Russiagate Timeline

Russiagate Timeline

The Russiagate Investigations

THE TIMELINE

The Timeline in Breaking Political News    Rachel Maddow Show July 3, 2017

Compiled from many news sources including Bill Moyers’ The Trump Resistance PlanMother Jones’ Exhaustive History of Trump-Russia Scandal, part of the TRUMP RESISTANCE PLAN by Steven Harper, the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, and many others. Includes some business details and important events as extensive investigations are underway.

Includes the CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER / ORBIS BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, LTD.   published by Buzzfeed in January 2017 “Orbis was hired by Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research consultancy to look into Trump’s links with Russia.”  The Guardian

The 1970s


1978: Grand Hyatt, New York “Trump consummated his first major real estate deal in Manhattan, purchasing a half-share in the decrepit Commodore Hotel, largely funded by a $70 million construction loan jointly guaranteed by Fred Trump and the Hyatt hotel chain. Trump finished negotiations to develop Trump Tower, a 58-story, 202-meter (663-foot) skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, which The New York Times attributed to his “persistence” and “skills as a negotiator”.[115]  New Jersey legalized gambling in 1977, and the following year Trump was in Atlantic City, New Jersey to explore how he might get involved.” Wikipedia
1979:Roger Stone is introduced to Donald Trump by notorious attorney Roy Cohn.[Added March 27, 2017]  Bill Moyers “In 1979, when Trump hired a demolition contractor to take down the Bonwit Teller department store to make way for Trump Tower, he hired as many as 200 non-union men to work alongside about 15 members of the House Wreckers Union Local 95. The non-union workers were mostly illegal Polish immigrants paid $4 to $6 per hour with no benefits, far below the union contract. At least some of them did not use power tools but sledgehammers, working 12 hours a day or more and often seven days a week. Known as the “Polish brigade,” many didn’t wear hard hats. Many slept on the construction site…the Genovese family principally controlled the union; this was demonstrated by extensive testimony, documents and convictions in federal trials, as well as a later report by the New York State Organized Crime Task Force…When the Polish workers and a union dissident sued for their pay and benefits, Trump denied any knowledge that illegal workers without hard hats were taking down Bonwit with sledgehammers. The trial, however, demonstrated otherwise: Testimony showed that Trump panicked when the nonunion Polish men threatened a work stoppage because they had not been paid. Trump turned to Daniel Sullivan, a labor fixer and FBI informant, who told him to fire the Polish workers. Trump knew the Polish brigade was composed of underpaid illegal immigrants and that S&A was a mob-owned firm, according to Sullivan and others. “Donald told me that he was having his difficulties and he admitted to me that — seeking my advice — that he had some illegal Polish employees on the job. I reacted by saying to Donald that ‘I think you are nuts,’” Sullivan testified at the time. “I told him to fire them promptly if he had any brains.” In an interview later, Sullivan told me the same thing.” Politico
Joseph Weichselbaum, an embezzler who ran Trump’s personal helicopter service and ferried his most valued clientele…Weichselbaum, who in 1979 had been caught embezzling and had to repay the stolen money, pleaded guilty to two felonies. Donald Trump vouched for Weichselbaum before his sentencing, writing that the drug trafficker is “a credit to the community” who was “conscientious, forthright, and diligent.” And while Weichselbaum’s confederates got as many as 20 years, Weichselbaum himself got only three, serving 18 months before he was released from the urban prison that the Bureau of Prisons maintains in New York City. In seeking early release, Weichselbaum said Trump had a job waiting for him. Weichselbaum then moved into Trump Tower, his girlfriend having recently bought two adjoining apartments there for $2.4 million. The cash purchase left no public record of whether any money actually changed hands or, if it did, where it came from. I asked Trump at the time for documents relating to the sale; he did not respond.” Politico

The 1980s

1980: Roger Stone founds a lobbying practice with Paul Manafort; Trump becomes one of Stone’s first clients. In the 1980s, Trump hires Manafort as his lawyer on gambling and real estate issues. By 1988, Stone is one of Trump’s closest advisers. [Added March 27, 2017]   Bill Moyers
“FBI agents subpoenaed Trump in 1980 to ask about his dealing with John Cody, a Teamsters official described by law enforcement as a very close associate of the Gambino crime family…But a female friend of Cody’s, a woman with no job who attributed her lavish lifestyle to the kindness of friends, bought three Trump Tower apartments right beneath the triplex where Donald lived with his wife Ivana. Cody stayed there on occasion and invested $500,000 in the units. Trump, Barrett reported, helped the woman get a $3 million mortgage without filling out a loan application or showing financials. In the summer of 1982 Cody, then under indictment, ordered a citywide strike—but the concrete work continued at Trump Tower. After Cody was convicted of racketeering, imprisoned and lost control of the union, Trump sued the woman for $250,000 for alteration work. She countersued for $20 million and in court papers accused Trump of taking kickbacks from contractors, asserting this could “be the basis of a criminal proceeding requiring an attorney general’s investigation” into Trump. Trump then quickly settled, paying the woman a half-million dollars.” Politico
1983: “In his book, Barrett quoted a Cohn aide’s recollection of a meeting between Trump and Genovese crime family boss Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno that occurred inside Cohn’s Manhattan townhouse. The 1983 get-together came around the time that a concrete firm controlled by Salerno was building a Trump condominium tower in Manhattan. Cohn’s East Side residence was a safe haven for hoodlums seeking to meet in private with their associates.” The Smoking Gun

1984

1984: “in 1984 a top echelon FBI informant reported to his handlers that a Cleveland gangster under indictment hired Cohn so that he would have a reason to travel to New York, where he then met with Salerno in Cohn’s office to discuss the Genovese family’s control of the Teamsters union. FBI agents positioned outside Cohn’s East 68th Street home surveilled those meetings between Salerno (pictured at right) and Cleveland wiseguy Milton Rockman.” The Smoking Gun
1984: David Bogatin, a 38-year-old former Soviet Army pilot and Russian émigré who arrived in America seven years earlier with just $3 in his pocket, pays $6 million for five condominium units in a luxurious new Manhattan high-rise, Trump Tower. At the time, Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end US real estate as a way to launder money from their criminal enterprises. Three years later, Bogatin — eventually revealed to be a leading figure in the Russian mob in New York — pleads guilty to a money laundering scheme. According to prosecutors, the scheme involved a network of Russian and Eastern European immigrants acting with Michael Franzese, an admitted captain ofthe Colombo organized-crime family. (In 1986, Franzese pleads guilty and receives a 10-year sentence for the scheme.) In 2003, Bogatin’s brother, Jacob, is indicted for allegedly running a $150 million stock scam and money-laundering scheme with Semion Mogilevich, whom  the FBIconsiders the “boss of bosses” of Russian organized crime. [Added July 17, 2017] Bill Moyers

1985

Steve Bannon graduated from Harvard Business School and started working for Goldman Sachs in  mergers and acquisitions. Bannon on Biography.com

1986

1986: “Donald Trump is seated next to Russian Ambassador Yuri Dubinin at a lunch organized by Leonard Lauder, the son of cosmetics scion Estée Lauder, who at the time is running her cosmetics business. “One thing led to another, and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin” in partnership with the Soviet government, Trump later writes in his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal. Also present at the event is Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin, later the Russian ambassador to the United Nations. (Churkin died in February 2017 at 64.)” Mother Jones
November 1986: “The billionaire was among dozens of wealthy customers of Bulgari, the Italian jeweler, who avoided paying sales tax on their purchases via the “empty box” scam. While customers walked out of Bulgari’s store in the Hotel Pierre with their baubles, employees would mail an empty box (or a package with a worthless trinket) to an address outside New York, allowing the buyer to dodge a state “use” tax. As reported by The Village Voice in November 1986, Trump made at least two buys from Bulgari–a $50,000 necklace and a second purchase for $15,000. According to two former employees cited by the Voice, following the smaller purchase, an empty box was mailed to Trump at [Roy] Cohn’s Connecticut home.” The Smoking Gun

1987

1987: “Trump’s efforts to develop business in Russia date to 1987. “Bill Moyers
“In Atlantic City, a portfolio of properties along the boardwalk that bear the Trump name are the source of the widespread misconception that Trump at one point went personally bankrupt. Trump bought the portfolio, now known as Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino, in 1987. The property’s ownership entity, Trump Entertainment Resorts.” The Real Deal
January 1987: “Intourist, the Soviet agency for international tourism, expresses interest in meeting with Trump.
July 1987: “Trump and his then-wife, Ivana, fly to Moscow to tour potential hotel sites. Trump spokesman Dan Klores later tells the Washington Post that during the trip, Trump “met with a lot of the economic and financial advisers in the Politburo” but did not see Mikhail Gorbachev, then the USSR’s leader.” Mother Jones

1988

1988: “they [Steve Roth-Interstate Properties/Vornado Realty Trust] each raised their stakes to 27% but Trump pledged his interest as collateral for a personal loan from Citicorp.” Wikipedia 
December 1, 1988: “The Soviet Mission to the United Nations announces that Gorbachev is tentatively scheduled to tour Trump Tower while the Soviet leader is visiting New York and that Trump plans to show him a swimming pool inside a $19 million apartment. ” Mother Jones
December 7, 1988: “Trump welcomes the wrong Gorbachev to New York—shaking hands with a renowned Gorbachev impersonator outside his hotel. “Mother Jones
December 8, 1988: “President Ronald Reagan invites Donald and Ivana Trump to a state dinner, where Trump meets the real Gorbachev. According to Trump’s spokesman, the real estate mogul had a lengthy discussion with the Soviet president about economics and hotels. ” Mother Jones

1989

January 1989: “For $200,000, Trump signs a group of Soviet cyclists for the Albany-to-Atlantic City road race, dubbed the Tour de Trump, that will take place that May. ” Mother Jones

The 1990s

1990

Steve Bannon started media investment bank, Bannon & Co and brokered a deal for Seinfeld.

1991

1991: “Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino…property’s ownership entity, Trump Entertainment Resorts, filed for bankruptcy four times between 1991 and 2009.” The Real Deal
In 1991, a federal judge, Charles E. Stewart Jr., ruled that Trump had engaged in a conspiracy to violate a fiduciary duty, or duty of loyalty, to the workers and their union and that the “breach involved fraud and the Trump defendants knowingly participated in his breach.” The judge did not find Trump’s testimony to be sufficiently credible and set damages at $325,000. The case was later settled by negotiation, and the agreement was sealed.” Politico
“In 1991, Barrett published a biography called “Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.” That same year, Barrett crashed Trump’s birthday party and was escorted out in handcuffs.” Wayne Barrett Obituary, CNN
1991: In the opening episode of The Apprentice on Jan. 8, 2004, Trump says, “About 13 years ago, I was seriously in trouble. I was billions of dollars in debt.” [Added July 17, 2017] Bill Moyers
1993: Sam Kislin fundraiser for Rudy Giuliani’s NYC Mayoral campaign

1993

“By 1993, [Felix Sater] was out and working a pump-and-dump stock scheme in Brooklyn. The investigative economist James S. Henry has put together the most extensive record of Mr. Trump’s Russian connections. Writing in the American Interest, he called the Brooklyn scheme “an innovative joint venture among four New York crime families and the Russian mob aimed at bringing state-of-the-art financial fraud to Wall Street.” Judicial Watch

1995

1995: Trump buys 40 Wall Street from “Kinson Properties, an arm of a Hong Kong-based footwear and real estate company”  Cheap rent and many convicts for tenantsBloomberg
November 5, 1996: “Media reports note that Trump is trying to partner with US tobacco company Brooke Group to build a hotel in Moscow. ” Mother Jones
1995: Tax return shows a $916 million loss NY Times
1996: “In 1996, he applies for his trademark in [Russia].” Bill Moyers
1996: Mayor Giuliani appoints Sam Kislin to New York City Economic Development Corporation

1997

January 23, 1997: “Trump meets with Alexander Lebed, a retired Soviet general then running to be president of Russia, at Trump Tower. Trump says they discussed his plans to build “something major” in Moscow. Lebed reportedly expressed his support, joking that his only objection would be that “the highest skyscraper in the world cannot be built next to the Kremlin. We cannot allow anyone spitting from the roof of the skyscraper on the Kremlin.” Mother Jones

1998

1998: “Rex Tillerson’s involvement in Russia dates back to 1998, when he was appointed head of Exxon Neftegas Limited, which was in charge of the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project off the coast of Siberia. The huge project put Tillerson in line to become the corporation’s vice president, president and eventually chairman and chief executive officer. It also led to deep relationships with Russian leaders and a growing profile for Tillerson in the Russian press.” Washington Post
“In 1998, Mr. Sater was arrested in the $40 million swindle. Eighteen other U.S. and Russian mob-connected traders participated in the scheme, Mr. Henry reports. Mr. Sater pleaded guilty to racketeering and became an FBI informant, sending many of his co-conspirators to jail. Court documents and other records suggest that Mr. Sater was an active FBI informant from 1998 to 2001.” Judicial Watch
August 1998:Russia defaults on its debt ($40 billion) 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. [Added March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers       “Two months before Trump broke ground in October 1998, Millionaires scrambled to get their money out and into New York. Trump World Tower. ” Bloomberg “Demolition of a vacant office building near the United Nations headquarters is making way for Trump World Tower. Donald 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 76ththrough 83rd floors of Trump World Tower involve people or limited liability companies connected to Russia or neighboring states. Assisting Trump’s sales effort is Ukrainian immigrant Semyon “Sam” Kislin, who issues mortgages to buyers of multimillion-dollar Trump World Tower apartments. In the late 1970s, Kislin had co-owned an appliance store with Georgian immigrant Tamir Sapir, and they had sold 200 television sets to Donald Trump on credit. Meanwhile, Sapir makes a fortune as a New York City real estate developer. [Added March 20, 2017]  Bill Moyers    Bloomberg  “Sam Kislin, a Ukrainian immigrant..it’s highly unusual for individuals to issue formal mortgages for U.S. luxury real estate, and the tower loans are the only ones Kislin ever made in New York, public records show” Bloomberg
“[Trump] was renegotiating $1.8 billion in junk bonds for his Atlantic City resorts, and the tower was built on a mountain of debt owed to German banks. “ Bloomberg
Steve Bannon became a partner in The Firm, an entertainment and production management company.

1999

“Starting in 1999, Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as “Putin’s rabbi.” Politico


 2000

2000: “Roger Stone serves as chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential exploratory advisory committee. [Added March 27, 2017] “Bill Moyers    “Michael Caputo, who later runs Trump’s primary campaign in New York during the 2016 race, secures aPR contractwith the Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to burnish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image in the United States. ” Mother Jones

“Sometime in 2000, according to Mr. Henry, Mr. [Felix] Sater got himself in more trouble when the NYPD “reportedly discovered that he had been running a money-laundering scheme and illicit gun sales out of a Manhattan storage locker.” Judicial Watch

2001

2001: Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza opened. Street Easy

2002

2002: Felix Sater has testified that he joined Bayrock, controlled by Tevfik Arif, around 2002. Bayrock was based in Trump Tower. In a sworn deposition in 2008, Sater testified that he would pitch business ideas to Trump (“just me and him”) and his team (“on a constant basis”).” Forbes
“Russian-born Felix H. Sater and his company, Bayrock Group — a Trump Tower tenant — begin working with Trump on a series of real estate development deals, one of which becomes the Trump SoHo. Another development partner in Trump SoHo is the Sapir Organization, founded by Tamir Sapir. “[Revised March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers
Also in 2002: “Efforts to sell Russians apartments in Trump World Tower, Trump’s West Side condominiums, and Trump’s building on Columbus Circle expand with presentations in Moscow involving Sotheby’s International Realty and a [Kirsanova Realty] Russian realty firm. In addition to buying units in Trump World Tower, Russians and Russian-Americans flood into another Trump-backed project in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. In South Florida alone, members of the Russian elite invest more than $98 millionin seven Trump-branded luxury towers.”[Added March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers     “Simultaneous with when the tower was going up, developer Gil Dezer and his father, Michael, were building a Trump-backed condo project in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. “Russians love the Trump brand,” he says, adding that Russians and Russian Americans bought some 200 of 2,000 units in Trump buildings he built. They flooded into Trump projects from 2001 to 2007, helping Trump weather the real estate collapse, he says.”Bloomberg
2002: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster (Old Course), N.J. (No. 58 Golfweek’s Best Modern)  Donald Trump bought the property, which included the estate of automaker John Z. De Lorean, for less than $35 million.[3]    “Camp David North”  In May 2017, President Trump started to use the property for weekend retreats stating that staying at his property in Bedminster is less expensive and disruptive than going to Trump Tower in New York city.[15]”  Wikipedia

2003

July 2003: “Eduard Nektalov, an Uzbekistan-born diamond dealer, purchased a 79th-floor unit directly below Conway’s for $1.6 million in July 2003. He was being investigated by federal agents for a money-laundering scheme, which involved smelting gold to make it appear like everyday objects that were then hauled to drug cartels in Colombia. Nektalov sold his unit a month after he bought it for a $500,000 profit. Less than a year later, Nektalov, rumored to have been cooperating with authorities, was gunned down on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue.” Bloomberg

2004

2004: “Trump Organization sold most of the properties he inherited from his late father, Fred, who started the family real estate business in outer-borough neighborhoods like Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Flushing.” The Real Deal
2004: Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza: ““We had big buyers from Russia and Ukraine and Kazakhstan,” says Debra Stotts, a sales agent who filled up the tower. The very top floors went unsold for years, but a third of units sold on floors 76 through 83 by 2004 involved people or limited liability companies connected to Russia and neighboring states” Bloomberg
2004: Paul Manafort “appeared to experience some turbulence in 2004. A Florida horse farm he owned with his wife faced the threat of foreclosure, according to property records, and he used his Virginia house as collateral for a quarter-million-dollar loan. After bursting on the Washington scene in the 1970s and 1980s working for the likes of Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, his political consulting career had largely disappeared from view.” Washington Post
December 2004: (Paul)”Manafort goes to work for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine. Yanukovych is identified by U.S. officials as being allied with Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies Dmytro Firtash and Oleg Deripaska, among others.” NBC News
2004-2007 Carter “Page works on energy investments for Merrill Lynch in Moscow. “NBC

2005

2005: Date unknown: “Trump reportedly signs a development deal with Bayrock Group, a real estate firm founded by a former Soviet official from Kazakhstan, to develop a hotel in Moscow and agrees to partner on a hotel tower in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trump works on the projects with Bayrock managing partner Felix Sater, a Russian American businessman. The New York Times will later publish a story revealing Sater’s criminal record, which includes charges of racketeering and assault.” Mother Jones Bayrock/Sapir Organization, LLC laundered $1.5 million dollars by setting up in the Netherlands. Rudy Giuliani’s law firm, Bracewell & Giulliani, performed legal services Georgian-born Tamir Sapir and Kazakhstani Tevfik Ari to form a new joint company Bayrock/Sapir Organization, LLC. It has been accused of grand-scale fraud and is being investigated by the State of New York. Trump bought in at [18-] 20%.”  Dutch Review 
January 22, 2005: Trump married Melania
In 2005, Manafort’s fortunes seemed to improve.He signed on as an adviser to a Ukrainian steel magnate, who, according to people who worked there with Manafort, connected him with one of the country’s most powerful politicians, Viktor Yanukovych. Back home, corporations linked to Manafort purchased a unit in Trump Tower for $3.7 million and then two other high-priced apartments in New York, while Manafort and his wife bought a new house in Florida.” Washington Post
February 13, 2005: FORBES has obtained a letter to Sater, listed as Bayrock’s “managing director,” from Donald Trump Jr., which states that his father would be a partner in a proposed hotel-tower in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The letter is cc’d to the Trump Organization’s VP of development.
2005: In a sworn deposition in 2008, Sater testifies that Trump gave Bayrock Group an exclusive dealto develop a project in Russia. “I’d come back, pop my head into Mr. Trump’s office and tell him, you know, ‘Moving forward on the Moscow deal.’ And he would say ‘All right… I showed him photos, I showed him the site, showed him the view from the site. It’s pretty spectacular.” But that early effort to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow fails. [Added March 3, 2017]  Bill Moyers    
June 2005: Paul Manafort proposes that he undertake a consulting assignment for one of President Vladimir 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. [Added March 27, 2017] Bill Moyers“Paul Manafort, later Trump’s campaign chairman, pens a strategy memo to Russia oligarch and Putin confidant Oleg Deripaska, with whom he would sign a $10 million lobbying contract the following year. “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort writes, noting that the effort “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.” (Manafort later denies working to advance Russian interests as part of this contract, first reported by the Associates Press. Deripaska later calls the AP story a “malicious…lie” and says, “I have never made any commitments or contacts with the obligation or purpose to covertly promote or advance ‘Putin’s Government’ interests anywhere in the world.” Mother Jones
November 12, 2005: Donald Trump, Jr. married Vanessa Haydon at Mar-a-Lago. NY Times 
2005: “On March 14, 2017 the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal income tax returns were leaked to MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow show. The two pages showed that Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes and had a gross adjusted income of $150 million.[103][104] The White House confirmed the authenticity of the 2005 documents and stated: “Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”[103][104]” Wikipedia
2005: Trump took $17 million in insurance for damage few remember Oct. 24, 2016 “PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press can find little evidence of such large-scale damage.” Associated Press “Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr….The insurance adjustor who assessed the insurance claim, Hank Stein of VeriClaim Inc., said there had been damage to Trump’s golf course in West Palm Beach and damage to Mar-a-Lago’s roof and landscaping, but he could not remember details.” Sun-Sentinel

2006

February 2006: Two of Trump’s children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, travel to Moscow. According to Sater, Donald Trump Sr. asked him to show them around: “He asked if I wouldn’t mind joining them and looking after them while they were in Moscow.” He summarizes the attitude of Trump’s children as “nice, big city, great. Let’s do a deal here.” Ten years later — October 2016 — Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten tells Forbes that the presence of Sater and Trump’s adult children in Moscow at the same time had been a coincidence. [Added March 3, 2017.]  Bill Moyers

2007

2007: “Discussing ambitions for a Trump hotel in 2007, he declares, “We will be in Moscow at some point.”Bill Moyers
“As of 2007, Bayrock and its partners reportedly had more than $2 billion of Trump-branded deals in the works.” The American Interest
September 19, 2007: “Sater and the former Soviet official who founded Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, stand next to Trump at the launch party for Trump SoHo, a hotel-condominium project co-financed by Bayrock.” Mother Jones
[Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers: Financial Times  
October 15, 2007: In an interview with Larry King, Trump says: “Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s 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.” Bill Moyers
November 2007: Paul 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 says about Yanukovych at the time. Ukraine’s richest man — a billionaire industrialist — had introduced Manafort to Yanukovych. [Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers
November 22, 2007:  “Trump Vodka debuts in Russia, at the Moscow Millionaire’s Fair. As part of its new marketing campaign, Trump Vodka also unveils an ad featuring Trump, tigers, the Kremlin, and Vladimir Lenin.At the Millionaires’ Fair, Trump meets Sergey Millian, an American citizen from Belarus who is the president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA (RACC). Subsequently, Millian later recounted, “We met at his office in New York, where he introduced me to his right-hand man—Michael Cohen. He is Trump’s main lawyer, all contracts go through him. Subsequently, a contract was signed with me to promote one of their real estate projects in Russia and the CIS. You can say I was their exclusive broker.” According to Millian, he helped Trump “study the Moscow market” for potential real estate investments. “Mother Jones
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December 17, 2007: “The New York Times publishes a story about Felix Sater’s controversial past, which includes prison time for stabbing a man with a margarita glass stem during a bar fight and a guilty plea in a Mafia-linked racketeering case. The article characterizes Sater as a Trump business associate who is promoting several potential projects in partnership with Trump.” Mother Jones
December 19, 2007: “In a deposition, Trump is asked about his plans to build a hotel in Moscow. He says, “It was a Trump International Hotel and Tower. It would be a nonexclusive deal, so it would not have precluded me from doing other deals in Moscow, which was very important to me.” Mother Jones
Dec. 19-20, 2007: Two days after a Dec. 17, 2007 article in The New York Times about Felix Sater’s criminal past, a lawyer deposing Trump in his libel suit against journalist Timothy O’Brien — author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald — asks, “[W]hat kind of interaction did you have with Mr. Sater prior to the article appearing?” Trump answers, “Not that much, not very much….I would say that my interaction with Felix Sater was, you know, not — was very little.” Discussing Bayrock’s unsuccessful development efforts for Trump in Russia, Trump says, “This was going to be a hotel in Moscow. And I really can say the same things for all of the sites…a hotel in Moscow, a hotel in Kiev, a hotel in Poland, et cetera,…. Bayrock knew the people, knew the investors, and in some cases I believe they were friends of Mr. Arif. And this was going to be Trump International Hotel and Tower in Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, et cetera, Poland, Warsaw.” Trump is referring to the Bayrock Principal, Tevfik Arif. A few minutes later, Trump says Arif  “did bring people up from Russia… I believe he brought the people from Moscow up to meet me.” [Added July 3, 2017]  Bill Moyers

2008

2008: “Manafort is involved in a business deal to redevelop the Drake Hotel in New York. Documents show that the business partner is Firtash, who got his start in business with help from notorious Russian crime lord Semion Mogilevich. Manafort is involved with [Oleg] Deripaska in an investment fund, documents show. Deripaska has been denied access to the United States at times in the past because of alleged Russian mafia ties, and is considered to be in Putin’s inner circle. Deripaska pays Manafort $7.35 million in management fees.” NBC

“In 2008, he [Manafort] tried to develop an $850 million Manhattan luxury apartment project with Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian energy tycoon with a history of legal trouble. U.S. prosecutors charged Firtash in 2013 with money-laundering and bribery as part of a broad international corruption investigation and have sought his extradition, although Firtash’s attorneys have called the effort politically motivated. Manafort’s alleged role in the deal was detailed in documents submitted as part of a 2011 New York lawsuit that accused Firtash of working with Manafort and others to invest ill-gotten profits from energy transactions in Ukraine. Manafort denied wrongdoing, and the case against Manafort and Firtash’s energy company ultimately was dismissed.” Washington Post

CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER “Speaking in confidence to a trusted associate in late July 2016, a Russian emigre figure close to the Republican US presidential candidate Donald TRUMP campaign team…In terms of established operational liaison between the TRUMP team and the Kremlin, the emigre confirmed that an intelligence exchange had been running between them for at least 8 years. Within this context priority requirement had been for intelligence on the activities, business and otherwise, in the US of leading Russian oligarchs and their families. TRUMP and his associates duly had obtained and supplied the Kremlin with this information.”

