Russia Connection

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  • 1977 Trump marries Ivana Zelnickova of communist Czechoslovakia, and Czech intelligence begin monitoring the couple and sharing its intelligence product with its counterparts in Moscow, the KGB. (Politico)
  • Early 1986 Is approached at Trump Tower, Manhattan by Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinina, who is tasked with creating relations with high-profile American businessmen for various purposes, including Soviet intelligence operations. (Politico)
  • 7/4/87 Trump visits Moscow for the first time to tour sites for a hotel but no deal is struck. (Politico)
  • 11/5/96 Trump says he will hold a press conference with a Miami-based tobacco company in Moscow, announcing plans to build an office and apartment complex similar to Trump Tower in New York.(SunSentinel)
  • 2005 Trump gives the development company Bayrock a one-year deal to find a site for a Trump Tower. Felix Sater later testified that he identified a former pencil factory as a site for the project, before the deal fell apart.(WaPo)
  • 2007-2012 Engages in multi-million dollar Trump SoHo deal with Russian immigrant and felon Alex Sater, former Soviet commerce official Tevfik Arif, and Tamir Sapir, a former Soviet businessman from Georgia. The deal results in a fraud lawsuit and eventual settlement. (NYT)
  • 2008 Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev pays Trump $95 million for a mansion in Florida, giving Trump $54 million in profit. (CNN)
  • 2013 Engages in a failed Toronto condo-hotel with two Russian-Canadian businessmen Val Levitan and Alex Shnaider, which ends in multi-million fraud lawsuits. (TorontoLife)
  • 2013 Despite repeated assertions in 2016 that he has no knowledge or personal acquaintance with Vladimir Putin, Trump states in a 2013 interview: "“I do have a relationship [with Putin] and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.” (CNN)
  • 11/9/13 While in Moscow for his Miss Universe competition, Trump meets with Russian businessmen, including real estate developer Aras Agalarov, an ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Before the pageant, Trump says to MSNBC, "I do have a relationship" with Putin. (Politico)(WaPo)
  • April 2015 Alexander Torshin, a former Russian senator from Putin's miparty who now heads Russia's central bank, tells Bloomberg News that he had a friendly exchange with Trump at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association of America. A White House official said Trump does not recall the exchange. (WaPo)
  • 2016 According to a Federal Tax Service of Russia document, there are 249 business entities containing the name "Trump" (Трамп) registered in Russia. (Romper)(list)
  • July 2015 At a town hall in Las Vegas, Trump tells an audience that he knew Putin. "I don't think you'd need the sanctions. I think that we would get along very, very well," he said. (YouTube)
  • 12/17/15 Vladimir Putin publically endorses Trump for president. (People)
  • 12/18/15 When pressed by Joe Scarborough about Putin killing journalists and political opponents, Trump responds "He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country." And when further pressed about killing journalists, he responds "Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe. You know, there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on and a lot of stupidity." (Mediaite)
  • December 2015 Putin says Trump is “colorful" and "talented." Trump calls the compliment an “honor.” Even as ties to Russia become a campaign issue in 2016, Trump refuses to renounce Putin: “A guy calls me a genius, and I’m going to renounce? I’m not going to renounce him.” (WaPo)
  • 12/20/15 Says on ABC's This Week in response to Putin's murderous reputation: "In all fairness to Putin, you’re saying he killed people. I haven’t seen that. I don’t know that he has. Have you been able to prove that? Do you know the names of the reporters that he killed?"  (FreeBeacon)
  • 4/27/16 Meets Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during a VIP reception at the Mayflower Hotel just before a foreign policy address. (WSJ)(WaPo)
  • May 2016 Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos prompts an investigation into Russian election interference by drunkenly revealing to an Australian diplomat knowledge of Russian opposition research on Hillary Clinton. (NYT)
  • 6/22/16 Clinton Foundation computers are hacked by Russian cyberagents. (Bloomberg)(Hill)
  • 6/9/16 Donald Trump, Jr. meets with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The meeting is also attended by campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. (NYT) Later this day, candidate Donald Trump tweets his first tweet regarding Hillary Clinton's "missing 33,000 emails." (NBCNews)
  • July 2016 In news conferences and tweets, Trump says he has “nothing to do with Russia,” and "I don't know who Putin is. ... I've never spoken to him." He also tweeted, “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” (WaPo)
  • 7/26/16 At a news conference in Doral, Florida: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.” (WaPo)
