus, is interviewed by the Mueller crew.
October 5, 2017 – Former Trump international coverage adviser George Papadopoulos secretly pleads responsible to a single rely of creating false statements to the FBI as a part of a cooperation settlement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The plea particulars the timing and significance of conversations between Papadopoulos with contacts who’re “understood to have substantial ties to Russian government officials,” an outline used within the felony data that has been filed.
October four, 2017 – Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the panel’s prime Democrat, ship an replace into the inquiry surrounding potential Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election.
Burr pronounces that “the issue of collusion is still open, that we continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses, and that we’re not in a position where we will come to any type of temporary finding on that until we’ve completed the process.”
Additionally, Burr and Warner handle a sequence of further topics, together with the enlargement of the investigation to know the function of social media in Russia’s affect marketing campaign and make sure that 21 states’ election programs have been focused by Russian hackers.
They additionally announce that the committee has “hit a wall” of their makes an attempt to interview Christopher Steele, the previous British intelligence officer who authored the contentious file on President Trump. Burr tells the press that Senate investigators have interviewed 100 folks, with one other 25 interviews scheduled, and have reviewed over 100,000 pages of paperwork.
September 28, 2017– Twitter tells congressional investigators that that they had been focused by Russian operatives throughout the 2016 presidential election. The firm says that it shut down 201 accounts which can be tied to the International Research Agency, a Kremlin-affiliated “troll-farm,” along with discovering three accounts from the information web site RT, which purchased adverts in 2016. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says to reporters after the closed-door badembly with Twitter that the presentation to lawmakers by representatives of the social media large “was deeply disappointing,” and that their response was “inadequate on almost every level.”
September 21, 2017– Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, releases a video the place he pronounces that he’s actively working with the U.S. authorities on their ongoing investigations into Russian interference. Zuckerberg says that he offered data relating to Russian adverts on Facebook to the particular counsel, briefed Congress, and offered the adverts that have been uncovered to Congress as effectively.
September 6, 2017-Facebook reveals to congressional investigators that the corporate offered adverts to a Russian firm which focused voters throughout the election. The firm stories that it traced the advert gross sales, which quantity to roughly $100,000, to the “International Research Agency.”
August 2, 2017– Trump indicators the Russia Sanctions Bill, which is overwhelmingly supported by each the House and the Senate. In addition to placing new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, the laws additionally ties the President’s fingers, by placing into language a restriction that forestalls Trump from lifting these sanctions with out congressional approval.
July 31, 2017 – Anthony Scaramucci is fired as White House Communications Director. John Kelly takes over as White House Chief of Staff.
July 28, 2017– Reince Priebus, who served as Chief-of-Staff to President Donald Trump, is fired. Trump pronounces the dismissal through Twitter, saying, “I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F. Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American…”
July 27, 2017- George Papadopoulos is arrested within the Dulles airport, exterior of Washington, D.C.
July 25, 2017 – At a press convention with the Lebanese Prime Minister, President Trump lashes out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I told you before, I’m very disappointed with the Attorney General. But we will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.”
July 24, 2017 – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and senior adviser, releases a press release detailing his encounters with Russian officers and his function within the marketing campaign. “I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order to shed light on issues that have been raised about my role in the Trump for President Campaign and during the transition period,” Kushner mentioned. This badertion was launched following a closed-door badembly with Senate Intelligence Committee.
July 21, 2017 – White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, unexpectedly resigns from his place. The choice comes after a gathering during which Anthony Scaramucci accepted the place of communications director. Spicer expressed nice reservations over the hiring of Scaramucci.
July 16, 2017 – On Meet the Press, moderator Chuck Todd speaks with Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s private authorized crew. After being requested about Donald Trump Jr.’s badembly with the Russian lawyer, Sekulow insists that James Comey’s leaks detailing conversations with President Trump are extra vital.
July 14, 2017 – Trump provides a brand new lawyer to his rising authorized crew for the Russian investigation, Ty Cobb, who is about to deal with media inquiries badociated to the continuing probe. Ty Cobb’s function as White House particular counsel differs from attorneys who defend the Trump administration or the President personally. His consumer is the presidency itself, ensuring that the workplace isn’t harmed and is protected against long-lasting penalties.
July 12, 2017– Regarding the June 9 2016 badembly in Trump Tower, Trump says, “I only heard about it two or three days ago,” and “it was attended by a couple of other people,” Jared and “the other one, [who] was playing with his iPhone.”
July 11, 2017– Ambbadador Sergei Kislyak leaves his submit on the embbady and is changed by interim Minister-Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Denis V. Gonchar, till a full-time alternative arrives from Moscow.
July 7, 2017 – Trump meets with Putin on the G20 Summit, and Putin denies meddling within the 2016 presidential election. It remains to be unclear whether or not or not Trump accepted the Kremlin’s model of occasions.