April 2008: “Trump announces he is partnering with Russian oligarch Pavel Fuks to license his name for luxury high-rises in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. But Fuks ultimately balks at Trump’s price, which the Russian business newspaper Kommersant estimated could have been $200 million or more. “Mother Jones

July 2008: “Billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch, buys a Palm Beach mansion owned by Trump for $95 million, despite Florida’s crashing real estate market and an appraisal on the house for much less. Trump bought the property for $41.35 million four years earlier. Rybolovlev goes on to give conflicting explanations for why he bought the property.” Mother Jones  “Believed to be the biggest single-family home sale in US history. The Russian oligarch never lived in the house and, since then, it has been demolished. Three years earlier, Trump had bought the home at auction for $41 million. [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers

September 15, 2008: “Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a real estate conference in Manhattan, where he says “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets…We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Mother Jones  eTurboNews

2008 Date unknown: “Trump’s team reportedly invites Sergei Millian to meet Trump at a horse race in Florida, where, according to Millian, they sit in Trump’s private suite at the Gulfstream race track in Miami. “Trump team, they realized that we have a lot of connection with Russian investors. And they noticed that we bring a lot of investors from Russia,” Millian told ABC News in a 2016 interview. “And they needed my assistance, yes, to sell properties and sell some of the assets to Russian investors.” Millian says that following this meeting with Trump, he works as a broker for the Trump Hollywood condominium project in Miami, selling a “nice percentage” of the building’s 200 units to Russian investors.” Mother Jones

2009

March 3, 2009: “Jared Kushner also gave $20,000 to [Cory] Booker‘s Newark mayoral ticket “Booker Team for Newark,” New Jersey campaign finance records show. That year, Booker attended the wedding of Kushner and Ivanka Trump.” International Business Times

Oct. 14, 2009: Paul Manafort’s firm receives a $750,000 wire transfer from Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. The Russian-leaning Yanukovych was running for president and, in February 2010, he won[Added April 17, 2017]  Bill Moyers

2009: Michael Flynn “aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records” Politico

2010

January 2010—January 2011: After leaving Bayrock, [Felix] Sater becomes “senior adviser to Donald Trump,” according to his Trump Organization business card. He also has a Trump Organization email address and [Trump Tower]office. The phone number listed on the card had belonged previously to a lawyer in Trump’s general counsel’s office. [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
February 2010: Victor Yanukovych won the Ukraine presidency with Paul Manafort’s help. NY Times
May 10, 2010: “Jody Kriss, a former finance director at Bayrock, files a lawsuit against the company. The suit alleges that Bayrock financed Trump SoHo with mysterious cash from Kazhakstan and Russia and calls the building “a Russian mob project.” (The complaint notes that “there is no evidence that Trump took any part in” Bayrock’s interactions with questionable Russian financing sources.) “Mother Jones
 2010 Date unknown: “Bayrock’s Sater becomes a senior adviser to Trump, according to his LinkedIn profile. Though Trump later claims he would not recognize Sater, Sater has a Trump Organization email address, phone number, and business cards. “Mother Jones
“Completed in 2010, the SoHo soon became the subject of prolonged civil litigation by disgruntled condo buyers. The building was foreclosed by creditors and resold in 2014 after more than $3 million of customer down payments had to be refunded. ” The American Interest
“In 2010, amid public scandals and government investigations, [Erik] Prince began to sell off his Blackwater empire. Using new vehicles, he continued to engage in controversial private security ventures, including operations in Somalia and the United Arab Emirates. Eventually, the former Navy SEAL and self-proclaimed American patriot began building close business ties with powerful individuals connected to the Chinese Communist Party. The Intercept
Donald Trump, Jr.’s wife, Vanessa, launches a handbag line, La Poshett Heavy.com
October 1, 2010: Trump’s developer Tevfik Arif, founder of Bayrock and FL Group, New York real estate mogul arrested in Turkey on suspicion of running prostitute ring on $60m luxury yacht Daily Mail In April 2011, Tevfik Arif was acquitted of all charges. “Russian, Kyrgyz and Kazakh businessmen and government officials were among those arrested, according to Bloomberg.”
November 2010: “State Department cables leaked by Wikileaks in November 2010 describe a close relationship between “the Trio” and the seemingly-perpetual Nazarbayev kleptocracy.” “The Trio” are Alexander Mashevich’s “Eurasia Group” as a strategic partner for Bayrock’s equity finance and two other prominent Kazakh billionaires, Patokh Chodiev (aka “Shodiyev”) and Alijan Ibragimov. It was during this period [Gorbachev’s late 1980s perestroika] that they first acquired a significant degree of control over Kazakhstan’s vast mineral and gas reserves. ” The American Interest

2011

Steve Bannon joined the board of Breitbart News Network. Biography.com

Nov. 16, 2011: Answering deposition questions in a case involving a Fort Lauderdale project, Trump says he has only “limited involvement” with Bayrock Group, which was a Trump tenant “for a period of time.” (pp. 10-11) Trump testifies that he spoke with Felix Sater “for a period of time” when he was an executive with Bayrock. (p.18)  [Added July 3, 2017] Bill Moyers

2012

2012: Carter Page makes the FBI radar. CNN     
“Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, Fla.-Trump purchased the property..for $5 million.” Wikipedia
March 2012: Following the death of Andrew Bretibart on March 1, Steve Bannon became Executive Chairman of Breitbart News.
March & April 2012: “There were three by the Cyprus-based Lucicle Consultants — which has “strong ties” to Manafort, according to federal law enforcement sources — in March and April 2012. The company transferred a total of about $2.5 million, some of it directly to accounts controlled by Manafort.” Buzzfeed

2013

“SCL is the parent of a group of companies. Who exactly owns SCL and its diverse branches is unclear, thanks to a convoluted corporate structure, the type seen in the UK Companies House, the Panama Papers, and the Delaware company registry. Some of the SCL offshoots have been involved in elections from Ukraine to Nigeriahelped the Nepalese monarch against the rebels, whereas others have developed methods to influence Eastern European and Afghan citizens for NATO. And, in 2013, SCL spun off a new company to participate in US elections: Cambridge Analytica.” Vice

2013: “In 2013, (Carter) Page had meetings with a Russian man who turned out to be a spy, according to federal prosecutors. Page denied knowing that the man, Victor Podobnyy, was secretly a Russian operative living in New York. CNN
January 2013 (date unknown): “At an energy conference in New York, energy consultant Carter Page meets Victor Podobnyy, a Russian intelligence operative who in 2015 will be charged with being an unregistered agent of a foreign government, along with two other Russians. Until June 2013, Page will continue to meet, email, and provide documents to Podobnyy about the energy business, thinking that he is an attaché at the Russian mission to the UN who can help broker deals in Russia. Meanwhile, Podobnyy and one of his colleagues discuss efforts to recruit Page as an asset.”Mother Jones
April 8, 2013: Three Russians whom the FBI later accused of spying on the United States discuss efforts to recruit American businessman Carter Page. According to The Washington Post, “[T]he government’s application for the surveillance order targeting Page included a lengthy declaration that laid out investigators’ basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said.” [Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers
May 29, 2013: “Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star and the son of billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov, releases a music video for his song “Amor.” In the video, he pursues Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, through dark, empty alleys with a flashlight. Following the video’s release, representatives of Miss Universe, which Trump at the time owns, discuss with the Agalarovs holding the next pageant in Moscow. The Agalarovs persuade them to host Miss Universe at a concert hall they own on the outskirts of Moscow.”Mother Jones
June 18, 2013: “Following the Miss USA contest in Las Vegas, Trump announces that he will bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow. He also wonders if Putin will attend the pageant, and if Putin might “become my new best friend?”  Mother Jones    Politico

Trump Tweets: The Miss Universe Pageant will be broadcast live from MOSCOW, RUSSIA on November 9th. A big deal that will bring our countries together!


While preparing for the pageant, Trump says, “I have plans for the establishment of business in Russia. Now, I am in talks with several Russian companies to establish this skyscraper.”Bill Moyers

June 21,2013: “Vladimir Putin awards Rex Tillerson, now Trump’s secretary of state, with Russia’s Order of Friendship. As the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had developed a long-standing relationshipwith the head of Russia’s state-owned oil company, Rosneft, dating back to 1998.” Mother Jones
June 21, 2013: “Vladimir Putin awards Rex Tillerson, now Trump’s secretary of state, with Russia’s Order of Friendship. As the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had developed a long-standing relationshipwith the head of Russia’s state-owned oil company, Rosneft, dating back to 1998.”Mother Jones
July 8, 2013: After a BBC reporter questions Trump about Felix Sater’s alleged prior connections to organized crime, Trump ends the interview[Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
July 17, 2013: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hosted a fundraiser for Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker Senatorial campaign at their Park Avenue home for $5,200 per person. “She and her husband, Jared Kushner, had bundled $41,000 for Booker’s Senate campaign as of May. Booker has raised raised $6.5 million so far this year.” PoliticoSeptember 2013: Paul Manafort’s Global Endeavour transferred $500,000 to a hedge fund in Florida, Aegis Holdings LLC, controlled by Marc Baldinger. “The day after Aegis Holdings received the $500,000, it transferred the same amount to a securities clearinghouse, which ultimately sent the funds to Lilred LLC in Morristown, New Jersey. Lilred is run out of a brick office park. Business records show its manager is Manafort; its registered agent is Bruce Baldinger. Marc Baldinger told bank officials the money was a regular investment contribution from Manafort.”  Buzzfeed
August 25, 2013: Carter Page touted Kremlin Contacts in 2013 Letter Time
October. 17, 2013: “On The Late Show, David 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, “Vladmir Putin, have you ever met the guy?” Trump says, “He’s a tough guy. I met him once.” Bill Moyers        interview with David Letterman
November 5, 2013: “In a deposition, Trump is asked about a 2007 New York Times story outlining the controversial past of Felix Sater.”Mother Jones      ” 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 (on ABC here). 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 Sater’s alleged connections to organized crime, Trump says he didn’t remember it. [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers      “Putin even sent me a present, a beautiful present,” Trump boasted.” Mother JonesNovember 8, 2013: “Trump, in Russia for the Miss Universe pageant, meets with more than a dozenof Russia’s top businessmen at Nobu, a restaurant 15 minutes from the Kremlin. The group includes Herman Gref, the CEO of the state-controlled Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s biggest bank. The meeting at Nobu is organized by Gref—who regularly meets with Putin—and Aras Agalarov, who owns the Nobu franchise in Moscow.  According to a source connected to the Agalarovs, Putin asks his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, to call Trump in advance of the Miss Universe show to set up an in-person meeting for the Russian president and Trump. Peskov reportedly passes on the message and expresses Putin’s admiration for Trump. Their plans to meet never come to fruition because of scheduling changes for both Trump and Putin. “Mother Jones
November 9, 2013: “Trump spends the morning shooting a music video with Emin Agalarov. The Miss Universe pageant takes place near Moscow. A notorious Russian mobster, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, attends the event as a VIP, strolling down the event’s red carpet within minutes of Trump. At the time, Tokhtakhounov was under federal indictment in the United States for his alleged participation in an illegal gambling ring once run out of Trump Tower. Emin Agalarov performs two songs at the pageant.   MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts asks Trump if he has a relationship with Putin. Trump replies (Full Interview), “I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today.” Mother Jones                           “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.” [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER Source D is a Close Trump associate who Witnessed Trump’s perverted conduct in Moscow including hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to, Confirmed by Source E. Source E said several of the hotel Staff were aware of it when he/she believed it happened, 2013, and provided introduction to ethnic source F, a staffer of the Ritz Carlton at the time.November 11, 2013: “Trump tweets his appreciation to Aras Agalarov, the Russian billionaire with whom he partnered to host Miss Universe, also complimenting Emin’s performance at the pageant and declaring plans for a Trump tower in Moscow.” Mother JonesTrump Tweets: @AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2013

November 12, 2013: “Trump tells Real Estate Weekly that Miss Universe Russia provided a networking opportunity: “Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” he says. The same day, two developers who helped build the luxury Trump SoHo hotel meet with the Agalarovs to discuss replicating the hotel in Moscow. Aras Agalarov, whose real estate company secured multiple contracts from the Kremlin and who once received a medal of honor from Putin, later claims he and Trump signed a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow following the pageant. (The deal never moved past preliminary discussions.)” Mother Jones

November 20, 2013: “Emin Agalarov releases a new music video featuring Trump and the 2013 Miss Universe contestants.” Mother Jones
November & December 2013: Paul Manafort’s Global Endeavor transferred almost $53,000 to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based political operator. It’s not known what the money was for. ” Buzzfeed

2014

“Around this time, in early 2014, Kosinski was approached by a young assistant professor in the psychology department called Aleksandr Kogan. He said he was inquiring on behalf of a company that was interested in Kosinski’s method, and wanted to access the MyPersonality database. Aleksandr Kogan had secretly registered a company doing business with SCL. According to a December 2015 report in The Guardian and to internal company documents given to Das Magazin, it emerges that SCL learned about Kosinski’s method from Kogan.” Vice

2014, unknown date: The New York Daily News reported on May 7, 2017, that Eric Trump casually mentioned over a game of golf in 2014 that he had access to over $100 million for golf courses with Russian money because no bank would touch golf courses after the “Great Recession”.
Joseph Mifsud, who initially offered George Papadopoulos of the Trump Campaign “Dirt” on Clinton and “Thousands of emails”, “did not exhibit any special interest or expertise in Russia until 2014, when his academy was beginning to stumble financially. It was at that time a 24-year-old Russian intern, Natalia Kutepova-Jamrom, turned up in his office with an improbably impressive résumé. Fluent in Russian, English, German and Chinese, Ms. Kutepova-Jamrom had worked in the Russian government as a legislative aide and would move on to a Russian state newspaper. Ms. Kutepova-Jamrom introduced Mr. Mifsud to senior Russian officials, diplomats and scholars. Despite Mr. Mifsud’s lack of qualifications, she managed to arrange an invitation for him to join the prestigious Valdai Discussion Club, an elite gathering of Western and Russian academics that meets each year with Mr. Putin. Mr. Mifsud suddenly became a popular pundit with state-run news outlets in Russia, praising the country and Mr. Putin. At his first Valdai conference in 2014, he argued against Western sanctions that punished Russia for its annexation of Crimea that year. “Global security and economy needs partners, and who is better in this than the Russian Federation,” he said.” NY Times
January, 2014: “In January 2014, Prince officially went into business with the Chinese government’s largest state-owned investment firm, the Citic Group, and founded Frontier Services Group, which is based in Hong Kong. Citic Group is the company’s single largest investor, and two of FSG’s board members are Chinese nationals.” The InterceptPrince has ties to Chinese Intelligence.
Feb. 22, 2014: “Yanukovych voted out of power and flees to eastern Ukraine (controlled by Russia). U.S. officials say Yanukovych was deeply corrupt and did Putin’s bidding in Ukraine.” NBC“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 Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. “[Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers
March 6, 2014: “Trump gives a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and boasts of getting a gift from Putin when he was in Russia for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. “You know, I was in Moscow a couple months ago, I own the Miss Universe pageant, and they treated me so great,” Trump said. “Putin even sent me a present, beautiful present, with a beautiful note.” Mother Jones     “On the same day, President Obama signs an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its unlawful annexation of Crimea.”Bill Moyers:  US News
April 2, 2014: “Dmytro Firtash is indicted by the Justice Department for his role in what they call a bribery scheme involving Boeing and a company in India. The feds say Firtash and others conspired to pay at least $18.5 million in bribes. “NBC
May 27, 2014: “At a National Press Club luncheon, Trump says, “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer.” Mother Jones
October 8, 2014: “The counsel’s office of the Defense Intelligence Agency responds to an inquiry from (DIA DIrector) Michael Flynn about ethics restrictions that will apply to him after his Army retirement. The office explains in a letter that he can not receive foreign government payments without prior approval, due to the constitution’s emoluments clause. “If you are ever in a position where you would receive an emolument from a foreign government or from an entity that might be controlled by a foreign government, be sure to obtain advance approval from the Army prior to acceptance,” the letter states.” Mother Jones          House Oversight Committee April 27, 2017    

2015

January 2015: A Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, fire destroyed “the voluminous [Roy] Cohn disbarment records–which included the transcript of Trump’s testimony”. The Smoking Gun
January 26, 2015:  Russians charged with plotting to recruit NYC co-eds as spies NY Post “FBI agents secretly recorded Igor Sporyshev, 40,SVR,…who worked undercover while posing as a Russian trade representative — was among three Russian nationals charged in a scheme to gather information on potential US sanctions against Russia and American efforts to develop “alternative energy resources.”March 6, 2015: FINCEN vs.Trump Taj Mahal settled for a civil money penalty of $10,000,000 for having “willfully violated the program, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act and its implementing regulations”
May 2015: “By May 2015, Prince had rebranded himself and claimed a legitimate public reputation as FSG’s chairman. Without the approval of FSG’s management, he returned to Libya offering a freshly repackaged proposal. Prince’s private force would operate in Libya for the stated purpose of stopping the flow of refugees to Europe…One person involved in Prince’s plan said the anti-migration force was seen as a vehicle for Prince to build a “backdoor” for so-called kinetic, or lethal, operations in Libya” (January 2016, opened money laundering account at Bank of China) The Intercept
June 10, 2015: Polish President and Cabinet members resigned after release of tapes trash-talking America. Rachel Maddow explained it June 12.
June 16, 2015: Trump announces he is running for president.” Bill Moyers
August 6, 2015: The Trump campaign says it has fired Roger Stone; Stone claims he’d quit. Either way, Stone remains a prominent Trump surrogate for the rest of the campaign. [Added March 27, 2017] Bill Moyers
August 8, 2015: “The Trump campaign officially severs ties with Stone, but he continues to advise and support the campaign.” NBC Reuters
August 21, 2015: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions makes a surprise appearance at a Donald Trump rally and dons a “Make America Great Cap.”   Bill Moyers Rebekah Mercer backed Sessions
August 30, 2015: Steve Bannon calls himself Trump’s Campaign Manager in an email to his former writer partner Julia Jones. The Daily Beast
Late Summer 2015 Michael Flynn: “I got a phone call from his team. They asked if he would be willing meet with Mr. Trump and I did. … In late summer 2015.” Washington Post
September, 2015: “FBI special agent Adrian Hawkins contacts the Democratic National Committee, saying that one of its computer systems has been compromised by a cyberespionage group linked to the Russian government. He speaks to a help desk technician who does a quick check of the DNC systems for evidence of a cyber intrusion. In the next several weeks, Hawkins calls the DNC back repeatedly, but his calls are not returned, in part because the tech support contractor who took Hawkins’ call does not know whether he is a real agent. The FBI does not dispatch an agent to visit the DNC in person and does not make efforts to contact more senior DNC officials.”Mother Jones   [The help desk tech support agent] “did a cursory check of DNC server logs and didn’t reply to follow-up calls from the FBI agent. “[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
September 21, 2015: “On Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Trump says, “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-of-the-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.” [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
September 29, 2015:Trump praises Putin during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly: “I will tell you, in terms of leadership he [Putin] is getting an ‘A,’ and our president is not doing so well.” Mother JonesCBS
October 1, 2015: Comey tells reporters that FBI investigators looking into possible compromise of information on Clinton’s private email server would be fiercely independent, because they “don’t give a rip about politics.”..”Part of doing our work well is to make sure we don’t talk about it,” he said, approximately a year and 27 days before talking about the FBI’s work in a pretty public way.” NPR
October 13, 2015: Felix Sater sends LOI to Michael Cohen on behalf of Andrey Rozov (I.C. Expert Investment Co.) to develop Trump Tower Moscow.   Read the Letter here, obtained by CNN 
October 17, 2015: Trump Tweets “Russia and the world has already started to respect us again!”
“November 2015, the more radical of the two Brexit campaigns, “Leave.EU,” supported by Nigel Farage, announced that it had commissioned a Big Data company to support its online campaign: Cambridge Analytica.” Vice
November 10, 2015: “At a Republican presidential primary debate, Trump says of Putin that he “got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates.”Mother Jones    “and we did very well that night.” Bill MoyersNBC News
November 11, 2015: “The Associated PressTime, and other media outlets report that Trump and Putin were never in the same studio. Trump was interviewed in New York, and Putin was interviewed in Moscow.”Mother Jones
November 30, 2015: “When an Associated Press reporter asks Trump about Felix 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. “[Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
Fall 2015: As Felix Sater works on a plan for a Trump Tower in Moscow, Trump’s bid for the presidency brings the project to a halt, according to a Feb. 19, 2017 article in The New York Times citing Sater. [Added July 11, 2017]  Bill Moyers
December 10, 2015: Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and future National Security Adviser, who was reportedly forced out in 2014, attends the 10th anniversary dinner for Russia Today or RT, the State-sponsored propaganda network, where he is seated next to Putin.   Jill Stein is in attendance.  “Flynn had made a paid appearance on the network. For his December speech, he nets $33,500 of the $45,000 paid to his speakers’ bureau. For all of 2015, Flynn receives more than $65,000 from companies linked to Russia. [Revised March 20, 2017]”   Bill Moyers:   NPR             NBC     CNN  

December 11, 2015: Mercers Fund Cambridge Analytica on Cruz Campaign: Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users The Guardian Exclusive: Documents reveal donor-funded US startup embedded in Republican’s campaign paid UK university academics to collect psychological profiles on potential voters

December 17, 2015: Putin praises Trump in his year-end press conference, saying that he is “very talented” and that “he is an absolute leader of the presidential race, as we see it today. He says that he wants to move to another level relations, a deeper level of relations with Russia…How can we not welcome that? Of course, we welcome it.” Trump calls the praise “a great honor” from “a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.” He adds, “I have always felt that Russia and the United States should be able to work well with each other toward defeating terrorism and restoring world peace, not to mention trade and all of the other benefits derived from mutual respect.” Mother Jones

Late 2015: “The British spy agency GCHQ alerts its American counterparts in Washington to suspicious interactions between members of the Trump campaign and known or suspected Russian agents. The GCHQ provides the information as part of a routine exchange of intelligence information.” [Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers

2016

January 2016

January 19, 2016: “Please feel free to send me whatever you have,” Scavino wrote to Goldstone on Jan. 19. “Thank you so much for looking out for Mr. Trump and his presidential campaign. A few days later, Sidorkov emailed Scavino, Trump Jr. and Donald Trump’s longtime assistant Rhona Graff. “Nice to meet you and your team,” Sidorkov wrote, attaching information about VK and its social media reach.” Washington Post

February 2016

February 1, 2016: “The Iowa caucuses are held, marking the official start of the 2016 presidential primary season. Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic caucus, while Donald Trump takes second place in the Republican contest.” The Atlantic
February 17, 2016: “As questions about Russia swirls around Trump, he changes his story” Bill Moyers  “At a rally in South Carolina, Trump says of Putin, “I have no relationship with him, other than that he called me a genius.” Mother Jones
February 26, 2016:”Sergei Gorkov, an energetic 47-year-old who was deputy chairman of the commercial bank Sberbank, has been trusted with the job of house-cleaning at the debt-ridden VEB. Gorkov has had a varied career. He has a law degree, joined the security services, worked in Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s oil firm Yukos, but then redeemed that black mark on his career by doing valiant service at Sberbank. “This is not the kind of appointment that President Vladimir Putin would have made in his earlier years. Before, Putin’s strategy was one of expansion. The goal was to dislodge members of Boris Yeltsin’s elite, bring governors to heel, win control over major companies, build state corporations, and pump them up with assets and resources. The main qualification for office was loyalty. That was controversial as professionalism was regarded as a lower priority than being “one of us.” Carnegie Moscow Center
February 28, 2016: “Jeff Sessions, then a U.S. senator from Alabama and now the attorney general, formally endorses Trump for president. He becomes a high-profile surrogate during the Republican primaries, and the campaign subsequently names him chair of Trump’s national-security advisory committee on March 3. ” The Atlantic    Washington Post
Feb. 29, 2016: Paul Manafort submits a five-page, single-spaced, 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.” [Added April 10, 2017] Bill Moyers