  • 7/30/16 Asserts repeatedly that Vladimir Putin would not be “going into Ukraine.” (ABCNews) (Note: Russia invaded a part of Ukraine in 2004 and permanently annexed it. (Wikipedia))
  • 10/7/16 A statement from the Obama Administration indicates that under no uncertain terms Russia has been conducting an election interference campaign stemming from the highest levels in the Kremlin. (DHS.gov)
  • 10/12/16 Fifteen minutes after Wikileaks asks Donald Trump, Jr. suggest to his father to tweet about leaked Podesta emails, Trump, Sr. does that, tweeting: "Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!” (Atlantic)
  • 10/10/16 Trumpets a document showing Clinton lying about Benghazi at a rally. The document was faked by Russians, pipelined to a government-controlled news agency and released to WikiLeaks only hours before. (Newsweek)
  • 10/14/16 Dismisses out of hand the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence community that Russia is running an operation intended to interfere with the election. "I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. 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?" (ChicagoTribune)
  • 10/19/16 In the third and final presidential debate, calls Clinton “such a nasty woman,” snaps back that he’s not a puppet of Russia, saying: “No puppet. No puppet. You’re the puppet! You’re the puppet!” (CNN)
  • 11/10/17 Two days after the election, a Russian official tells a reporter in Moscow that the Kremlin had been in contact with Trump’s campaign. Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks denies it, saying, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” (WaPo)
  • 11/10/17 President Barack Obama personally warns Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as his national security adviser when the two meet in the Oval Office. (WaPo)
  • 12/7/16 Doubles down on denying Russian interference with the election despite an overwhelming consensus by the U.S. and NATO Alliance intelligence communities. "I don't believe it. I don't believe they interfered." (NBCNews)
  • 12/9/16 President Obama orders a "full review" of Russian hacking during the election after high-profile Republican Congressmen announce they are onboard with an aggressive investigation. (WaPo)(WaPo)
  • 12/9/16 CIA releases a secret assessment which concludes that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win rather than to just undermine American confidence in their democracy. (WaPo)
  • 12/10/16 Picks the CEO of Exxon-Mobile Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, who has extensive ties with Russia's Putin and Sechin. (NYTimes) Tillerson is Condoleezza Rice's suggestion, the former Secretary of State who currently works for ExxonMobile as a lobbyist. (RealClearPolitics)
  • 12/11/16 John Bolton, embattled former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and possible pick for Trump's Deputy Secretary of State, comments on Fox News that the election hacking could be a "false flag," suggesting involvement by the Obama Administration. (Hill) Also comments that Russia is too sophisticated to get caught in an operation like this. (CBSNews)
  • 12/16/16 The federal agency that aides states in selecting voting system machines is hacked by Russian speaking person with handle "Rasputin." (Hill)
  • 12/16/16 Praises the Russian election hacking. (CNN)
  • 12/20/16 Investigators uncover two Trump businesses registered in Cyprus, Russia’s preferred money laundering jurisdiciton. (OccupyDemocrats)
  • 12/24/16 Praises Putin's criticism of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party: "Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: 'In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.' So true!" (Hill)
  • 12/29/16 DHS and FBI release a report detailing the exact scope and nature of Russian interference in the U.S. election. (the report (PDF)) Trump responds that "it's time for our country to move on to bigger and better things." (Politico)
  • 12/30/16 Praises Putin for not retaliating against Obama's diplomatic and economic sanctions after hacking, tweeting: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" (Hill) The message is instantly retweeted by the Russian Embassy.
  • 1/4/17 Publishes a string of tweets dismissing U.S. intelligence on Russian hacking, and attacks the DNC's cybersecurity by quoting Julian Assange. (NYT)(NBC)
  • 1/6/17 Calls the hacking investigation a witch hunt, then gets briefed for two hours by top U.S. intelligence officials. After the briefing, admits that the massive Putin-ordered operation occurred with the intent to influence the election but that it didn't affect the election at all. (NYT)
  • 1/7/17 Looses an aggressive tirade about needing to cooperate with Putin: "Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!" (Politico)
  • 1/10/17 Leaked dossier from former MI-6 investigator indicates that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years. (Buzzfeed)(the dossier PDF) Dossier facts:
    • The FSB has collected recordings of Trump in perverted sexual acts arranged and monitored by the FSB, including one in the Ritz Carlton Hotel Moscow where he commanded female escorts to urinate on a bed that Barack and Michelle Obama once slept in.
