The Russia Investigation

Here is an extensive timeline exposing Trump’s connections with Russia, sourced via various news outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Bill Moyers and more.

  • July 21, 2017

    More Kushner Memory Loss

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Jared Kushner had to revise his financial disclosure form to disclose dozens more assets. It’s another red flag regarding Kushner’s honesty, ethics, and morality. Note: His father was in prison for fraud!

  • July 21, 2017

    Trump Jr & Manafort Cancel Public Hearing

    Through their attorneys, both Donald Trump Jr and Paul Manafort have agreed to provide the committee with documents and be interviewed by committee members and staff prior to a public hearing.

  • July 21, 2017

    Sessions Lied About Russian Discussions

    The Washington Post reports that Sessions discussed campaign-related matters with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. According to the reporting, intelligence intercepts show Kislyak discussing Russia-related matters with Sessions. When asked for comment about the breaking story, Sessions and the White House had no pushback as a response. (Watch for a resignation within the next 48 hours.)

  • July 20, 2017

    Mueller Expands Inquiry into Trump Finances

    Bloomberg reports that Mueller is looking into Trump personal and business transactions history going back over 10 years ago. Specifically, the sale of a Florida mansion to a Russian oligarch for double the market price and the highest residential sale of a property in US history.

  • July 20, 2017

    Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Demoted

    The New York Times reports that Kasowitz has been demoted, taking a much smaller role in the Trump case.

  • July 20, 2017

    Mueller Digging Into Manafort Criminal Tax Evasion History

    The New York Times reports that Mueller has requested records from IRS regarding criminal tax evasion inquiry. The inquiry resulted in no charges being filed against Manafort, but could help in getting additional information regarding Manafort’s Russian ties.

  • July 20, 2017

    Trump Defection

    The Washington Post reports that the spokesman for Trump’s legal team, Mark Corallo, has resigned.

  • July 20, 2017

    Trump Team Investigating Mueller’s Team

    The Washington Post reports that Trump lawyers are digging into Mueller’s investigators as a way to justify firing Special Counsel Mueller in an attempt to stop the inquiry. They are also looking for conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit the investigation. **Some Russian style disinformation tactics at work here.

  • July 20, 2017

    Trump Seeks Pardon Information

    The Washington Post reports that Trump is asking his legal team about his pardon power. He asked specifically whether he could pardon his aides, family members and/or himself.

  • July 19, 2017

    Trump Regrets Sessions’ Appointment

    In an interview with The New York Times, Trump said that it was unfair for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation so soon after his appointment. Trump told reporters that he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions had he known he would recuse himself.

  • July 18, 2017

    Mueller Investigating Trump Jr.

    An eighth person has been confirmed and identified as a participant of the meeting with Trump Jr and Russian officials. The Washington Post reports that Mueller is investigating Trump Jr.

  • July 18, 2017

    Trump Had 2nd Meeting w/ Putin

    The Washington Post reports that Trump had an undisclosed second meeting with Putin during a dinner at the G20 summit. Trump breeched diplomatic norms by meeting with Putin by himself, with only Putin’s translator being present with the two leaders. The White House has finally confirmed this meeting.

  • July 14, 2017

    Kushner Attorney Resigns

    Jared Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, announces she is no longer representing Kushner on Russia-related inquiries.

  • July 14, 2017

    The Don Jr Eight

    CNN reports that the June 9, 2016 meeting included more than the just the 5, then six previously reported participants: Kushner, Manafort, Don Jr., Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin and a translator. At least two others, including a representative of the Agalarov family, also attended.

  • July 14, 2017

    Donald Jrs’ Lies Exposed Again

    NBC New reports, “The Russian lawyer who met with Don Jr. and other on the Trump team after a promising of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist, a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some US officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence.” The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, confirms to the Associated Press that he attended the meeting. He tells the AP he served int he Soviet military, in a unit that was part of counterintelligence, but was never formally trained as a spy. Akhmetshin also says the Russian lawyer at the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, present the Trump associates with details of what she believed were illicit funds that had been funneled to the Democratic National Committee. She suggested that making the information public could help the Trump campaign. “This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC accepted bad money,” Akhmetshin recalls her saying. He says the attorney brought with her a plastic folder with printed documents, but he was unaware of the content of the documents or whether they were provided by the Russian government, and it was unclear whether she left the materials with the Trump team.

  • July 13, 2017

    Trump Lied About Knowledge of Email

    Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reports that President Trump’s legal team had been informed about the email chain three weeks earlier. Trump claimed he only found out a couple days before news broke.

  • July 13, 2017

    GOP Operative Commits Suicide

    The Chicago Tribune reports that on May 14, 2017, Peter W. Smith was found dead in a Rochester, Minnesota hotel room. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Walls Street Journal in which he claimed, during the campaign, to have connections to Trump advisor Mike Flynn. Smith had told The Journal that one the Labor Day weekend 2016, he began trying to recruit a team of experts to find any email that were stolen from the private email server that Hillary Clinton used while she was Secretary of State. Smith’s death record says he committed suicide by asphyxiation. Smith left behind a not that included the lines, “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” and “RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017” and timing related “TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.”

  • July 12, 2017

    DOJ Settles Amid Scrutiny

    The AP reports that on May 12, 2017, just two days before a scheduled start of a major Russian money laundering criminal trial in New York federal court. The Justice Department approved a settlement of the case for less than $6 million. The action involved more than a $230 million fraud scheme. Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who had met with Donald Jr., Kushner and Manafort on June 9, 2016, represented the defendant who is the owner of a Russian real estate investment firm. When he announced the filing of the complaint in 2013, recently fired-US Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As alleged, a Russian criminal enterprise song to launder some of its billions in ill-gotten rubles through the purchase of pricey Manhattan real estate.” Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee request that the Justice Department provide information about the circumstances surrounding the settlement by July 26, 2017.

  • July 12, 2017

    Pence Dodges Russia Questions

    Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson refuses to answer directly whether Pence ever met with any Russians during the campaign in a Fox News interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    Trump Claims Ignorance

    Trump tells Reuters, “I didn’t know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this, referring to Don Jr’s meeting with Russians.

  • July 12, 2017

    Donald Jr’s Continues to Lie

    Like his father, Don Jr goes on Fox and says that he has now revealed “everything.”

  • July 11, 2017

    Donald Jr’s Emails Released

    After learning that the New York Times was about to release his emails, Donald Jr preempts their release by Tweeting out the emails. The emails between Trump Jr and Rob Goldstone culminated in the June 9th, 2016 meeting with the “Russian government attorney.” Don says that he knew Emin Agalarov from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. “Emin and his father have a highly respected company in Moscow.” “The information they suggested hey had on Clinton I thought was political opposition research…To put this in context, this occurred before the current Russian fever was in vogue.”

  • July 10, 2017

    Trump Jr Knew of Russian Government Efforts

    Donald Trump Jr was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian Government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email. It was sent to Trump Jr by Rob Goldstone who was instrumental in brokering the June 9, 2016 meeting.

  • July 10, 2017

    Trump Jr Lawyers Up

    Donald Trump Jr has hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas, who specializes in criminal defense and whose clients included alleged organized crime figures, a Russian computer hacker and white-collar criminals.

  • July 9, 2017

    Trump Jr Changes His Story

    After 24 hours, Donald Trump Jr changes his story. When the story of Russian adoption didn’t fly, Trump Jr explained that he actually agreed to meet Kremlin connected Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya because he was told Veselnitskaya might have dirt on Clinton. The lawyer’s dirt was vague and made no sense, but the lawyer did bring up the Magnitsky Act, having been a crusader to repeal the Act that Putin hated.

    Clearly, Trump Jr was only interested in working with this Russian official if she could supply tangible evidence against Clinton, a clear violation of several federal laws.

  • July 8, 2017

    Donald Trump Jr In Hot Seat

    The New York Times reported that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr arranged a meeting at Trump Tower for June 9, 2016, just two weeks after his father clinched the Republican nomination. The clandestine meeting was with Kremlin connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and the Trump team participants included Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort who was serving as Trump’s campaign chair at the time of the meeting. Initially, Trump Jr tried to downplay the meeting as having only to do with Russian adoption policy.

    Trump Jr failed to disclose this meeting when interviewed by The New York Times in March, 2017. “Did I meet with people that were Russian? I’m sure, I’m sure I did, but none that were set up. None that I can think of at the moment. And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form.” When asked if he had ever discussed government policies related to Russia, Trump Jr replied, “A hundred percent no.”

  • July 7, 2017

    The Trump Putin Meeting

    During the G20 meeting in Germany, Putin and Trump finally meet face to face publicly. Only six people are in the room: Trump, Tillerson, Putin, Lavrov, and two interpreters. Conspicuously missing was NSA director McMaster (national security playing a key role in the talks) and a note taker.

    Trump accepted Putin’s denial regarding hacking and actually stated that he plans to work
    with Putin to address cyber espionage. Trump has relinquished power to Putin, placating a dictator that likely has dirt on Trump.

  • June 27, 2017

    Manafort A Foreign Agent

    Several months ago, it was reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort would retroactively register as a foreign agent, finally complying with federal law which required him to do so at the time he was working on behalf of pro-Russian political interests. During the time of the reports, Maddow broke the news that he had failed to do so. Today news broke that Manafort had finally registered as a foreign agent for the work he did between 2012 and 2014. During that two year timespan, Manafort received more than $17 million from Party of Regions, a pro-Russia political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader, Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Moscow amid reports of corruption in 2014. As part of the filing, Manafort discloses that he met outspoken California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2013. Rohrabacher has often called for a closer relationship with US and Russia.

  • June 26, 2017


    A GOP operative sought Clinton emails from hackers and it appears there is actual proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. A wealthy long time Republican opposition researcher named Peter Smith, who was involved in digging up dirt on the Clintons in the 90’s, assembled a group of tech experts, lawyers, and a Russian speaking investigator based in Europe to get emails that they theorized had been stolen from the private server Hillary Clinton used as Secretary of State. Smith sought out a Washington Journal reporter to tell his story and was proud to do so. Some hackers claimed to have them. Smith and his team got them, but couldn’t verify their authenticity so they told all the hackers to dump them on WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks never did. Smith was not part of the Trump campaign. Smith worked on his own.

    However, Smith told a lot of people that he was doing the above action with Mike Flynn.

  • June 26, 2017

    Kushner & Deutsche Bank

    The Washington Post reports that Jared Kushner’s firm received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank. Kushner received the loan weeks prior to the 2016 election. The loan and Kushner’s personal guarantee of the loan were not included on his financial disclosure form! Another attempt to hide information from the government. Now we know why he had just hired powerhouse defense attorney Abbe Lowell.

  • June 26, 2017

    Trump & Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank keeps loaning money to Donald Trump even though Trump has refused to pay on loans over $300 million. Deutsche Bank is currently under a DOJ criminal investigation into a Russian money laundering scheme moving over $10 billion in and out of Russia.

    Democrats smell blood in the water regarding the Deutsche Bank Trump connection and are seeking bank reports from Deutsche detailing all of Trump’s activity. The bank has so far refused to comply with the Congress’ request.

  • June 26, 2017

    VEB Not A Bank

    The Financial Times reports that Russian bank “VEB” is not actually a bank. It has no cash, no assets, and gets its money directly from Russian President Putin. It is not licensed as a bank, no central regulations and its Board of Directors is made up entirely of government officials and led by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. VEB officials have been convicted of espionage in the US and has been used for money laundering purposes. Jared Kushner tried to hide a December 2016 meeting with VEB Chairman Sergey Gorkov. Gorkov is a former KGB agent.

  • June 26, 2017

    Carter Page Grilled

    The Washington Post reports that the FBI has interrogated Page several times for over 10 hours. The Steele dossier was one of many items discussed. Page wasn’t represented by counsel, a major problem because lying to the FBI is a crime.

  • June 25, 2017

    Conway Confuses Again

    While interviewing Kellyanne Conway on ABC News’ “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos says, “The president said he did not tape James Comey, but I am confused by the top part of that tweet. Does the president have any evidence at all that his personal conversations were somehow taped? And has he asked the intelligence agencies for that evidence?”

    When Conway dodges the questions and refuses to directly answer them, Stephanopoulos persists, “Has the president asked the intelligence agencies if they have any tapes of his conversations? Does he know if they have that? Does he have any evidence to back up that suggestion that he put out in the tweet?” Conway answers, “I’m not going to comment on his conversations with his intelligence community… I mean, what are we talking about here with this never-ending Russian discussion?” Interesting that Conway said the intelligence community was “his.”

  • June 23, 2017

    Trump Falsely Blames Obama… Again!

    Trump finally admits Russia hacked the election, but it was in order to blame Obama; a favorite Trump practice. “Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?”

  • June 23, 2017

    More Manafort Inquiries

    The New York Times reports that federal investigators and the New York state Attorney General are looking into Paul Manafort’s real estate dealings in recent years.

  • June 23, 2017

    Trump Ignores House Intelligence Committee

    In a two-sentence response to the House Intelligence Committee’s prior request for any and all records memorializing conversations between Trump and James Comey, the White House simply refers to and quotes from Trump’s tweets on June 22, 2017 and provides no other information.

  • June 23, 2017

    Trump Attacks Mueller

    While on Fox & Friends, Trump slams special counsel Robert Mueller for being very good friends with Comey. He also claimed that all of Mueller’s hires are Hillary Clinton supporters.