March 2016

March 3, 2016: Trump names Sessions chairman of his campaign’s national security advisory committee. [Added March 3, 2017]     Washington Post
March 2016: The Washington Post editorial page met with Trump, under pressure, a US official close to the campaign said Trump name Carter Page as a potential National Security Adviser because he had a PhD. Sam Clovis, Campaign Co-Chair gathered names. Campaign denied Trump knew Page prior, but “Page wrote to the House Intelligence committee offering to testify, Page describes more interactions with the campaign…attended events and spent many hours in campaign headquarters on the fifth floor last year”, which would have been before July. CNN
March 2016: “the Kremlin instructed state-backed media outlets, including international platforms Russia Today and Sputnik news agency, to start producing positive reports on Trump’s quest for the U.S. presidency, the officials said.” Reuters
March 5, 2016: Carter Page “thanked Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Mark Warner, a ranking member of the committee, for their “recent correspondence regarding information that you might at some point desire for ongoing investigations into the 2016 U.S. election.” Business Insider received this letter.
March 10, 2016: The Replublican Debate in Miami CNN   Transcript “We have 28,000 soldiers on the line, on the border between North and South Korea”. “I’m self-funding my campaign. Nobody is going to be taking care of me. I don’t want anybody’s money.” “And Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently endorsed me and there’s nobody tougher on the borders than Sheriff Joe. And Jeff Sessions, one of the most respected Senator in Washington, an incredible man, also endorsed me..And there’s nobody that knows more about the borders than Senator Jeff Sessions.”
Trump supporter John McGraw, 78, punched protester African-American Rakeem Jones in the face at a Fayetteville, NC, rally. Washington Post
March 11, 2016: Trump Canelled Chicago Rally due to racial tension. Wikipedia
March, 12, 2016: Black Lives Matter v All Lives Matter: political discourse at a Donald Trump rally – video The Guardian
Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Work as Secret Russian Agent  Prosecutors accused Evgeny Buryakov and two other men in New York as being part of a ring that collected intelligence on behalf of the S.V.R., the Russian foreign intelligence agency. NY Times March 12, 2016 
March 17, 2016: “At an event hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation, Sessions discusses Trump’s foreign policy positions. “I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam,” Sessions said. “Strategically it’s not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don’t condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that.”  Washington Post
March 21, 2016: “Trump describes Page as a campaign aide during a Washington Post editorial meeting.” NBC     Transcript with WA Post
“Trump identifies Carter Page as one of his foreign policy advisers.”Mother Jones      “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. He blames 2014 US sanctions relating to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine for driving down Gazprom’s stock price. Earlier in March 2016, Iowa tea party activist Sam Clovis had recommended Page to the Trump campaign. [Supplemented April 24, 2017] Bill Moyers  
March 24, 2016: Papadopoulos, Joseph Mifsud (Maltese Professor) and Olga Polonskaya, former manager of a Moscow wine distribution company and maiden name Vinogradova. NY TimesPolitico
March 28, 2016: “Trump hires Manafort as ‘convention manager.’” NBC
March 29, 2016:On Roger Stone’s recommendation, Paul Manafort joins the Trump campaign as convention manager, tasked with lining up delegates.” [Added March 27, 2017] Bill Moyers  
March 30, 2016: “Page tells Bloomberg that ‘his business has suffered directly from the U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Russia’s escalating involvement in the Ukraine.’” NBCBloomberg Businessweekreports on Page’s past advising of Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas company. Page tells Bloomberg Businessweek that after Trump named him as an adviser, positive notes from his Russian contacts filled his inbox. “There’s a lot of excitement in terms of the possibilities for creating a better situation” in terms of easing US sanctions on Russia, Page explained.” Mother Jones
March 31, 2016: “[Walid] Phares had met Papadopoulos only once, at a March 31, 2016 meeting of Trump’s national security advisers, a group that included both men.” Washington Post

April 2016

April 2, 2016: Dana Rohrbacher met Russian legislators in Moscow RT . Natalia Veselnitskaya gave Rohrbacher a propaganda film about the Magnitsky Act. Foreign Policy
April 7, 2016: Paul Manafort joined the Trump campaign:  Washington Post   Roger Stone takes credit.
April 10, 2016: “Manafort tells Chuck Todd on Meet the Press that Trump is his only client.” NBC
April 20, 2016: “Paul Manafort becomes Trump’s campaign manager. Reports surface about his 2007 to 2012 ties to Ukraine’s pro-Putin former president, whom Manafort had helped to elect.” Bill Moyers 
April 25, 2016: “The court filings say that on April 25, 2016, after “multiple conversations” with a Russian national connected to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Papadopoulos told Miller that “the Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to meet him when he is ready,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Business Insider
April 26, 2016 :The Washington Post reports that Paul Manafort, then Trump’s convention manager (who would later be promoted to campaign chairman), has long-standing ties to pro-Putin Ukrainian officials. Between 2007 and 2012, Manafort worked as a political consultant to Putin ally Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Russia part. He helped Yanukovych remake his image following the Orange Revolution and mount a successful bid for the Ukrainian presidency.”Mother Jones
“On April 26, Papadopoulos met with Joseph Mifsud — identified in the court filings as an “overseas professor” — for breakfast at a London hotel.” Business Insider  “Mr. Mifsud revealed to Mr. Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” NY Times 
April 27, 2016: Papadopoulos wrote [Lewandowski] “to discuss Russia’s interest in hosting Mr. Trump.” Washington Post November 2, 2017
Papadopoulos wrote Stephen Miller: “Have some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right,” he wrote, the court filings say.”Business Insider
“Trump gives his first foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. During the speech, he calls for an “easing of tensions” and “improved relations” with Russia. The Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak is in attendance, as well as Sen. Jeff Sessions. According to the Wall Street Journal, before Trump’s remarks, he “met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.” Mother Jones        “Paul Saunders, a Russia specialist at the Center for the National Interest and a former official in the George W. Bush administration…hosted then-candidate Donald Trump for a foreign policy speech in April last year. Kislyak was in the audience as one of four invited foreign ambassadors as Trump proclaimed, “America-first will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.”  Washington Post     “Trump briefly meets (Russian envoy) Sergey Kislyak in a pre-event reception line shortly before Trump delivers a major foreign-policy speech…Sessions was also in attendance, although there’s no evidence he met Kislyak at the reception.“The line moved quickly and any conversations with Mr. Trump in that setting were inherently brief and could not be private,” the center said in a March 8, 2017, statement. ‘Our recollection is that the interaction between Mr. Trump and Ambassador Kislyak was limited to the polite exchange of pleasantries appropriate on such occasions.’” The Atlantic
April 2016: Twitter profile called “Don Trumpeone” established, with 58,000 tweets and only 1,205 followers, 65,000 likes. It retweets Pence, Trump, presumably more, and it’s profile says “@POTUS @RealDonaldTrump is God sent to save America!” , pinned Tweet on Inauguration Day says “Our #CommanderInChief brings back #honor #honesty & #hear back to our country! “. Is this an early troll? Same month as Manafort? Discovered in the reply to Stone’s Podesta “time in the barrel” tweet with a graphic of Podesta ties used in anti-Podesta/Clinton and Pizzagate theories on August 21.]
“In April 2016, Mifsud introduced Papadopoulos over email to a man in Moscow who told Papadopoulos that he had connections to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, court records show. Emails previously described to The Post indicate that the man is Ivan Timofeev, a program director at a Russian government-funded think tank called the Russian International Affairs Council. Papadopoulos communicated via Skype and email with Timofeev to discuss establishing ties between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.” Washington Post
“Among Mr. Mifsud’s most important new contacts was Ivan Timofeev, a graduate of the elite Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a program director for the Valdai conference.” NY Times
April 30, 2017: “Papadopoulos thanked Mifsud for his “critical help” in facilitating a meeting that would be “history making if it happens,” the filings say.”Business Insider 
Late April 2016: “The Democratic National Committee’s IT department notices suspicious computer activity, contacts the FBI, and hires a private security firm, CrowdStrike, to investigate.” [Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
April to December 2016: Russia’s patent office grants 10-year extensions for six unused Trump trademarks that are set to expire in 2016. Trump had originally acquired the trademarks for hotel and branding deals that never materialized — including “Trump Tower” in 1996 and four more hotel-related trademarks in 2007, when Felix Sater and Bayrock Group were scouting potential deals in Russia. [Added June 19, 2017]  Bill Moyers
April and May 2016: “The DNC’s IT department contacts the FBI about unusual computer activity and hires cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike to investigate. In May, Crowdstrike determines that hackers affiliated with Russian intelligence infiltrated the DNC’s network.”Mother Jones

May 2016

May 2016: CrowdStrike determines that highly sophisticated Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries — denominated 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). [Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
May 4, 2016: “About four days later, Papadopoulos’ contact at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told him that the ministry was “open for cooperation.” Papadopoulos forwarded that email to Manafort, asking, “Is this something we want to move forward with?””Business Insider
Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee for president after Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich withdraw from the raceThe Atlantic
May 5, 2016: “Papadopoulos called Clovis. After their phone call, he forwarded Clovis the ministry contact’s email with a new subject line: “Russia updates.” Manafort forwarded that email to his longtime business associate Rick Gates and said, “Let’s discuss.” “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips,” Manafort wrote. “It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.” Business Insider
May 19, 2016: “Paul Manafort becomes Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist.” [Added March 27, 2017]  Bill Moyers          NBC
May 21, 2016: “”Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos wrote to Manafort on May 21.”Business Insider   Washington Postidentified that Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates received the email. 

June 2016

June  2016:  Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [en.riss.ru/] “circulated [strategic paper] at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals. It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.” Reuters

Around June 2016: As Trump secures the Republican nomination for president, a Chinese financial giant, Anbang Insurance Group, begins talks with Kushner Companies about investing in the redevelopment of 666 Fifth Avenue. Salon

“Jared Kushner assumes control of all data-driven Trump campaign efforts, turning a nondescript building outside San Antonio, Texas into a 100-person data hub. Among the firms he retains is Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly has created “profiles” consisting of several thousand data points for 220 million Americans. Cambridge Analytica’s financial backers include hedge fund tycoon Robert Mercer, who also has a $10 million investment in Breitbart News, which, at the time, is run by Steve Bannon.”   Salon

Early June 2016: At a closed-door gathering of high-powered foreign policy experts visiting with the prime minister of India, Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page hails Vladimir Putin as stronger and more reliable than President Obama and touts the positive effect that a Trump presidency would have on US-Russia relations. [Added March 6, 2017] Bill Moyers

June 2016: “Orbis was hired between June and November last year by Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research consultancy to look into Trump’s links with Russia.”  The Guardian

June 3, 2016  “On June 3, the music publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr., saying, “The Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”” Business Insider 

10:53 AM From Don Jr. To Rob Goldstone  “Thanks Rob I appreciate that. Ia m on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?”

June 6, 2016: Clinton secures enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. The Atlantic                                                      Russian soldier attacked a Sr. U.S. diplomat at Moscow’s U.S. Embassy door.  2 Russian diplomats from Washington were expelled.  Reuters with Video
June 6, 2016 12:40 PM From Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr. “Hi Don Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this Hillary info – you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day. Best to you and family”
June 6, 2:03PM Form Don Jr. To: Rob Goldstone “Rob could we speak now?”
June 6, 2:38 PM From Don Jr. “My Cell Thanks”
June 6, 3:37 PM From Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr. “Let me track him down in Moscow. What number he could call?”
June 6, 3:38 PM From Don Jr. To Rob Goldstone “Rob thanks for the help.”
June 6, 3:43 From Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr. “Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call Rob”
CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER Source A Russian Foreign Ministry figure. June 2016: Confided that the Kremlin fed Trump team valuable intelligence on opponents including Hillary Clinton for years, confirmed by Source D. Source D is a Close Trump associate who organized and managed his recent trips to Moscow and reported in June 2016 the Russian Intelligence had been “very helpful”.  Confirmed Kremlin fed Trump team valuable intelligence on opponents including Hillary Clinton for years. Witnessed Trump’s perverted conduct in Moscow including hiring the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and Mrs Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia, and defiling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSB control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to, Confirmed by Source E. Source E said several of the hotel Staff were aware of it when he/she believed it happened, 2013, and provided introduction to ethnic source F, a staffer at the Ritz Carlton in 2013.
June 7, 2016: Trump Announced his anti-Hillary Clinton speech “Trump to Give Major Hillary Speech Monday [June 13] ‘Hillary Clinton turned the State Department into her private hedge fund.'” Weekly Standard
June 7, 2016:  “Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on June 7.”  Reuters

June 7, 4:20 PM From Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr. “Don Hope all is well. Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday. I believe you are aware of the meeting – and so wondered if 3 pm or later on Thursday works for you? I assume it would be at your office.”

June 7, 5:16PM From Don Jr. “How about 3 at our offices” Thanks rob appreciate you helping set it up.”

June 7, 5:19 PM From: Rob Goldstone “Perfect…I won’t sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc. I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.”

June 7, 6:14 PM From Don Jr. “Great. It will likely be Paul Manafot (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.”

June 8, 2016 10:34 AM From: Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr. “Good Morning Would it be possible to move tomorrow meeting rto 4pm as the Russian attorney is in court until 3 I was just informed.”

June 8, 11:15 AM From: Don Jr. To: Rob Goldstone “Yes Rob I could do that unless they wanted to do 3 today instead…just let me know and Ill lock it in either way.”

June 8, 11:18 AM  From: Rob Goldstone To: Don Jr.  “They Cant do today as she hasn’t landed yet from Moscow 4pm is great tomorrow.”

June 8, 2016 12:03 PM From Don Jr.   To: Kushner & Manafort  “Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow at my offices.”

Recreating June 9: A very consequential day in the 2016 campaign

June 15, 2016: “Guccifer 2.0, an online persona that US intelligence officials link to Russia’s military intelligence service, takes credit for the DNC hack and posts hacked DNC documents. Guccifer will go on to post additional hacked documents—from the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and purportedly from the Clinton Foundation—at least nine more times in the months leading up to the election. (Some reports contestthat the documents came from the Clinton Foundation itself.)” Mother Jones      “CrowdStrike reiterates its conclusion that the hack had been a Russian intelligence operation. “[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers

June 2016: “The Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS), a government think tank run by retired foreign intelligence officials appointed by Vladimir Putin, drafts and circulates a strategy paper among top Russian government officials. According to Reuters, it recommends that the Kremlin help spur a propaganda campaign—via social media and state-controlled news outlets—that would help elect a more pro-Russia US president. This is based on information provided to Reuters by seven current or former US officials in April 2017.” Mother Jones

June 19, 2016:  “Papadopoulos emailed Manafort again on June 19 telling him he would be willing to travel to Moscow to meet with Russian government officials “if it’s in the interest of Mr. Trump and the campaign to meet specific people.” Business Insider

June 20, 2016: Corey Lewandowski is replaced by Paul Manafort as the Trump Campaign Manager. Politico 

June 21, 2016: The Robert Mercer-led Super-Pac “Make America Number One” aka “Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC” with Kellyanne Conway, president of Keep the Promise PAC, led by long-time Clinton hater David Bossie, president of Citizens United and producer of Steve Bannon’s propaganda films, made headlines appealing to Republican donors who don’t like Trump after their candidate Cruz dropped out. Bloomberg

June 22, 2016:Make America Number 1 aka Defeat Crooked Hillary SuperPac formed with Jacquelyn James as the Treasurer, Chase Bank for deposit in San Antonio, TX, location of the Project Alamo social media campaign led by Brad Parscale and Cambridge AnalyticaFactCheck

July 2016

July 2, 2016: Trump tweets that it “is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton,” setting up an obvious conflict for when Comey goes public with an investigation announcement just a few days later. This theme continues throughout July, as the Republican National Convention is peppered with “Lock her up!” chants.  Trump Tweets “It is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong! What Bill did was stupid!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2016″  NPR

July 5, 2016: “FBI Director James Comey holds a press conference announcing that the bureau has closed its yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Comey says Clinton had been “extremely careless” in handling “very sensitive, highly classified information,” but does not recommend prosecution. Typically, when the FBI recommends closing a case, the Justice Department agrees and no public statement follows. One possible reason for Comey’s unusual announcement in the Clinton case could be the contents of a document that the FBI knew Russians had stolen when they hacked the DNC. In it, a Democratic operative suggested that Attorney General Lynch would not let the Clinton email investigation go too far. Comey may have worried that if Lynch announced an end of the investigation, and Russia later leaked the document, voters would doubt the investigation’s independence. “[Added April 24, 2017] Bill Moyers  “The appearance at the FBI headquarters in Washington gives ammunition to the Trump campaign, and sets Comey up to serve as Trump’s latest political foil.” NPR

July 6, 2016: “Another batch of hacked DNC documents appears on the Guccifer 2.0 website. “[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
July 7, 2016: “In a lecture at the New Economic School in Moscow, Carter Page criticizes American foreign policy.He says that many of the mistakes spoiling relations between the US and Russia “originated in my own country.” Page says he had sought and received permission from the Trump campaign to make the trip. “[Revised March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers     “Carter Page, a national-security adviser for the Trump campaign..During the speech, Page criticized the U.S. and other Western powers for “[impeding] potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.” Politico later reported that Corey Lewandowski, the Trump campaign manager at the time, signed off on the trip as long as Page didn’t make it as an official campaign representative.” The Atlantic  See also Bloomberg from that day.  “He parroted Kremlin talking points by chastising the West for prolonging ‘Cold War tendencies’…Ironically, Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change,’ he said, adding that US foreign policy toward Russia was ‘condescending’ and ‘hostile.’” This speech renewed the FBI’s interest in Page. CNN       

CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER  “a Russian source close to Rosneft President, PUTIN close associate and US-sanctioned individual, Igor SECHIN”:

  • “TRUMP advisor Carter PAGE holds secret meetings in Moscow with SECHIN and senior Kremlin Internal Affairs official, DIVYEKIN.
  • SECHIN raises issues of future bilateral US-Russia energy co-operation and associated lifting of western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. PAGE non-committal in response
  • DIVEYKIN discusses release of Russian dossier of ‘kompromat’ on TRUMP’s opponent, Hillary CLINTON, but also hints at Kremlin possession of such material on TRUMP”
“Page said in September that he briefly met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich during that trip.” Washington Post
Russian TV broadcasts the US Diplomat attacked by Russian Soldier at Moscow embassy on June 6 (Video)
“Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page criticizes US sanctions against Russia during a speech at the New Economic School in MoscowPolitico later reports that Page asked for and received permission from Trump’s then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to speak at the Moscow event. Page’s trip spurs the FBI—which has had an interest in the investor since discovering in 2013 that a Russian operative had tried to recruit him—to begin investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.” Mother Jones

CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER “Speaking separately, also in July 2016, an official close to Presidential Administration Head, S. IVANOV, confided in a compatriot that a senior colleague in the Internal Political Department of the PA, DIVYEKIN (nfd)also had met secretly with PAGE on his recent visit. Their agenda had included DIVEYKIN raising a dossier of ‘kompromat’ the Kremlin possessed on Democratic presidential rival, Hillary CLINTON, and its possible release to the Republican’s campaign team.

However, the Kremlin official close to S. added that s/he believed DIVEYKIN also had hinted (or indicated more strongly) that the Russian leadership also had ‘kompromat’ on TRUMP which the latter should bear in mind in his dealings with them.” 19 July 2016

July 14, 2016: Another batch of hacked DNC documents appear on the Guccifer 2.0 website.[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers

THE RNC IN CLEVELAND, OHIO
Carter “Page meets with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.” NBC   

July 18, 2016: “On the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Heritage Foundation hosted a panel conversation addressing European relations that was attended by a number of ambassadors. “Much of the discussion focused on Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and Georgia,” moderator Victor Ashe later wrote, adding that “[s]everal ambassadors asked for names of people who might impact foreign policy under Trump.”This appears to be the event after which Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak approached [Jeff] Sessions as part of a small group of foreign dignitaries. Sessions, The Post reports, ‘then spoke individually to some of the ambassadors, including Kislyak.’”  Washington Post Sessions’ Timeline     Washington Post

At the same event, Kislyak also separately meets and speaks with Page and J.D. Gordon [Trump Campaign Director of National Security]. Gordon told USA Today it was an “informal conversation,” while Page said he had “no substantive discussions” with the ambassador. The Atlantic     CNN         Mother Jones      USA Today       MSNBC

Michael Flynn leads “Lock Her Up” chant at the RNC   CNN 
“The Washington Post reports that the Trump campaign worked with members of the Republican Party platform committee in advance of the Republican National Convention to soften the platform’s position related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The platform reportedly included a provision that promised to provide arms to Ukraine in its fight against Russia, but Trump campaign staffers encouraged the committee to jettison this language.”Mother Jones     The Hill 
The Washington Post reports that the Trump campaign worked behind the scenes ahead of the Republican Convention on a plank of the 2016 Party Platform that gutted the GOP’s longstanding support for Ukrainians’ popular resistance to Russia’s 2014 intervention.” Bill Moyers
July 20, 2016“New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza asks Sam Clovis, Trump’s top policy adviser, about allegations that the Trump team worked with the Republican party to soften the party platform’s position on Russia in advance of the RNC. Clovis responds with “I can’t talk about” and walks away.”Mother Jones
July 22, 2016: “WikiLeaks publishes nearly 20,000 hacked DNC emails, in advance of the Democratic National Convention. Some of the emails indicate that DNC officials favored Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders.”Mother Jones    Washington Post
CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER  “A Russian emigre figure close to the Republican US presidential candidate Donald TRUMP campaign team…the emigre confirmed that an intelligence exchange had been running between them for at least 8 years. Within this context priority requirement had been for intelligence on the activities, business and otherwise, in the US of leading Russian oligarchs and their families. TRUMP and his associates duly had obtained and supplied the Kremlin with this information.”
July 24, 2016:”Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, appears on ABC’s This Week, where he is asked whether there are connections between the Trump campaign and the Putin regime. Manafort says, “No, there are not. And you know, there’s no basis to it.”Mother Jones         Transcript Courtesy Bill Moyers and ABC
July 25, 2016: “Trump tweets about the hacked DNC emails:”Mother JonesThe new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
July 26, 2016: “US intelligence agencies tell the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the DNC hack. This is reported by media outlets but not publicly confirmed by intelligence agencies. In an interview with NBC News, Obama says hacks are being investigated by the FBI, but that “experts have attributed this to the Russians.” He notes, “What we do know is that the Russians hack our systems. Not just government systems, but private systems. But you know, what the motives were in terms of the leaks, all that—I can’t say directly. What I do know is that Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin.” Mother Jones
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” [Paul] Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email” to Oleg Deripaska  Washington Post
CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER Source B is an ethnic Russian close associate of Republican US presidential candidate Donald TRUMP “Speaking in confidence to a compatriot in late July 2016, Source B, admitted that there was a well-developed conspiracy of co-operation between them and the Russian leadership. This was managed on the TRUMP side by the Republican candidate’s campaign manager, Paul MANAFORT, who was using foreign policy advisor, Carter PAGE, and others as intermediaries. The two sides had a mutual interest in defeating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary CLINTON, whom President PUTIN apparently both hated and feared….Speaking in confidence to a trusted associate in late July 2016, a Russian emigre figure close to the Republican US presidential candidate Donald campaign team commented on the fallout from publicity surrounding the Democratic National Committee (DNC) e-mail hacking scandal. The emigre said there was a high level of anxiety within the TRUMP team as a result of various accusations levelled against them and indications from the Kremlin that President PUTIN and others in the leadership thought things had gone too far now and risked spiralling out of control.Continuing on this theme, the emigre associate of TRUMP opined that the Kremlin wanted the situation to calm but for ‘plausible deniability’ to be maintained concerning its (extensive) and operations. S/he therefore judged that it was unlikely these would be ratcheted up, at least for the time being.However, in terms of established operational liaison between the TRUMP team and the Kremlin, the emigre confirmed that an intelligence exchange had been running between them for at least 8 years. Within this context priority requirement had been for intelligence on the activities, business and otherwise, in the US of leading Russian oligarchs and their families. TRUMP and his associates duly had obtained and supplied the Kremlin with this information.4. Finally, the emigre said s/he understood the Kremlin had more intelligence on CLINTON and her campaign but he did not know the details or when or if it would be released. As far as ‘kompromat’ (compromising information) on TRUMP wereconcerned, although there was plenty of this, he understood the Kremlin had given its word that it would not be deployed against the Republican presidential candidate given how helpful and co-operative his team had been over several years, and particularly of late.”
July 27, 2016: “Trump encourages Russia to hack Clinton’s emails, saying during a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” At the same event, he declares, “I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is.”  Mother Jones       New York Times Video
July 31, 2016: “On ABC’s This Week, Trump again denies knowing Putin, saying, “I have no relationship with him.” Trump also denies that his campaign played any role in getting the Republican Party to soften its platform on arming Ukraine.   On Meet the Press, Manafort denies that he or anyone within the Trump campaign worked to change the platform.    Sen. Jeff Sessions defends Trump’s efforts to cultivate a friendship with Russia during an appearance on CNN: “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.” Mother Jones                              “That afternoon, Boris Epshteyn, Trump’s Russian-born adviser, 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.” Bill Moyers
Late July, 2016: “The FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russia. There is no public confirmation of this investigation at the time, but FBI Director James Comey later confirms the investigation in a March 2017 hearing before the House intelligence committee.” Mother Jones        NY Times