    • Trump, unable to land any real estate deals in St. Petersburg, "had to settle for the use of extensive sexual services there from local prostitutes."
    • Romanian hackers were paid by Trump's team during the election.
    • Trump's transition team members Paul Manafort and Carter Page were being used as conduits from Moscow to direct Trump's campaign.
    • Trump welcomed the Russian hack hysteria because it took attention away from his problematic dealings in China which included "substantial and involved payment of large bribes."
    • The dossier was summarized to two pages and presented by U.S. intelligence chiefs to both President Obama and Trump the week before. (NYT)
    • FBI Director James Comey knew of this dossier at the time he released a letter on the eve of the election which sank Hillary's campaign. (OccupyDemocrats) Senator Harry Reid demanded that Comey admit the FBI was investigating Trump at that time. (Web.Archive.Org)
  • 1/11/17 Responds to leaked dossier with a flurry of tweets, mostly in caps, denying any involvement with Russia in any way. Also tweets "I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!" (source) and "Are we living in Nazi Germany?" (NYDailyNews)
  • 1/11/17 The United Arab Emirates hold a secret meeting in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean between private security firm Blackwater founder and Trump advisor Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump. (WaPo)
  • 1/11/17 Holds first press conference in 167 days (entire conference video):
    • In response to allegations of sexual acts in Russia, jokes that he's a germophobe, eliciting laughter from the appointed cheering section. (video via Politico)
    • Refers to himself in the third person being supported by the Russians as an "asset." (video via Independent)
  • 1/17/17 Putin verbally attacks the detractors to Trump's legitimacy as president as "worse than prostitutes" with "no moral limits." (USAToday) Adds that Russian prostitutes "are undoubtedly the best in the world." (Hill)
  • 1/19/17 Law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigate intercepted communications and financial transactions which link Russian officials and associates of Trump, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (NYT)
  • 1/30/17 Fires acting attorney general Sally Yates for not defending the travel ban. Just days before — on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 — Yates warned White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was misleading Vice President Pence on his contacts with the Russian ambassador and that he could be blackmailed by Russia. (WaPo)
  • 2/4/17 Defends Vladimir Putin as a murderer in an interview with Bill O'Reilly by responding: "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?" (Hill)
  • 2/5/17 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for an FBI probe of Trump's finances and personal ties to find out if the Russian government is blackmailing him. (Politico)
  • 2/11/17 The 35-page dossier compiled by a former British spy (see 1/10/17) gains increasing credibility among intelligence agencies as the items contained are being vetted and found reliable. (CBSNews)
  • 2/14/17 Four American officials admit that multiple members of Trump's campaign made regular contact with senior Russian intelligence during the campaign. (NYT)
  • 2/14/17 Directly asks FBI director James Comey to back off of the investigation of National Security Director Michael Flynn, saying he was "a good guy." (NYT)
  • 2/17/17 Seven congressional committees prepare to investigate Trump's connect to Russia. (PoliticusUSA)(Vox)
  • 2/18/17 The FBI is pursuing at least three separate probes into Russian hacking of the U.S. election. (Reuters)
  • 2/19/17 The Senate Intelligence Committee requests that agencies preserve all materials that could tie into their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP)
  • 2/23/17 The daughter of then-campaign manager Paul Manafort was texted about contacting her father about blackmail materials. The text appears to come from Ukrainian parliamentarian Serhiy Leshchenko and Manafort has confirmed the authenticity of the texts. (Politico)
  • 2/23/17 Is discovered that the White House asked the FBI to publicly discredit media reports of Trump's associates and Russians during the campaign, and that the FBI refused to do so. (CNN)
  • March 2017 One of Trump's personal lawyers, Marc E. Kasowitz, is named to the legal team defending Russia’s largest state-run bank in a corporate-raiding case (BuzzFeed)
  • 3/1/17 Attorney General of the U.S. Jeff Sessions is reported to have perjured himself at his Senate confirmation hearing on whether or not he had contact with Russian officials during the campaign. Records show that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September 2016. (WaPo)
  • 3/1/17 Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee instruct White House staffers to preserve any materials related to Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election. (AP)
  • 3/2/17 Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any current or future investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying the reason being that he was involved in the campaign. He does not acknowledge his perjury at the Senate or his contact with any Russian official during the campaign. (NYT)
  • 3/2/17 Is reported that Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner participated in a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in December 2016, along with Michael Flynn. (TheNewYorker)(NYT)