  • June 22, 2017

    Trump Has No Tapes

    Trump admits via Twitter that he lied about having tapes, tweeting, “…I did not make, and do not have any such recordings.”

  • June 21, 2017

    Weakening Sanctions

    The New York Times reports that the White House has been lobbying the House of Representatives to weaken the Senate bill that would limit Trump’s power to curtail Russian sanctions. The bipartisan legislation had passed the Senate a week earlier, and would allow Congress to thwart any effort by the White House to curtail those sanctions with congressional approval. On June 20, the Treasury Department issued sanctions directed against more than three dozen Russian individuals and organizations that had participated in the country’s incursion into Ukraine.

  • June 21, 2017

    21 States Hacked

    The acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division of Homeland Security testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that individuals connected to the Russian government tried to have election-related computer systems in 21 states. Earlier, Bloomberg had reported that Russian hackers had tried to penetrate voting systems in 39 states.

  • June 20, 2017

    Spicer Dodges Russia Question

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says he doesn’t know if Trump believes that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. He stated he has not had that conversation with Trump.

  • June 20, 2017

    Pompeo Shares Intel with Flynn

    The New York Times reports that CIA Director Mike Pompeo shared the nations’ top secrets with Flynn despite the fact that Pompeo knew Flynn was compromised. Pompeo briefed Flynn for 18 days after being warned that Flynn was susceptible to Russian blackmail.

  • June 20, 2017

    AG Sessions Lawyers Up

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hired private lawyers to represent him in the Russia investigation. He lied repeatedly throughout the campaign, transition, and as Attorney General when he testified during an open session of the Senate Committee hearing, under oath.

  • June 20, 2017

    Flynn Allegedly Flips

    Current Senators believe Michael Flynn has flipped, making a deal with the DOJ to testify against Trump. Subpoenas have been issued, but none for Flynn.

  • June 18, 2017

    Trump Attorney Confused

    On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Jay Sekulow says Trump is under investigation, but when Chuck Todd asks him another question about Trump being under investigation, Sekulow insists that Trump is NOT under investigation. It was one of the more bizarre incidents in a bizarro world.

  • June 18, 2017

    Jared Kushner’s Businesses Targeted

    Kushner’s businesses and finances are now the target of federal investigations led by the Special Counsel and the Justice Department. Specifically, they are looking into payments made by Russia to Kushner through offshore banks, including the State run Russian bank that has been linked to money laundering and led by Putin.

    Additionally, Kushner has been advised by lead counsel Jamie Gorelick to seek experienced criminal defense lawyers.

  • June 17, 2017

    Congress Eyes Brad Parscale

    House investigators want to interview Parscale, the Digital Director of Trump’s campaign. Investigators are digging into Jared Kushner’s role in overseeing data operations for the campaign.

  • June 16, 2017

    Trump Admits He’s Under Investigation

    Trump tweets “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt” Previously, Trump admitted to Lestor Holt that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.

  • June 16, 2017

    Rosenstein Recusal

    ABC News reports that Deputy A.G. Rosenstein has said to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the Trump Russia investigation. He may have to testify as a witness regarding the Comey firing and possible obstruction of justice.

  • June 16, 2017

    Mueller Follows the Money

    The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Mueller has widened his investigation to include financial issues in the Trump campaign and administration. Money laundering could be involved.

  • June 16, 2017

    VP Pence Has Lawyered Up

    Vice President Mike Pence has hired a private lawyer to represent him in the ongoing Russia investigation. Considering he led the Trump Transition Team and they were warned several times about Flynn’s conflicts and unethical behavior, Pence definitely has exposure to possible involvement of a cover-up.

  • June 15, 2017

    Trump Officially Under Investigation

    The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Mueller is investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice. Coats and Rogers closed Senate testimony is all the more important now.

  • June 13, 2017

    Coats Testifies in Closed Senate Hearing

    DNI Director Dan Coats, who refused to discuss conversations with Trump during the open session on June 8, likely provides answers to those questions in today’s closed session.

  • June 12, 2017

    Sessions To Testify in Open Hearing

    Recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow. Sessions will likely be pressed about a third meeting with Ambassador Kislyak, how involved he was in the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, and other questions regarding Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice.

  • June 9, 2017

    Pompeo Ignores Senate Inquiry

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo ignores a request from the Senate to provide answers as to whether White House officials discussed with Pompeo or any other top CIA officials the possibility of encouraging the FBI to drop its investigation. Today’s deadline for answers came and went without a response from Pompeo. Pompeo witnessed such an incident in March when Trump asked DNI Director Dan Coats to intervene in the FBI Russia investigation.

  • June 9, 2017

    Trump Cherry Picks Testimony

    Trump states that Comey’s testimony fully exonerates him, but also said that Comey lied. Trump agreed with the small portions of Comey’s testimony in which he affirmed Trump wasn’t personally under investigation (yet), but said Comey lied when he claimed that Trump asked for his loyalty and hoped that he could see his way clear to letting Flynn go. During a press conference, Trump was asked if he’d be willing to answer questions under oath. Trump said, “100% I will testify under oath.” Trump also refused to answer questions regarding his claims of having tape recordings of Comey.

  • June 8, 2017

    Comey Testifies for Senate Investigation

    Former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump, “hoped he could see clear to let Flynn go.” Comey also testified that Trump lied when asked about their conversation and that he kept detailed memos because he feared Trump would lie regarding their meetings in the future. While Comey affirmed that he did tell Trump he wasn’t under investigation, what Trump and his supporters don’t understand is that he meant “at the time.” Comey stated he refused to follow Trump’s demands of publicly making a statement saying he wasn’t under investigation because he suspected Trump might be the subject or target of the investigation in the future.

  • June 7, 2017

    Coats & Rogers Clam Up

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in or downplay the ongoing Russia investigation. There was bipartisan anger at the two for refusing to answer the questions.

  • June 6, 2017

    Trump Pressures DNI Director Coats to Intervene

    The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump asked DNI Director Dan Coats if he could intervene on the FBI Russia probe on March 22. After a meeting, Trump asked Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to stay behind. It was during this private meeting that Trump pressured Coats to intervene in front of Pompeo, now a witness to an attempted obstruction of justice. After the meeting, Coats discussed the incident with other officials and decided intervening would be inappropriate.

  • June 2, 2017

    Mueller’s Investigation Expands Exponentially

    Special Counsel Mueller has a very broad mandate to investigate Paul Manafort and anyone in the Department of Justice, including Attorney General Session and Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein. In an interview with the Associate Press, Rosenstein stated that if Mueller’s investigation extends to his role, he will recuse himself, as to not interfere with the investigation considering he’s leading it.

  • June 2, 2017

    Sergey Gorkov Clams Up

    With the investigation expanding, Gorkov refused to answer an NBC reporters questions in Russia.

  • June 1, 2017

    Putin’s Talking

    Putin denies that the Russian government hacked the US elections, but conceded that private Russian citizens may have done so. Putin also denies being friends with Trump or having ever met him.

  • June 1, 2017

    Trump at the Mayflower Hotel

    It’s reported that Trump was at the Mayflower Hotel when Sessions and Russian ambassador Kislyak were also there, allegedly meeting with each other. Video shows Sessions and Kislyak shaking hands in a public setting at the hotel.

  • June 1, 2017

    Third Russian Meeting for Sessions

    According to CNN, Congress is investigating if Sessions had a third meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The undisclosed, private meeting is reported to have happened in April, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel. There is talk of charging Sessions with perjury for repeatedly trying to conceal these meetings.

  • May 31, 2017

    Trump May Return Seized Russian Compounds

    Trump is considering and is in talks with Russia to return the two Russian compounds that were seized by the Obama Administration as part of the punishment for Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election. There is no word what the US will get in return.

  • May 31, 2017

    Comey to Testify June 8.

    Former FBI Director Comey has been “cleared for takeoff” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify in Congress. Comey will likely field questions regarding his Trump memos, his firing, and Russia.

  • May 30, 2017

    Flynn Ready to Cooperate

    Former NSA Michael Flynn says he’s ready and willing to provide some documents requested by Senate Intelligence Committee investigation.

  • May 30, 2017

    Russia Investigation Widens to Include Trump Lawyer

    NBC News reports that Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, initially said he would not cooperate with Russia investigation then later said if he was subpoenaed by Congress he will testify.

    Former Trump aide, Boris Epshteyn has been contacted by the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia. His lawyer stated that they’ve submitted questions and are awaiting a response. It is unclear, but is suspected that Epshteyn is looking for a deal to cooperate.

  • May 30, 2017

    White House Doesn’t Deny Kushner Deal

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer doesn’t deny that Kushner attempted to create backchannel communications with Russia, using Russian equipment to avoid US intelligence surveillance. They do float the notion that it was in order to discuss Syria.

  • May 30, 2017

    Germany Rejects US Help

    Germany intelligence officials have told their American counterparts that they don’t want their support in monitoring or safeguarding Germany’s elections in the fall, senior US intelligence officials told NBC News.

  • May 28, 2017

    Germany’s Merkel Doesn’t Trust Trump

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “Europe can no longer rely on its longstanding British and US allies. We must take our fate into our own hands.” This is exactly what Putin has wanted for years; to create a divide in Western Nations and Trump delivered.

  • May 26, 2017

    The FBI Goes to Ukraine

    In an effort to dig deeper into Paul Manafort’s activities in the Russia investigation, FBI agents question many Ukrainians. It appears they are leaving no stone unturned.

  • May 26, 2017

    Senate Intelligence Committee

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked President Trump’s political organization to produce all Russia-related documents, emails and phone records going back to his campaign’s launch in June 2015.

  • May 25, 2017

    Person of Interest Identified

    President Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor has been identified as the person of interest inside the White House.

  • May 24, 2017

    More Russian Meeting Omissions

    According to CNN, AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings on security clearance form the DOJ confirms.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump Blurts Out Classified Info Again

    During a phone call with Philippines President, Trump blurts out the location of two US nuclear submarines. There is no reason to share this with the Philippine President.

  • May 19, 2017

    Undermining Mueller

    Reuters reports on efforts by White House lawyers to undermine Robert Mueller’s credibility. They’re particularly interested in a rule that restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating clients of their former employer for at least one year. By Executive Order on January 28, 2017, Trump had extended that period to two years; however, the Justice Department can waive the rule. Mueller’s law firm WilmerHale represents Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, but the firm says that Mueller has not personally worked with any Trump-related clients. Meanwhile, CNN reports that White House lawyers are also researching impeachment procedures.

  • May 19, 2017

    Comey To Testify

    The Senate Intelligence Committee announces that former FBI Director Comey will testify in a public hearing after Memorial Day.

  • May 19, 2017

    VP Pence Faces Scrutiny

    Vice President Pence faces added scrutiny on what he knew about Flynn’s connections to Turkey and Russia, and when he knew it. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee post a November 18, 2016 letter from Rep. Elijah Cummings to Pence, who at the time was vice president-elect and chair of the presidential transition team. The letter expressed concerns about national security advisor Flynn’s ties to those countries. In response to the posting, Pence’s spokesperson states, “The Vice President stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news regarding Gen. Flynn’s ties to Turkey and fully supports the President’s decision to ask for General Flynn’s resignation.” A White House aide adds, “I’m not sure we saw the letter.” Democrats on the House Oversight Committee then post the formal November 28, 2016 transition team message acknowledging receipt of Cumming’s letter.

  • May 19, 2017

    Person of Interest

    The Washington Post reports that federal investigators in the Trump/Russia matter have identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest.

  • May 18, 2017

    More Trump Denials

    At a joint news conference with the president of Colombia, a reporter asks Trump whether he ever asked former Director Comey to close or back down the investigation into Mike Flynn. “No. No. Next question,” Trump answers. He goes on to characterize the ongoing Trump/Russia investigation as “totally ridiculous” and a “witch hunt.” Then he adds, “Director Comey was very unpopular with most people, I actually thought when I made that decision. And I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.”

  • May 18, 2017

    More Early Morning Trump Tweets

    Taking a 180 degree turn, Trump tweets, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!”


    “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

    Obviously the words contained in the official White House statement did not come from Trump.

  • May 17, 2017

    Special Counsel Finally Instituted

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein names former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference with the election. In a White House statement, Trump says, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know, there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.”

  • May 17, 2017

    Putin Offers Transcripts

    Putin offers to provide the US Congress with transcripts of the Oval Office conversations among Trump and the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister. Questions arise as to whether the Russian brought in surveillance equipment into the Oval Office.

  • May 16, 2017

    McMaster Changes Story

    After issuing denials yesterday, NSA McMaster tells reporters repeatedly that Trump’s disclosure of intelligence with the Russians was “wholly appropriate.” As his press conference ends, McMaster says that Trump “wasn’t even aware where this information came from. He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of the information either.”

  • May 16, 2017

    More Early Morning Trump Tweets

    Trump Tweets “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining…

    …to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight agains ISIS & terrorism.

