Russiagate Timeline July – Dec 2017

July 2017

July 10, 2017: White House Press Briefing Started Clinton Russian Hacking Rumors, Again  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/press-briefing-principal-deputy-press-secretary-sarah-sanders-director-legislative-affairs-marc-short-071017/

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 Jrc/o Alan Futerfas Request for Documents relating to June 9, 2016, meeting, etc.

Senate Judiciary Request for Documents to Paul Manafort

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

Wasserman Schultz staffer [Imran Awan] arrestedtrying to leave the country The Hill

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……

5:55 AM – 26 Jul 2017

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

6:04 AM – 26 Jul 2017

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. PoliticoSenior director Ezra Cohen-Watnick out at National Security Council The Hill Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort Documents due to Senate JudiciaryAugust 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” rallyAugust 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 PostRESIGNED 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 HedgeRESIGNED 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 NewsAugust 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:

Donald J. Trump TweetsRather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”

10:14 AM – 16 Aug 2017

August 22, 2017: Glenn Simpson of FUSION GPS Testifiedbefore 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

HACKING BREAKTHROUGH “In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking”  NY Times  “Profexer’s posts, already accessible only to a small band of fellow hackers and cybercriminals looking for software tips, blinked out in January — just days after American intelligence agencies publicly identified a program he had written as one tool used in Russian hacking in the United States. American intelligence agencies have determined Russian hackers were behind the electronic break-in of the Democratic National Committee.”NY Times

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 FBIfor 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; Kushner in Riyadh

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

Kushner returned from Riyadh  Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia Politico By “Kushner accompanied in the region by deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. Greenblatt continued from Saudi Arabia to Amman, Jordan; Cairo; the West Bank city of Ramallah; and Jerusalem, where he was on Sunday.”

The Saudi crown prince just made a very risky power play Washington Post David Ignatius Nov 5. “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy.”

November 2017

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

November 6, 3017: Trump Tweeted I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing….”

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 Continued