  • 3/4/17 The Keystone XL pipeline won't use American steel in its construction, despite a directive by Trump that it would. (AP) Steel will come from Evraz, a company which Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owns a third of. Abramovich is the 151th richest man on Earth and has longstanding personal ties to Vladimir Putin. (HuffPo)(Forbes)
  • 3/14/15 Monica Crowley, prospective Senior Director of Communications for the National Security Council who withdrew consideration after it was discovered that she plagiarized numerous long passages in her PhD dissertation as well as her 2012 book What the Bleep Just Happened, (Politico)(CNN) registers as a foreign agent and now lobbies for a pro-Russian billionaire oligarch. (WaEx)
  • 3/17/17 Is reported that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida. (Reuters)
  • 3/21/17 Is reported that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort laundered money from the party of Ukraine's Kremlin-backed former president, Serhiy Leschenko. (WaPo)
  • 3/27/17 Is reported that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russian banker Sergei Gorkov during the transition in December 2016. Gorkov heads a government-owned development bank that is under sanctions by the U.S. for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. (ForeignPolicy)
  • 3/28/17 Court cases, government and legal documents connect Trump's businesses to at least ten different Russian oligarchs. (USAToday)
  • 3/30/17 The Senate Intelligence Committee in the course of its investigation discovers that Russia worked during the primaries to sideline any candidate it did not deem to hold favorable views towards Russia. (Newsweek)
  • 4/11/17 Is reported that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to monitor Trump's advisor Carter Page after providing probable cause that Page was acting as an agent of Russia. (WaPo)
  • 4/13/17 A Ukraine ledger from August 2016 reveals payments of at least $1.2 million from a pro-Russia political party to Paul Manafort, who was then Trump's campaign chairman. (AP)
  • 4/20/17 Seven current and former U.S. officials tell reporters that a Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, pointing to two critical documents supporting the claim. (Reuters)
  • 5/5/17 The Senate Intelligence Committee, seeking to accelerate its broad investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, asks a number of high-profile Trump campaign associates to hand over emails and other records of communications and dealings with Russian officials and businesspeople. (NYT)
  • 5/9/17 Fires FBI Director James Comey, citing his poor handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation from 2016. Comey was in the middle of a high profile investigation into Trump's campaign and staff connections to Russia. (NYT)
  • 5/10/17 Meets with the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House, and bars all American journalists from entering the Oval Office, but allows a Russian photographer into the meeting. The only photographs from the meeting come from the Russian press. (NYT)
    • 5/15/17 Is reported that Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador during their private visit to the White House on 5/10/17, jeopardizing a critical source of intelligence on ISIS. (WaPo)
  • 5/16/17 Is revealed in a memo written by former FBI director James Comey that Trump asked him to back off of investigating Michael Flynn in January. (NYT)
  • 5/17/17 A recording is released from June 15, 2016, between House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and several other GOP leaders, in which McCarthy says: "There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump." House Speaker Paul Ryan immediately interjects and swears everyone to secrecy about the conversation. (WaPo)
  • 5/18/17 The deputy (acting) attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee the probe of Trump's campaign and Russia, tapping former director of the FBI from 2011 to 2013 Robert Mueller. (WaPo)
  • 5/23/17 Former CIA director John Brennan testifies before the House Intelligence Committee that he knew the Russians were attempting to interfere with the 2016 election and was concerned about a series of suspicious contacts between the Russian government and Trump associates. (NYT)
  • 5/23/17 After announcing that he would not be honoring a subpoena by the Senate Intelligence Committee, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn receives two more subpoenas from the Committee. (Politico)
  • 5/26/17 According to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports, Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring. (WaPo)
  • 5/30/17 Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen rejects a request by the House Intelligence Committee for documents relating to Russian election meddling. (MSN)(ABCNews)
  • 6/1/17 Is reported that Trump and his team was gearing up to lift sanctions on Russia when he took office, but career diplomats ginned up pressure in Congress to block the move. (NBCNews)
  • 6/5/17 An NSA report reveals that Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials days before the November 2016 election. (Intercept)
  • 6/8/17 Former F.B.I. director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Testifies to the following: (NYT)(full transcript)
    • Trump told everyone to leave his office before speaking with Comey regarding loosening up on the investigation of Flynn. "Why did he kick everybody out of the Oval Office? That to me as an investigator, is a very significant fact."