  • May 16, 2017

    The Contemporaneous Memo

    In response to press reports that former FBI Director James Comey wrote a contemporaneous memo documenting Trump’s February 14 request to halt the Flynn investigation, the White House issues an unattributed statement that concludes, “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

  • May 15, 2017

    The Non-Denial Denial

    National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster issues a 40 second non-denial denial of the Washington Post story that Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian Ambassador Kislyak and Foreign Minister Lavrov. McMaster says, “The story that came out tonight as reported is false… At no time, at no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did no disclose any military operations that were no already publicly known.” The Post story had said nothing about disclosure of “intelligence sources and methods. I was in the room,” McMaster concludes, “It didn’t happen.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended the Oval Office meeting with the Russians, issues a statement saying the group “did not discuss sources, methods, or military operations.” The problem with their denial is that The Post report doesn’t claim what they denied.

  • May 15, 2017

    Spicer Mum on Tapes

    At his daily press conference, Sean Spicer refuses, seven times, to answer whether Trump is secretly recording his conversations.

  • May 12, 2017

    Investigation Follows the Money

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a unit that specializes in combating money laundering, will share financial records with the Senate intelligence Committee investigating Trump’s ties to Russia.

  • May 12, 2017

    Trump Releases Another Letter

    The White House releases a one-page letter, dated March 8, 2017, from Trump’s outside lawyers, Sheri Dillon and William Nelson at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The carefully worded letter states that “with few exceptions” totaling about $100 million, Trump’s tax returns from 2005 “do not reflect” any “income from Russian sources,” debt owed by you or The Trump Organization to Russian lenders.” The letter makes a series of claims that is seen as self-serving. The letter does not define “Russian” or purport to determine whether or to what extent individuals from Russia, Ukraine, or other former Soviet-bloc countries may have used shell corporations through which they may have conducted transactions with Trump businesses. Months earlier, Dillon had developed and presented Trump’s business conflicts of interest plan whereby Trump retained all ownership in his businesses.

  • May 12, 2017

    Do Tapes Exist?

    In response to questions about Trump’s early morning tweet about Comey and “tapes,” press secretary Sean Spicer refuses to answer whether Trump was taping Oval Office conversations. “The president has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer says repeatedly, for days and weeks.

  • May 12, 2017

    Trumps Tapes

    Unbelievably, Trump tweets, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” This is seen as an act of trying to obstruct justice.

  • May 11, 2017

    Flynn Gets a Subpoena

    The Senate Intelligence Committee sent Mike Flynn a subpoena for documents that he’d refused to produce voluntary in response to the committee’s April 28 letter request.

  • May 11, 2017

    Trump Demands Loyalty

    The New York Times reports on Trump’s one-on-one dinner with Comey an January 27, when Trump asked Comey for a personal loyalty pledge that Comey refused to provide.

  • May 11, 2017

    Trump Changes His Story

    Trump tells NBC’s Lester Holt that he had already decided to fire Comey before his meeting with Sessions and Rosenstein. “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.…” Trump also says that on three different occasions, once in person and twice over the phone, he’d asked Comey if he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia, and Comey told him he wasn’t. And Trump tells Holt that he had sent Sen Lindsey Graham a “certified letter” from one of the most prestigious law firms in the country confirming that he has nothing to do with Russia.

  • May 11, 2017

    McCabe Refutes Trump’s Claims

    Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies that James Comey enjoyed “broad support within the FBI and still does to this day… The majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep, positive connection to Director Comey. Trump claimed that Comey had lost the support of the FBI.

  • May 10, 2017

    Russians in the Oval

    At an Oval Office meeting with Russia’s Ambassador Kislyak, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and their aides, Trump reveals highly classified intelligence about the islamic State and American counterterrorism plans. The meeting occurs because Putin asked Trump to have his men come to the White House. Kislyak’s presence was unexpected. The intelligence that Trump reveals is so sensitive that it has not been shared with American allies and has been tightly restricted with the US government. Minutes after the meeting ends, Kislyak’s presence becomes known when the Russian new agency TASS published photos that a Russian photographer had taken of the unusual meeting. The White House had not permitted and US news organizations to attend any part of the meeting, even for photographs. During the meeting, Trump also discusses the Comey firing. “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump tells the Russians. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Then he adds, “I’m not under investigation.”

  • May 10, 2017

    DOJ Inspector General

    House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz asks the Justice Department’s Inspector General to investigate Comey’s firing.

  • May 10, 2017

    Comey Firing Timeline

    The White House releases a new timeline of the events relating to Comey’s firing. It recites that the impetus for removing Comey had come from Trump, not the deputy attorney general. But the White House acknowledges that Trump met with Sessions and Rosenstein on May 8 to discuss “reasons for removing the director” and that the attorney general and his deputy sent their written recommendations to Trump on May 9.

  • May 10, 2017

    Rosenstein Fights Back

    Rod Rosenstein calls White House Counsel Don McGahn. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein insists that the White House correct the misrepresentation that Rosenstein initiated the process leading to comet’s firing. He suggests that he can’t work in an environment where facts aren’t reported accurately.

  • May 10, 2017

    Post and Times Break the Truth

    The Washington Post and The New York Times report that Trump had been the real impetus for Comey’s firing, not Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.

  • May 10, 2017

    Huckabee Sanders Sends Mixed Message

    Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump had been thinking about firing Comey “since the day he was elected,” but reiterates Pence’s position that Sessions and Rosenstein were absolutely the impetus for the firing.

  • May 10, 2017

    Pence Lies About Comey Firing

    Vice President Mike Pence says repeatedly that Comey’s firing occurred because Sessions and Rosenstein recommended it. The deputy attorney general came to work, sat down and made the recommendation for the FBI to be able to do its job that it would need new leadership. He brought that recommendation to the president. The attorney general concurred with that recommendation.”

  • May 9, 2017

    Flynn Fights for Turkey Over US

    Over Turkey’s objections, the Pentagon announces that the US will partner with Kurds to retake the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. On January 10, the Obama administration had presented President-elect Trump with a plan to partner with the Kurds against ISIS, but his then-national security advisor-designate Mike Flynn had killed it.

  • May 9, 2017

    Sean Spicer and The Bushes

    Late in the evening and hiding in the bushes on the White House grounds, press secretary Sean Spicer tells reporters to “turn the lights off” before answering questions about Comey’s firing. He says that the impetus came from the deputy attorney general. “No one from the White House,” Spicer says. “That was a DOJ decision.” Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway echoes that position on CNN, reading excerpts from Rosenstein’s memo to Anderson Cooper.

  • May 9, 2017

    Flynn Associates Subpoenaed

    CNN reports that a federal grand jury in Alexander, Virginia had recently issued subpoenas to associates of former national security advisor Mike Flynn.

  • May 9, 2017

    Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

    Citing the May 9 recommendations of Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, Trump fires Comey, ostensibly because of his inappropriate statements about the Clinton email investigation prior to the 2016 election. Trump claims that terminating Comey is necessary to restore trust, confidence and integrity in the FBI. In his termination letter to Comey, Trump also say he “greatly appreciates you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.” Comey first hears that he’s been fired while speaking to agents in L.A. A television behind him was reporting on the breaking news and others in the room drew his attention to the television report.

  • Before May 9, 2017

    Comey Requests More Resources

    According to The New York Times FBI Director Comey asks Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for additional resources to expand the bureau’s Trump/Russia investigation. Department of Justice spokesperson Sarah Flores denies the story, calling it 100 percent false.”

  • May 8, 2017

    Trump Tweets Crosses Ethical Lines

    With former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates scheduled to testify later in the day, Trump tweets, “General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama administration but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.” In a second tweet, he tries to exert influence over the investigation, “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.

  • May 8, 2017

    Trump Prepares to Fire Comey

    Upon returning to the White House on Monday, Trump tells a few close aides, including Vice President Pence and White House counsel Don McGahn, that Comey has to go. According to ABC News, Pence, McGahn, Priebus and senior advisor Jared Kushner are members of a small group that begins to prepare talking points about Comey’s firing. Trump summons Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to the White House, where he instructs them provide a written justification for removing Comey. Before Rosenstein prepares the requested memo, he knows that Trump intends to fire Comey.

  • May 6 -7, 2017

    Trump Fuming Mad at Comey

    Trump spends the weekend at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Since March, he’s been fuming over Comey’s congressional appearance, in which the FBI director had acknowledged the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia and had refuted Trump’s lie that President Obama had wiretapped him. IN the weeks that followed, Trump grew angrier and talked about firing Comey. At Bedminster, Trump grouses over Comey’s May 3 congressional testimony, especially his comment about being mildly nauseous” at the thought that his actions relating to the Clinton investigation might have affected the outcome of the election.

  • May 5, 2017

    Carter Page Resists Cooperation

    The chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee issue a joint statement, saying, “Three days ago, Carter Page told Fox News he was cooperating with the Committee’s investigation into Russian activities surrounding the 2016 election. Today we have learned that may not be the case.” The statement expresses the hope that Page “will live up to his publicly expressed cooperation with our effort.”

  • May 3, 2017

    Comey Confirms Russian Interference

    Senator Patrick Leahy asks Comey about Trump’s April 29, 2017 interview in which Trump said, “the hacking of the DNC could’ve been China, could’ve been a lot of different groups.” Comey answers, “The intelligence community with high confidence concluded it was Russia.”

  • May 2, 2017

    Trump Tweets Pressuring Comey

    ON the eve of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump tweets, “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?”

  • April 29, 2017

    More Trump Denials About Russia

    In an interview airing on Trump’s 100th day in office, he tells CBS’ John Dickerson, “The concept of Russia with respect to us [the Trump campaign] is a total phone story.” Dickerson then asks, “You don’t think it’s phony that they, the Russians, tried to meddle in the election?” Trump answers, “That I don’t know.” Later, Trump says, “I’d love to find out what happened.”

  • April 28, 2017

    More Requests from Congress

    The chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee send letters to several Trump campaign advisors, including Carter Page, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone. Among other requests, the letters ask for a “list of all meetings between you and any Russian official or representative of Russian business interests which took place between June 16, 2015 and January 20, 2017.” The letters also requested information about any such meetings of which they are aware, as well as all documents relating to Trump campaign communications with Russian officials or business representatives. The committee also seeks information about any financial and real estate transactions related to Russia from June 15, 2015 through Trump’s inauguration.

  • April 28, 2017

    More Requests from Congress

    The chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee send letters to several Trump campaign advisors, including Carter Page, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Roger Stone. Among other requests, the letters ask for a “list of all meetings between you and any Russian official or representative of Russian business interests which took place between June 16, 2015 and January 20, 2017.” The letters also requested information about any such meetings of which they are aware, as well as all documents relating to Trump campaign communications with Russian officials or business representatives. The committee also seeks information about any financial and real estate transactions related to Russia from June 15, 2015 through Trump’s inauguration.

  • April 25, 2017

    Rosenstein Confirmed

    The Senate confirms Rod Rosenstein as deputy Attorney General. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from matters relating to the 2016 presidential election, including the Trump/Russia investigation, Rosenstein becomes the top Justice Department official supervising FBI Director Comey on that investigation.

  • April 25, 2017

    Rosenstein Confirmed

    The Senate confirms Rod Rosenstein as deputy Attorney General. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from matters relating to the 2016 presidential election, including the Trump/Russia investigation, Rosenstein becomes the top Justice Department official supervising FBI Director Comey on that investigation.

  • April 25, 2017

    Yates Is Scheduled to Testify

    The Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism reveals that it has scheduled former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify on May 8, 2017.

  • April 19, 2017

    Trump Refuses to Cooperate

    The White House refuses the March 22 bipartisan request from the House Oversight Committee for more information and documents relating to payments that former NSA Mike Flynn received from entities affiliated with the Russian and Turkish governments.

  • April 13, 2017

    Carter Page Plays Dumb

    Former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he won’t reveal who brought him into the Trump campaign. Page also says he didn’t recall discussing the subject of easing Russian sanctions in conversations with Russian officials during his July 2016 trip to Moscow. “We’ll see what comes out in this FISA transcript,” Page says, referring to surveillance collected after the FBI obtained a secret court order to monitor him under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “Something may have come up in a conversation… I have no recollection.” He continues, “Someone may have brought it up. I have no recollection. And if it was, it wasn’t not something I was offering or that someone was asking for.” Page says that from the time of his departure as an advisor to the Trump campaign through Inauguration Day, he maintained “light contact” with some campaign members.

  • April 12, 2017

    Manafort’s Ukrainian Money

    The Associated Press confirms that newly obtained financial records show Paul Manafort’s firm received two wire transfers, one in 2007 and another in 2009, corresponding with two of the 22 entries next to Manafort’s name in Ukraine’s Party of Regions Black Ledger. Manafort’s spokesman says Manafort intended to register retroactively with the US Justice Department as a foreign agent for the work he had done on behalf of political interests in Ukraine through 2014. As of May 29, 2017, Manafort has not done so.

  • April 6, 2017

    Devin Nunes Recuses Himself Amid Ethics Probe

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. Additionally, a House Ethics Inquiry is launched regarding Nunes’ actions. Texas Rep. Mike Conaway assumes control.

  • April 5, 2017

    More Trump Denials

    In an interview with The New York Times, Trump says, “The Russia story is a total hoax.”

  • March 31, 2017

    More Stone Denials

    During an appearance with Bill Maher, Roger Stone denies that Guccifer 2.0 was an arm of Russia. “I’ve had no contacts with Russians.”

  • March 31, 2017

    Trump Backs Flynn

    Trump Tweets, “Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss) by media & Dems, of historic proportions.”