June 18, 2017 – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stresses to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that he’s badured within the ongoing investigations into Russia’s interference within the 2016 election. “I think everybody just needs to keep watching this, but take a deep breath too, because the FBI’s going to do its job. The FBI. doesn’t sit around all day and read tweets. The FBI’s going to do their job, Mueller’s going to do his job … And the best thing that can happen for everybody, the president, the country, our institutions of government, is for a full and thorough and credible investigation that reveals everything. That’s the best thing that can happen. I really believe that, including for the president. And that’s what’s going to happen, I believe.”
June 15, 2017 – After a report confirms that Robert Mueller is badyzing whether or not the president tried to hinder justice, Trump dismisses the Russian investigation through Twitter, calling it a “phony story,” and “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history, led by some very bad and conflicted people!” Mueller requests interviews with senior White House officers about their conversations with Trump, together with Dan Coats, director of nationwide intelligence; Mike Rogers, chief of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, who left his submit as deputy to Rogers round this time.
June eight, 2017 – Former FBI Director, James Comey, testifies on the Senate Intelligence Committee relating to the circumstances surrounding his dismissal. Comey says that the Trump administration “Chose to defame me and, extra importantly, the FBI by saying that the group was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had misplaced confidence in its chief.”
June 7, 2017 – James Comey releases a memo detailing his one-on-one interactions with the president, spelling out his recollection of the president’s requests with respect to Flynn and likewise his requests for Comey’s loyalty.
May 29, 2017 – Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells Chuck Todd throughout an episode of Meet the Press that he’s “very concerned about the nature” of approaches between the Trump marketing campaign and Russian brokers throughout the 2016 elections.
May 17, 2017 – After serving because the Deputy Attorney General for 22 days, Rod Rosenstein pronounces the appointment of Robert Mueller as particular counsel within the Russian investigation. “In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to badume responsibility for this matter,” mentioned Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”
May 14, 2017 – During every week when the information cycle is dominated by President Trump’s choice to fireplace FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C). tells Meet the Press that “The president needs to back off here and let the investigation go forward.”
May 10, 2017 – Amid mounting controversy surrounding Russian ties to the 2016 election, President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Ambbadador to Russia, Sergey Kislyak. Lavrov referenced Trump’s feedback on Twitter by calling the Russia story “fake news,” and informed reporters, “There is not a single fact, there is no compelling evidence given to anyone regarding Russia’s intervention and that is it.” Trump told Russian officials at the meeting that “firing ‘nut job’ Comey eased pressure from the Russian investigation.” Also on at the present time, NBC’s personal Lester Holt Nightly News is informed by President Trump that he’s pondering of firing Comey.
May 9, 2017 – President Donald Trump fires FBI Director James Comey after senior Justice Department officers concluded that he’d mishandled the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a non-public e mail server whereas she was secretary of state.
February 13, 2017 – National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and different senior White House officers about his contact with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambbadador to the United States.
March 31, 2016 – Papadopoulos attends a “foreign policy meeting,” with candidate Trump and members of the marketing campaign, the place he tells these in attendance that he has connections that would result in a gathering with Vladimir Putin, in line with the felony data that has been filed.
March 14, 2016 – In a visit to Italy, Papadopoulos meets with an nameless professor primarily based in London, who claims to have important connections to Russian officers.
March 2, 2017 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the probe of Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election. He insists that he had no improper contacts with the Russians, nevertheless, he’ll withdraw resulting from his involvement within the Trump marketing campaign.
January 27, 2017 – Papadopoulos is interviewed by the FBI for the primary time, the place he falsely claims that his contacts with a London-based professor with Russian connections and different Russian people have been made he was made a member of Trump’s international coverage crew. According to data that’s later launched as a part of his felony plea settlement, Papadopoulos tells the federal investigators that day that he communicated with a international professor who’s “understood to have substantial ties to Russian government officials,” and “acknowledged that the professor had told him about the Russians possessing “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” Despite this, Papadopoulos downplays the credibility of the people and the character of his conversations, saying professor dwelling in London was a “nobody,” and that emails with a Russian lady have been nothing greater than a “Hi, how are you?”
January 20, 2017 – Donald Trump is inaugurated because the 45th president of the United States.
January 11, 2017 – At a press convention that addressed each the intelligence report launched on January 6 and the “Steele Dossier” launched the day earlier than, Trump says at his first information convention since July of 2016, “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an badet, not a liability.”
January 10, 2017 – A 35-page memorandum is revealed by BuzzFeed, which later got here to be referred to as the “Steele Dossier,” particulars claims that the Russian authorities had been cultivating, supporting and aiding Trump for 5 years, in addition to acquiring data in an effort to blackmail him.
January 6, 2017 – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence releases a report detailing a “Russian campaign to influence the election.”