    • Regarding one meeting: "I was honestly concerned that he would lie about the nature of our meeting."
    • Regarding ceasing the investigation of Michael Flynn, suspected Russian colluder: "I took it as a direction... I took it as this is what he wants me to do."
    • "I was fired because of the Russian investigation. I was fired in some way to change the way the Russian investigation was being conducted."
    • "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that."
  • 6/17/17 The White House announces plans to work with House Republicans to soften the new bipartisan sanctions on Russia and to restore Trump's power to ease penalties against Moscow. (Politico)
  • 6/22/17 A Russian official who makes $75,000 a year is documented as spending nearly $8 million on Trump condos in Florida. (MiamiHerald)
  • 6/27/17 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort formally acknowledges his lobbying work for a group tied to a Ukrainian political party, filing himself as a foreign agent. (WaPo)
  • 6/29/17 A GOP operative named Peter Smith tells the Wall Street Journal that he was in contact with Russian hackers and attempted to obtain the deleted emails of Hillary Clinton in order to turn them over to Michael Flynn. Smith dies ten days after speaking with WSJ. (Independent)
  • 7/9/17 After his first in-person meeting with Vladimir Putin lasting over two hours, says "it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia,” despite multiple ongoing investigations into the Kremlin’s role in the 2016 campaign. Also tweets: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.” (Politico)(Hill)
  • 7/9/17 Is reported that Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The meeting was also attended by then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. (NYT)
    • On the same day of that meeting, June 9, 2016, candidate Donald Trump tweets his first tweet regarding Hillary Clinton's "missing 33,000 emails." (NBCNews)
    • Included in the meeting was a Soviet army veteran turned U.S. lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. (NYT)(WaPo)
    • 7/17/17 Trump legal team member Jay Sekulow tries to legitimize the meeting, saying that the Secret Service screened everyone at the meeting, to which the Secret Service responds: "Donald Trump Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time." (CNN)
    • 7/19/17 An eighth person in attendance at the meeting is identified as Ike Kaveladze, senior vice president for an Azerbaijani-Russian real estate company. (CNN)
    • 8/21/17 Rinat Akhmetshin, another attendee of the meeting, is very likely a Russian spy. (NewYorkMag)
  • 7/31/17 Is reported that on July 8th, Trump personally dictates a statement on behalf of his son Don Trump Jr. in which Jr. says that he and the Russian lawyer with whom he had infamously met with during the campaign had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.” The claims were later shown to be misleading. (WaPo)
  • 8/2/17 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rejects $80 million allocated by Congress to fight terrorist propaganda and Russia disinformation. (Politico)
  • 8/3/17 Special Counsel Robert Mueller impanels a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 elections. (WSJ)
  • 8/4/17 Is reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled more than one grand jury, in Washington and Virginia. (USAToday)
  • 8/9/17 Is reported that the FBI raided former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's house last month, seizing documents and other materials. (WaPo)
  • 8/10/17 Thanks Putin for expelling 755 staff from US diplomatic staff missions in Russia. (BBC)
  • 8/14/17 Emails reveal repeated attempts by the Trump campaign from as early as March 2016 to meet with Russian leadership, "including Putin." (WaPo)
  • 8/15/17 A Russian hacker testifies in a Moscow court that his nine-member hacking group, under charges for stealing $17 million from Russian financial institutions, has been cooperating for years with FSB and was ordered by them to hack the Democratic National Committee, as well as on "very serious military enterprises of the United States and other organizations." (BusinessInsider)
  • 8/21/17 Following lumber sanctions against Canada, U.S. imports of Russia softwood lumber increase 42% within a few months. (GlobeandMail)
  • 8/27/17 Is reported that Trump's business sought to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 9/6/17 Facebook discloses that it sold 3,000 ads to a shadowy Russian company connected to the Kremlin during the 2016 elections which focused on socially divisive issues. (NYT)
    • Thirty examples of memes that the Russian operation posted on Facebook during the election. NSFW. (DailyBeast)
    • 10/8/17 The former digital director for Trump's campaign Brad Parscale tells 60 Minutes that Facebook ads are the reason Trump won the election. (Hill)
  • 9/8/17 U.S. surveillance aircraft that were monitoring an ISIS convoy stuck in the desert in eastern Syria have left the area at the request of Russian officials. (Hill)
  • 9/11/17 Is reported that Russian operatives used Facebook Events to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S. during the 2016 election, including anti-immigrant rallies. (DailyBeast)