August 2016

August 5, 2016: “Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks, asked by the Washington Post about Carter Page’s July speech in Moscow, downplays his role as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, saying he “does not speak for Mr. Trump or the campaign.”- Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone writes an article for Breitbart in which he denies that Russia was behind the DNC hack. He argues that Guccifer 2.0 has no ties to Russia.” Mother JonesWashington Times                               “Roger Stone published an article on Breitbart News about the hacking and claimed censorship when Twitter cancelled his account. “(Carter) Page says Igor Sechin, chairman of the giant Russian gas company Rosneft, “has done more to advance U.S.-Russia relations than any individual in or out of government from either side of the Atlantic over the past decade.” Sechin is identified by Russian media as an ally and deputy to Vladimir Putin. Rosneft is largely held by the Russian government” NBC
August 6, 2016: “NPR confirms the Trump campaign’s involvement in encouraging the Republican Party to soften its platform’s pro-Ukraine position on Russia’s annexation of Crimea.” Mother Jones
August 8, 2016: “Roger Stone addresses a Broward County, Florida Republican Party group. An audience member asks (near the 46-minute mark of the video) about his predictions for an “October surprise” based on materials in the possession of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. In response, Stone says, “I actually have communicated with Assange.” [Updated May 8, 2017] Bill Moyers
August 10, 2016: “Donald Trump on Wednesday again slammed Hillary Clinton and her campaign for allowing the father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen to sit in the stands behind her at a recent rally. But sitting behind Trump was ex-congressman Mark Foley, who resigned in disgrace in 2006 after sending sexually explicit messages to underage teenage boys.” CNN
August 12, 2016: “A batch of hacked Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) documents appear on the Guccifer 2.0 website. “[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers     “Stone tells Alex Jones that he was “in communication with Julian Assange.” Later, Stone continues, “I am not at liberty to discuss what I have.” [Added on April 24, 2017] Bill MoyersOn a #MAGA podcast (around the 7-minute mark), Stone says, “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.” [Added April 24, 2017] Bill Moyers
August 13, 2016: After receiving complaints about the publication of private information, Twitter and wordpress.com (host for the Guccifer 2.0 website) suspends the Guccifer 2.0 accounts[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
August 14, 2016: “The New York Times reports that Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau has discovered Manafort’s name on a list of “black accounts” compiled by ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Putin ally. The tallies show undisclosed payments designated for Manafort totaling $12.7 million between 2007 and 2012, the years that Manafort worked for Yanukovych as a political consultant. (Manafort denies receiving any illicit payments.)” Mother Jones     

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

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 others received the payments listed on the ledger. “[Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers“Roger Stone tweets, “[N]ow 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, Roger Stone writes, “Delighted you are reinstated. Fuck the State and their MSM lackeys.” [Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers

August 15, 2016: Trump Organization’s mysterious server is looked up twice from the Netherlands, otherwise it’s all Alfa Bank and Betsy DeVos’s husband’s company Spectrum Health. CNN
“Continuing their private exchange, Guccifer 2.0 responds to Stone: “wow thank u for writing back and thank you for an article about me!!! do u find anything interesting in the docs I posted?  Guccifer 2.0 releases hacked DCCC documents on primaries in Florida. “[Added March 13, 2017] Bill Moyers
Shadow Brokers‘ Leak Raises Alarming Question: Was the N.S.A. Hacked? “Raising the question of whether America’s own elite operatives have been hacked and their methods revealed. Most of the code was designed to break through network firewalls and get inside the computer systems of competitors like Russia, China and Iran. That, in turn, allows the N.S.A. to place “implants” in the system, which can lurk unseen for years and be used to monitor network traffic or enable a debilitating computer attack. According to these experts, the coding resembled a series of “products” developed inside the N.S.A.’s highly classified Tailored Access Operations unit, some of which were described in general terms in documents stolen three years ago by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor now living in Russia.”  NY Times
“The New York Times in August revealed that the FBI and Ukrainian investigators were looking into a recently unearthed ledger detailing alleged off-the-books payments to Manafort by Yanukovych’s party totaling $12.7 million. Manafort was forced to resign from the campaign less than a week after the story.” Politco
CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER page 20 reported “Speaking in late August 2016, in the immediate aftermath of Paul MANAFORT’s resignation as campaign manager for US Republican presidential candidate Donald TRUMP, a well-placed Russian figure reported on a recent meeting between President PUTIN and ex-President YANUKOVYCH of Ukraine. This had been held in secret on 15 August near Volgograd, Russia and the western media revelations about MANAFORT and Ukraine had featured prominently on the agenda. YANUKOVYCH had confided in PUTIN that he did authorise and order substantial kick-back payments to MANAFORT as alleged but sought to reassure him that there was no documentary trail left behind which could provide clear evidence of this.”
Donald Trump gave a new policy speech on immigration and terrorism Monday in Youngstown, Ohio.  Read and see it on Time.
David “Pepper release a new book, “The People’s House“, about the Russians hacking the election feat oligarchs and all. This “political thriller”, released 4 months prior to the election, is available on Amazon at:” TwitterHe was on the American Committee for East-West Accord Board members include Stephen Cohen and wife Vanden Heuvel, maybe Kremlin propagandist.
August 16, 2016: “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 — thehill.com/blogs/pundits-…” Guccifer 2.0 responds: “done” and “I read u’d been hacked” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers      “With “TRUMP 2000” posters in the background from what appears to be Stone’s home office, he again tells radio host Alex Jones (around the 6 1/2-minute mark of the interview) that he has had “back-channel communications” with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange who have “political dynamite” on the Clintons. [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers     In an interview on The Blaze, Stone says 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….” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers

August 17, 2016: “Trump receives his first classified intelligence briefing as the GOP nominee for president. He brings Michael Flynn with him to the meeting, which includes discussion of the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia was interfering in the US election.”Mother Jones

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.” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers

The Associated Press reports that in 2012 Paul Manafort had secretly routed more than $2 million from Ukraine President Yanukovych’s governing pro-Russia governing party to two US lobbying firms working to influence American policy toward Ukraine. [Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers

August 18, 2016: “In a C-SPAN interview, Stone says (around the 48-minute mark of the broadcast) that he’s never met Julian Assange, but he has been in touch with him “through an intermediary — somebody who is a mutual friend.” He continues, “I expect you’re going to see more from Mr. Assange.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers

August 19, 2016: “Manafort is fired from the campaign and replaced by Kellyanne Conway” NBC    “As reports of Manafort’s financial connections to Ukraine intensified, he resigns from the Trump campaign.”Bill Moyers

“On the day he resigns from the Trump campaign, Manafort records documents creating Summerbreeze LLC, a shell company that he controls. Shortly thereafter, 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 industry in post-Soviet Ukraine. On Feb. 1, 2016, Rovt had shared a Manor College stage forum about Ukraine with Andrii Artemenko, a pro-Putin member of the Ukraine Parliament. In January 2017, Artemenko would resurface at the Manhattan Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue with long-time Trump business associate Felix Sater and Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen. During their meeting, Sater gives Cohen a sealed envelope containing Artemenko’s Ukranian-Russian peace plan and asks him to deliver it to Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. The plan would have leased Crimea to Russia for 50 or 100 years, essentially ceding to Putin the territory he had annexed illegally.” [Added April 17, 2017]Bill Moyers

August 21, 2016: Trump surrogate Roger Stone tweets, “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers

Guccifer 2.0 posts hacked DCCC documents on Pennsylvania’s congressional primaries. [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers

On a local Maryland radio program, [Roger] Stone denies (around the 6-minute mark of the broadcast) that Guccifer 2.0 is connected to the Russians: “The DNC leaks that nailed Deborah Wasserman Schultz in the heist against Bernie Sanders was not leaked by the Russians, it was leaked by Cruccifer [sic] 2, I should say hacked and leaked first by Cruccifer 2, well known hacker who is not in the employment of the Russians, and then WikiLeaks. So that whole claim is a canard.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers

CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER Page 20 “Speaking separately, also in late August 2016, an American political figure associated with Donald TRUMP and his campaign outlined the reasons behind MANAFORT’s recent demise. /he said it was true that the Ukraine corruption revelations had played a part in this but also, several senior players close to TRUMP had wanted MANAFORT out, primarily to loosen his control on strategy and policy formulation. Of particular importance in this regard was predecessor as campaign manager, Corey LEWANDOWSKI, who hated MANAFORT personally and remained close to TRUMP with whom he discussed the presidential campaign on a regular basis.”

August 22, 2016: “Trump makes news at a rally in Akron, Ohio, for saying a special prosecutor is needed for the Justice Department to “investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes.”

“The Justice Department is required to appoint an independent special prosecutor because it has proven itself to be really, sadly, a political arm of the White House,” Trump says.  Ken Gormley, president of Duquesne University and author of two books on special prosecutors, spoke to NPR’s Carrie Johnson at the time. “If you look at the chronology, pretty much the political party that does not control the White House tends to want special prosecutors and independent counsel laws,” he said. “As soon as the party is in the White House, they don’t want it anymore.” The message would become relevant again, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats began calling for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election after news broke that Comey had been fired by Trump.”

August 26, 2016: In an interview with Breitbart Radio, Stone says (near the 10-minute mark of the interview), “I’m almost confident Mr. Assange has virtually every one of the emails that the Clinton henchwomen, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, thought that they had deleted, and I suspect that he’s going to drop them at strategic times in the run up to the rest of this race.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers

August 29, 2016: Stone tells a local Florida radio interviewer (around the 7-minute mark of the interview), “We’re going to, I think, see from WikiLeaks and other leakers see the nexus between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.” About Assange, he says, “Perhaps he has the smoking gun that makes this handcuff time.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers

“Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pens a letter to the FBI, asking the bureau to investigate the possibility of election-tampering by Russia in the upcoming presidential election. “I have recently become concerned that the threat of the Russian government tampering in our presidential election is more extensive than widely known,” Reid writes. “The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War and it is critical for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use every resource available to investigate this matter thoroughly.”Mother Jones

Yahoo News reports that the FBI has found evidence that the state voter systems in Arizona and Illinois were breached by hackers possibly linked to the Russian government.” Mother Jones

August 30, 2016: “House Democrats send a letter to FBI Director James Comey calling on the bureau to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and any impact these ties may have had on the hacking of the DNC and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” Mother Jones

August 31, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 posts documents hacked from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s personal computer. [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers

August 2016: FBI obtains a FISA  Warrant on Carter Page and the application “laid out investigators’ basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said. In addition, the application said Page had other contacts with Russian operatives that have not been publicly disclosed, officials said…The campaign adviser said Page participated in three dinners held for the campaign’s volunteer foreign policy advisers in the spring and summer of 2016, coming from New York to Washington to meet with the group. Although Trump did not attend, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a top Trump confidant who became his attorney general, attended one meeting of the group with Page in late summer, the campaign adviser said.” Washington Post
How hard is it to get a wiretap?  Washington Post       “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. [Added April 17, 2017]”Bill Moyers  

August/Sep 2016 WikiLeaks published hacked John Podesta emails, Stone admitted to communicating with Assange through someone. NY Times

Roger Stone admitted the Guccifer 2.0 messages on The Smoking Gun website, while he said he wasn’t recalling them.   Friday February,  Roger Stone “released screen grabs from his Twitter account to publications, including The Washington Times” NY Times

September 2016

September 2016: Sen. Jeff Sessions meets Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Sessions’s office.  NBC News
September 2016: Congressional Intelligence “Gang of Eight” receiving briefings on hacking. Washington Post
September 5, 2016: “The Washington Post reports that US intelligence agencies, including the FBI, are investigating possible plans by Russia to disrupt the presidential election.   – Putin and Obama have a tense meeting at the G20 summit in China, where they discuss Syria, Ukraine, and cybersecurity. In December, Obama will tell reporters that he confronted Putin about Russia’s alleged interference in the election and told him to “cut it out.”Mother Jones
September 7, 2016:” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggests publicly for the first time that Russia may be responsible for the DNC hack, pointing to Obama’s July statement that “experts have attributed this to the Russians.” Clapper adds that “the Russians hack our systems all the time.” Mother Jones
September 8, 2016: “Trump responds to Clapper’s comments in an interview with RT, the English language arm of a Russian state-controlled media conglomerate, casting doubt on whether Russian hackers were responsible for the DNC hack. “I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out,” Trump says. “Who knows, but I think it’s pretty unlikely.    
“Jeff Sessions meets with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his Senate office. He is the only one of the Senate armed services committee’s 26 members to meet with the ambassador in 2016. The meeting occurs days after Putin and Obama’s tense G20 meeting.” Mother Jones                                The subject of the meeting isn’t clear, but one official told NBC’s Hallie Jackson that during such meetings ambassadors would “often make superficial comments about election-related news.”   On Mar. 2, 2017, Sessions explained that the meeting was attended by himself and two or three other staffers. They “listened to the ambassador and what his concerns might be.” The topics discussed included travel to Russia, terrorism and Ukraine. “I don’t recall any specific political discussions,” Sessions said.”  Washington Post
September 9, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 sends Roger 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 millions calculating who is persuadable or what we call a ‘soft democrat’ and who is a ‘hard democrat.’” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers  
September 13, 2016: A spokesperson for Sessions indicated that he and Kislyak spoke by phone on this day, but then retracted that claim.
“WikiLeaks had tweeted links to what the group said was 678.4 megabytes of DNC documents.” Washington Post
September 14, 2016: “Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC” and included a link and a “decryption key,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. The writer, who said his name was Michael J. Erickson and described himself as the president of an aviation management company, sent the message to the then-Republican nominee as well as his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and other top advisers. In addition to Trump Jr., it was sent to a rarely used address for Donald Trump, as well as Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and a Gmail account that had sometimes been used by Hope Hicks, who is now the White House communications director. It also went to several other Trump Organization employees, with the subject line “Trump: Another Wikileaks DNC Upload.”” Washington Post
https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/930228239494209536
September 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 posts hacked DCCC documents on New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina. [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers  
September 16, 2016: Stone says on Boston Herald Radio (around the 12-minute mark), “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 says he’s in touch with Assange “through an intermediary.” He also says that Hillary Clinton’s association with Putin and Russia’s oligarchs was “far more troubling to me than Donald Trump’s.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers
September 20, 2016: Wikileaks sent Don Trump Jr. a Twitter Direct Message that “A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch” The Atlantic
September 22, 2016: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, release a statement about Russia’s interference in the US election. “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election,” they said. “We believe that orders for the Russian intelligence agencies to conduct such actions could come only from the very senior levels of the Russian government.”Mother Jones
September 23, 2016: “Yahoo News reports that US intelligence officials are investigating whether Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page discussed the possible lifting of US sanctions on Russia and other topics during private communications with top Russian officials, including a Putin aide and the current executive chairman of Rosneft, who is on the Treasury Department’s US sanctions list. Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller claims that Page “has no role” in the Trump campaign and says that “we are not aware of any of his activities, past or present.”Mother Jones
“Guccifer 2.0 posts hacked DCCC documents on chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. “[Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers  
“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.” [Added April 17, 2017]Bill Moyers  
September 25, 2016: “In a CNN interview, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway denies that Page is affiliated with the Trump campaign. “He’s certainly not part of the campaign that I’m running,” she said. In response to a question about Page’s possible connections to Russian officials, Conway says, “If he’s doing that, he’s certainly not doing it with the permission or knowledge of the campaign,” She adds, “He is certainly not authorized to do that.”  Mother Jones   Kellyanne Conway says Page is not part of the campaign team during an interview with CNN”.     NBC
“Carter Page writes to FBI Director James Comey that in 2016 he “had not met with any sanctioned official in Russia….” [Added April 17, 2017]Bill Moyers  
September 26, 2016: “Carter Page takes a leave from the campaign.- During the first presidential debate, Clinton brings up the allegations that Russia orchestrated the DNC hack. Trump responds: “I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia. I mean, 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, okay?” Mother Jones
September 28, 2016: FBI Director 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,” Comey says. [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers  
September 30, 2016: Flynn Intel Group files Lobbying Registration for Robert Kelley, 2006 Chief Counsel to House Subcommittee on National Security and Committee on Government Reform retroactive to 9/15/16.  Registration

 October 2016

October: “Russian government think tank RISS drafts and circulates a document among top Russian officials warning that Hillary Clinton is likely to win the US presidential election. According to Reuters, the memo advises the Kremlin to revise its strategy for influencing the election: Instead of focusing on pro-Trump propaganda, it should instead seek to undermine Clinton’s reputation and the legitimacy of the US electoral system by stoking fears about voter fraud.”Mother Jones
 October 2016: RISS (Russian Inst. Strategic Studies) release second paper and “warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said.” Reuters
October 1, 2016: “Six days before WikiLeaks releases emails that Russian hackers had acquired from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email account, Trump’s informal adviser and surrogate Roger Stone tweets,” Bill Moyers  “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”
 Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) October 2, 2016
October 3, 2016: “Stone tweets: “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assangewill educate the American people soon #LockHerUp.” NBC

“WikiLeaks wrote again. “Hiya, it’d be great if you guys could comment on/push this story,” WikiLeaks suggested, attaching a quote from then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton about wanting to “just drone” WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

“Already did that earlier today,” Trump Jr. responded an hour-and-a-half later. “It’s amazing what she can get away with.”

Two minutes later, Trump Jr. wrote again, asking, “What’s behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?”The Atlantic

October 4, 2016: Trump tweets: “CLINTON’S CLOSE TIES TO PUTIN DESERVE SCRUTINY.”Guccifer 2.0 posts documents hacked from the Clinton Foundation. [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers
October 7, 2016: Hurricane Matthew, Wikileaks Podesta email dump, US Intelligence Agencies Warn the Public, The “Grab ’em by the Pussy” Access Hollywood Tape released and stole focus
“US intelligence agencies issue a joint release saying they are “confident” the Russian government interfered in the US election, in part by directing the leaking of hacked emails belonging to political institutions like the DNC. This is the first official government confirmation that Russia orchestrated the hacking and leaks during the election. -Late on Friday afternoon, a leaked video of Trump boasting of groping and kissing women without their consent is published by the Washington PostHalf an hourlater, WikiLeaks begins to release several thousand hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.”Mother Jones      NBC   “In a joint statement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence says, “The US Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the 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 Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tapes become public.”Bill Moyers
October 9, 2016: Trump brings 4 women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault to debate.  The Daily Beast
“During the second presidential debate, Clinton accuses Trump of benefiting from Russian hacking and other interference in the election. Trump responds, “I don’t know Putin. I think it would be great if we got along with Russia because we could fight ISIS together, as an example. But I don’t know Putin.”

Referring to Trump campaign staffers Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said the day after the election: “A number of them maintained contacts with Russian representatives. There were contacts. We continue to do this and have been doing this work during the election campaign.” Mother Jones

October 11, 2016: “The Obama White House promises a “proportional” response following the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC and other groups.” Mother Jones

October 12, 2016: “Sources briefed on the FBI examination of Russian hacking say the agency suspects that Russian intelligence agencies are behind the hacking of the emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and a Florida election systems vendor. – Roger Stone says he has “back-channel communications” with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, through a mutual friend.” Mother Jones       NBC News

“but on October 12, 2016, the account again messaged Trump Jr. “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” WikiLeaks wrote.

“Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,” WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr. to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump’s followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories. “There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,” WikiLeaks went on. “Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”

Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!””The Atlantic

October 14, 2016: “Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. “For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/,” he wrote.”The Atlantic

October 16, 2016:  “Stone tells NBC News, “I have a back-channel communications with WikiLeaks.” NBC
October   , 2016: “Kislyak denied that Russia was meddling in the election during an address to the Detroit Economic Club less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election.”  Washington Post
October 19, 2016: “During the final presidential debate, Trump casts doubt on the US intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the election. He also denies having ever met or spoken to Putin, despite his previous statements to the contrary. “I never met Putin,” Trump says. ” I have nothing to do with Putin. I’ve never spoken to him.”Mother Jones     NBC News  “Trump dismisses the Oct. 7 US intelligence findings: “[Clinton] has no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else… Our country has no idea.”Bill Moyers
October 21, 2017 Carter Page FISA warrant renewal
October 28, 2016: 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 adviser Huma Abedin. Comey says nothing about the ongoing FBI investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. “[Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers    “At a rally in New Hampshire, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before.” And the Republican National Committee added that the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation ahead of the election “shows how serious this discovery must be.” No information was revealed about the content of the newly uncovered emails, but by the end of the day, sources had confirmed to NPR the emails were found through an unrelated criminal investigation of Anthony Weiner.”NPR
October 30, 2016: Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote the FBI requesting public disclosure.  Questions of whether Comey violated the Hatch Act. CNN
According to reporting by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the $100 million plane belonging to the Russian oligarch [Dmitri Rybolovlev, the “King of Fertilizer”],who had bought a [Palm Beach] Florida residence from Trump for $95 [$100] million in 2008 was in Las Vegas on the same day Trump was holding a rally there. “[Added March 6, 2017]Bill Moyers 
“Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sends a letter to FBI Director James Comey calling on him to release what Reid calls “explosive” information about Trump’s Russia ties. “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government,” Reid writes. “The public has a right to know this information.” Mother Jones      “The FBI obtains the search warrant necessary to examine the newly found emails. At this point, there’s still no confirmation on whether or not the emails contained any new information or even whether they were sent or received by Clinton. During this time, the assistant attorney general wrote a letter to Democratic senators assuring them that the Justice Department was dedicating “all necessary resources” to go through the emails as quickly as possible. These stories illustrate the vague daily news dribble, spurred by Comey’s announcement, that helped get the words “Clinton” and “email” back into headlines, just a week before voters went to the polls.” NPR
October 31, 2016: Mother Jones reports that a veteran of a Western intelligence service (Christopher Steele) has given the FBI memos saying that Russia had mounted a yearslong operation to co-opt or cultivate Trump and that the Kremlin had gathered compromising information on Trump during his visits to Moscow that could be used for blackmail. The story notes that the FBI has requested more information from this source.
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.” [Added March 6, 2017]Bill Moyers 

November 2016

Date unknown: Prior to Election Day, Flynn contacts Kislyak. It’s unknown how often the pair communicated or what they talked about.
November 1, 2016: NBC News reports that the FBI is conducting a preliminary inquiry into Paul Manafort’s business ties to Russia and Ukraine. Manafort tells NBC, “None of it is true.” He denies having dealings with Putin or the Russian government and says any allegations to the contrary are “Democratic propaganda.”  Mother Jones
November 3, 2016: “Dmitri Rybolovlev’s plane lands in Charlotte, North Carolina, about 90 minutesbefore Trump’s plane lands at the same airport in advance of a Trump rally to be held that day.” Mother Jones    “The plane belonging to the Russian oligarch who had bought a Florida residence from Trump for $95 million in 2008 was at the single-runaway airport near Concord, North Carolina, where Trump was holding a rally.  According to flight records, a few hours later the plane flew to Charlotte, NC, and Trump’s airplane was spotted on the tarmac with Rybolovlev’s. [Added March 6, 2017] Bill MoyersRachel Maddow
November 5, 2016: In a letter to key leaders in Congress, Comey confirms that the FBI has completed its review of the additional Abedin emails and, as a result, has not changed its earlier recommendation not to recommend prosecuting Clinton for her use of a private email server. [Added April 24, 2017] Bill Moyers
Konstantin Sidorkov emailed Donald Trump Jr. and Dan Scavino about having a Trump VK (Russian Social Media Page) Washington Post
November 6, 2016: “Comey announces that the new trove of emails doesn’t change the FBI’s recommendation that the Justice Department not charge Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information.”Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation,” Comey wrote to 16 chairmen and ranking members of relevant House and Senate committees. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”Sources told NPR that almost every email the FBI reviewed in the new batch was a duplicate of an email the bureau had already seen.Trump uses the news to call the FBI, and Comey by extension, “rigged.”  “Right now, (Clinton’s) being protected by a rigged system,” Trump told a crowd in Michigan. “You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days — you just can’t do it, folks. Hillary Clinton is guilty.”  NPR
November 8, 2016: Election Day.”They [Steele and Orbis] did agree to Fusion providing a copy [of the 35 page Steele memo] to Senator John McCain after the veteran Republican had been told about the existence of Steele’s research by Sir Andrew Wood, a former UK ambassador to Moscow and an Orbis associate, at a conference in Canada on 8 November. The Guardian
November 9, 2016: Trump wins the presidential election. “After Putin announced Trump’s election victory, Russia’s Parliament erupts in applause.”Bill Moyers
November 10, 2016: “Interfax news agency reports that the Russian government had contact with the Trump campaign during the campaign. Referring to Trump campaign staffers, Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, says, “A number of them maintained contacts with Russian representatives” in the Russian Foreign Ministry. And he adds, “There were contacts. We continue to do this and have been doing this work during the election campaign.”  – Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells the Associated Press that Russian foreign policy experts have been in contact with the Trump campaign. “And our experts, our specialists on the U.S., on international affairs…Of course they are constantly speaking to their counterparts here, including those from Mr. Trump’s group,” Peskov said.”Mother Jones                   “He did not name names. “Obviously, we know most of the people from his (Trump’s)entourage. Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions,” he said. ‘I cannot say that all of them, but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives.’” Reuters      NY Times
President Obama warned Trump about Michael Flynn and N. Korea. [Added May 8, 2017] NBC News Exclusive same day as Sally Yates’ Testimony
November 11, 2016: “Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells the Associated Press that the allegations of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian officials are false. “It never happened,” she says. “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”Mother Jones
Nunes announced appointment to Trump Transition Team. Nunes told reporters, “As of right now, I don’t have any evidence of any phone calls … That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but I don’t have that. And what I’ve been told by many folks is that there’s nothing there …  I want to be very careful that we can’t just go on a witch-hunt against Americans because they appear in news stories.” The Guardian
November 16, 2016: “The director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, implies that he believes Russia interfered in the US election. In response to a question about WikiLeaks hacks during the election, Rogers says, “This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.” Mother Jones
“Jared Kushner and a group of executives dine at the Waldorf Astoria with the chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance Group.”  Salon
November 17, 2016: “Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, sends a letter to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee’s top Republican, calling for an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election.”  Mother Jones
November 18, 2016: “President-elect Trump nominates Sessions to serve as his attorney general.” Washington Post
“Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sends Trump transition team chair (and Vice President-elect) Mike Pence a letter expressing concerns about NSA-designate 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 United States.” [Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers
Congress sent a letter to VP-Elect Mike Pence, Head of the Transition: “Recent news reports have revealed that Lt. Gen. Flynn was receiving classified briefings during the presidential campaign while his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc, was being paid to lobby the U.S. Government on behalf of a foreign government’s interests.” [Turkey]  Maddow at minute 14:40
November 23, 2016: “The Wall Street Journal reports that in October 2016, Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a meeting of a French think tank run by a couple, Fabien Baussart and Randa Kassis, who have “worked closely with Russia to try to end the conflict” in Syria. Kassis is the leader of a Syrian group endorsed by the Kremlin that seeks to cooperate with Moscow ally President Bashar al-Assad.” Mother Jones
November 28, 2016: David Kramer, on behalf of Sen. John McCain, met Sir Andrew Wood, former British Ambassador in Moscow and associate of Christopher Steele’s Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. in Surrey. DC-based Fusion GPS received “the pre-election memoranda” and this was reviewed by McCain in Washington. Court Docs  via Tweet McCain  “became aware of the allegations but decided it was impossible to verify them without a proper investigation, according to a report Wednesday (Jan 6) by The Guardian. The newspaper reported McCain was reluctant to get involved because it could be seen as payback for insults Trump made about the Arizona Republican during the campaign.”   AP News
“As speculation grows that Kushner will become a top Trump White House adviser, reports surface that business conflicts of interest could pose problems for him. Among them is a Kushner project in New Jersey that attracted tens of millions of dollars from Chinese investors by marketing a controversial US immigration program (EB-5), which opens a speedy path to citizenship for investors who put more than $500,000 in projects located in economically disadvantaged “targeted employment areas.” The program has become controversial because gerrymandering of census tracts has allowed otherwise ineligible real estate developments to benefit from tenuous geographic connections to poor neighborhoods.” Salon
November 29, 2016: “Seven members of the Senate intelligence committee write a letter to Obama asking him to declassify relevant intelligence on Russia’s role in the election.” Mother Jones
Late November 2016: “In a meeting that includes senior Trump transition national security team members, national security adviser-designate Mike Flynn reveals he has scheduled a conversation with Russian 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 almost certainly monitoring Kislyak’s conversations. After the meeting, Billingsea asks national security officials in the Obama White House for a copy of the classified CIA profile of Kislyak. “[Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers

December 2016

December 2016: Officials in the Obama administration become concernedthat the incoming administration would cover up or destroy previously gathered intelligence relating Russia’s interference with the election. To preserve that intelligence for future investigations, they spread it across the government. [Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers
Jared Kushner arranged meetings at Trump Tower with Sergey Kislyak, Michael Flynn, and included a previously unreported (until late March) sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank. NY Times      NY Times
“A Kremlin spokesman tells a Russian news agency that there was no contact between Page and the government.” NBC
December 1, 2016: The White House has admitted that Kushner and Michael Flynn met Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower, “according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.” Washington Post  Kislyak requested a (second) meeting with Kushner, “which Mr. Kushner asked a deputy (Avrahm Berkowitz) to attend in his stead, officials said. At Mr. Kislyak’s request, Mr. Kushner later met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank (VEB-Russia’s Economic Development Bank) which the United States placed on its sanctions list after President Vladimir Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine…A White House spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirmed those meetings…But Mr. Gorkov, who previously served as deputy chairman of the board at Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, said in a statement issued by his bank that he met with Mr. Kushner in his capacity as the then-chief executive of Kushner Companies, his family’s sprawling real estate empire.”   NY Times   “Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials. Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr’s Committee.” White House Spokesman CNN 
“Kislyak was not caught on tape entering the building, suggesting that he may have been brought in through a back entrance.” Mother Jones
December 2, 2016: Trump accepts a call from Taiwan’s president, thereby offending China’s president by violating America’s longstanding “one China” policy.” Salon
Early December: “Two Russian intelligence officers who worked on cyber operations and a Russian computer security expert are arrested in Moscow and charged with treason for providing information to the United States. ” Mother Jones    “The arrests amount to a purge of the cyber wing of the FSB, successor to the KGB and the main Russian intelligence agency. “[Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers
December, Unknown: “Trump’s advisers were similarly secretive about meetings with leaders from the United Arab Emirates. The Obama White House only learned that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi was flying to New York in December to see Kushner, Flynn and Stephen K. Bannon, another top Trump adviser, because U.S. border agents in the UAE spotted the Emirate leader’s name on a flight manifest.” Washington Post   “The Post was first alerted in mid-December to the meeting by an anonymous letter, which said, among other things, that Kushner had talked to Kislyak about setting up the communications channel.” Mercury News A Trump associate reportedly set up a secret meeting to establish a back-channel between Trump and MoscowBusiness Insider “[Erik] Prince reportedly approached Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, after Zayed met with Trump transition officials in New York in December. That meeting included former National Security AdviserMichael Flynn and current Trump administration advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.Despite not having an official role with the transition, Prince reportedly told Zayed that he was authorized to act as an unofficial surrogate for Trump. He then asked Zayed to set up a meeting with the Russian, whom sources did not identify to the Post.”
December 4, 2016: Bud McFarlane conducted meetings at Trump Tower.
December 8, 2016: “Carter Page, no longer a foreign policy adviser to Trump, visits Moscow, where he tells a state-run news agency that he plans to meet with ‘business leaders and thought leaders.’” Mother Jones
December 9, 2016:  The Washington Post reports that a secret CIA assessment concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump win the presidency. In response, the Trump transition team issues a statement attempting to discredit the CIA’s conclusion: “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago…It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’” Mother Jones

“Senator McCain handed a copy of the Steele memos to James Comey, the FBI director, on 9 December.”  The Guardian
“Paul Manafort tells CBS News he is not active in the Trump transition. Asked if he is talking to President-elect 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.” Interviewers also question him about the appearance of his name among the handwritten entries in the Ukraine Party of Regions’ Black Ledger from 2007 to 2012 (purporting to show more than $12 million in payments to him). Manafort responds that the ledger was fabricated. “[Added April 17, 2017]Bill Moyers

December 11, 2016: “In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Trump again casts doubt on the US intelligence community’s findings on Russia’s interference in the election. “They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody,” Trump says of the CIA’s findings. ‘It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. I mean, they have no idea.’” Mother Jones     NBC News Courtesy Bill Moyers

“Trump praises Rex Tillerson, chairman of ExxonMobil 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.”Bill Moyers

December 12, 2016: “While in Moscow, Trump’s former campaign surrogate Jack Kingston meets with Russian businessmen to discuss what they might expect from a Trump administration. “Trump can look at sanctions,” Kingston says. ‘They’ve been in place long enough.’” [Added March 3, 2017.]Bill Moyers

“Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan called for an inquiry into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election” The Complaint

December 13, 2016:  Steele/Orbis prepared a second memo, given to 1 UK official in hard copy and to Fusion in DC, who gave hard copy to McCain via Kramer.   The Guardian

“Trump names Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, as his secretary of state nominee. Tillerson has long-standing ties to Russia and Putin. Tillerson helped Exxon cut several oil-drilling deals with Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company, and in 2013 Putin awarded Tillerson the Russian Order of Friendship.” Mother Jones

“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.’”Bill Moyers

December 13, 2016: “Kislyak requests another meeting with Kushner. Kushner sends a deputy, Avrahm Berkowitz, to meet with the Russian ambassador in his stead. At that meeting, Kislyak requests that Kushner meet with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, Russia’s state-owned development bank. Kushner meets with Gorkov later that month.” Mother Jones

December 16, 2016: Free Speech For People Campaign for Accountability v. Russia and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Filed before the Federal Election Commission. The Complaint

December 18, 2016: David Pepper CNN interviewabout “The People’s House” election hacking novel publicshed by St. Helena Press, publisher leads to Ivan Churakov. “Well, it looks like the  (word press) website is run by a Soviet IT guy specializing in word press. Coincidence?” Finished July 15, 2016, published a month later: Tweet

December 19, 2016: (Trump) “official later added that Flynn’s initial call was to express condolences to Kislyak after the terrorist killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara Dec. 19”.  Washington Post
December 28, 2016: Trump official said Flynn called Kislyak after Russian plane shot down carrying a choir to Syria and discussed plans for Putin-Trump call after January 21. “a second Trump official said the Dec. 28 call included an invitation from Kislyak for a Trump administration official to visit Kazakhstan for a conference in late January.” Washington Post
December 29, 2016:  “Michael Flynn holds five phone calls with Kislyak, during which they at some point discuss US sanctions on Russia. (White House press secretary Sean Spicer later claims falsely that they held just one call, in which they merely discussed “logistical information.”)” Mother JonesWashington Post “The discussions occur by phone and text on the day the Obama administration announces U.S. sanctions against Russia.”  NBC News
“The Obama administration announced sweeping new measures against Russia on Thursday in retaliation for what U.S. officials have characterized as interference in this fall’s presidential election, ordering the expulsion of Russian “intelligence operatives” and slapping new sanctions on state agencies and individuals suspected in the hacks of U.S. computer systems.”  Washington Post        CNN       “The measure includes the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the United States; the closure of Cold War-era Russian compounds in Long Island, New York, and in Maryland; and sanctions against the GRU and the FSB (Russian intelligence agencies), four employees of those agencies, and three companies that worked with the GRU.”  Mother Jones 
Obama Sanctioned:
FSB (Russian Federal Security Service, successor of KGB & once run by Putin)  FSB helped the GRU gather intelligence
GRU (Russian Main Intelligence Direcorate, spy service)-4 leaders individually sanctioned and the ANO PO KSI (Autonomous Noncommercial Organization “Professional Association of Designers of Data Processing Systems” for providing specialized training to GRU.
Zorsecurity/ Esage Lab provided the GRU with technical R & D.
STLC (Special Technology Center) Signals intelligence operations from St. Petersburg, Russia.  GRAPHIC      
December 30, 2016: “After Putin makes a surprise announcement that Russia would not retaliate for the new sanctions, Trump tweets, ‘Great move on delay (by V. Putin) — I always knew he was very smart.’”Bill Moyers

 January 2017

 January 2017: Press Secretary Sean Spicer says,”Carter Page is an individual who the president-elect does not know and was put on notice months ago by the campaign.” NBC
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) requested for Sally Yates’s testimony. Yates’s lawyer notified the Justice Dept. that much of her testimony would be barred and covered by the Presidential Communication Privilege. The DOJ referred Yates to White House lawyers and Yates’s attorney David O’Neil sent the letter & Pg. 2 that said she would not compromise classified information and current cases but that Privilege was waived by public comments about Yates’s discussion and assuming waiver without notice.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers presented Obama and Trump with a 2-page synopsis of the Steele memo and other intelligence.  CNN
“Concerned that classified material relating to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election might disappear once the Trump administration took office, Obama administration officials create a list containing the serial numbers of key documents. An administration official hand-delivers this list to senior members of the Senate intelligence committee.”  Mother Jones 
January 3, 2017: Trump Tweets  The “Intelligence” briefing on so-called “Russian hacking” was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
January 4, 2017     Trump Tweets:
Julian Assange said “a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta” – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017  Bill Moyers
January 5, 2017: Trump Tweets:“The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people….”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017“Trump tweets a series of attacks on the integrity of the US intelligence community’s findings that Russia had hacked the election.”Bill Moyers
January 6, 2017: “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence releases a report [25 page] saying that the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA believe there is evidence that Russia actively tried to help Trump win the election. They also conclude with “high confidence” that Russian military intelligence used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and a website called DCLeaks.com to release the hacked documents and that Russia’s military intelligence branch channeled hacked material to WikiLeaks.”  Mother Jones “The CIA, FBI and NSA release their 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 DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks.” [Updated March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers
January 10, 2017:  Trump Tweets an attack on Buzzfeed,

‘BuzzFeed Runs Unverifiable Trump-Russia Claims’ http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/buzzfeed-runs-error-laden-unverifiable-trump-russia-claim/ 

THE CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER & SENATE INTELLIGENCE DEBRIEFINGBuzzfeed publishes the December Steele Memo to McCain.  Full Memo

SENATE INTELLIGENCE OPEN HEARING ON THE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WITH U.S. ELECTION                       VIDEO

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution Declassified

“At Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) 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 called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.” [Updated March 4, 2017]Bill MoyersNBC News
” CNN reports that Obama and Trump received classified briefings that covered allegations contained in the Russia-Trump memos authored by the Western intelligence official that Russian intelligence possessed compromising material on Trump.- BuzzFeed publishes the Trump-Russia memos in full.- Trump calls the Russia memos story “#fakenews” on Twitter.- FBI Director James Comey testifies at a Senate intelligence committee hearing. He is asked whether the FBI is investigating Trump campaign staffers’ ties to Russia. Comey declines to answer the question.” Mother Jones 
“A hearing on Sessions’s nomination to serve as attorney general is held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asks about a CNN report on Russian ties to the Trump campaign that came out that day…’FRANKEN: CNN just published a story alleging that the intelligence community provided documents to the president-elect last week, that included information that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” These documents also allegedly say “there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government.” Again, I’m telling you this as it’s coming out, so, you know.But if it’s true, it’s obviously extremely serious, and 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: Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.FRANKEN: Very well.”” Washington Post
“Paul [Manafort, resigned for 5 months and under investigation] called Reince [Priebus], as a responsible ally of the president would do, and said this story about me is garbage, and a bunch of the other stuff in there seems implausible,” said a person close to Manafort.” Politico
Washington Post Video
January 11, 2017:Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.” Very unfair!”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017“Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017“I win an election easily, a great “movement” is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017“Trump again denies the allegations in the Russia memos in a series of tweets. Also in reference to the Russia allegations, he asks, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 ” Mother Jones    “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 of Trump’s first news conference comes from Ann Compton of ABC News: “Mr. President-elect, 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 the presidential campaign?” Trump never answered her. Away from cameras and heading toward the elevators, he reportedly says, “No,” his team didn’t have contact with Russia.”Bill Moyers
Trump’s News Conference: Full Transcript and Video
“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 spectrumlegal experts agreethe plan is a sham because, among other things, it does not require Trump to divest his holdings.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers
“Trump’s private tax attorney Sheri Dillon promised that he would “Meaningfully separate himself from the Trump Organization-something that never happened.”Mother Jones
Around January 11:A secret meeting takes place in the Seychelles between Blackwater founder Erik Prince, a major Trump campaign donor and brother of education secretary Betsy DeVos, and a Russian close to Vladimir Putin in an effort to establish an unofficial back channel between Moscow and Donald Trump. According to sources who would later speak to the Washington Post, the meeting was allegedly coordinated by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and his brother. It occurred shortly after a December visit to the US by Zayed, which the UAE did not disclose to the Obama administration.”Mother Jones 
January 12, 2017: Flynn-Kislyak calls leaked to the Washington Post.  “The first questions about national security adviser-designate Michael Flynn’s interactions with Russia’s ambassador are reported by The Washington Post.” Washington Post
January 13, 2017: “Trump again calls claims about his Russian connections “fake news.” His tweet refers to a comment by a Kremlin spokesman earlier in the month that called the US intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the US election “absolutely unfounded.” Mother Jones                       “In response to The Washington Post’s article about Flynn’s Dec. 29 conversations with the Russian ambassador, press secretary Sean Spicer says it was only one call. They “exchanged logistical information” for an upcoming call between Trump and Vladimir Putin after the inauguration.”Bill Moyers
January 15, 2017: “In an appearance on Face the Nation, Vice President-elect Mike Pence says Michael Flynn told him that he did not discuss US sanctions during his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.” Mother Jones     “Vice President-elect Mike Pence appears on “Face the Nation” and — erroneously, as it turns out — says that Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak were “strictly coincidental” and that Flynn and the Russian “did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.”  Washington Post    “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.’”Bill Moyers  
“We should trust Putin,” Trump tells The Times of London. Expressing once again his skepticism about NATO, Trump lambastes German Chancellor Angela Merkel.”Bill Moyers
January 17, 2017: “Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sends Sessions a lengthy letter asking about Russia (and a number of other things).Several of the President-Elect’s nominees or senior advisers have Russian ties. Have you been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after Election Day? RESPONSE: No.”  Washington Post
January 18, 2017: Devin Nunes attended a breakfast with Michael Flynn and Turkey’s foreign minister just before the inauguration Business Insider  Nov. 10, 2017 Devin Nunes, “Michael Flynn, then the incoming national security adviser, and Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister
January 19, 2017: “The New York Times reports that the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit are investigating Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone for their possible contacts with Russia during the campaign. As part of their investigation, the Times reports, these agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions.”Mother Jones 
January 20, 2017: “Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.”Mother Jones 
January 22, 2017: “Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was sworn in as national security adviser, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.”Bill Moyers    “Two days after Donald Trump becomes President Trump, Comey and the president meet at a reception for law enforcement and security officials in the White House Blue Room. Trump calls Comey over and they hug.”He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said with a chuckle, according to Reuters.” NPR
January 23, 2017: “White House press secretary Sean Spicer holds his first White House press briefing. He insists that national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador included no discussion of US sanctions.”Mother Jones      “FBI Director James B. Comey initially opposed Yates notifying McGahn, citing concerns that it could complicate the bureau’s ongoing investigation. “A turning point came after Jan. 23, when [Sean] Spicer, in his first official media briefing, again was asked about Flynn’s communications with [Ambassador Sergey] Kislyak,” Adam, Ellen and Phil report. “Spicer said that he had talked to Flynn about the issue ‘again last night.’ There was just ‘one call,’ Spicer said. And it covered four subjects: a plane crash that claimed the lives of a Russian military choir; Christmas greetings; Russian-led talks over the Syrian civil war; and the logistics of setting up a call between Putin and Trump. Spicer said that was the extent of the conversation. Yates again raised the issue with Comey, who now backed away from his opposition to informing the White House.” Yates then spoke to McGahn. ” Washington Post
January 24, 2017: “The FBI interviews Flynn about his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador. Flynn reportedly denies having discussed US sanctions on Russia.”Mother Jones  FBI writes a “302” Maddow
January 25, 2017: Sally Yates received a detailed readout from the FBI from the agents who conducted the interview and, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said they did not want to wait for the “302” report and went straight to the White House. Maddow
January 26, 2017: Sally Yates, accompanied by a Security official, warned the Trump White House counsel Donald McGahn that Michael Flynn’s calls had been intercepted and there was proof he had misled about communications with Kislyak and could be vulnerable to Russian Blackmail, which was supported by James R. Clapper Jr., Director of National Intelligence and John Brennan, CIA Director.  Washington Post , February 13, 2017   CBS News
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-CA, Intelligence Committee Chairman cancelled the hearing in which Yates would have testified against Flynn. Washington Post    CBS News
January 26, 2017: “Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, informs White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had discussed US sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador, despite Flynn’s claims to the contrary in his FBI interview.    – McGahn informs Trump of Yates’ report that Flynn had a conversation with the Russian ambassador in December that included a discussion about US sanctions. This reveals that Flynn misled Pence when he said he had not had substantive conversations with the Russian ambassador.” Mother Jones      “Sean Spicer later says Trump and a small group of White House advisers were “immediately informed of the situation.’”Bill Moyers 
January (date unknown): “At the Manhattan Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue, Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohenmeets 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.”Bill Moyers 
The New York Times reports that Cohen delivered this plan to Flynn. Cohen confirms he met with Sater and the Ukrainian lawmaker, but denies that they discussed a Ukraine-Russia peace plan or that he delivered such a plan to Flynn or the White House. “Mother Jones
“Responding to questions from The Washington Post, Cohen denies that statement, calling it “fake news.” [Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
January 27, 2017: Sen. John McCain stated desire to codify into law sanctions placed against Russia for annexing Crimea, invading Ukraine, Syria and building up military along NATO’s eastern side.  Statement    Business Insider
Trump requested a private dinner with FBI Director James Comey.  NY Times May 11, 2017   “The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense…At the dinner described by Mr. Trump in his interview with NBC, the conversation with Mr. Comey was quite different. Mr. Trump told NBC that Mr. Comey requested it to ask to keep his job. Mr. Trump said he asked the F.B.I. director if he was under investigation, a question that legal experts called highly unusual if not improper. In Mr. Trump’s telling, Mr. Comey reassured him that he was not.” NY Times
January 29, 2017: Trump, Kushner and Michael Flynn met in the Oval Office. TIME
January 30, 2017: On her way out, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired immediately after ordering federal attorneys to deny the immigration order/Travel Ban. Trump Tweets Yates betrayed the DOJ. “Trump’s senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, blasted Yates on Fox News after the acting attorney general was fired.” Washington Post   
January 31, 2017: Trump and Kushner met with Government Cybersecurity Experts TIME
A Kushner Companies spokesperson announces that Jared Kushner has sold his interest in 666 Fifth Avenue to a family trust of which he, Ivanka and their children are not beneficiaries.” Salon

February 2017

February 2017: “Carter Page told “PBS NewsHour” that he was a ‘junior member of the [Trump] campaign’s foreign policy advisory group.’”  Washington Post
February 3, 2017: Trump goes to Mar-a-Lago for the annual Red Cross gala
February 4, 2017: Trump at Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach
February 5, 2017: Trump had meetings and spent the morning at the Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach, returning for an evening Super Bowl party.
February 6, 2017: Trump at Mar-a-Lago
February 7, 2017: Trump tweets:I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2017Mother Jones

Around this time, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen hand delivered a Ukraine-Russia peace plan which would allow sanctions to be dropped, backed by Felix Sater and Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko, who wanted to rise in the Manafort-backed opposition party. NYTimes

February 8, 2017: “In an interview with the Washington PostFlynn denies discussing US sanctions with the Russian ambassador.” [Sergey Kislyak] Mother Jones
“Jeff Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump’s candidacy and the former chair of the Trump campaign’s national security advisory committee, becomes attorney general. Every Republican senator and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia votes to confirm him. During the confirmation process, Sessions had said he was “not aware of a basis to recuse myself” from the Justice Department’s Russia-related investigations of Trump.”Bill Moyers 
Confirmed  52-47 vote Washington Post
“(Gentry) Beach, (Wadie) Habboush and National Security Council officials took place on Feb. 8, according to one source with knowledge of the matter. Habboush presented senior NSC officials with a detailed plan to improve political relations with Venezuela and lift U.S. sanctions” MIC
February 9, 2017: “A spokesman for Flynn softens the national security adviser’s denial, telling the Washington Post that ‘while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn’t be certain that the topic never came up.’”Mother Jones        Washington Post
“Habboush returned to the White House and presented the (Venezuelan Sanctions Removal) plan directly to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, the two sources said. According to one of the sources, Beach and Habboush set up their meetings with NSC officials through deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland.”MIC
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) filed a “Resolution of Inquiry” demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hand over to the House “any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication” pertaining to “criminal or counterintelligence investigations” related to Trump, White House staff or his business. Politico
“Jared Kushner reportedly orchestrates a fence-mending phone call between Trump and China’s president, during which Trump reaffirms the US “one China” policy that his earlier conduct had placed in doubt.” Salon
February 10, 2017: “Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump says he is not aware of reports that Flynn has discussed US sanctions with the Russian ambassador. He has in fact been aware of Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak since late January.  Dmitri Rybolovlev’s plane lands in Miami from Marseille the day before Trump is set to arrive at Mar-a-Lago for the weekend.”Mother Jones
February 11, 2017: Trump at Mar-a-Lago with Japanese PM.”Trump National Golf Club located 20 mi. from Mar-a-Lago, was used by president Trump to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Ab” Wikipedia
February 12, 2017: N. Korean missle test while at Mar-a-Lago NY Times
February 13, 2017: National Security Advisor Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn resigns LetterThe Atlantic     10 Unanswered Questions after ResignationRT Calls it retirement, but Pence “believed Mr. Flynn lied to him by saying he had not discussed the topic of sanctions on a call with the Russian ambassador in late December”.  NY Times      “The Washington Post breaks another story: Then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House in late January that Flynn had mischaracterized his December conversation with the Russian ambassador, and that it made him vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Later that evening, Flynn resigns. “Bill Moyers    Washington Post
February 14, 2017: Sean Spicer admitted Trump knew Flynn misled them for weeks.  CBS Press Conference   CBS
Sean “Spicer denies that Trump or his campaign had any contacts with Russia during the election. The New York Times reports that American intelligence and law enforcement agencies have intercepted repeated communications between Trump campaign officials and other Trump associates and senior Russian intelligence and government officials. “Mother Jones”
“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, advisers to Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterates his earlier position: Sessions sees no need to recuse himself from the ongoing Justice Department investigations into the Trump/Russia connections.”Bill Moyers    
February 15, 2017: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “called [White House Chief of Staff Reince] Priebus early that morning and said The New York Times story vastly overstates what the FBI knows about the contacts.” CNN “During a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump does not answer a question about potential connections between his campaign and Russia during the election. He blames Flynn’s ouster on leaks. This is a different position than the one taken by the White House previously: that Flynn was asked to resign because he misled Pence about his communication with the Russian ambassador.  Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, asks the FBI to publicly knock-down media reports that the US intelligence community was investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia intelligence operatives during the election. The FBI refuses to do so. The administration then enlists the help of the intelligence community and several members of Congress, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)—the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees, both of which are conducting investigations into Trump’s Russia connections—to call media outlets to counter stories about contacts between Trump staffers and Russians.                In an appearance on PBS Newshour, Carter Page denies that he had any meetings with Russian officials in 2016.”Mother Jones  
Trump Administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories” Washington Post
“That evening, The New York Times reports that Trump is planning to appoint Stephen Feinberg, a billionaire hedge fund manager and Trump ally, to lead “a broad review of American intelligence agencies.” Feinberg has no prior experience in intelligence or government, but he has close ties to Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.”   NPR Transcript & Analysis of Netanyahu/Trump  
“Trump tweets a series of outbursts attacking the Trump/Russia connection as “nonsense,” diverting attention to “un-American” leaks in which “information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy.” Shortly thereafter, 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.Bill Moyers 
Around this date, Trump appealed to FBI Director Comey, who made notes of his conversations with Trump. The memo stated, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” NY Times
February 16, 2017: “At a news conference, Trump is asked whether anyone in his campaign had been in contact with Russia. He replies, “Nobody that I know of.” He also denies having any contact with Russia, saying, ‘Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia.’”Mother Jones       “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,” Trump says. ‘Nobody that I know of.’”Mother Jones    
February 17, 2017: “FBI Director James Comey meets with members of the Senate intelligence committee. That same day, the committee sends letters to more than a dozen agencies, groups, and individuals, asking them to preserve all communications related to the committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.”Mother Jones      Senate Intelligence Committee requested Roger Stone keep all hard and electronic copies for investigation, signed by Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC and Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA. Stone denied receipt until March 18.CNN “Senators want Russia-related materials preserved. NY Times
February 19, 2017: “During an interview on Fox News, Priebus denies that the Trump camp had any contact with Russia.”Mother Jones

February 20, 2017: After spending a week choosing Flynn’s replacement (The Hill), Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is appointed National Security Advisor   LA Times
Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN, “the diplomat suffered from cardiac arrest while at the Russian Mission on East 67th Street..