  • March 30, 2017

    Flynn Seeks Immunity

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Mike Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution in return for testifying before congressional intelligence committees. The next day, his lawyer confirms, “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should circumstances permit.”

  • March 30, 2017

    Nunes’ Sources Revealed

    The New York Times reports that Nunes’ sources for the information that he’d reviewed nine days earlier on White House grounds, and then reported to Trump directly without informing anyone on his committee, are two members of the Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick (the NSC staffer whose job Trump personally saved around March 13) and Michael Ellis (who had served as general counsel of Nunes’ committee before becoming Trump’s “special assistant, senior associate counsel and deputy National Security Council legal advisor on March 7).

  • March 30, 2017

    Follow The Money!

    The Senate Intelligence Committee opens its hearings into the Trump/Russia investigation. Clinton Watts, a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and former FBI agent, testifies that the committee should follow the money funding misinformation websites. Watts then adds a more ominous suggestion. “Follow the trail of dead Russians. There’s been more dead Russians in the past three months that are tied to this investigation who have assets in banks all over the world. They are dropping dead, even in Western countries.” Eight Russian politicians, activists, ambassadors and a former intelligence officer have died since Trump’s election. Some were assassinations.

  • March 27, 2017

    Comey Worried About Nominee

    During lunch with Benjamin Wittes, Comey says he’s worried about Trump’s nominee for deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. “Rod is a survivor,” he says, explaining that a person doesn’t survive for more than 25 years across Republican and Democratic administrations without making compromises. “So I have concerns.” Wittes later says he thinks Comey’s concerns stemmed, in part, from his loyalty dinner with Trump. If Trump asked Comey for personal loyalty, what had he asked of Rosenstein?

  • March 27, 2017

    Kushner & Gorkov Tell Tales

    The White House said Kushner was acting as a Trump advisor, not as a private developer, when he met with Gorkov. VEB confirmed the meeting with Kushner in a statement to CNN, describing the meeting as business related, with Kushner as head of Kushner Companies, not as a representative of Trump.

  • March 27, 2017

    Kushner Willing to Testify

    Jared Kushner volunteers to testify before senators investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

  • March 27, 2017

    More Trump Diversionary Tweets

    Trump tweets that the House Intelligence Committee should be looking into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia. “Trump Russia story a total hoax.”

  • March 26, 2017

    More Roger Stone Denials

    In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Stone says, “I reiterate again, I have had no contacts or collusions with the Russians. And my exchange with Guccifer 2.0, based on the content and the timing, most certainly does not constitute collusion.”

  • March 24, 2017

    Trump House Ally Blocks Yates

    House Intelligence Committee Chair and Trump ally Devin Nunes cancels public hearing scheduled for March 28. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates had been slated to testify before the committee on this day. Nunes postpones their appearances indefinitely.

  • March 24, 2017

    Trump Tries to Block Yates’ Testimony

    Yates’ lawyer writes to White House Counsel McGahn about Yates’ upcoming testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. He notes that unless McGahn objects before 10 a.m. on March 27, Yates will appear and answer the committee’s questions.

  • March 24, 2017

    Investigation Subject Volunteer

    Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone volunteer to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee.

  • March 23, 2017

    DOJ Objects to Yates’ Testimony

    In a letter to acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel R. Ramer, Yates’ lawyer disagrees with the Justice Department’s objections to Yates’ anticipated congressional testimony. Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools responds that Yates’ testimony is “likely covered by the presidential communications privilege and possibly the deliberative process privilege.” But Schools adds that Yates needs only the consent of the White House, not the Justice Department, to testify.

  • March 22, 2017

    Chief of Staff Reince Priebus

    The chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee send a joint letter to Priebus requesting information and documents relating to payments that former national security advisor Mike Flynn received from entities affiliated with foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey.

  • March 22, 2017

    Nunes Goes to White House

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, bypasses his fellow committee members, including the ranking member, and goes directly to the White House with alleged evidence that Trump associates may have been “incidentally” swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies. Nunes refuses to release the information or name his sources, even to fellow committee members. He confirms that he still had not seen evidence to support Trump’s claims that President Obama had ordered his wires tapped.

  • March 21, 2017

    Sean Spicer Lies Again

    During his daily press briefing, Sean Spicer says that, with respect to the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort had “played a very limited role for a very limited period of time.” Manafort played a highly significant role as Campaign Chairman for months and was instrumental during the GOP convention.

  • March 20, 2017

    Paul Manafort

    In a House Intelligence Committee public hearing, Paul Manafort’s name comes up more than two dozen times.

  • March 20, 2017

    Director Comey Testifies Before Congress

    On the morning of FBI Director Comey’s testimony before Congress on his agency’s investigation into Russian election interference, Trump tweets, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” Hours later, Comey testifies that the FBI was investigating Russian interference with election, including “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.” With respect to Trump’s wiretapping claims, Comey says, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

  • March 17, 2017

    Roger Stone Plays Dumb

    Stone says he has only just received the letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee, dated February 17, asking him to preserve his records relating to Russian election interference. In The New York Times, Stone says, “I have never heard allegations that Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian asset until now, and am not certain it’s correct.” He says that his 16 interactions with Guccifer 2.0, which included public Twitter posts and private messages were all part of “exchanges,” and not “separate contacts.”

  • March 16, 2017

    Wiretapping Claims Rejected Again

    Senate Intelligence Committee leaders issue a joint statement rebutting Trump’s lies that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. “Based on the information available to us, we see no indication that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the Unties States government either before or after Election Day 2016.

  • March 15, 2017

    Trump Doubles Down on Wiretap Claim

    On the subject of his wiretapping claims, Trump tells Fox News, “I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.” Nothing ever comes.

  • March 15, 2017

    Nunes Rejects Trump’s Wiretap Lies

    The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, says the committee has no evidence to support Trump’s March 4 wiretapping claim. “I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” Nunes says. “Are you going to take the tweets literally? If you are, clearly the president is wrong.”

  • March 15, 2017

    Roger Stone’s Strange Claims

    Stone was riding in the front passenger seat of a car near Pompano Beach, Florida, when another car broadsides his, shifts gears, backs up and speeds away. In January, Stone claimed that he was poisoned in late 2016 with polonium, a radioactive material manufactured in a nuclear reactor and used to kill former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. No evidence is provided regarding Stone’s claims. Litvinenko had defected to Britain and became an outspoken critic of Putin. As he lay in a hospital bed dying, he said Putin had been responsible for his impending death. On January 21, 2016, retired British High Court Judge, Sir Robert Owen concluded a House of Commons inquiry and issued a 328 page report finding that Litvinenko’s accusation was probably correct.

  • March 14, 2017

    Sally Yates Invited to Testify

    House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes and ranking member Adam Schiff invite former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to testify before their committee at an open hearing on March 28, 2017.

  • March 13, 2017

    Chairman Burr Eyes Stone for Testimony

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says Roger Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 are part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation and that Stone could be called to testify.

  • March 12, 2017

    McCain Eyes Stone for Testimony

    AZ Senator John McCain tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that former Trump advisor and surrogate Roger Stone “obviously” needs to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning his communications with Guccifer 2.0. McCain says that Stone should also fully explain his involvement with matters relating to Ukraine’s pro-Putin former president.

  • March 10, 2017

    NSA H.R. McMaster Trumped by Bannon & Kushner

    Flynn’s replacement as NSA, General H.R. McMaster, tells Ezra Cohen-Watnick that he is reassigning him. Unhappy with that decision, Cohen-Watnick appeals to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. They intervene and take the issue to Trump who orders that Cohen-Watnick should remain in his position.

  • March 10, 2017

    Roger Stone Makes Admission

    Trump campaign surrogate Roger Stone admits that in August 2016 he had engaged in private direct messaging with Guccifer 2.0, whom US intelligence agencies identified as the persona for the Russian hacking operation. Describing the messages as “completely innocuous,” Stone says, “It was so perfunctory, brief and banal I had forgotten it.”

  • March 9, 2017

    Pence on Fox News

    Responding to question about Flynn’s lobbying activities for Turkish interests during and after the campaign, Vice President Mike Pence tells Fox News’ Bret Baier twice that he’d just learned of it, saying, “Well, let me say, hearing that story today was the first I’d heard of it. And I fully support the decision that President Trump made to ask for General Flynn’s resignation.” Baier asks, “You’re disappointed by the story?” Pence responds, “The first I heard of it, and I think it is, uh, it is an affirmation of the president’s decision to ask General Flynn to resign.” Asked whether Trump knew about Flynn’s activities on behalf of Turkish interests, Spicer says, “I don’t believe that that was known.”

  • March 9, 2017

    Spicer Plays Dumb, Again

    When reporters ask Sean Spicer about Nigel Farage’s meeting with Julian Assange and whether Farage was delivering a message from Trump, Spicer says, “I have no idea.”

  • March 9, 2017

    WikiLeaks Makes Threats

    After meeting with Brexit leader, Assange threatens to release more documents relating to the CIA’s hacking capabilities and methods.

  • March 8, 2017

    Brexit Leader Meets WikiLeaks Founder

    Former Brexit Leader and Trump ally meets with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where Assange is hiding to avoid rape investigation.

  • March 7, 2017

    Flynn Files Documents as Foreign Agent

    Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn files retroactive registration documents confirming that between August 2016 and Election Day, he’d earned $530,000 for lobbying work on behalf of a company owned by a Turkish businessman. Flynn acknowledges that his work as a foreign agent benefitted the Turkish government.

  • March 7, 2017

    Michael Ellis

    Michael Ellis, 32 year old general counsel to Nunes’ intelligence committee, joins the White House Counsel McGahn’s office as “Special Assistant to the President, senior associate counsel to the president and deputy National Security Counsel legal advisor.”

  • March 7, 2017


    WikiLeaks releases a trove of alleged CIA documents relating to the agency’s hacking tools for smartphones, computers and internet connected devices.

  • March 6, 2017

    Sessions’ Lies Continue

    Jeff Sessions defends his answers about Russian contacts to the Senate Judiciary Committee as “correct” in a letter as he tries to quash questions after it came to light that he had met with the Russian ambassador twice last year.

  • March 5, 2017

    Comey Rejects Trump’s Wiretap Lie

    FBI Director Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly rebut Trump’s assertion that President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump’s phones. Press Secretary Sean Spicer announces that neither Trump nor the White House would comment further on Trump/Russia matter until Congress completes an investigation into whether President Obama’s executive branch abuse its powers during the 2016 election.

  • March 4, 2017

    Stone Tweets then Deletes

    Stone tweets, then deletes, about his communication with Assange. “Never denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary.” Forty minutes later, the tweet was gone.

  • March 4, 2017

    Trump Furious about Recusal

    Trump is reportedly furious that Sessions had recused himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. He unleashes a tweet storm, claiming that President Obama had wiretapped his phones during the presidential campaign. Stunned by Trump’s outburst, White House staffers begin searching for evidence to support his false wiretap claim. Among those reportedly involved in the effort are White House Counsel Donald McGahn II and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a 30 year old Trump transition team member that former national security advisor Mike Flynn had brought to the White House as senior director for intelligence programs.

  • March 4, 2017

    Trump Furious about Recusal

    Trump is reportedly furious that Sessions had recused himself from the Trump/Russia investigation. He unleashes a tweet storm, claiming that President Obama had wiretapped his phones during the presidential campaign. Stunned by Trump’s outburst, White House staffers begin searching for evidence to support his false wiretap claim. Among those reportedly involved in the effort are White House Counsel Donald McGahn II and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a 30 year old Trump transition team member that former national security advisor Mike Flynn had brought to the White House as senior director for intelligence programs.

  • March 3, 2017

    Russian Denials

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denies that his country’s US Ambassador is a spy and echoes Trump’s assertions that the controversy over contacts between Kremlin officials and Trump’s campaign is a witch hunt.

  • March 2, 2017

    Carter Page Finally Admits Connections

    Despite an earlier denial, former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page admits to meeting with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the campaign. Another advisor, J.D. Gordon admits that he’d met with Kislyak during the Republican Convention in July. Gordon says he had successfully urges changes in the party platform that Trump had sought to soften US policy regarding Ukraine.

  • March 2, 2017

    Sessions’ Recusal

    Trump says he has total confidence in Jeff Sessions and he shouldn’t recuse himself from the Russia investigation. An hour later, Sessions recuses himself “from any existing or future investigations of any matter related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.

  • March 1, 2017

    Trump Wants to ChitChat

    As Director Comey prepares to board a helicopter, he receives a message from the White House. Trump wants to speak with him urgently. Comey delays his flight, but soon realizes that Trump wants only to “chitchat,” according to Wittes.

  • March 1, 2017

    Sessions & Kislyak

    The Washington Post reports that now Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Sessions did not mention either meeting during confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. Sessions said, “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.” Amid calls for Sessions to resign or recuse himself any Trump-related Russia investigation.

    The New York Times reports that the Obama administration sought to ensure information about Russian efforts to meddle in the election were preserved after Obama left office.

  • Feb 28, 2017

    Preservation of Documents

    More than 10 days after the Senate Intelligence Committee requested that the White House and other agencies preserve Trump/Russia related communications, the White House counsel’s office instructs Trump’s aides to preserve such materials, according to the Associated Press.

  • Feb 28, 2017

    GOP Blocks Investigation

    ON a party line vote, the GOP in the House Judiciary Committee kills Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry calling for Trump to provide documents relating to Trump/Russia connections and his business conflicts of interest.