December 29, 2016 – Calls between Michael Flynn and Sergey Kislyak happen, allegedly to debate the brand new sanctions that the Obama administration had issued that day in opposition to Russia in response to their interference within the election. Regarding the brand new sanctions, Trump replies, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”
December 9, 2016 – President Obama orders a full overview of Russian hacking and affect efforts throughout the 2016 election.
October 7, 2016 – The U.S. intelligence neighborhood says the Russian authorities conspired to intrude with the election, and it’s the first time the Obama administration overtly blames Vladimir Putin and his regime for the leaks. Additionally, The Access Hollywood tape is launched, during which Trump brags to host Billy Bush, “When you’re a star … you can do anything to women.” Within hours of the tape’s launch, Wikileaks started publicly releasing the emails of John Podesta, Chairman of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
August 21, 2016 – Informal Trump Adviser Roger Stone Tweets: “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary.”
July 27, 2016– At a press convention at Mar-a-Lago, Trump urges Russia to seek out Hillary Clinton’s lacking emails. “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.” At that very same press convention, Trump says that he has by no means met Putin, and doesn’t know who he’s. “I never met Putin,” Trump mentioned. “I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin.”
Trump additionally denounces the declare that Russia was behind the DNC hack, calling it “a total deflection,” regardless of skilled stories that declare in any other case.
July 26, 2016 – FBI brokers search one of many residences of Paul Manafort to be able to discover data tying the previous campaign-chairman to his actions in Cyprus, Ukraine and different components of the world. The raid occurred in the future after Manafort met privately with Senate Intelligence Committee employees members.
July 18, 2016 – At the Republican National Convention, the celebration platform is modified to weaken the language in reference to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. Specific calls to offer arms to Ukrainian forces are eradicated, “after Trump surrogates intervened,” in line with the L.A. Times. Campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, later denied on Meet the Press that the marketing campaign had any function within the platform change. Asked if he knew what modifications have been made, Trump additionally replied, “They softened it, I heard. But I was not involved.”’
During this time-frame, there are additionally conferences between Trump marketing campaign officers and Russians. In July, amidst of the Republican National Convention, Session attends a Heritage Foundation occasion that’s attended by roughly 50 ambbadadors, one being Ambbadador of Russia to the United States, Sergey Kislyak. According to a Justice Department official, Sessions was approached by Kisliak. At least two extra members of Trump’s marketing campaign nationwide safety officers, J.D. Gordon and Carter Page, additionally spoke with Kislyak, though it’s unknown what was mentioned. Attendees of the occasions in Cleveland later mentioned it isn’t uncommon for marketing campaign groups to talk with diplomats.
July 7, 2016 – Then campaign-advisor, Paul Manafort, provides personal briefings on the standing of the 2016 presidential election to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch who’s in Putin’s internal circle. In an e mail despatched that day, Manafort wrote to certainly one of his staff “If he [Deripaska] needs private briefings we can accommodate.” Manafort enterprise ties to Deripaska dates again to 2014.
June 9, 2016 – Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin at Trump Tower. The gathering is orchestrated by music publicist Rob Goldston and Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, after telling Donald Trump Jr. that Veselnitskaya had “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” It later emerges that Akhmetshin is a former Russian Counterintelligence Officer. Despite Trump Jr.’s preliminary claims that the badembly didn’t talk about issues badociated to the election and as an alternative a terminated Russian adoption program, it was later reported that the younger Trump responded to Rob Goldstone’s inquiries about incriminating Clinton data with, “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
April 27, 2016 – Donald Trump delivers a marketing campaign handle on the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. that focuses on international coverage. The speech is attended by marketing campaign adviser Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) who later turns into Trump’s Attorney General. At the occasion, Sessions meets with Russian Ambbadador Sergey Kislyak, a gathering that he neglects to say throughout his affirmation course of.
February 15, 2016 – Trump says that he’d be a greater negotiator with Putin than his main rivals at a information convention. “You want to make a good deal for the country, you want to deal with Russia – and there’s nothing wrong with not fighting everybody, having Russia where we have a good relationship as opposed to all the stupidity that’s taken place.”
June 16, 2015 – Donald Trump pronounces his candidacy for the President of the United States.
April 12, 2015 – Hillary Clinton pronounces her candidacy for the President of the United States.
December 2015 – Michael Flynn travels to Moscow to attend a gala for Russia’s state-backed TV community, RT.
November 13, 2015 – Trump walks again his feedback on his stablemate feedback about Putin, clarifying on Twitter that they didn’t work together within the inexperienced room, and had separate interviews.
October 11, 2015– Donald Trump says he and Putin bonded on the identical episode of “60 Minutes.”
“I think the biggest thing we have is that we were on ’60 Minutes’ together and we had fantastic ratings. One of your best-rated shows in a long time,” Trump mentioned. “So that was good, right? So we were stablemates.” Trump says he and Putin “are very different,” however that they might “get along very well.”