For a decade, it was Churkin who raised his arm to veto numerous resolutions ranging from the Syrian crisis to the Malaysia Airlines crash over eastern Ukraine. He stood firm in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against Western attacks. And he cited US policy in Libya as a symbol of failure by Western countries who favored regime change.”CNN
February 20-26, 2017: “Trump continues his attacks on the media and the FBI leaks that were generating the Trump/Russia stories. “[Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers
February 21, 2017:March 23, 2017: Paul Manafort’s attorney offered an interview to the House Intelligence Committee. CNN
Angela Chen “has ties to important members of the Chinese ruling elite and to an organization considered a front group for Chinese military intelligence. Chen, who also goes by the names Xiao Yan Chen and Chen Yu, purchased the four-bedroom condo in the Trump Park Avenue building in New York City on February 21 (2017 for $15.8 million). As Mother Jones first reported
Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart.  The Hill
February 23, 2017: “In a rare public appearance, Bannon spoke at the conservative political conference CPAC on February 23, 2017, alongside White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Bannon outlined the Trump administration’s agenda as focusing on “national security and sovereignty,” “economic nationalism” and “deconstruction of the administrative state.” He also railed against the mainstream media as “the opposition party” and stated that the Trump administration was dedicated to implementing the president’s campaign promises. “He’s laid out an agenda with those speeches with the promises he made and our job every day is to just to execute on that . . . he’s maniacally focused on that,” Bannon said.” Biography.comC-SPAN Video
February 24, 2017: FBI interviewed Michael Flynn per Sally Yates’s testimony May 8, 2017.
Washington Post reports that “The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia, a politically charged issue that has been under investigation by the FBI as well as lawmakers now defending the White House. Acting at the behest of the White House, the officials made calls to news organizations last week in attempts to challenge stories about alleged contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, U.S. officials said. The calls were orchestrated by the White House after unsuccessful attempts by the administration to get senior FBI officials to speak with news organizations and dispute the accuracy of stories on the alleged contacts with Russia.The White House on Friday acknowledged those interactions with the FBI but did not disclose that it then turned to other officials who agreed to do what the FBI would not — participate in White House-arranged calls with news organizations, including The Washington Post. The effort also involved senior lawmakers with access to classified intelligence about Russia, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees. A spokesman for Nunes said that he had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story and that, “at the request of a White House communications aide, Chairman Nunes then spoke to an additional reporter and delivered the same message.” Unlike the others, Nunes spoke on the record and was subsequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Burr acknowledged that he “had conversations about” Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by the New York Times and CNN that alleged “repeated” or “constant” contact between Trump campaign members and Russian intelligence operatives.” Washington Post
February 25, 2017: “Nigel Farage, ex-leader of the UK Independence Party, key Brexit campaigner and one of Donald Trump’s most visible foreign supporters during and after the presidential campaign, dines with Trump, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers
February 26, 2017: “NBC’s Chuck Todd notes a pattern: Trump’s attacks on the press followed immediately after a new and unflattering Trump/Russia story breaks. “[Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
February 27, 2017: “The Guardian reports on evidence that Michael Flynn had communicated with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. In response, Nunes  to reporters saying: “As of right now, I don’t have any evidence of any phone calls … That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but I don’t have that. And what I’ve been told by many folks is that there’s nothing there …  I want to be very careful that we can’t just go on a witch-hunt against Americans because they appear in news stories.” In response to Nunes’s statement, Schiff gives a counter-press conference criticizing Nunes for disclosing information: “When you begin an investigation, you don’t begin by stating what you believe to be the conclusion.” LawfareBlog
February 28, 2017: “On a party line vote, 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.          More than 10 days after the Senate Intelligence Committee had 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 a March 1 report by the Associated Press. “[Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers  Nadler

“Republicans on the House judiciary committee vote down a Democrat-sponsored resolution that would have required the Trump administration to disclose information about Trump’s ties to Russia (and his possible financial conflicts of interest).   White House lawyers ask Trump staffers to preserve any materials related to possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.”Mother Jones

March 2017

March 1, 2017: “In response to reports in The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal and The New York Times about Jeff Sessions’ pre-election contacts with the Russian ambassador,”[Added March 3, 2017]Bill Moyers  “The Washington Post reports that Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, did not disclose in his January confirmation hearings that he twice met with Sergey Kislyak,the Russian ambassador. Sessions had said during a confirmation hearing that “I did not have communications with the Russians.” Sessions’ Justice Department spokeswoman says Sessions met with Kislyak in his capacity as a senator on the armed services committee, and that the question during the confirmation hearing was about the Trump campaign’s Russian connections.”Mother Jones

“The Post reveals Sessions’s two interactions with Kislyak. Sessions’s staff releases a statement from the attorney general: “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.” A statement from Trump’s administration called the questions an “attack” and hinted that Franken was pushing the story for political purposes.  Sarah Isgur Flores, director of public affairs for the Department of Justice, went further in a statement to BuzzFeed. “There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer. Last year, the Senator had over 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, including the British, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Indian, Chinese, Canadian, Australian, German and Russian ambassadors,” she said. “He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign—not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee.” Washington Post
 March 2, 2017: Sessions recuses himself from probe into Russian election interference.  “Asked if he would recuse himself from an investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Sessions was vague.“I have said whenever it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself. There’s no doubt about that,” he said. Later that afternoon, Sessions announced that he would recuse himself from “any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.” Washington Post
“Facing criticism over the revelations that he withheld information regarding his meetings with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearings, Sessions announces that he will recuse himselffrom any investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.  On NBC, Sessions denies that he ever discussed the Trump campaign with Russians. “I have not met with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign and those remarks are unbelievable to me and are false,” he said. “And I don’t have anything else to say about that.”    Alex Oronov, a Ukrainian billionaire businessman who was connected by marriage to Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and associate, dies unexpectedly. Oronov’s daughter was married to Cohen’s brother. Oronov reportedly set up a January 2017 meeting between Cohen and Russian officials to discuss a possible “peace plan” between Russia and Ukraine that would have formalized Putin’s control over Crimea. The New York Times reported that this peace proposal was hand-delivered to Michael Flynn prior to his forced resignation.     The White House acknowledges that Jared Kushner and Flynn met with Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in December. The meeting was first reported by The New Yorker.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Donald Trump Jr. was paid at least $50,000 for his October 2016 appearance before a French think tank run by a couple allied with Russia on ending Syrian conflict.    USA Today reports that two other Trump advisers, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, met with Sergey Kislyak during the Republican National Convention.    In an MSNBC appearance, Page says he doesn’t deny that this meeting took place.    J.D. Gordon tells CNNthat during the Republican National Convention, he did in fact push to alter the Republican platform’s draft policy on Ukraine to align it with Trump’s views on Russia.”Mother Jones“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 matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.” [Revised March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers Despite an earlier denial, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page admits to meeting with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the campaign. Another adviser, J.D. Gordon, admits that he’d met with Kislyak during the Republican Convention in July. Gordon says he had successfully urged changes in the party platform that Trump had sought to soften US policy regarding Ukraine.” [Added March 6, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 3, 2017: “Page tells Chris Hayes of MSNBC re Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, ‘I’m not going to deny that I talked with him. … I will say that I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland, let’s just say that much.’” NBC  “Trump dresses down senior staffers in a meeting in the Oval Office over Jeff Sessions’ recusal and over news reports connecting the Trump administration to Russia.” Mother Jones
March 4, 2017: “Trump is reportedly furious that Jeff 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 whom former national security adviser Mike Flynn had brought to the White House as senior director for intelligence programs. “[Revised April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers “Stone tweets — then deletes — about his communications with Assange: “[N]ever denied perfectly legal back channel to Assange who indeed had the goods on #CrookedHillary.” Forty minutes later, the tweet was gone.” [Added April 24, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 5, 2017: FBI Director Comey asked the Justice Department to rebut publicly Trump’s assertion that President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump’s phones. Meanwhile, Sean Spicer announces that neither Trump nor the White House would comment further on Trump/Russia matters until Congress completes an investigation into whether President Obama’s executive branch abused its powers during 2016 election. [Added March 6, 2017]Bill Moyers Trump Tweets “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” at 4 am. and (New Yorker),  NBC News“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!“— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
“Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the White House is requesting that the congressional intelligence committees examine Trump’s allegations that Obama wiretapped Trump during the campaign as part of their investigation into Russia’s election activity. Spicer also says the White House will not comment further on the wiretapping allegation until the completion of this investigation.” Mother Jones
March 7, 2017: After the fact, Michael Flynn (as Flynn Intel Group) filed a  Foreign Agents Registration Act for lobbying business in Turkey for Inovo BV, a Dutch company solely owned by Ekim Alptekin. FARA Registration Unit  Alptekin and “Dmitri “David” Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities. This unusual arrangement, in which Alptekin and Zaikin have helped steer Turkish lobbying through various groups since at least 2015.” Politico
WikiLeaks releases a trove of alleged CIA documents relating to the agency’s hacking tools for smartphones, computers and internet-connected devices. “[Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers “Michael Ellis, 32-year-old general counsel to Nunes’ intelligence committee, joins White House Counsel McGahn’s office as “special assistant to the president, senior associate counsel to the president and deputy National Security Council legal adviser.” [Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 8, 2017: “Nigel Farage meets with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where Assange had found sanctuary since 2012. “[Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers 
Sheri Dillon, Trump’s private tax attorney from the Moscow-awarded international law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, wrote meaningless certified letter to Trump meant to clear him of Russian connections, which he released  on May 12, 2017. Mother Jones Annotated Letter on   Mother Jones “At a cyber conference in Boston, Comey reiterates that he intends to serve the entirety of his 10-year term. “You’re stuck with me for about 6 1/2 years,” he says. The comments come after Comey had been pressing the Justice Department for days to issue a public denial of Trump’s accusations of wiretappingagainst President Obama. NPR’s Carrie Johnson reported at the time that Comey “has demonstrated a nearly unique ability to draw critics from both ends of the political spectrum.” NPR  
Jeff Sessions Likely Met Russian Ambassador A Third Time Huffington Post
March 9, 2017: In an online press conference, Assange threatens to release more documents relating to CIA’s hacking capabilities and methods.“[Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers “When reporters ask Sean Spicer about Nigel Farage’s meeting with Julian Assange and whether Farage was delivering a message from Trump, Sean Spicer says, “I have no idea.” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers 
HPSCI’s Schiff and Nunes sent Dep. Acting AG Dana Boente a request for wiretapping applications, orders and warrants related to Trump and Associates. Washington Post
March 10, 2017: “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 later 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.” [Added March 13, 2017]Bill Moyers “Trump adviser Roger Stone acknowledges that during the 2016 campaign he exchanged direct messages on Twitter with Guccifer 2.0, the online persona that US intelligence agencies believe was a front for Russian intelligence. Stone claims the conversations were so “perfunctory” and “banal” that he had forgotten about them.  The yacht belonging to Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev anchors in a cove in the British Virgin Islands. Another yacht anchors next to Rybolovlev’s—the Sea Owl, owned by Robert Mercer, one of Trump’s biggest donors during the 2016 election and an investor in the conservative Breitbart News.” Mother Jones     “Mike Flynn’s replacement as national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, tells Ezra Cohen-Watnick that he is reassigning him. Unhappy with the 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.” [Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 12, 2017:John McCain tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that former Trump adviser 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 explain fully his involvement matters relating to Ukraine’s pro-Putin former president.” [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 13, 2017: 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. “[Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers 
Bloomberg reports that the Kushner family may receive as much as $400 million from Chinese investor Anbang Insurance Group’s investment in 666 Fifth Avenue. On March 29, Anbang backs out of the deal.”   Salon
March 14, 2017: “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.”[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 15, 2017: Sen. Dan Coats, R.-IN, becomes Director of National Intelligence. “RogerStone is 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 had 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. Litvinenko had defected to Britain and become an outspoken critic of Putin. As he lay in a hospital bed, he said Putin had been responsible for his impending death. On Jan. 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. “ [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers “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.” [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers “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.” [Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers    CNN
“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), whose committee is one of several where investigations are fully underway, accused Justice Department officials Wednesday of lying when they promised to share information about ongoing department probes with lawmakers conducting oversight.“It doesn’t matter whether you have a Republican or Democrat president, every time they come up here for their nomination hearing . . . I ask them, ‘Are you going to answer phone calls and our letters, and are you going to give us the documents we want?’ And every time we get a real positive ‘yes’! And then they end up being liars!” Grassley said, screaming into the phone during an interview with The Washington Post. “It’s not if they’re treating us differently than another committee. It’s if they’re responding at all.”  Nunes and Schiff also sent Comey, Rogers and CIA Director Mike Pompeo a letter Wednesday demanding a complete list of people whose names have been “unmasked” after popping up in other surveillance — the way, they noted, authorities discovered that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. If that information isn’t provided by Friday, Nunes said he would likely subpoena those records.  “If there is a criminal investigation regarding the Trump campaign and ties to Russia, I want to know about it because we’re doing congressional investigations of all things Russia,” Graham said in an interview. “I don’t want to run into a criminal investigation not knowing it’s out there.”” Washington Post
March 16, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders issue a joint statement rebutting Trump’s unfounded assertion that President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower: “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.” [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers 
American Oversight calls Congress to investigate Seb Gorka for Failure to Disclose Membership in a Nazi group on Security Clearance Forms
March 17, 2017: Trump lost Republican support for any claims of Obama wiretaps. Time
NBC News’s Timeline published March 20, 2017
“Roger Stone says he had only just received the letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee, dated Feb. 17, asking him to preserve his records relating to Russian election interference. Quoted in The New York Times, Stone says, “I had 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,” not “separate contacts.” [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 20, 2017: Adam Schiff delivers the first public statement to FBI Director James Comey at the Senate Intelligence Committee briefing.  Transcript.    Comey testified before Congress on Obama wiretap accusations and Russia. “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.” [Added March 20, 2017]Bill Moyers 
“After FBI Director James Comey says during testimony before Congress that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Manafort issues a statement denying any role in any cyberattack on the DNC or leaks of DNC emails, and denying that he ever spoke to any Russian official or anyone else claiming involvement in the attack. “The suggestion that I ever worked in concert with anyone to release hacked emails or sought to undermine the interests of the United States is false,” said the statement. “Despite the constant scrutiny and innuendo, there are no facts or evidence supporting these allegations, nor will there be.” NBC
“Shortly before the House intelligence committee holds its first public hearing on its investigation into Russia’s interference in the US election, a senior White House official tells the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, “You’ll see the setting of the predicate. That’s the thing to watch today.” Lizza later reports:He suggested that I read a piece in The Hill about incidental collection. The article posited that if “Trump or his advisors were speaking directly to foreign individuals who were the target of U.S. spying during the election campaign, and the intelligence agencies recorded Trump by accident, it’s plausible that those communications would have been collected and shared amongst intelligence agencies.”The White House clearly indicated to me that it knew Nunes would highlight this issue. “It’s backdoor surveillance where it’s not just incidental, it’s systematic,” the White House official said. “Watch Nunes today.”- In his opening statement at the hearing, Nunes asks, “Were the communications of officials or associates of any campaign subject to any kind of improper surveillance?” The day’s biggest news, however, comes from FBI Director James Comey who testifies the hearing that the bureau has since July been “investigating 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.” Both Comey and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers dismiss Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped him during the election.- In response to questions from Mother Jones‘ David Corn, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chair of the House intelligence committee, tells reporters he has never heard of key figures connected to the Trump-Russia scandal, including Carter Page and Roger Stone.- Spicer tells reporters that Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s campaign from April 2016 to August 2016, “played a limited role” on the campaign ‘for a very limited amount of time.’” Mother Jones“In a House Intelligence Committee public hearing, Paul Manafort’s name comes up more than two dozen times.” [Added March 27, 2017]Bill Moyers
After March 20, Date Unknown:”Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.” Washington Post
Sen. Al Franken and Patrick Leahy wrote FBI Director James Comey a letter requesting further investigation into Jeff Sessions’ Russian contacts after a third news report indicating as such on March 8. Huffington Post MSN News
March 21, 2017: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, took a call while sharing an Uber with a staffer and mysteriously switched cars without saying where he was going.  He went to the White House (CNNDevin Nunes Vanished the Night Before He Made Trump Surveillance Claims The Daily Beast March 24., “bypasses his fellow committee members and  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. And he confirms that he still had seen no evidence to support Trump’s claim that President Obama had ordered his wires tapped. “[Added March 27, 2017]Bill Moyers Wired   Washington Post New York Times
Ezra “Cohen-Watnick came upon the information as he was reviewing how widely intelligence reports on intercepts were shared within the American spy agencies.” Cohen-Watnick gave the information to White House counsel Michael Ellis who gave it to Nunes. Bi-partisan speculation exists that Cohen-Watnick and Nunes were trying to justify Trump’s Obama wiretapping accusations.  NY Times
“In 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.” [Added March 27, 2017]
March 22, 2017: Nunes makes a morning statement at the Capitol building “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition…“This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under FISA, where there was incidental collection that ended up in reporting channels and it was widely disseminated,” Wired He referred to Unmasking in the press conference (identification in the intelligence reports).  “Next, Nunes visits the White House to brief Trump on the intelligence reports. Directly after, he holds another press conference, this time on the White House lawn.” Wired   Adam Schiff, D-CA, Ranking Dem. on House Intelligence Committee released statmenet that “most of the names in the intercepted communications were in fact masked” and that “Nunes did not share his information with his colleagues prior to holding public press conferences”. Wired   In the evening, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, gave an interview on MSNBC and “called for a congressional select committee or independent commission to take charge”. NBC News    “Since disclosing the existence of the intelligence reports, Mr. Nunes has refused to identify his sources, saying he needed to protect them so others would feel safe going to the committee with sensitive information. In his public comments, he has described his sources as whistle-blowers trying to expose wrongdoing at great risk to themselves.  That does not appear to be the case. Several current American officials identified the White House officials as Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counsel’s Office and was previously counsel to Mr. Nunes’s committee. Though neither has been accused of breaking any laws, they do appear to have sought to use intelligence to advance the political goals of the Trump administration.”  NY Times
FLYNN: March 22, 2017 House Oversight Committee (Chaffetz & Cummings) Requests All Documents on Flynn’s Foreign Contacts and Payments to Reince Priebus, James Comey, James Mattis, and Daniel Coats“In a joint letter to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee request information and documents relating to payments that former national security adviser Mike Flynn received from entities affiliated with foreign governments, including Russia and Turkey. “[Added May 2, 2017]Bill Moyers “The Associated Press reports that, starting in the mid-2000s, Manafort worked on behalf of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to “influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government.” The news service quotes a 2005 strategy memo authored by Manafort, who writes, “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.” Manafort denies working on behalf of Russian interests.  Mother Jones reports that Manafort tried to help Deripaska secure a visa to the United States. The aluminum magnate had been denied entry to the United States at various points because of suspected ties to the Russian mafia.   Rep. Devin Nunes, without briefing Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), his Democratic counterpart on the intelligence committee, or other members of the panel, calls a surprise press conference, announcing that he has seen evidence that the intelligence community “incidentally” picked up communications by Trump transition officials in the course of lawful surveillance on foreign parties. He claims that the names of Trump officials were “unmasked” and that “none of this surveillance was related to Russia.”    In a remarkable departure from intelligence committee norms, Nunes visits the White House to brief Trump on his findings. The president later says he feels “somewhat” vindicated by the information Nunes shared.   Schiff releases a statement expressing “grave concerns” about Nunes’ actions and casting doubt about whether a “credible investigation” can be conducted under these circumstances.– Schiff tells MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that there is “more than circumstantial evidence now” of potential collusion between Trump officials and Russian operatives.– CNN, citing “US officials,” reports that the ‘FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.’” Mother Jones
“Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way. pic.twitter.com/wwrp7H7JWC— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 22, 2017 Trump tweets:   Just watched the totally biased and fake news reports of the so-called Russia story on NBC and ABC. Such dishonesty!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2017
Rep. Nunes apologizes to Democratic members of the intelligence committee for failing to brief them on the new information he obtained and instead taking it straight to the White House, but he won’t explain why he took this unusual action.” Mother JonesAtty. David O’Neil for Sally Yates, wrote Justice Department official Samuel Ramer a letter, disagreeing with the Department’s decision to block Yates’s congressional testimony.
March 23, 2017: “In a letter to acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel R. Ramer, Sally 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. “[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 24, 2017: “Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone volunteer to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee.” [Added March 27, 2017]Bill Moyers 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. “[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers
Nunes canceled House Intelligence Committee open hearing, announced NSA Director Mike Rogers and FBI Director James Comey for a closed-door briefing. “Chairman just cancelled open Intelligence Committee hearing with (former Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper, (former CIA Director John) Brennan and (former deputy Attorney General Sally) Yates in attempt to choke off public info,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee tweeted moment before going to speak to the press Friday morning.”CNN   
“Rep. Devin Nunes holds a press conference, where he announces that Paul Manafort has volunteered to testify before the House intelligence committee. He also announces that the committee will be delaying its next open hearing, which had been planned for March 28.” Mother Jones    Roger Stone and Carter Page volunteered to talk to House committee, CNN on Stone & Page CNN on Manafort
Rep. Nunes cancels public hearings 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 his committee. Nunes postpones their appearances indefinitely. “[Added March 27, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 25, 2017: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA releases a statement about the investigation.The American people demand – and deserve – the truth. Congress must create an independent commission to #FollowTheFacts on Russia. pic.twitter.com/aa3SmJ7pRI— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 25, 2017
March 26, 2017: “In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Roger 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.” [Added March 27, 2017]Bill Moyers 
March 27, 2017: Trump hosts a PGA Tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA, for which he sold tickets. He had three meetings at the club and left for DC at noon.  NY Times  Trump tweetsthat the House Intelligence Committee should be looking into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia: “Trump Russia story is a hoax.” [Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers “Rep. Adam Schiff, Ranking Democrat on the Investigation Committee, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, and others stated that Nunes should recuse himself from the investigation.    “The New York Times reports that in early December 2016, Jared Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, the chief of Russia’s state-owned development bank at the request of Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The paper also reports that the Senate intelligence committee has informed the White House that it will seek to question Kushner about this meeting and his interactions with the Kislyak.”The New York Times reports that on the evening of March 21, Rep. Nunes met with a source on the grounds of the White House grounds. The source reportedly showed Nunes “dozens” of classified intelligence reports. The next day, Nunes announced he had viewed evidence that showed that US intelligence agencies had “incidentally” collected communications among Trump transition team members while surveilling other parties.   House Democrats, including minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, call on Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the House intelligence committee investigation into Russia’s election interference. ” Mother Jones
Nunes’ spokesperson Jack Langer explained: “Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source … The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped.” NBC News
Calls for Nunes’ Recusal:
″After much consideration I believe Chairman should recuse himself from involvement in investigation/oversight of Trump campaign & transition pic.twitter.com/jpfA1x80Si— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 27, 2017The time is long overdue for @SpeakerRyan to call on @DevinNunes to recuse himself at the very least. https://t.co/KtEO8msltspic.twitter.com/4nh0P8DMLj— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 27, 2017The time is long overdue for @SpeakerRyan to call on @DevinNunes to recuse himself at the very least. https://t.co/KtEO8msltspic.twitter.com/4nh0P8DMLj— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) March 27, 2017
March 28, 2017:    Devin Nunes Says He Will Continue To Lead Russia Inquiry NY Times Sean Spicer denied White House intentionally blocking Sally Yates’s testimony in January.  “Nunes argues he had to review classified, executive branch documents from a secure facility at the White House because the reports had not been provided to Congress and could not be transported to the secure facilities used by the House intelligence committee. It is very unusual for a committee chairman and ranking member not to coordinate meetings related to an investigation. Nunes would not name the source of the information, nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. He described the source as an intelligence official.” Fortune
“The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration has tried to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying before the House intelligence committee. Yates—who was fired by Trump in January after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend the administration’s executive order temporarily blocking immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries—was scheduled to testify before the committee in a public hearing that was canceled by Nunes. The White House denied that it had tried to block Yates from testifying, calling the Post‘s story “entirely false.”                              
NBC reports:A bank in Cyprus investigated accounts associated with President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for possible money-laundering, two banking sources with direct knowledge of his businesses here told NBC News.Manafort — whose ties to a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin are under scrutiny—was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, dating back to 2007, the sources said. At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally, according to court documents.Banking sources said some transactions on Manafort-associated accounts raised sufficient concern to trigger an internal investigation at a Cypriot bank into potential money laundering activities. After questions were raised, Manafort closed the accounts, the banking sources said.According to a Manafort spokesman, “All were legitimate entities and established for lawful ends.”Mother Jones    
Trump Tweeted: Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017