  • Feb 27, 2017

    House Intelligence Committee

    Members of the House Intelligence Committee approve a plan to investigate Russia’s interference in the US elections, which includes examining contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Committee chairman Devin Nunes brushes off calls by Democrats for an independent investigation.

  • Feb 26, 2017

    Chuck Todd Notes a Pattern

    NBC’s Chuck Todd notices a pattern. Trump’s attacks on the press are an immediate response when new and unflattering Trump/Russia story breaks.

  • Feb 25, 2017

    Brexit Leader Enters

    Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, key Brexit campaigner and one of Trump’s most visible foreign supporters during and after the presidential campaign, dines with Trump, Ivanka, Kushner and Florida Governor Rick Scott at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

  • Feb 20 - 26, 2017

    Trump Attacks Media

    Trump continues his attacks on the media and the FBI leaks that were generating the Russia stories.

  • Feb 17, 2017

    Roger Stone Gets Request

    The Senate Intelligence Committee sends Roger Stone a letter asking him to preserve any records he had in connection with the Committee’s inquiry into Russia’s interference in the US election.

  • Feb 17, 2017

    FBI Director Comey

    FBI Director Comey meets privately with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss the Russia investigation. Immediately after, the Committee sends a letter asking more than a dozen agencies, organizations and individuals, including the White House, to preserve all communications related to the Senate panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

  • Feb 16, 2017

    Trump’s Twitter Tantrum

    Trump continues his diversionary twitter assault on the intelligence leaks that were fueling intensified scrutiny of his Russia connections. At Trump’s afternoon press conference, he says, “I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia… Russia is fake news. Russia, this is fake news put out by the media.” Reporters ask repeatedly about anyone else involved with Trump or his campaign. “No. Nobody that I know of.”

  • Feb 15, 2017

    Carter Page Continues to Lie

    Former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor Carter Page denies having any meetings in 2016 with Russian officials inside or outside Russia, saying, “I had no meetings, no meetings.”

  • Feb 15, 2017

    Reince Priebus Attempts to Interfere

    Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asks FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to publicly rebut The New York Times’ story about Trump aides’ contacts with Russia during the campaign. McCabe and FBI Director Comey refuse his request. The White House then asks senior intelligence officials and key lawmakers, including the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees conducting investigations, to contact the media and counter the Times story themselves.

  • Feb 15, 2017

    Stephen Feinberg

    During an afternoon appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump refuses to answer question about connections between his presidential campaign and Russia. That evening, The New York Times reports that Trump is planning to appoint Feinberg, a billionaire hedge fund manager and Trump ally, to lead “a broad review of American intelligence agencies.” Feinberg has no experience in intelligence or government, but he has close ties to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.

  • Feb 15, 2017

    Trump’s Leak Diversion

    Trump tweets a series of outbursts attacking the Trump/Russia connection as “nonsense,” diverting attention to leaks in which “information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.” Shortly after, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and other congressional Republicans formally ask the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the leaks, but they and their GOP colleagues resist the creation of an independent bipartisan commission with the power to convene public hearings and discover the truth about the Trump / Russia connections.

  • Feb 14, 2017

    Trump Obstructs Justice

    In a private Oval Office meeting, Trump asks FBI Director Comey to halt the investigation of former national security advisor Mike Flynn. According to Comey’s contemporaneous memorandum, Trump said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” According to the memo, Trump tells Comey that Flynn had done nothing wrong. Comey does not say anything to Trump about halting the investigation, replying only, “I agree he is a good guy.”

  • Feb 14, 2017

    Sean Spicer

    Press Secretary Sean Spicer denies anyone in the Trump campaign had any contacts with Russia during the campaign.

  • Feb 14, 2017

    Evidence of Russian Contacts

    The New York Times corroborates the Russian deputy foreign minister’s admission on Nov. 10. Based on information from four current and former American officials, The Times reports, “Members of the Trump campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior intelligence officials in the year before the election.” Meanwhile, advisors to Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterates his earlier position that Sessions sees no need to recuse himself from ongoing Justice Department investigations into the Trump/Russia connections.

  • Feb 14, 2017

    Flynn Actually Fired by Trump

    Sean Spicer reports that Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation due to trust issues. CNN reports that other high-level advisers close to Trump were in constant communications with Russians during the campaign. Among those senior advisors regularly communicating with Russian nationals were Paul Manafort and Flynn.

  • Feb 13, 2017

    Sally Yates Reports Takes Down Flynn

    The Washington Post breaks another story. Then acting AG Sally Yates had warned the White House in late January that Flynn had lied about his December conversation with the Russian ambassador, and that it made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Later that evening, Flynn resigns as NSA.

  • Feb 10, 2017

    Russian Oligarch Trails Trump to Florida

    On the Friday before Trump’s weekend at Mar-A-Lago, the plane belonging to the Russian oligarch who bought a Trump Florida home for $95 million in 2008 flies from the south of France to Miami International Airport.

  • Feb 10, 2017

    Trump Plays Dumb

    Trump tells reporters he is unaware of reports surrounding Flynn’s December conversations with the Russian ambassador.

  • Feb 9, 2017

    VP Pence

    Vice President Pence discovers he had been lied to by Flynn, according to administration officials.

  • Feb 9, 2017

    Flynn Changes his Story

    Through a spokesman, Flynn changes his position, “While [Flynn] had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.”

  • Feb 8, 2017

    Flynn’s Sanctions Talks Exposed

    Flynn tells reporters at The Washington Post he did not discuss US sanctions in his December conversation with the Russian ambassador. Later in the day, the story breaks that US intelligence intercepts prove Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions with Russia.

  • Feb 8, 2017

    Michael Flynn

    Flynn tells reporters at The Washington Post he did not discuss US sanctions in his December conversation with the Russian ambassador. Later in the day, the story breaks that US intelligence intercepts prove Flynn did, in fact, discuss sanctions with Russia.

  • Feb 8, 2017

    Sessions Confirmed

    The Senate confirms Sessions to become the US Attorney General. During the confirmation process, Sessions had said he was “not aware of a basis to recuse myself” from the Justice Department’s Russia-related investigation of Trump.

  • Late January, 2017

    Michael D. Cohen

    At the Manhattan Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue, Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, meets with Felix Sater and Andrii Artemenko, a pro-Putin lawmaker from Ukraine. Artemenko and Sater gave Cohen a peace plan whereby Russia would lease Ukraine for 50 or 100 years and, eventually, get relief from US sanctions. Cohen says he would give the plan to national security advisor Michael Flynn. Responding to questions from The Washington Post, Cohen denies the reporting, calling if “fake news.”

  • Jan 31, 2017

    Rod Rosenstein

    The White House announces its intention to nominate Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general.

  • Jan 30, 2017

    Sally Yates Fired

    Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates. According to his statement, the reason was that she had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to defend Trump’s travel ban in court. Subsequently, Trump’s travel ban has been deemed unconstitutional by every court hearing the case.

  • Jan 27, 2017

    Trump Request Loyalty from Comey

    During a one-on-one White House dinner that Trump requested, Trump asks FBI Director Comey for a pledge of personal loyalty. Comey, who was uneasy about even accepting the dinner invitation, responds that he can’t do that, but he can pledge honesty. Afterward, Comey describes the dinner to several people on the condition they not disclose it while he remains in director of the FBI.

  • Jan 27, 2017

    McGahn Summons Yates

    McGahn asks Yates to return to the White House for another discussion about Flynn. He asks Yates, “Why does it matter to the Department of Justice if one White House official lies to another?” Yates explains that Flynn’s lies make him vulnerable to Russian blackmail because the Russians know that Flynn lied and could probably prove it.

  • Jan 26, 2017

    Yates Warns Trump Administration

    Acting Attorney General Sally Yates privately warns White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had lied about his late December conversations with the Russian ambassador. Yates also told McGahn that based on recent public statements by Vice President Mike Pence, Flynn had lied to Pence and other about his conversations with Kislyak. Yates makes it clear that Flynn is compromised by the Russians and
    could be blackmailed. Sean Spicer would later state that Trump and a small group of White House advisors were “immediately informed of the situation.”

  • Jan 24, 2017

    Flynn Lies to FBI

    According to The Washington Post, Flynn reportedly denied to FBI agents that he had discussed US sanctions against Russia in his December 2016 calls with the Russian ambassador.

  • Jan 23, 2017

    Spicer Lies for Flynn

    At Sean Spicer’s first press briefing, Spicer says that non of Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador touched on the December 29 sanctions. That got the attention of FBI Director James Comey. According to The Wall Street Journal, Comey convinced acting attorney General Sally Yates to delay informing the White House immediately about the discrepancy between Spicer’s characterization of Flynn’s calls and US intelligence intercepts showing that the two had, in fact, discussed sanctions. Comey reportedly asked Yates to wait a bit longer so that the FBI could develop more information and speak to Flynn himself. The FBI interviews Flynn shortly thereafter.

  • Jan 22, 2017

    FBI Director Comey

    Comey is reluctant to attend a White House ceremony honoring law enforcement because, according to his friend Benjamin Wittes, he doesn’t want the director of the bureau to have a close relationship with any president. But Comey ultimately decides to go. Wittes later tells The New York Times and writes at Lawfare, that Comey tried to hide, standing at the far end of the room and trying to blend in with the drapes. As the ceremony concludes, Trump calls him over, saying, “Oh and there’s Jim. He’s become more famous than me.” According to Wittes, as Comey takes the long walk across the room, he is determined that he will not hug Trump. To protect the bureau’s integrity, Comey wants to avoid showing warmth toward him. As Comey preemptively reaches out to shake hands, Trump grabs his hand and attempts an embrace. Comey is “disgusted” and regards the move as a “physical attempt to show closeness and warmth in a fashion calculated to compromise hime before Democrats who already mistrusted him.”

  • Jan 22, 2017

    Flynn Sworn In

    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was sworn in as national security advisor, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.

  • Jan 20, 2017

    Trump Is Inaugurated

    Trump’s inauguration is conspicuously lacking in attendance.

  • Jan 19, 2017

    Under Investigation

    The New York Times reports that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, campaign advisors Roger Stone and Carter Page, are under investigation in connection with possible links to Russia.

  • Jan 18, 2017

    Kushner Omits Meetings with Russians

    According to The New York Times, Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials on his security clearance paperwork, including a December meeting with the Russian ambassador Kislyak and Gorkov, the head of VEB.

  • Jan 15, 2017

    Vice President Mike Pence Defends Flynn

    Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Vice President Pence said Flynn’s call to the Russian ambassador on the same day President Obama announced new sanctions was “strictly coincidental,” explaining, “They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure on Russia… What I can confirm, having to spoken with [Flynn] about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the United States took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions.”

  • Jan 15, 2017

    Vice President Mike Pence Defends Flynn

    Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, Vice President Pence said Flynn’s call to the Russian ambassador on the same day President Obama announced new sanctions was “strictly coincidental,” explaining, “They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure on Russia… What I can confirm, having to spoken with [Flynn] about it, is that those conversations that happened to occur around the time that the United States took action to expel diplomats had nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions.”

  • Jan 15, 2017

    Trump Advocates for Putin

    Trump tells The Times of London, “We should trust Putin.” Expressing once again his skepticism about NATO, Trump lambastes German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • Jan 13, 2017

    Sean Spicer Lies for Flynn

    In response to The Washington Post’s article about Flynn’s December 29 conversations with the Russian ambassador, press secretary Sean Spicer says it was only one call, stating, “They exchanged logistical information for an upcoming between Trump and Putin after the inauguration.”

  • Jan 11, 2017

    Trump’s Conflict of Interest Plan

    Sheri Dillon, Trump’s outside lawyer and a partner in the Morgan, Lewis & Bockius law firm, presents the plan to deal with Trump’s business conflicts of interest during his presidency. The plan allows Trump to retain beneficial ownership in all of his businesses. Across the political spectrum, legal experts agree the plan is a sham because it does not require Trump to divest his holdings.

  • Jan 11, 2017

    More Trump Denials

    At his first news conference, Trump says, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” The final question asked by Ann Compton of ABC News was, “…can you stand here today, once and for all, and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during your presidential campaign?” Trump never answered her. Away from cameras and heading toward the elevators, he reportedly said, “No, his team didn’t have contact with Russia.”

  • Jan 11, 2017

    Erik Prince

    Erik Prince, founder of controversial Blackwater private security firm, $250,000 donor to the Trump campaign, and brother of Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, meets secretly in the Seychelles Islands with a Russian close to Putin. Russia’s goal is to establish a back-channel line of communication with the Trump administration. the meeting had been arranged by the United Arab Emirates, and came soon after a meeting between the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheihk Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Mike Flynn and Jared Kushner in December.

  • Jan 10, 2017

    Flynn Rejects Obama ISIS Plan

    President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice informs Trump of the military plan to retake the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa with the help of Syrian Kurdish forces. Obama’s team informed Trump because execution of the plan would not occur until after the inauguration. Turkey has long opposed US forces partnering with Kurdish forces in the region. Because of Flynn’s lobbying efforts for Turkey, he tells Rice to hold off on approving the mission.