Feds Arrest 10 Bonanno Organized Crime Family Members and Associates NBC NY  “Ten members and associates of the Bonanno organized crime family, including alleged acting captain Ronald Giallanzo, were arrested early Tuesday by the FBI and NYPD Joint Organized Crime Task Force, officials said. The 37-count federal indictment charges the men with operating a racketeering conspiracy since 1998 that earned them more than $26 million in illicit proceeds, according to prosecutors. Operating mainly in the Howard Beach section of Queens, the defendants allegedly engaged in loansharking, illegal gambling, robbery, and extortion, prosecutors said.”  Link to the Arrested

CREW and Democracy 21 Letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics Re” Request for Inquiry into whether Rep. Nunes violated House Ethics Rules

March 29, 2017: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, asks the Senate Intelligence Committee for a thorough review of Trump & associates and Russians  Press Release
“Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), respectively the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, hold a press conference. They vow a tough, bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. “This investigation’s scope will go wherever the intelligence leads,” Burr says. According to Burr, seven committee staffers have been assigned to the probe and the committee has begun to schedule the first of 20 interviews.” Mother Jones
March 30, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee Session 1 VIDEO Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns
Senate Intelligence Committee Session 2 VIDEO Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns
“The Senate intelligence committee convenes its first hearing into Russian interference in the presidential election.  The New York Timesreports that two White House officials, Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis, “played a role in providing” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) access to intelligence reports showing that “President Trump and his associates were incidentally swept up in foreign surveillance by American spy agencies.” Cohen-Watnick was brought on to the National Security Council by Michael Flynn, for whom he had worked at the National Security Council. After Flynn’s ouster, his replacement, national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, attempted to “sideline” Cohen-Watkins, according to Politico. Jared Kushner and White House strategist Stephen Bannon intervened on the NSC staffer’s behalf, taking the matter all the way to Trump. Ellis worked for Nunes before taking a job in the White House as a lawyer working on national security matters.  The Wall Street Journal reports that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has told the FBI and the congressional committees investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia that he will agree to be interviewed in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Flynn’s attorney says in a subsequent statement that the retired general “certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit.” Mother Jones

“The Senate Intelligence Committee opens its hearings into the Trump/Russia investigation. Clinton Watts, 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,” he says. “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 official have died since Trump’s election. Some were apparent assassinations. “[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers

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 had saved personally 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 adviser” on March 7). “[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 

“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, “Gen. Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should circumstances permit.” [Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 

March 31, 2017: 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 proportion!”[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 

“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,” he insists. “[Added April 3, 2017]Bill Moyers 

NBC reports that the Senate intelligence committee has denied Flynn’s request for immunity, telling Flynn’s lawyer the request was “wildly preliminary” and currently “not on the table.” Mother Jones

March (date unknown): “Weeks after its former CEO, Rex Tillerson, becomes Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil files an application with the Treasury department for a waiver from US sanctions on Russia. Exxon seeks the waiver in order to resume an exploration and drilling project with Russian-state oil giant Rosneft. Tillerson has said that he will recuse himself from State Department decisions that could benefit Exxon for one year.”Mother Jones

April 2017

April 3, 2017: Sen. Rand Paul,R-KY Tweets “Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign.”  New Yorker
April 4, 2017: “The (Pentagon Inspector General) initiated an investigation to determine if Lt. Gen. (Retired) Flynn accepted payments in violation of the Emoluments Clause, implementing laws, or Department of Defense regulations” USA Today
April 5, 2017: In an interview with The New York Times, Trump says, “The Russia story is a total hoax.” [Added April 10, 2017]Bill Moyers
7 “The House ethics committee announces that it is investigating Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, due to allegations that he made “unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” In a statement, Nunes says that he will temporarily remove himself from the House intelligence committee’s Russia investigation into Russian interference while the House ethics committee investigates, “despite the baselessness of the charges” against him.”Mother Jones       The New York Times reported that Kushner failed to list Russian contacts on his SF-86 questionnaire, which alerted House Democrats and prompted them to write a letter to Comey and Phalen.   NY Times
Nunes Recuses: “The House ethics committee announces that it is investigating Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, due to allegations that he made “unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” In a statement, Nunes says that he will temporarily remove himself from the House intelligence committee’s Russia investigation into Russian interference while the House ethics committee investigates, “despite the baselessness of the charges” against him.” Mother Jones
New York Times breaks: Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms Kushner failed to disclose meetings with Sergey Kislyak and Russian State-controlled bank VEB.
April 7, 2017: Defense Intelligence Agency sent a classified letter to the House Oversight Committee dated October 8, 2014, warning Flynn of Foreign Payments without permission after they fired him. The letter states there were no records showing that he sought permission or approval of the money he received from speaking at the Moscow RT Gala in December 2015 during which he dined with Putin.  The Defense Department gave House Oversight Committee an unclassified version the week of April 27, 2017 House Democrats Oversight Committee                
April 8, 2017:  “In a post on April 8, the [Shadow Brokers] said Mr. Trump had abandoned those who helped get him elected. “The ShadowBrokers is losing faith in you,” it said, adding, “Is appearing you are abandoning ‘your base,’ ‘the movement,’ and the peoples who getting you elected.” NY Times  Shadow Brokers Letter
   
April 11, 2017: “In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Eric Trump says that the Trump administration’s decision to launch missiles at a Syrian military target shows that there is no connection between President Trump and the Russian government, which backs the Assad regime. The Washington Post reports that in the summer of 2016, the FBI and DOJ obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to monitor the communications of Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. “This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents,” notes the Post.””Mother Jones
April 12, 2017: “The Associated Press confirms that at least $1.2 million in payments listed next to Paul Manafort’s name on a “black accounts” ledger in Ukraine that was uncovered in August 2016 were in fact received by Manafort’s consulting firm. Manafort had initially denied receiving illicit payments, and told the AP that “any wire transactions received by my company are legitimate payments for political consulting work that was provided. I invoiced my clients and they paid via wire transfer, which I received through a U.S. bank.”
CNNBreaks news that classified documents contradict any claims that Susan Rice’s “unmasking” requests were illegal or otherwise source of leaks. “Sebastian Gorka, a Trump foreign policy aide, cast Rice’s actions as worse than the Watergate scandal that felled President Richard Nixon in an interview with pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity.”  “CNN reports that both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have reviewed documents related to allegations that Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice had improperly requested the “unmasking” of Trump transition team members in intelligence reports. The lawmakers who reviewed these reports “have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal,” CNN reported, though Trump had previously called the allegations a “massive story.” In an interview on the Fox Business Network, Trump says that it is “not too late” to fire FBI director James Comey, but also says that he still has confidence in him.””Mother Jones
April 12, 2017: “The Associated Press confirms that newly obtained financial records show Paul Manafort’s firm had received two wire transfers — one in 2007 and another in 2009 — corresponding to 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.” [Added April 17, 2017]Bill MoyersApril 13, 2017: “Former Trump campaign adviser 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.” Later he continues, “Someone may have brought it up. I have no recollection. And if it was, it was not something I was offering or that someone was asking for.” Page says that from the time of his departure as an adviser to the Trump campaign through Inauguration Day, he maintained “light contact” with some campaign members. “[Added April 17, 2017]Bill Moyers
April 13, 2017: “House Democrats send a letter to FBI Director James Comey and the head of the National Background Investigations Bureau, calling for the suspension of Jared Kushner’s security clearance. Kushner, they write “failed to disclose key meetings with (dozens of) foreign government officials during his application process,” including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned development bank. “Knowingly falsifying or concealing information on a SF-86 questionnaire is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison,” the lawmakers write.” Mother Jones
Mid-April 2017WSJ: “federal investigators requested Mr. Manafort’s banking records from Citizens Financial GroupInc.
April 14, 2017: “Legistorm reports that Andrii Artemenko, the pro-Putin Ukrainian lawmaker that in January met with two Trump associates to discuss a possible peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, is paying $30,000 a month to a pro-Trump preacher in Pennsylvania who has ties to Russia and Ukraine. According to Legistorm, the funds were for “strategic counseling and representation to advance US-Ukraine relations, including engagement with public officials, legislators and government agencies” and a filing from Armstrong’s LLC notes the payments were not financed by a foreign government. The preacher, Dale Armstrong, helps run twogroups focused on bringing biblical values to Ukraine and other former Soviet republics.” Mother Jones
Shadow Brokers released “Most of the code was designed to break through network firewalls and get inside the computer systems of competitors like Russia, China and Iran. That, in turn, allows the N.S.A. to place “implants” in the system, which can lurk unseen for years and be used to monitor network traffic or enable a debilitating computer attack. According to these experts, the coding resembled a series of “products” developed inside the N.S.A.’s highly classified Tailored Access Operations unit, some of which were described in general terms in documents stolen three years ago by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor now living in Russia.The timing of the leaks coincides with the United States’ recent shift in policy in Syria, which has escalated the conflict with the Syrian government’s main backer, Russia. The Shadow Brokers wrote in broken English in an online post, which cited the American missile attack on a Syrian air base among other reasons for the leak, that after a hiatus, it had returned to leaking because it was upset that President Trump was abandoning “the peoples who getting you elected.” Among the leaks on Friday was an extensive list of PowerPoint and Excel documents that, if authentic, indicate that the N.S.A. has successfully infiltrated EastNets, a company based in Dubai that helps to manage transactions in the international bank messaging system called Swift.” NY Times
April 18, 2017: Adam Khan replies with “Trump-tied businessmen met NSC officials, Bannon over Venezuala sanctions, sources say” MIC.com
April 19, 2017:  Reuters exclusive of Russian think tank, RISS, “described by officials as the Kremlin’s in-house foreign policy think tank and staffed by Putin-appointees, had developed plans to interfere with the US election. Seven current or former US officials describe documents produced and circulated by RISS in June and October 2016, first calling on the Kremlin to mount a propaganda campaign to help elect a pro-Russia president and later to stoke concerns about Hillary Clinton and voter fraud.having released June and October 2016 strategic plans to interfere with the election.” Mother Jones
Mary McCord Resigns, acting Head of National Security for the DOJ and acting assistant attorney general in the department’s national security division, will leave the department in May 2017. McCord heads the department’s investigation into Russia interference in the presidential election. The Intercept     Mother Jones
April 19, 2017: “The White House refuses the March 22 bipartisan request from the House Oversight Committee for more information and documents relating to payments that former national security adviser Mike Flynn received from entities affiliated with the Russian and Turkish governments.” [Added May 2, 2017] Bill Moyers
April 21, 2017: CNN Reports Russian infiltration of Trump Campaign including Carter Page.   CNN reports that in the summer of 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, US and European intelligence found that Russian intelligence operatives were attempting to infiltrate the Trump campaign through Trump advisers, including Carter Page. Citing US officials, the network reports that Page and several other Trump advisers were repeatedly in contact with Russian officials and other Russians on the radar of intelligence agencies.” Mother Jones
April 23, 2017: Senate Intel Committee has only 7 part-time and unqualified staffers assisting and haven’t conducted witness interviews. None of the seven staffers assigned to the investigation are working on it full-time, none have investigative or legal experience, and most have no Russia expertise. Daily Beast
April 25, 2017: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT,  said Flynn took money without clearance. Politico                 Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, said in a statement that Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency on his Moscow December 25 trip. Politico
“Michael Flynn may have broken the law by failing to disclose a $34,000 payment from RT, a Russian state-owned media outlet, on his 2016 application to renew his security clearance. Flynn received the fee for speaking at 2015 gala hosted by RT, where he was seated beside Vladimir Putin.  “As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else,” Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said. “And it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate. And there are repercussions for the violation of law.”  The revelation comes after Chaffetz, the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), its ranking member, asked the White House and other federal agencies to provide documents related to Flynn’s foreign communications and payments, including his security clearance application. The Defense Intelligence Agency provided documents to the committee, according to Chaffetz and Cummings, but the White House has declined to comply with the document request.   Flynn’s attorney issues a statement implying that Flynn obtained all necessary permissions related to his appearance at the RT event: ‘General Flynn briefed the Defense Intelligence Agency, a component agency of the Department of Defense, extensively regarding the RT speaking event trip both before and after the trip, and he answered any questions that were posed by DIA concerning the trip during those briefings.’” Mother Jones
“I just got a message from the president to stay strong,” Flynn said after the meal was over, according to two sources who are close to Flynn and are familiar with the conversation, which took place on April 25. “Yahoo News
“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.”[Added May 2, 2017]Bill MoyersThe 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.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers
April 26, 2017: Alt-right Reddit board /Pol/ run by 4Chan discuss strategies for their Meme War against Macron in the upcoming election. 

Bribe Cases, a Jared Kushner Partner and Potential Conflicts President Trump’s son-in-law, a top adviser, had help building a real estate empire from a member of one of Israel’s wealthiest families. NY Times  “It was the summer of 2012, and Jared Kushner was headed downtown. His family’s real estate firm, the Kushner Companies, would spend about $190 million over the next few months on dozens of apartment buildings in tony Lower Manhattan neighborhoods including the East Village, the West Village and SoHo. For much of the roughly $50 million in down payments, Mr. Kushner turned to an undisclosed overseas partner. Public records and shell companies shield the investor’s identity. But, it turns out, the money came from a member of Israel’s Steinmetz family, which built a fortune as one of the world’s leading diamond traders.” Detained in Israel August 14, 2017.

April 27, 2017:  DOD confirmation of April 4 Michael Flynn investigation. USA Today  “Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, releases documents (The October 8, 2014 letter warning Flynn)…The documents released by Cummings show that the DIA counsel’s office responded to an inquiry from Flynn with a letter explaining that he could not receive foreign government payments without prior approval, due to the constitution’s emoluments clause.The DIA documents released by House oversight also state that, contrary to the implication of Flynn’s attorney on April 25, the DIA has no record of Flynn seeking permission to receive payments from a foreign source.” Mother Jones House Democrats Oversight Committee 
April 28, 2017: “The chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee send letters to several former Trump campaign advisers, 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 Jan. 20, 2017.” The letters also request 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. “[Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers
April 29, 2017: “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 phony 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.” [Added May 2, 2017]Bill Moyers

May 2017

May 1, 2017:” During an Oval Office interview with CBS’ John Dickerson, Trump says “I don’t stand by anything” when asked about his claims that President Obama tapped his phones during the 2016 election. Trump then proceeds to double down on the wiretapping accusation: “I think our side’s been proven very strongly and everybody’s talking about it and frankly, it should be discussed.” Trump cuts the interview short when Dickerson presses him on his claims.” Mother Jones
The new Democrat Coalition Cybersecurity Task Force Congressional Members Kathleen Rice, Derek Kilmer, and Josh Gottheimer wrote a letter to the “Office of Personnel Management asking for cybersecurity information after it was revealed that millions of people had their identities compromised…”The answer we got back is, ‘We only speak to the chair people of committees.’ Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) asked acting General Services Administrator Tim Horne about a briefing House Oversight Committee staffers had received from the GSA, in which they were informed that the “GSA has a new policy only to respond to Republican committee chairmen.” Politico

– Donald 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…” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017

“…Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign? ” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017

“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?” [Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers

May 3, 2017: “FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate judiciary committee, saying, “It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.”  Mother Jones        Washington Post     pic.twitter.com/966VZoydLI — ABC News (@ABC) May 3, 2017

In response to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who asks FBI Director Comey about Trump’s April 29, 2017 interview in which he said that 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.” [Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers

May 4, 2017: Adam Schiff “Just finished closed hearing with FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers. Good opportunity for our follow up. Here are next steps: pic.twitter.com/eOjX1SRR9B”— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 4, 2017      Trump gave interview to The Economist

May 5, 2017: French Presidential Candidate Macron is hacked and emails are released as the country goes into media blackout before the election in attempts to tip the election in Putin, Trump and Alt-Right favorite Marine Le Pen’s favor. Rachel Maddow Reports

“In an interview with Boston radio station WBUR, golf journalist James Dodson says Eric Trump told him that funding for Trump golf courses came from Russia. So when I got in the cart with Eric,” Dodson says, “as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks—because of the recession, the Great Recession—have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And 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. Eric Trump later denies saying this.”Mother Jones

“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.” [Added May 8, 2017]Bill Moyers

“Trump signs a bill extending the controversial EB-5 immigrant program. Concerns about “gerrymandering” that facilitates abuses of the program persist.”  Salon

May 6, 2017: Adam Schiff Tweets: “Worst fear during Russia hack in our election was they would dump fakes among real documents. Reportedly, this is now happening with Macron. pic.twitter.com/k4UxiFnYHq— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 6, 2017″     Later revealed as a Macron tactic to derail hackers.

“Jared Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer, touts Jared’s proximity to Trump, as well as the EB-5 citizenship program, as selling points to potential Chinese investors in Kushner Companies’ One Journal Square development in New Jersey. The project appears to benefit from the type of gerrymandering that generates criticism of the EB-5 program.” Salon

May 6-7, 2017: “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 false claim that President Obama had wiretapped him. In the weeks that followed, Trump grew angrier and talked about firing Comey. At Bedminister, 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. [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

Days before May 9, 2017: “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.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

May 8, 2017: “Honored to welcome Georgia Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvili to the @WhiteHousetoday with @VP Mike Pence. “https://t.co/EAPvsrbrUOpic.twitter.com/FnKkuWLFDp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017″Trump gives interview to Time Magazine over dinner.
“Donald Trump issues a pair of tweets ahead of a hearing where former acting attorney general Sally Yates is expected to testify that she warned the Trump administration that Michael Flynn had lied about his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak weeks before Trump ultimately fired his national security adviser.”Mother Jones

“Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017

“General Flynn was given the highest security clearance by the Obama Administration – but the Fake News seldom likes talking about that.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017

” Hours after Trump took to Twitter to imply that his hiring of Flynn was Obama’s fault, NBC Newsreported that Obama had warned Trump against hiring Flynn during their meeting in the Oval Office on November 10—two days after Trump was elected and months before Trump appointed Flynn as his national security adviser.”Mother Jones

May 8, 2017: “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, chief of staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser 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.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers  Washington Post

“With former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates scheduled to testify later in the day, Trump tweets:” Bill Moyers

[Added May 15, 2017]

May 9, 2017: Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey at Jeff Sessions’ recommendation via letter delivered by private bodyguard.  NY Times

DOJ, Gregory Brower, Assistant Director Office of Congressional Affairs sent a letter to Charles Grassley, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary for the US Senate as a supplement to Comey’s testimony on May 3. “the FBI believes it is reasonable to conclude that most of the emails found on r. Weiner’s laptop computer related to the Clinton investigation occurred as a result of backup of personal devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Ms. Abedin to Mr. Weiner…Our investigation determined that Ms. Abedin commonly forwarded emails to others who would print documents for her.” ProPublica

Donald Trump fires FBI director James Comey, following recommendations to do so from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein’s memo recommending Comey’s firing explains that his recommendation is the result of Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton email investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read Trump’s letter firing Comey, along with Sessions and Rosenstein’s memos recommending Comey’s termination” on Mother Jones

“Following Comey’s firing, CNN reports that the US attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia has issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of Michael Flynn’s, marking an escalation of the FBI’s investigation into Russia.”Mother Jones

“Within hours of Comey’s firing, more than 100 lawmakers, including several Republicans, have called for an independent investigator or special prosecutor to be assigned to the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, particularly now that the new FBI head will be chosen by Trump himself. “It is critical that the FBI can continue all of its pending work with independence and integrity – especially the investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to influence our last election and undermine American democracy,” said Republican congressman from Florida Rep. Curbelo.”Mother Jones

“Citing the May 9 recommendations of Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, Trump fires FBI Director Comey, ostensibly because of his inappropriate statements about the Clinton email investigation prior to the 2016 election. Trump, Sessions and Rosenstein write that terminating Comey is necessary to restore trust, confidence and integrity in the FBI. In his termination letter to Comey, Trump also says he “greatly appreciates you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“Late in the evening and amid 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.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to Sessions re. FISA/Steele Dossier Docs.

May 10, 2017: Trump locked out US Press and Photographers out while he entertained Russian Ambassador/Explosive Expert Physicist Sergey Kislyak, central to the Flynn firing and inquiry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.   “Tass, Russia’s official news agency, released more photographs of the three men laughing together in the Oval Office. The White House released nothing.” NY TImes  These Russian tweets alerted the US. Business Insider; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, new National Security Adviser, was present and denied the importance of what was shared. This sharing of Israeli intelligence could end the sharing of intelligence with the U.S. “Trump allegedly revealed the city in ISIS-held territory where, according to his intelligence briefing, the U.S. ally retrieved evidence that the militant group is actively planning to smuggle a laptop wired with an explosive onto an airliner. The information of the location and nature of the plot threatens to give away Israeli intelligence methods to Russia. Israel fears that Moscow, allied with Iranian forces in Syria, may then pass the intelligence onto Tehran, its longtime enemy.”NewsweekRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives in Washington for meetings with top officials, including Trump himself. At a press conference with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister, a reporter asked a question about the Comey firing. Lavrov responded, ironically “Was he fired? You are kidding, you are kidding!” before walking away.”Mother Jones

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.” [Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“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. “[Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“ The Washington Post and The New York Times report that Trump had been the impetus for Comey’s firing, not Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. [“Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“Rod Rosenstein speaks by phone with White House counsel Don McGahn. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rosenstein insists that the White House correct the misimpression that Rosenstein initiated the process leading to Comey’s firing. He suggests that he can’t work in an environment where facts aren’t reported accurately. “[Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“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. “[Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) asks the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate Comey’s firing. “[Added May 15, 2017]Bill Moyers

“At an Oval Office meeting with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and 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 had previously asked Trump to meet with Lavrov, and Trump didn’t feel he could say no. Kislyak’s attendance was unexpected. The intelligence that Trump reveals is so sensitive that it has not been shared with American allies and has been tightly restricted within the US government. Minutes after the meeting ends, Kislyak’s presence becomes known when the Russian news agency TASS publishes photographs that a Russian photographer had taken of the three men. The White House had not permitted any US news organization to attend any part of the meeting, even for photographs.” [Added May 18, 2017]Bill Moyers

“Early in the morning, Trump takes to Twitter to defend his firing of James Comey. “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!” he writes.”Mother Jones

May 10, 2017: “The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017

“James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017

“Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!— Donald J. Trump” (@realDonaldTrump)May 10, 2017
“CNN reports that a source claims that Roger Stone urged Trump to fire Comey. Within minutes, Trump responds to the report on Twitter, calling out CNN and saying the report is “fake news.”Mother Jones

“The Roger Stone report on @CNN is false – Fake News. Have not spoken to Roger in a long time – had nothing to do with my decision.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017

Stone says on Twitter that he “never made such a claim” but supports Trump’s decision ‘100%.’”Mother Jones

“As controversy swirls surrounding Trump’s firing of Comey, the White House announces the Press Secretary Sean Spicer will be gone for the rest of the week fulfilling his US navy reserve duty and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal deputy press secretary, will cover for him, including running the first press briefing since Trump’s firing of the FBI director.”Mother Jones
“In remarks on the Senate floor, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell rejects calls for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia probe. “Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done,” he said.”Mother Jones

May 11, 2017: Investigative Reporter WBAL-TV on Twitter: “Developing: FBI confirms agents are executing a search warrant at the office of GOP Fundraiser/Consulting firm in Annapolis”— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 11, 2017

“FBI investigation of GOP fundraising firm in Annapolis is run out of Washington, not a local case”— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) May 11, 2017

Fact-checking the Trump interview with NBC’s Lester Holt May 11, 2017 

“Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies in a Senate hearing that the White House has misled the public about the FBI’s Russia investigation and regard for Comey at the agency. He says the Russia probe is ‘highly significant’” Mother Jones

“The New York Times and CNN each report via sources close to James Comey that part of President Trump’s motivation for firing Comey was the FBI director’s refusal to swear political loyalty to the president. The Times details a conversation between Trump and Comey during a one-on-one dinner that took place at the White House on January 27—just one day after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the Trump White House that then National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail by the Kremlin. Three days before the dinner, on Jan. 24, Flynn had been interviewed by the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. In the conversation with Yates the day before the Comey dinner, White House Counsel Don McGahn asked Yates how Flynn did in the FBI interview, and Yates declined to answer.” Mother Jones

“Trump says in an NBC interview that he asked Comey three times whether he is personally under investigation by the FBI for possible Russia ties—twice on the phone, and once at the January 27 dinner. Trump claims that Comey reassured him that he is not under investigation. (Sources close to Comey say this never happened.)”Mother Jones   “If it’s possible, will you let me know, am I under investigation?” Trump told Lester Holt he asked Comey.”   NPR

“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.” [Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

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 (R-SC) a “certified letter” from “from one of the most prestigious law firms in the country” confirming that he has “nothing to do with Russia.” [Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

“Trump contradicts his White House staff as well as the vice president, over the reasoning. At first, staffers said Trump acted on the assessment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but in an interview with NBC News, Trump says he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s advice.  “It was set up a while ago,” Trump told Lester Holt on May 11. “And frankly, I could have waited, but what difference does it make?” It’s worth noting that just before the firing, the FBI sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley correcting aspects of Comey’s May 3 testimony. The letter came after ProPublica first reported inaccuracies in Comey’s statements to Congress.