  • Jan 10, 2017

    Sessions Confirmation Hearing

    During Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Senator Al Franken asks him, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?” Sessions answers, “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been call a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with Russian, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

  • Dec 6, 2017

    US Intelligence Report

    The CIA, FBI and NSA release the unclassified report, concluding unanimously, “Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election.” The three intelligence agencies agree that “the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible.” The report also states that WikiLeaks had been Russia’s conduit for the effort, writing “We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.

  • Jan 4, 2017

    Michael Flynn

    National security advisor-designate Michael Flynn tells the transition’s team chief counsel Donald McGahn that he is under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey. Flynn’s lawyer followed up, but did not get a call back until January 6, 2017.

  • Jan 3 - 5, 2017

    Trump Attacks

    Trump tweets a series of attacks on the integrity of the US Intelligence community’s finding that Russia hacked the US election.

  • Dec 30, 2016


    Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow would not expel American diplomats in response to the US sanctions. Trump tweets, “Great move on delay by Putin. I always knew he was very smart.”

  • Dec 29, 2016

    Obama Sanctions Against Russia

    On the same day President Obama announces sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its interference in the 2016 US election, national security advisor Michael Flynn places five phone calls to the Russian ambassador.

  • 12/28/16

    Kislyak Texts Flynn again

    Transition officials claim that the Russian ambassador texts Flynn. No reason why is provided.

  • Dec 25, 2016

    Flynn & Kislyak

    Multiple Trump transition officials say that Flynn and Kislyak exchange holiday pleasantries via text message on Christmas.

  • Dec 19, 2016

    Flynn & Kislyak

    NSA Director Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Kislyak have a conversation in the wake of the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey in which Flynn expresses his condolences, according to a Trump transition official.

  • Dec 13, 2016

    Kushner Meets with Gorkov

    The New York Times reports that Jared Kushner met with the president of state-run Russian bank VEB. (VEB is known to have laundered money and employed spies.) The meeting was recommended by Russian ambassador Kislyak.

  • Dec 13, 2016

    Rex Tillerson

    NBC News’ Richard Engel reports from Moscow on Trump’s Secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson. Former Russian Energy Minister Vladimir Milov tells Engel that Tillerson was a “gift for Putin.”

  • Dec 12, 2016

    Russia hacked GOP

    Russian hackers accessed computer accounts of Republican lawmakers and GOP organizations. Sources within the ongoing investigation say that the Russians opted not to release documents.

  • Dec 12, 2016

    Jack Kingston

    While in Moscow, Trump’s former campaign surrogate Kingston meets with Russian businessmen to discuss what they might expect from a Trump administration. “Trump can look at sanctions. They been in place long enough,” Kingston states.

  • Dec 11, 2016

    Trump Rejects US Intel on Hacking

    Asked about the earlier US intel report on hacking, Trump says, “They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in bed someplace. I mean, they have no idea.” Trump’s continued public rejection of the US intelligence community starts to put a strain on their relationship. Leaks start increasing.

  • Dec 11, 2016

    Rex Tillerson

    Trump praises Rex Tillerson, chairman of Exxon Mobil and recipient of Russia’s “Order of Friendship” medal from Vladimir Putin in 2013, as much more than a business executive and a world class player. Trump says Tillerson knows many of the players and did massive deals in Russia for Exxon. Two days later, Trump nominates him to be Secretary of State.

  • Dec 9, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort tells CBS News he is not active in the Trump transition. Asked if he is talking to Trump, Manafort says, “I don’t really want to talk about who I’m speaking to, but I’m aware of what’s going on.” When asked about the appearance of his name among handwritten entries in the Black Ledger from 2007 to 2012 showing more than $12 million in payments to him, Manafort says the ledger was fabricated.

  • Dec 9, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort tells CBS News he is not active in the Trump transition. Asked if he is talking to Trump, Manafort says, “I don’t really want to talk about who I’m speaking to, but I’m aware of what’s going on.” When asked about the appearance of his name among handwritten entries in the Black Ledger from 2007 to 2012 showing more than $12 million in payments to him, Manafort says the ledger was fabricated.

  • Dec 9, 2016

    CIA says Russia Intervened in Election

    In response to a Washington Post report that the CIA had concluded Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win, Trump says, “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”

  • Dec 8, 2016

    Carter Page

    Page is in Moscow for several days to meet with “business leaders and thought leaders.”

  • Dec 2, 2016

    Jared Kushner Wants Secret Back Channel with Kremlin

    During a meeting at Trump Tower, Kushner tells Russian ambassador Kislyak he wants to create a secret backchannel communication with the Kremlin so that the Trump team can have communication with the Kremlin without the US being able to surveil them. The Washington Post breaks the story on May 26, 2017.

  • Dec 1, 2016

    Manafort Reemerges

    Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been reported to be a key player in shaping the new administration during the transition.

  • Early Dec. 2016

    Kislyak Goes to Trump Tower

    At Trump Tower, Russian ambassador Kislyak meets with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Mike Flynn. Steve Cannon joins Flynn and Kushner for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Sayed al-Nahyan, who makes an undisclosed visit to New York later in December. Later in December and at Kislyak’s request, Kushner meets with the chief of Russia’s state-owned bank VEB which was subject to US sanctions because of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine. VEB also had been involved in the 2010 transaction relating to the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto.

  • December 2016

    Obama Preserves Intel

    Officials in the Obama administration become concerned that the incoming administration would cover up or destroy previously gathered intelligence relating to Russia’s interference with the election. To preserve that intelligence for future investigations, they spread it across several departments within the government, ultimately hiding it from Trump.

  • Early December 2016

    Russians Charged with Treason

    In Moscow, Russians arrest a Russian computer security expert and two high-level intelligence officers who worked on cyber operations. They are charged with treason for providing information to the US. The arrests amount to a purge of the cyber wing of the FSB, successor to the KGB and the main Russian intelligence agency.

  • Late November 2016

    Mike Flynn Defies Warning

    In a meeting that includes senior Trump transition national security team members, national security advisor Mike Flynn reveals he has scheduled a conversation with Russia ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In attendance is Marshall Billingslea, a member of the team who had been a senior Pentagon official for President George W. Bush. He warns Flynn that any such communications carry risks because US intelligence agencies are likely monitoring Kislyak’s conversations. After the meeting, Billinglea asks national security officials in the Obama White House for a copy of the classified CIA profile of Kislyak.

  • Nov 18, 2016

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D)

    Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sends Trump transition team chair (and VP elect) Mike Pence a letter expressing concerns about national security adviser Mike Flynn’s conflicts of interest. Specifically, Cummings worries about Flynn’s work for an entity affiliated with the government of Turkey, as well as a paid trip to Moscow in December 2015 during which Flynn was highly critical of the US.

  • Nov 18, 2016

    Democratic Senators Demands Intel

    Democratic Senators send a letter to President Obama calling on intelligence agencies to declassify information about Russian involvement into the U.S. election. Sources later tell CNN that intelligence has been shared with lawmakers suggesting that Russia’s purpose for meddling in the election was to sway voters toward Trump rather than simply undermining confidence in the system.

  • Nov 14, 2016

    Mike Flynn

    Reporters ask Mike Flynn’s business associate Robert Kelley if Turkish interests had retained their consulting firm from August through Election Day because of Flynn’s close relationship with Trump. “I hope so,” Kelley responds. The subject of Flynn’s lobbying activities for Turkey comes up again periodically in news reports throughout November and December.

  • Nov 10, 2016

    Obama Meets with Trump

    During their first meeting after the election, President Obama warns Trump about appointing Mike Flynn to a top national security post. In 2014, Obama removed Flynn as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • Nov 10, 2016

    Kremlin Communication

    Russia’s deputy foreign minister admits that during the campaign, the Kremlin had continuing communications with Trump’s “immediate entourage.”

  • Nov 9, 2016


    After Putin announced Trump’s election victory, Russia’s Parliament erupts in applause.

  • Nov 8, 2016

    Election Day

    Surprisingly, Trump wins election and becomes the 45th POTUS.

  • Nov 5, 2016

    Comey Interferes Again

    In a letter to key leaders in Congress, Comey confirms that the FBI has completed its review of the additional Abedin email, and, as a result, has not changed its earlier recommendation not to pursue a Clinton prosecution.

  • Nov 3, 2016

    Rachel Maddow

    According to reporting by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the plane belonging to the Russian oligarch who had bought a Florida residence from Trump for $95 million in 2008 was at the single-runway airport near Concord, North Carolina, where Trump was holding a rally.

  • Oct 31, 2016

    Manafort denials

    When asked about news reports that the FBI was investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, former campaign manager Manafort says, “None of it is true… There’s no investigation going on by the FBI that I’m aware of.”

  • Oct 30, 2016

    Rachel Maddow

    According to reporting by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the $100 million plane belonging to the Russian oligarch who had bought a Florida residence from Trump for $95 million in 2008 was in Las Vegas on the same day Trump was holding a rally there.

  • Oct 28, 2016

    FBI Director Comey Interferes Again

    In a letter to key leaders in the House and Senate, FBI Director Comey says that in connection with the bureau’s closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, it was reviewing emails on a computer belonging to Clinton advisor Huma Abedin. Comes says nothing about the ongoing FBI investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  • Oct 19, 2016

    Trump Reject US Intel Findings

    During the third presidential debate, Trump dismisses the October 7 US intelligence findings saying, “[Clinton] has not idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else… Our country has no idea.” He adds, “I don’t know Putin. I have no idea… I never met Putin. This is not my best friend.”

  • Mid October, 2016

    FISA Court

    The FISA court approves a secret surveillance order authorizing the Department of Justice to investigate two banks suspected of participating in Russia’s undercover influence operation relating to the US election.

  • Oct 12, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone tells NBC News, “I have back-channel communications with WikiLeaks.”

  • Oct 10, 2016

    Trump Loves WikiLeaks

    During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, Trump shouts he “loves WikiLeaks” just days after the first batch of stolen Podesta emails are released.

  • Oct 7, 2016

    DNI and DHS

    In a joint statement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence says, “The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations… We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.” But two other stories dominate the news cycle: WikiLeaks begins publishing stolen emails from the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, and Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tapes become public.

  • Oct 7, 2016


    WikiLeaks releases its first batch of emails stolen by the Russians from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. They continued to release thousands of emails on a nearly daily basis for the rest of the campaign season.

  • Oct 4, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 posts documents hacked from the Clinton Foundation

  • Oct 3, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone send two more tweets predicting that WikiLeaks will soon release more stolen emails harmful to Clinton. “Payload coming,” he tweeted.

  • Oct 1, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Trump advisor and surrogate Roger Stone tweets “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done.”

  • Sep 28, 2016

    FBI Director Comey

    Comey appears before the House Judiciary Committee and refuses to answer questions about whether the bureau is investigating connections between members of the Trump campaign and Russia. “We do not confirm or deny investigations.”

  • Sep 26, 2016

    Debate Denials

    During the presidential debate with Clinton, Trump questions whether the DNC hack was carried out by Russia or a lone hacker. “It could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

  • Sep 26, 2016

    Carter Page

    Amid accusations that he has ties to Russia, Page takes a leave of absence from the Trump campaign.

  • Sep 25, 2016

    Carter Page

    Page write to FBI Director James Comey that in 2016 he “had not met with any sanctioned officials in Russia..”

  • Sep 23, 2016

    Carter Page

    Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News reports US intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page had opened up private communications with senior Russian officials, including talks about the possibility of lifting economic sanctions if Trump became president.

  • Sep 23, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 posts stolen DCCC documents on Representative Ben Ray Lujan

  • Sep 16, 2016

    Roger Stone

    During a Boston Herald radio show, Stone says, “I expect Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks people to drop a payload of new documents on Hillary on a weekly basis fairly soon. And that of course will answer the question of exactly what was erased on that email server.” He also repeats that he’s in touch with Assange through an intermediary. Stone also claims that Hillary Clinton’s association with Putin and Russia’s oligarchs was far more troubling to me than Donald Trump’s. He offers no evidence regarding Clinton.

  • Sep 15, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 posts stolen DCCC documents on New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina.

  • 9/9/16

    Roger Stone

    Guccifer 2.0 sends Stone a link to a blog post about voter turnout, along with this message: “hi what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign? Basically how it works is there are people who will vote party line no matter what and there are folks who will actually make a decision. The basic premise of winning an election is turnout your base (marked turnout) and target the marginal folks with persuadable advertising (marked persuadable). They spend million calculating who is persuadable or what we call a “soft democrat” and who is a “hard democrat.”

  • Sep 8, 2016

    Jeff Sessions & Kislyak

    Sessions meets with Kislyak again, this time in his senate office.

  • Late 2016

    CIA Director John Brennan

    Brennan briefs the top eight members of Congress’ Intelligence Committees (The Gang of Eight) on intelligence that Russian cyberattacks were aimed at getting Trump elected.

  • Aug 31, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 posts documents hacked from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer.

  • Aug 29, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone tells a local Florida radio interviewer, “We’re going to, I think, see from WikiLeaks and other leakers see the nexus between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.” Regarding Assange, Stone adds, “Perhaps he has the smoking gun that makes this handcuff time.”

  • Aug 26, 2016

    Roger Stone

    In an interview with Breitbart Radio, Stone says, “I’m almost confident Mr. Assange has virtually every one of the email that Clinton henchmen, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills thought they deleted and I suspect that he’s going to drop them at strategic times in the run up to the rest of the race.”

  • Aug 21, 2016

    Roger Stone

    On a Maryland radio program, Stone denies that Guccifer 2.0 is connected to the Russians saying, “The DNC leaks that nailed Deborah Wasserman Schultz in the heist against Bernie Sanders was not leaked by Russians, it was leaked by Cruccifer [sic] 2, I should say hacked and leaked first by Cruccifer 2, well know hacker who is not in the employment of the Russians, and then WikiLeaks. So that whole claim is a canard.”

  • Aug 21, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 posts hacked DCCC documents on Pennsylvania’s congressional primaries.

  • Aug 21, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone tweets that Clinton campaign manager John Podesta will be facing trouble, saying “Trust me, it will soon (be) Podesta’s time in the barrel.” Days later, Podesta’s hacked emails were leaked.

  • Aug 19, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    On the same day he resigns from Trump campaign, Manafort records documents creating Summerbreeze LLC, a shell company that he controls. Soon after, Summerbreeze receives a $3.5 million loan from Spruce Capital, a small New York investment firm. Spruce’s co-founder is a developer of Trump hotel projects, including Trump International Hotel and Tower in Waikiki. One of Spruce’s financial backers, Alexander Rovt, is a billionaire who made his fortune in the privatization of the fertilizer in post-Soviet Ukraine. On February 1, 2016 Rovt shared a Manor College stage forum about Ukraine with Andrii Artemenko, a pro-Putin member of the Ukraine Parliament. In January 2017, Artemenko resurfaces at the Manhattan Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue with longtime Trump business associate Felix Sater and Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen. During their meeting, Sater gives Cohen a sealed envelope containing Artmenko’s Ukrainian Russian peace plan and asks him to deliver it to Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn. The plan would have leased Crimea to Russia for 50 or 100 years, essentially ceding to Putin the territory he had illegally annexed.

  • Aug 19, 2016

    Paul Manafort Resigns

    As reports of Manafort’s financial connections to Ukraine intensified, he resigns from the Trump campaign.

  • Aug 18, 2016

    Roger Stone

    In a C-SPAN interview, Stone says that he’s never met Julian Assange, but he has been in touch with him “through an intermediary, somebody who is a mutual friend. I expect you’re going to see more from Mr. Assange.”

  • Aug 17, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    The Associated Press (AP) reports that in 2012, Manafort had secretly routed more than $2 million from Ukraine President Yanukovych to two US lobbying firms working to influence American policy toward Ukraine.

  • Aug 17, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 sends another private message to Stone, “I’m pleased to say that u r great man and I think I gonna read ur books” “please tell me if I can help u anyhow it would be a great pleasure to me.”

  • Aug 16, 2016

    Roger Stone

    In an interview on The Blaze, Stone say he has communicated with Julian Assange through a “mutual acquaintance.” He continues, “I think that Assange is going to be very influential in this election.”

  • Aug 16, 2016

    Roger Stone

    With “TRUMP 2000” posters in the background from what appear to be Stone’s home office, he again tells radio host Alex Jones that he has had “back-channel communications” with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange who has “political dynamite” on the Clintons.

  • Aug 16, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone publishes an article in The Hill and asks Guccifer 2.0 to retweet it, “PLZ RT: How the election can be rigged against Donald Trump…” Guccifer 2.0 responds, “Done” and “I read u’d been hacked.”

  • Aug 15, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Guccifer 2.0 releases hacked DCCC documents on primaries in Florida.

  • Aug 15, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Continuing their private exchange, Guccifer 2.0 responds to Stone, writing, “Wow, thank u for writing back and thank you for an article about me!!! do u find anything interesting in the docs I posted?”

  • Aug 15, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort denies that he received payments from Ukraine and Russia and calls the accusations unfounded, silly and nonsensical.

  • Aug 14, 2016

    Roger Stone

    After Guccifer 2.0 is banned from Twitter, Stone tweets, “Now Guccifer 2.0 - why are those exposing the truth banned?” Without explanation, Twitter reinstates the Guccifer 2.0 account. In a private message to Guccifer 2.0, Stone writes, “Delighted you are reinstated. Fuck the State and their MSM lackeys.”

  • Aug 14, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    The New York Times reports that Ukraine anti-corruption investigators were seeking to identify and recover assets that it claims former President Viktor Yanukovych had stolen from the Ukrainian people. Investigators had discovered the Black Ledger from Yanukovych’s pro-Russia Party of Regions. Later, Manafort questions the authenticity of the Black Ledger, claims it had been falsified and asserts that no public evidence exists that he or other received payments listed in the ledger. The ledger reveals $12.7 million in secret cash payments were earmarked for Manafort from Yanukovych.

  • Aug 12, 2016

    Roger Stone

    Stone tells Alex Jones that he was “in communication with Julian Assange.” Later, Stone continues, saying, “I am not at liberty to discuss what I have.”

  • Aug 12, 2016

    DNC Hack

    A new batch of stolen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents appear on the Guccifer 2.0 website.

  • Aug 12, 2016

    Roger Stone

    On a #MAGA podcast, Stone states, “I believe Julian Assange - who I think is a hero fighting the police state - has all of the emails that Huma [Abedin] and Cheryl Mills, the two Clinton aides, thought they had erased… I think Assange has them. I know he has them. And I believe he will expose the American people to this information, you know, in the next 90 days.”

  • Aug 8, 2016

    Roger Stone

    During a speech at a Florida GOP event, Stone brags that he has communicated with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. He also stated that more documents are coming, including an October surprise.

  • Aug 6, 2016

    GOP Platform

    NPR confirms the Trump campaign’s involvement in the Republican platform change regarding Ukraine despite Trump’s denials and lies.

  • Aug 5, 2016

    Carter Page

    Carter Page’s ongoing public criticism of US sanctions against Russia over its actions in the Ukraine and his praise for Putin generate increasing attention and concern. In response, Trump campaign spokesman Hope Hicks describes Page as an “informal policy advisor who does not speak for Trump or the campaign.” Later in August, after the FBI believes Page was no longer part of the Trump campaign, it obtains a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor his communications. The initial 90 day warrant is renewed more than once.

  • Aug 5, 2016

    Trump Advisor Roger Stone

    Trump advisor Roger Stone writes an article for Breitbart News repeating claims that Guccifer 2.0, and not Russia, was behind the DNC hacks. U.S. officials say that Guccifer 2.0 is a front for Russian military intelligence.

  • August, 2016

    Michael Flynn

    The consulting firm headed by Trump’s national security advisor Mike Flynn begins lobbying for a company owned by a businessman close with Turkey’s president Erdogan.

  • July 31, 2016

    Trump Denies GOP Platform Change

    Trump tells ABC News he was not involved in the Republican Party platform change that softened America’s position on Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

  • July 31, 2016

    Sessions on Russia

    On CNN, Jeff Sessions defends Trump’s approach to Russia saying, “This whole problem with Russia is really disastrous for America, for Russia and for the world. Donald Trump is right. We need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that’s putting this country at risk, costing us billions of dollars in defense and creating hostilities.”

  • July 31, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort denies knowing anything about the change in the Republican platform. That afternoon, Boris Epshteyn, Trump’s Russian-born advisor, spouts the Kremlin’s party line telling CNN, “Russia did not seize Crimea. We can talk about the conflict that happened between Ukraine and the Crimea… But there was no seizure by Russia. That’s an incorrect statement, characterization, of what happened.”

  • July 27, 2016

    Trump Asks Russia to Hack Clinton

    During a press conference in Florida, Trump stated, “I will tell you this, 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. Let’s see if that happens.” In an interview with CBS News, Trump states, “I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”

  • July 25, 2016


    The FBI announces it has launched an investigation into the DNC hack. U.S. officials tell CNN they think the cyberattack is linked to Russia.

  • July 24, 2016

    Manafort Denies Russian Connections

    When ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asks whether there were any connections between the Trump campaign and Putin’s regime, Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort answers, “No, there are not. And you know, there’s no basis to it.”

  • July 22, 2016


    WikiLeaks posts 20,000 stolen emails from the DNC server on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is forced to resign despite the fact that some documents were not stolen, but were created and fake.

  • July, 2016

    Republican Convention

    Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, national security advisors to the Trump campaign, meet with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. They stress that Trump would like to improve relations with Russia.

  • July 19, 2016

    Trump Debt

    Bloomberg reports that over the past year, Trump’s debt load has almost doubled from $350 million to $630 million.

  • July 18, 2016

    Trump Guts GOP Platform on Ukraine

    The Trump campaign ignores entire GOP platform except for one issue. They demand and get the GOP Platform committee to gut the provisions to aid Ukraine in their conflicts with Russia. Trump’s first outward action to help Russia politically.

  • July 18, 2016

    Jeff Sessions

    At a Heritage Foundation event during the Republican Convention, Jeff Sessions speaks individually with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Later, Sessions claims to have met him as an active senator, but he was at the convention as a Trump surrogate, not as a senator. Additionally, JD Gordon and Carter Page also met with Kislyak at the RNC Convention.

  • July 14, 2016

    DNC hack

    Another batch of hacked DNC documents appear on the Guccifer 2.0 website.

  • July 11, 2016

    The RNC Platform

    During the RNC Platform Committee meeting, a Cruz delegate proposed the U.S. send lethal weapons to Ukraine due to Russian aggression in the region. Trump campaign aides moved to stop that from being adopted. The final platform calls for the U.S. to simply provide appropriate assistance instead of lethal weapons. Trump and Manafort deny stopping the platform to include weapons, but in March 2017, Trump advisor J.D. Gordon admits he worked on behalf of Trump to gut the GOP’s longstanding support for Ukrainian’s popular resistance to Russia’s 2014 intervention.

  • July 7, 2016

    Carter Page

    In a lecture at the New Economic School in Moscow, Page criticizes American foreign policy. Page states that many of the mistake spoiling relations between US and Russia “originated in my own country.” Page says he had sought and received permission from the Trump campaign to make the trip.

  • July 6, 2016

    Guccifer 2.0

    Another batch of hacked DNC documents appears on their website.

  • July 5, 2016

    Comey Interferes in Election

    FBI Director James Comey holds a press conference announcing that the bureau has closed its yearlong investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. Comey says Clinton was extremely careless in handling classified information but did not commit a crime. Typically when the FBI recommends closing a case, the Justice Department agrees and no public statement follows. One reason for Comey’s unusual announcement was that Comey was duped by a document created by Russia to cause Clinton harm. In the document, fake allegations were claimed that Attorney General Lynch would not let the Clinton email investigation go too far. Comey worried that if Lynch announced an end of the investigation, and Russia later leaked the document, voters would doubt the independence of the investigation. Comey thought the Russian stole the document when in fact they created it.

  • June 15, 2016

    Republicans Say Russia Is Paying Trump

    After the Ukrainian prime minister visits Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan (R), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) and other Republican leaders meet privately. During the session, McCarthy says, “I’ll guarantee you that what it is… The Russians hacked the DNC and the opp [opposition] research they had on Trump.” Moments later he says, “There’s two people I think Putin pays, Rohrabacher and Trump,” referring to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher known as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia. Some of the lawmakers laugh, but McCarthy continues, “Swear to God!” According to a transcript prepared from a tape of the discussions, Ryan immediately interrupts the conversation, saying, “This is an off the record…[laughter]…NO LEAKS…[laughter]… alright? This is how we know we are a real family here…What’s said in the family stays in the family.” When the Washington Post obtains the transcript in May 2017, it seeks comment from Ryan and McCarthy. Ryan’s spokesperson says, “That never happened. The idea that McCarthy would assert this is false and absurd.” The reporter tells them he has a transcript. Upon learning the reporter had heard the tape, the spokesperson says it was a failed attempt at humor.

  • June 15, 2016

    DNC Hack

    A hacker with the online persona “Guccifer 2.0” claims credit for the DNC hack and begins posting internal DNC documents on their website. CrowdStrike reiterates its conclusion that the hack had been a Russian intelligence operation.

  • June 14, 2016

    **Russia & Trump Jr

    The Washington Post reports that Russian Government hackers penetrated the DNC web servers. First report of any hacking related to 2016 elections.

  • June 9, 2016

    **Russia & Trump Jr

    Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort all meet with a Russian government lawyer (not the top prosecutor), presumably to receive “the dirt” the Russians promised in their email on June 3.

  • June 7, 2016

    **Russia & Trump Jr

    Four days after Junior receives Russian email touting dirt on Clinton, Donald Trump announces “I’m 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 been going on with the Clintons.” Trump never has this major speech, as promised.

  • June 3, 2016

    **Russia & Trump Jr

    Donald Trump Jr receives an email from Rob Goldstone who acts as an intermediary between Russian interests and the Trump campaign. The email promises to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton. This information was to be provided by Russia’s top prosecutor and was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

  • Early June, 2016

    Carter Page

    At a closed-door gathering of high-powered foreign policy experts visiting with the prime minister of India, Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page hails Vladimir Putin as stronger and more reliable that President Obama and touts the positive effect that a Trump presidency would have on US-Russia relations.

  • May 19, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Trump promotes Manafort to Campaign Chairman and Chief Strategist.

  • May 2016

    Russians Identified as DNC hackers

    CrowdStrike determines that highly sophisticated Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries, Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, had been responsible for the DNC hack. Fancy Bear, in particular, had indicators of affiliation with Russia’s Main Intelligence Department, also know as the GRU.