From ProPublica’s Peter Elkind:

“In (the letter), the FBI acknowledged that only a “small number” of more than 49,000 “potentially relevant” emails found on Weiner’s laptop had been forwarded from Clinton deputy Huma Abedin to Weiner, her husband, not hundreds or thousands as Comey had stated. The FBI said just two of those messages contained classified information.” NPR

The New York Times reports on Trump’s one-on-one dinner with Comey on Jan. 27, when Trump asked Comey for a personal loyalty pledge that Comey refused to provide. “[Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

“ The Senate Intelligence Committee sent Mike Flynn a subpoena for documents that he’d refused to produce voluntarily in response to the committee’s April 28 letter request. “[Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

May 12, 2017: “Trump tweets: James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 Bill Moyers

“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. ” [Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

The White House releases a one-page May 8, 2017 letter from Trump’s outside lawyers — Sheri Dillon and William Nelson at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. The carefully worded letter states that “with a 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,” “equity investments by Russian persons or entities,” or “equity or debt investments by you or [The Trump Organization] in Russian entities.” 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.” [Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers

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.”[Added May 15, 2017] Bill Moyers    “The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Justice Department has requested Manafort’s banking records.”  NBC 

May 15, 2017: “The Washington Post reports that Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and ambassador Sergey Kislyak in their White House meeting on May 10. A US official tells the Post that the information had one of the highest available classification levels. “This is code-word information,” the official tells the Post, adding that Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.” Mother Jones

“National security adviser H.R. McMaster issues a 40-second “non-denial denial” of the Washington Poststory that Trump disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian Ambassador Kislyak and Foreign Minister Lavrov.“Bill Moyers

“McMaster reads a statement to the press denying the Washington Post’s report, while mischaracterizing the substance of it. He says: “The story that came out tonight, as reported, is false. The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries, including threats to civil aviation. At no time—at no time—were intelligence sources or methods discussed.” The Post didn’t report that sources and methods were disclosed; the paper reported that the information discussed could be used to discern intelligence sources or methods. After reading his statement, McMaster refuses to take questions.” Mother Jones

“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.” [Added May 18, 2017]Bill Moyers

At his daily press conference, Sean Spicer refuses — seven times — to answer whether Trump is secretly recording his conversations.” [Added May 18, 2017] Bill Moyers

May 16, 2017: “In response to press reports that former FBI Director James Comey had written a contemporaneous memorandum documenting Trump’s Feb. 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.” [Added May 17, 2017]Bill Moyers
“Donald Trump defends himself on Twitter, without denying that he shared highly classified material with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador.”Mother Jones“A senior European intelligence official tells the Associated Press that his country may stop sharing intelligence with the United States if it is confirmed that Trump shared classified information with Russian officials.” Mother Jones“In a press briefing, H.R. McMaster clarifies that in calling the Washington Post‘s reporting “false,” he was disputing the “premise” of the article: that Trump had done “anything inappropriate” or that had compromised national security by revealing information to Russian officials. In response to multiple questions, McMaster refuses to confirm whether or not the information the president revealed was classified. McMaster also refuses to clarify why White House officials called the NSA and CIA after Trump’s conversation with Lavrov and Kislyak.” Mother Jones“National security adviser 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.” [Added May 18, 2017]Bill Moyers
“The New York Times reports that during an Oval Office meeting in February, Donald Trump asked then FBI director James Comey to drop the agency’s investigation into Michael Flynn, who had resigned the day before amid controversy over his discussions of US sanctions with the Russian ambassador. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump said to Comey, according to a two-page memo Comey drafted after the meeting. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” The Washington Post and Politico subsequently confirmed the Times’ account. According to the paper, Comey kept detailed records of all of his conversations with the president.” Mother Jones
“The Washington Post reports that Comey shared his memos with a small number of people at the Justice Department. (It’s unclear whether those officials include Rod Rosenstein or Jeff Sessions, who were involved in Comey’s firing.)” Mother Jones“At the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Awards, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) likens Trump’s mounting Russia scandal to Watergate: “I think we’ve seen this movie before. I think it’s reaching a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. It’s a centipede that the shoe continues to drop.” Mother Jones

“ABC reports that “Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to a $3.5 million mortgage that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort took out on his Hamptons home just after leaving the campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.” Mother Jones

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also taking a “preliminary look” at Manafort’s real estate transactions, according to a separate source.” Feds Subpoena Records for $3.5M Mystery Mortgage on Manafort’s Home NBC

“Two sources close to Comey say that Trump asked him to close down the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn a day after Flynn was let go. Comey, who was still FBI director at the time, wrote a memo about the exchange immediately after the Oval Office conversation in February, an associate of Comey’s told NPR.House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sends a request to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe for “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating” to communications between Comey and Trump, setting a deadline of May 24.The White House has denied that the president ever asked for the investigation to end. The FBI would not comment, but McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11 that “there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.” NPR

The House Intelligence Committee sent a letter to then-Acting Director Andrew McCabe to voluntarily interview and produce documents.

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 against ISIS & terrorism.

May 17, 2017: “House Democratic leaders hold a press conference in which they announce that they are circulating a discharge petition among their congressional colleagues to try to force a vote on legislation that would create a 12-person independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in the US election.” Mother Jones

Eleven Democratic senators send a letter to the Justice Department Inspector General asking him to investigate whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions violated his pledge to recuse himself from any investigations connected to the 2016 election when he took part in the firing of FBI Director James  .” Mother Jones

“During a press conference in Sochi, Russia, Putin calls the allegations that Trump had revealed classified information to Lavrov and Kislyak “political schizophrenia.” Mother Jones

Putin offers to provide the US Congress with transcripts of the May 10 Oval Office conversations among Trump, the Russian ambassador, and Russia’s foreign minister. “[Added May 18, 2017]Bill Moyers  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.” [Added May 18, 2017]Bill Moyers    NPR

“The Washington Postreports that during a private June 2016 meeting with Republican leaders, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he believed Trump was on Vladimir Putin’s payroll. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,’ McCarthy said, referring to Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.), a steadfast defender of Putin and Russia. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to god.” (McCarthy says he was joking.)” Mother Jones

“The New York Times reports that Michael Flynn told the Trump transition team’s chief lawyer in early January—before the inauguration—that Flynn was under investigation for failing to disclose more than $500,000 of work as a paid lobbyist for Turkey.” Mother Jones

McClatchy reports that 10 days before Trump’s inauguration, Flynn asked to delay an Obama administration plan to fight ISIS that Turkey opposed.” Mother Jones

May 18, 2017:“Reuters reports that Michael Flynn and other members of Trump’s campaign had at least 18 previously undisclosed calls and emails with Russian officials in the last seven months of the 2016 presidential campaign.” Mother Jones

Trump tweets:”With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) “May 18, 2017

-Trump tweets: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2017 “Mother Jones   Bill Moyers

“During a White House news conference with the Colombian president Trump denies any collusion with Russia and again calls the investigation a “witch hunt.” “I respect the move,” Trump said of the DOJ’s appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller III to oversee the Russia investigation, “But the entire thing has been a witch hunt. And there is no collusion between, certainly, myself and my campaign—but I can always speak for myself—and the Russians. Zero.” Mother Jones

“Two sources close to Michael Flynn tell Yahoo News that at a dinner on April 25, more than two months after leaving his post as national security adviser, Flynn told a group of close friends that he was still in regular communication with the president. “I just got a message from the president to stay strong,” he reportedly told the group, on the heels of a day when two congressmen announced that Flynn may have broken the law by failing to disclose a $34,000 payment from RT, a Russian state-owned media outlet, on his 2016 application to renew his security clearance.” Mother Jones

May 19, 2017: “The Washington Post reports that people familiar with the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties have identified a senior White House adviser as a “significant person of interest.” Mother Jones

-“The New York Times reports that in Trump’s May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Trump called former FBI director Comey a “nut job” and expressed relief at his ouster. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to a document summarizing the meeting, which an American official read to The New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Mother Jones

McClatchy reports that the investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 election has been expanded to include the possibility of a cover-up by the White House, according to members of Congress who were briefed on Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.” Mother Jones

CNN reports that White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures, despite public assurances by many Republicans and Democrats that impeachment is still a distant option.” Mother Jones

May 22,2017: Michael Flynn reported to invoke the 5th Amendment in response to the Senate investigative committee’s subpoena. “Netanyahu added that U.S.-Israeli “intelligence cooperation is terrific and it’s never been better.” MSN/AP

“Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Donald Trump denies mentioning “Israel” in his May 10 conversation with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office. In making this statement, Trump tacitly implies that he did in fact discuss classified information with these Russian officials and also appears to confirm that the classified information originated with Israel—a statement that no US official has made publicly.” Mother Jones

Roger Stone and Paul Manafort submitted documents requested to the Senate Intelligence Committee. NBC

May 23,2017: “In a letter sent on Tuesday by five House Democrats to Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan, lawmakers called for information relating to two internal bank reviews. One of which is looking into the 2011 Russian mirror scandal, which the bank has already agreed to pay $628 million in fines after regulators determined the bank helped to covertly move $10 billion out of Russia through a process known as “mirror trading”. The other is to review the personal accounts of Trump and his family members held at the bank. “Congress remains in the dark on whether loans Deutsche Bank made to President Trump were guaranteed by the Russian Government, or were in any way connected to Russia,” the letter to the bank said. “Only with full disclosure can the American public determine the extent of the President’s financial ties to Russia and any impact such ties may have on his policy decisions,” the committee said in the letter, which was signed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Al Green (D-LA) and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO).”  Yahoo News

“Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence” Washington Post

“John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, described on Tuesday a nerve-fraying few months last year as American authorities realized that the presidential election was under attack and feared that Donald J. Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight. Mr. Brennan, in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said he was concerned by a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and Mr. Trump’s associates. The C.I.A. learned about those meetings just as it was beginning to grapple with Russian hackers and propagandists trying to manipulate the presidential race.”  NY Times

May 25, 2017: Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation Washington Post  In early December, Kushner met in New York with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and he later sent a deputy to meet with Kislyak. Flynn was also present at the early-December meeting, and later that month, Flynn held a call with Kislyak to discuss U.S.-imposed sanctions against Russia. Flynn initially mischaracterized the conversation, even to Vice President Pence — ultimately prompting his ouster from the White House. Kushner also met in December with Sergey Gorkov, the head of [VEB] Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of U.S. sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. In addition to the December meetings, a former senior intelligence official said FBI agents had been looking closely at earlier exchanges between Trump associates and the Russians dating to the spring of 2016, including one at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Kushner and Kislyak — along with close Trump adviser and current attorney general Jeff Sessions — were present at an April 2016 event at the Mayflower where then-candidate Trump promised in a speech to seek better relations with Russia. It is unclear whether Kushner and Kislyak interacted there.

DNC calls for suspension of Kushner’s security clearance amid FBI scrutiny The Hill

May 26, 2017Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin Washington Post  “Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower”

Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say NBC News “Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him. ”  Kushner met at least once in December with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and he also met last year with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov.” Gorkov was installed by Putin as head of the Putin-controlled bank VEB, with an office in NY, which harbored a recently-released from US Federal prison unregistered Russian spy who tried to recruit Carter Page and other Americans for the Russian Government.  Rachel Maddow

“Report: Russian Billionaire Linked To Manafort Seeks Immunity To TestifyOleg Deripaska, who had Trump’s former campaign manager on a $10 million annual contract, is apparently ready to sing. ” Huff Post

May 27, 2017:  DOJ declinedThe the interview request and document production made by the House Intelligence Committee.

May 29. 2017: Offices of Search Engine Yandex Raided in Ukraine NY Times

May 31, 2017: Dispute erupts over House panel subpoenas for CIA, FBI: “Committee aides complained that the chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, who publicly recused himself from leading the Russia probe in April following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, failed to consult Democrats on the subpoenas. The subpoenas asked the agencies to provide details of any requests made by two top Obama administration aides and the former CIA director to “unmask” names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts, congressional sources said. The former officials named in the subpoenas were Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and former CIA Director John Brennan.”  Reuters

White House issued ETHICS WAIVERS   for Ex-Lobbyists and Corporate Lawyers  President Trump has given at least 16 White House staff members dispensation to work on policy matters they handled while employed as lobbyists or to interact with their former colleagues in private-sector jobs.” NY Times

June 2017

June 1, 2017: Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says “Asked about suspicions that Russia might try to interfere in the coming elections in Germany, Mr. Putin raised the possibility of attacks on foreign votes by what he portrayed as free-spirited Russian patriots. ” NY Times

Did Trump, Kushner, Sessions Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian? “It has long been known that Trump briefly met Ambassador Kislyak that day at a VIP reception shortly before he gave a foreign policy address at the hotel. Five current and former U.S. officials said they are aware of classified intelligence suggesting there was some sort of private encounter between Trump and his aides and the Russian envoy.” NBC NEWS

June 2, 2017: Trump Reviewing Whether to Block Comey Testimony to Senate Independent analysts have said they don’t believe Comey, now a private citizen, can be stopped if he is intent on telling his story.” Bloomberg

Trump orders agencies to ignore information requests from Democrats: “Trump’s aides are trying to shut down the release of information that could be used to attack the president. There are some exceptions to the Trump administration order, particularly from national security agencies, Democrats and Republicans said. Agencies will also comply if a Republican committee chairman joins the Democratic requests, but ranking members’ oversight requests are spurned.” Politico

June 6, 2017: Trumpileaks Michael Moore launched the secure website for whistleblowers.

June 7, 2017:  Trump Impeachment Process Set to Begin As Democrat Al Green Files Articles “He contends that the president deserves to be removed for allegedly engaging in obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey in May during the agency’s investigation into Russia’s possible meddling in the 2016 election. he is drafting articles of impeachment. U.S. Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) joined him at a news conference to disclose that he, too, would undergo an impeachment endeavor.” Newsweek 

Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on FISA Legislation VIDEO: Director Daniel R. Coats (Director of National Intelligence DNI) Opening StatementBiography

Acting Director Andrew McCabe (Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI) Biography
Admiral Michael S. Rogers (Director of the National Security Agency NSA) Biography
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein (Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice DOJ) Biography

June 8, 2017: James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee  VIDEO.Opening Statement

June 9, 2017:

June 15, 2017:”Vice President Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. The vice president’s office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuireWoods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.” Washington Post

June 13, 2017:  Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, testimoney before Senate Intelligence Committee  VIDEO

June 21, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committe Hearings VIDEO:

Acting Director Dr. Samuel Liles (Acting Director of Cyber Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis)

DHS Acting Director Jeanette Manfra (Acting Director of Undersecretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate DHS) Opening Statement

Assitant Director Bill Priestap (Assitant Director of Counterintelligence Division FBI) Opening Statement

Michael Haas (Midwest Regional Representative National Association of State Election Directors) Opening Statement

Professor Dr. J. Alex Halderman (Professor of Computer Science & Engineering University of Michigan) Opening Statement
President-Elect Connie Lawson (President-Elect of National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) & Secretary of State Indiana) Opening Statement
Executive Director Steve Sandvoss (Executive Director of Illinois State Board of Elections Illinois) Opening Statement
June 25, 2017: “two different far-right activist groups held competing rallies in Washington, D.C., and bickered over the rallies’ respective goals and attendance. The “rally for free speech,” held near the Lincoln Memorial, featured a number of white supremacist speakers, including Richard Spencer and Nathan Damigo, while the “rally against political violence,” held near the White House, focused on vilifying the left.” ADL

Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us). Two hours later, does it himself: https://t.co/FzCttGSyr6

— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) July 11, 2017

June 28, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee Hearings Video Witnesses Ambassador Nicholas Burns (Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations,Harvard Kennedy School of Government) Opening Statement

Director Janis Sarts (Director of NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence) Opening Statement

Ambassador Vesko Garcevic (Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Frederick Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University) Opening Statement
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmueller (Bosch Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)  VIDEOOpening Statement

July 2017

July 12, 2017 Cyber Berkut started publishing emails starting a rumor that was played on Fox News for the next 5 days. It is believed to be an alter ego of Fancy Bear, pro-Russian hacker group Rachel Maddow Show    In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking NY Times
July 13, 2017: “The Justice Department on Thursday released a single redacted page from Attorney General Jeff Session’s security clearance form from November that indicated he had not had any contact with a foreign government official in the past seven years. That contradicts his later admission that he had met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, twice last year. Sessions disclosed the meetings only after The Washington Post inquired for an article published in March.” Washington Post
July 19, 2017: Senate Judiciary letter to Donald Trump Jr c/o Alan Futerfas Request for Documents relating to June 9, 2016, meeting, etc.

July 22, 2017: Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Setting Up Tough Choice for Trump NY Times  419-3 Includes Sanctions on Iran and North Korea No Votes: Justin Amash (MI), John Duncan (TN), Thomas Massie (KY)

House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump

“The House voted hours after one of Trump’s closest advisers, son-in-law Jared Kushner, visited the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to give testimony on possible Russian involvement in the presidential campaign. Also Tuesday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence interviewed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has had close ties with Ukraine’s former Moscow-aligned government.

Kushner was interviewed Monday by the Senate panel and issued a statement afterward denying wrongdoing. “I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so,” he said. [Analysis: Jared Kushner’s ‘I did not collude’ statement, parsedBut the administration’s posture toward Russia has emerged as one of the few areas where congressional Republicans have been willing to openly buck the White House’s wishes.” Washington Post

July 24, 2017: JARED KUSHNER’S STATEMENT TO THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE Full Text CNN

Paul Manafort “met voluntarily with Senate Intelligence Committee staff members.” NY Times

July 26, 2017: FBI Raid the home of Paul Manafort at 6 am NY Times

Trump Tweets: :After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……

...Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…..

Senate Intelligence Committee: Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management who is behind the Magnitsy Act was scheduled, but reshceduled.  Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. were also scheduled.

July 27, 2017: Senate Passes Russian Sanctions Bill 98-2 CNN  Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voted No

July 27, 2017: Derek Harvey Out at NSC The Weekly Standard    H.R.McMaster firing Michael Flynn hires.
July 28, 2017: American Oversight Hatch Act letter to Office of Special Counse (OSC) requesting investigation of Seb Gorka for Tweets on July 25 and 26.
July 30, 2017 John F. Kelly, appointed Chief of Staff, FORMER Secretary of Homeland Security, VA  CNN

August 2017

August 2, 2017: Tillerson spurns $80 million to counter ISIS, Russian propaganda The secretary of state won’t tap funding approved by Congress, angering officials. Politico
Senior director Ezra Cohen-Watnick out at National Security Council The Hill 
Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort Documents due to Senate Judiciary
August 3, 2017: Russian gas pipelines to go ahead despite U.S. sanctions Reuters “This would allow Gazprom’s two big pipeline projects to go ahead, although at a higher price and with some delays.The Kremlin, dependent on oil and gas revenues, sees the pipelines to Germany and Turkey – Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream – as crucial to increasing its market share in Europe.”
August 12, 2017: Charlottesville, VA, erupted in violence at the “Unite the Right” rally
August 14, 2017: RESIGNED AFTER “UNITE THE RIGHT”: Merck Kenneth C. Frazier, one of the few African American CEOs in the Fortune 500…The chief executive of Merck said Monday in a tweetthat he was resigning from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, Trump tweeted his response. “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” Washington Post
RESIGNED AUGUST 14, 2017 AFTER “UNITE THE RIGHT” Kevin Plank – Under Armour CEO “I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. – CEO Kevin Plank” on Twitter Zero Hedge
RESIGNED AUGUST 14, 2017 Brian Krzanich – Intel CEO Global Director of Environment and Energy Policy “The CEO of computer chip maker Intel is resigning from President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, bemoaning “the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.” Brian Krzanich’s resignation comes after Saturday’s violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump initially bemoaned violence on “many sides,” though on Monday he described members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “criminals and thugs.”  Chron “Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was the third businessman to quit the presidential panel Monday. He warned of the impact the nation’s tumultuous political climate will have on manufacturing.” NY Daily News
August 14, 2017: Israeli Billionaire Beny Steinmetz Detained in Investigation NY Times “investigation into money laundering, obstruction of justice and bribery…an Israeli diamonds, mining and real estate magnate, is already under scrutiny by law enforcement authorities in Switzerland, Guinea, He was previously detained and questioned in Israel in December. Since 2013, the United States Justice Department has been investigating Mr. Steinmetz’s company, BSG Resources, over potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

 In April, The New York Times reported that a firm that claimed to invest money for Mr. Steinmetz’s brother and longtime business partner, Daniel, along with his son Raz, had partnered with Kushner Companies, the family real estate firm of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, on dozens of apartment buildings around Manhattan and Jersey City.”
August 15, 2017: Trump gave a heavily criticized press conference for statements on Charlottesville violence.The BBC released an interview with a Trump digital surrogate about Cambridge Analytica. WATCH

August 16, 2017:

August 22, 2017: Glenn Simpson of FUSION GPS Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Grassley, Sen. Graham, Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Whitehouse in attendance.
August 24, 2017: Nunes subpoenas issued to the DOJ and FBI to production of the FISA applications and FISC orders in the the Russian investigation. Previously issued March 8.

August 25, 2017Sebastian “Seb” Gorka fired

September 2017

September 1, 2017: Because of Trump’s Tweets on March 4, 2017 claiming Wiretaps: American Oversight FOI request for Trump Tower Wiretapping warrant applications/requests, FBI, DOJ and Congressional communications. RESPONSE by the DOJ:“Other than this public statement by then-Director Comey addressing this specific assertion by the President, neither the FBI nor DOJ have publicly commented on or acknowledged the existence or non-existence of any FISA, Title III, or other wiretaps “in connection with presidential candidate Donald Trump, Trump Tower (located at 725 5th Avenue, New York, NY), entities housed in Trump Tower, or any person affiliated with Mr. Trump’s campaign, whether paid or unpaid, between June 16, 2015, and the present.” Newsweek

Nunes sent a letter to the DOJ and FBI for production of FISA and FISC orders and other Steele Dossier documents. CNN

October 2017

October 5, 2017: George Papadopoulos Guilty Plea

Week of October 23, 2017: Sam Clovis Testified before Mueller’s Grand Jury NBC, Said to be a Cooperative Witness Politico

October 27, 2017: Paul Manafort and Rick Gates Indicted Manafort Read It Here

October 30, 2017:  Papadopoulos court docs released, “Campaign Supervisor”, revealed to be Sam Clovis by the Washington Post, confirming that aspect of the Steele Dossier

November 2017

November 2, 2017: The Testimony of Carter Page before the US House Select Committee On Intelligence

November 10, 2017: The New York Times reported that the Papadopoulos guilty plea referral to a “Senior Policy Adviser” was Stephen Miller.

December 2017

2018

January 2018

January 8, 2018: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has posted the entire transcript of the August 2017 testimony by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.” The Hill

Russian spy chiefs met in Washington with CIA director to discuss counterterrorism Washington Post Shane Harris January 31  “CIA Director Mike Pompeo…Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service or SVR, and Alexander Bortnikov, who runs the FSB”

Chiefs Of Three Russian Intelligence Agencies Travel To Washington RadioFreeEuropeRadioLiberty January 31, 2018 Mike Eckel  “But the presence of the two other chiefs — Aleksandr Bortnikov, director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), and Colonel General Igor Korobov, chief of Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) — was not previously known. U.S. intelligence agencies have accused the FSB — considered Russia’s main domestic intelligence agency — and the GRU — the Russian military’s intelligence arm — of being behind the hacking of U.S. political parties and activists. The chamber’s Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, pointed out that Naryshkin had been hit with a travel ban by the United States in 2014 in connection with Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.”

January 31, 2018: Steve Bannon scheduled to Testify before the House Intelligence Committee

February 2018

February 2, 2018: The NUNES MEMO

February 16, 2018: Mueller Issues indictment against 13 Russian Nationals with working for the Russian Internet Research Agency to foment discord in the US. CNN