  • Late April, 2016

    DNC Hacking

    The Democratic National Committee’s IT department notices suspicious computer activity, contacts the FBI, and hires a private security firm, CrowdStrike, to investigate.

  • April 20, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort becomes Trump’s campaign manager. Reports surface about his ties to Ukraine’s pro-Putin former president, whom Manafort helped to elect.

  • April - Nov 2016

    Trump Campaign and Russia

    Mike Flynn and other Trump advisors in the campaign have at least 18 phone calls and emails with Russian officials, including six contacts involving Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

  • March 29, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    On Roger Stone’s recommendation, Manafort joins the Trump campaign as convention manager, tasked with lining up delegates.

  • March 21, 2016

    Carter Page

    During a Washington Post interview, Trump identifies Carter Page as one of his foreign policy advisers. Page had helped open the Moscow office of investment banking firm Merrill Lynch and had advised Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom, in which Page is an investor. Page blames 2014 US sanctions related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea for driving down Gazprom’s stock price. In March 2016, Iowa tea party activist Sam Clovis had recommended Page to the Trump campaign.

  • March 17, 2016

    Jeff Sessions Advocates for Russia

    Sessions discusses Trump’s foreign policy positions, saying, “I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the US and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam. Strategically, it’s not justified for either country.”

  • Feb 29, 2016

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort submits a five-page proposal to Trump. In it, he outlines his qualifications for helping Trump secure enough convention delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination. Manafort describes how he had assisted rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine. “I have managed presidential campaigns around the world.”

  • Feb 28, 2016

    Jeff Sessions

    Sessions is the first sitting US Senator to formally endorse Trump. Three days later, Trump names Sessions chairman of his campaign’s national security advisory committee.

  • Feb 17, 2016

    Trump Russian Denial

    As questions about Russia swirl around Trump, he changes his story. “I have no relationship with [Putin], other than he called me a genius.”

  • Late 2015

    Britain’s Spy Agency GCHQ

    GCHQ became aware of suspicious “interactions” between members of Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence operatives. Over the next six months, a number of western agencies from Germany, Estonia and Poland share more information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians.

  • Dec 10, 2015

    Michael Flynn

    Flynn, who met with Trump earlier during the campaign and would later become Trump’s National Security Advisor, sits at Putin’s table for the 10th anniversary gala of Russia’s state owned television propaganda network, RT. Flynn had made a paid appearance on the network. For his December speech, he nets $33,500 of the $45,000 paid to his speaker’s bureau. For all of 2015, Flynn receives more than $65,000 from companies linked to Russia.

  • Nov 30, 2015

    Felix Sater

    When an Associated Press reporter asks Trump about Sater, he answers, “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it. I’m not that familiar with him.” Trump refers questions about Sater to his staff.

  • Nov 10, 2015

    GOP Debate

    At a Republican primary debate, Trump says, “I got to know [Putin] very well because we were both on 60 Minutes. We were stablemates and we did very well that night.” NOTE: While on 60 Minutes, their segments were not taped in the same location.

  • Sep 29, 2015

    Bill O’Reilly

    Trump tells O’Reilly, “I will tell you in terms of leadership he [Putin] is getting an A and our president is not doing so well.”

  • Sep 21, 2015

    Hugh Hewitt Show

    Trump tells Hewitt “The oligarchs are under Putin’s control, to a large extent. I mean, he can destroy them, and he has destroyed some of them. Two years ago, I was in Moscow. I was with the top level people, both oligarchs and generals, and top government people. I can’t go further than that, but I will tell you that I met the top people and the relationship was extraordinary.

  • September, 2015

    DNC Hack

    An FBI special agent contacts the Democratic National Committee to report that at least one DNC computer system had been hacked by an espionage team linked to the Russian government. The agent is transferred to a tech-support contractor at the help desk, who did a cursory check of DNC server logs and didn’t reply to follow-up calls from the FBI agent.

  • Late Summer, 2015

    Lt. Gen Mike Flynn

    A member of Trump’s campaign staff calls Flynn to ask if he’s willing to meet with Trump. Flynn agrees. Later, Flynn says four other Republican presidential candidates also reached out to him: Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.

  • Aug 21, 2015

    Jeff Sessions

    Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions makes a surprise appearance at a Trump rally and dons a Make America Great Again cap.

  • Aug 6, 2015

    Roger Stone

    The Trump campaign says it has fired Roger Stone. Stone claims he had quit. Either way, Stone remains a prominent Trump surrogate for the rest of the campaign.

  • June 16, 2015

    Trump Announcement

    Trump announces he is running for president.

  • 2014

    Russia funding Trump

    James Dodson plays golf with Donald and Eric Trump at Trump National Charlotte in North Carolina. In an interview airing May 5, 2017 on Boston’s public radio station, Dodson describes the episode, beginning with a question he asks Donald Trump before the round, “What are you using to pay for these courses?” He just sort of tossed off that he access to $100 million. So when I got in the cart with Eric, as we were setting off, I said, “Eric, who’s funding? I know of no banks, because of the Great Recession, have touched a golf courses. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.” He said, “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” I said, “Really?” He said, “Oh yeah. 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. Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.” On May 7, 2017, Eric Trump calls Dodson’s claim “categorically untrue” and “complete garbage.”

  • March 6, 2014

    Conservative Political Action Conference

    At the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump says, “You know, I was in Moscow a couple of months ago. I own the Miss Universe Pageant and they treated me so great. Putin even sent me a present, a beautiful present.” On the same day, President Obama signs an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its unlawful annexation of Crimea.

  • Feb 22, 2014

    Ukrainian President Yanukobych Ousted

    Popular uprisings lead the Ukraine Parliament to oust President Viktor Yanukovych from office for gross human rights violations and dereliction of duty. With the help of Putin’s security forces, Yanukovych flees the country. But he leaves behind a handwritten ledger - the “Black Ledger” - with 22 entries for 2007 to 2012 purporting to show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Paul Manafort or his firm from Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.

  • November 2013

    The Trump Putin Relationship

    At the Miss Universe pageant, Trump says, “I do have a relationship [with Putin] and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today… I do have a relationship with him… He’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he’s represented.” While Trump is in Moscow for the pageant, he and Alex Sapir (whose family’s company was one of the co-developers of Trump SoHo with Trump and Felix Sater) meet with the Russian real estate developer who had facilitated Trump’s $20 million deal to host the Miss Universe contest in Moscow. They discuss plans for a new Trump project in Russia. “The Russian market is attracted to me,” Trump tells Real Estate Weekly upon his return. “I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room.”

  • Nov 11, 2013

    Trump Tower Moscow

    Trump tweets, “Trump Tower-Moscow is next.”

  • Nov 5, 2013

    Trump Deposition

    In a deposition, an attorney asks Trump about Felix Sater. If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump answers. When asked how many times he had ever spoken with Sater, Trump says, “Not many.” When asked about his July 2013 BBC interview during which he was questioned about Saber’s alleged connections to organized crime, Trump says he didn’t remember it.

  • Oct 17, 2013

    The Late Show with David Letterman

    On The Late Show, Letterman asks Trump, “Have you had any dealings with the Russians?” Trump answers, “Well, I’ve done a lot of business with the Russians…” Letterman continues, “Vladimir Putin, have you ever met the guy?” Trump says, He’s a tough guy. I met him once.”

  • July 8, 2013

    Felix Water and Organized Crime

    After a BBC reporter questions Trump about Sater’s alleged prior connections to organized crime, Trump abruptly ends the interview.

  • June 18, 2013

    Miss Universe

    Trump announces that the 2013 Miss Universe beauty pageant, which he owns, will take place in Moscow. The next day, Trump tweets, “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - If so, will he become my new best friend?” While preparing for the pageant, Trump states, “I have plans for the establishment of business in Russia. Now I am in talks with several Russian companies to establish this skyscraper.”

  • April 8, 2013

    Russian Recruitment of Carter Page

    Three Russians whom the FBI later accused of spying on the US discuss efforts to recruit American businessman Carter Page. The Washington Post reports, “The government’s application for the surveillance order targeting Page included a lengthy declaration that laid out investigators’ basis for believing that Page was a agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said.”

  • 2010

    Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto

    At a key moment in the financially trouble Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto, the Russian-Canadian developer of the project receives $850 million from the sale of his share in a Ukrainian steel mill. A Ukrainian industrial group purchased the mill through five offshore companies, but the money came ultimately from Russia’s state-owned bank VEB, whose supervisory board Putin chaired. The developer thereafter put $15 million into Trump Toronto.

  • Jan 2010 - Jan 2011

    Felix H. Sater

    After leaving Bayrock, Later becomes “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump,” according to his Trump Organization business card. He also has a Trump Organization email address and office. The phone number listed on the card had previously belonged to a lawyer in Trump’s general counsel’s office.

  • Oct 14, 2009

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort’s firm receives a $750,000 wire transfer from Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. The Russian-leaning Yanukovych was running for president in Ukraine and won in February 2010.

  • September 2008

    Donald Trump Jr.

    According to Donald Trump Jr., “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

  • July 2008

    Trump and the Oligarch

    As the Florida real estate market crashes, Trump sells a Florida residence to a Russian Oligarch for $95 million, the biggest single-family home sale in US history. Trump purchased the house three years earlier for $41 million. The Russian oligarch never lived in the house and is has since been demolished.

  • November 2007

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort’s firm receives a $455,000 wire transfer from Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Manafort had been hired to improve the image of Putin-backed Yanukovych, who was portraying himself falsely as an anti-corruption reformer seeking to move Ukraine closer to the West. “The West has not been willing to move beyond the Cold War mentality and to see this man and the outreach that he has extended,” Manafort said about Yanukovych at the time. Ukraine’s richest man, a billionaire industrialist, had introduced Manafort to Yanukovych.

  • Oct 15, 2007

    Larry King Interview

    In an interview with Larry King, Trump states, “Look at Putin, what he’s doing in Russia. I mean, you know, what’ going on over there. I mean this guy has done, whether you like him or don’t like him, he’s doing a great job.”

  • Sep 19, 2007

    Trump and Sater

    As Trump speaks at the launch party for Trump SoHo, Sater and his Bayrock partner Tevfik Arif stand beside him.

  • February 2006

    Trump’s Kids Go to Russia

    Don Jr. and Ivanka travel to Moscow. According to Sater, Trump asked him to show his kids around. Ten years later in October 2016, Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten tells Forbes that the presence of Water and Trump’s adult children in Moscow at the same time had been a coincidence.

  • June 2005

    Paul Manafort

    Manafort proposes that he undertake a consulting assignment for one of President Putin’s billionaire oligarchs. Manafort suggests a strategy for influencing politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet Republics to benefit Putin’s government.

  • 2005

    Trump Tower in Moscow Fails

    In a sworn deposition in 2008, Sater testifies that Trump gave Bayrock Group an exclusive deal to develop a project in Russia, but that early effort to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow fails.

  • 2002

    Condos Sold in Russia

    Efforts to sell Russians apartments in Trump World Tower, Trump’s West Side condos, and Trump’s building in Columbus Circle expand with presentation in Moscow involving Sotheby’s International Realty. Additionally, Russians and Russian-Americans buy heavily in another Trump project in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. In South Florida, members of the Russian elite invest more than $98 million in seven Trump branded luxury towers.

  • 2002

    Felix H. Sater

    Russian born Water and his company, Bayrock Group, a Trump Tower tenant, begins working with Trump on a series of real estate deals. One becomes Trump SoHo. Another development partner in Trump SoHo is the Sapir Organization, founded by Tamir Sapir.

  • 2000

    Roger Stone

    Stone serves as chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential exploratory advisory committee.

  • October 1998

    Trump World Tower

    Demolition of a vacant office building near the United Nations headquarters is making way for Trump World Tower. Trump begins selling units in the skyscraper, which is scheduled to open in 2001 and becomes a prominent depository of Russian money. By 2004, one-third of the units sold on the 76th - 83rd floors of Trump World Tower involve people or LLCs connected to Russia or neighboring states. Assisting Trump’s sales effort is Ukrainian immigrant Sam Kislin, who issues mortgages to buyers of multimillion dollar apartments. In the late 70’s Kislin had owned an appliance store with Georgian immigrant Tamir Sapir, and they had sold 200 television sets to Donald Trump on credit. By the early 90’s, Kislin had become a wealthy commodities trader and campaign fundraiser for Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who in 1996 appoints him to the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Meanwhile, Sapir makes a fortune as a New York City real estate developer.

  • August 1998

    Russian Stock Market

    Russia defaults on its debt and its stock market collapses. As the value of the ruble plummets, Russian millionaires scramble to get money out of their country and into New York City, where real estate provides a safe haven for overseas investors.

  • 1987

    Business Development in Russia

    Trump’s efforts to develop business in Russia date back to 1987. In 1996, he applies for his trademark in Russia. While discussing ambitions for a Trump hotel in 2007, Trump declares, “We will be in Moscow at some point.”

  • 1980

    Roger Stone & Paul Manafort

    Stone founded a lobbying practice with Manafort and Trump becomes one of Stone’s first clients. In the 80’s, Trump hires Manafort as his lawyer on gambling and real estate issues. By 1998, Stone is one of Trump’s closest advisers.

  • 1979

    Roger Stone

    Donald Trump is introduced to Roger Stone by the notoriously unethical attorney Roy Cohn.