  • 9/13/17 The lobbying activities of ­Michael G. Flynn, the son of President Trump’s former national security adviser, are being examined by the special counsel investigating coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 9/13/17 The U.S. Office of Government Ethics reverses a policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds. (Politico)
  • 10/2/17 Documents turned over to federal investigators reveal two previously unreported contacts between Russia and Trump attorneys during the campaign. (WaPo)
  • 10/9/17 Google uncovers evidence that Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Gmail and other Google platforms with the intent to spread disinformation to sway the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 10/9/17 Oxford researchers find that Russia published false news stories targeting U.S. military personnel and veterans with conspiracy theories, misinformation and other forms of junk news about military affairs and national security issues. (Oxford paper)
  • 10/13/17 Is discovered that former campaign manager Paul Manafort had a total of $60 million in loans associated with him and a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin. (NBC)
  • 10/19/17 Vladimir Putin calls on U.S. citizens to stop disrespecting Trump, saying: "Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system. One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him" (Newsweek)
  • 10/23/17 State Department revokes the visa of a top Putin critic and citizen of Britain while Putin simultaneously added him to the Interpol list. (Guardian)
  • 11/25/17 On the same day that Vladimir Putin signs a law that allows foreign media outlets in Russia to be listed as "foreign agents," (CNN) Trump tweets an open attack on CNN International. (Hill)
  • 11/24/17 Members of the House Foreign Relations Committee express concern about the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January. (letter)(NYT)
    • 11/25/17 Aides for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have depleted the State Department's diversity by firing many top diplomats and put a stop to most hiring, and offers a $25,000 incentive for diplomats to leave the department. (Hill)
  • 11/23/17 Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has signaled through his legal counsel that he is most likely cooperating with federal investigators towards a deal. (NYT)
  • 11/21/17 Does not send a U.S. delegation to any Syrian peace talks, which include Iran and Turkey, ceding the entire post-war process to the leadership of Russia. (Politico)
  • 11/16/17 Is revealed that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner did not disclose some documents sought by Congress which referenced a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite." (LATimes)
  • 11/17/17 Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak says in an interview in Russia that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone. (CNBC)
  • 11/16/17 A Russian worker describes "a merry-go-round of lies" at a troll factory in St. Petersburg meant to generate explosive and divisive online content to sway the 2016 election. (NBCNews)
  • 11/11/17 After chatting with Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, Trump speaks to reporters on Air Force One, stating that Putin assured him that Russia had not interfered with the 2016 election and that the probes into the interference were an "artificial Democratic hit job." Says of Putin: “Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it, I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.” (NYT)
    • Later tweets: "When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always playing politics — bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!" (Hill)
  • 11/10/17 The Trump campaign's data crunching firm Cambridge Analytica confirms that it contacted Julian Assange to ask WikiLeaks to share hacked emails related to Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2016. Other documents that summer published by WikiLeaks related to the campaign were provided to it by Russian intelligence. (TheGuardian)
  • 11/10/17 Is reported that Russian agents using hundreds of false Twitter accounts repeatedly attempted to deflect scandal away from Trump and towards Clinton for almost the entirety of the campaign. (AP)
  • 11/5/17 A trove of 13.4 million records dubbed the Paradise Papers reveals that a Russian billionaire named Yuri Milner has significant holdings in Facebook (8% ownership) and Twitter (5% ownership), backed by hundreds of millions of dollars provided by the Kremlin. (NYT)
  • 10/31/17 Is reported that a Russian group was able to organize at least one protest through Facebook which thousands of Americans attended, with the explicit intent of stirring racial divides among American citizens during the 2016 election. (Hill)(archived page of the FB protest site)
  • 10/30/17 Former campaign manager Paul Manafort turns himself into the custody of the FBI following a 12-count indictment including conspiring against the United States. (NYT)
    • Trump responds by tweeting: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????” and then minutes later "Also, there is NO COLLUSION!" (WaPo)
    • A detailed graphical depiction of the $93 million that was laundered or handled through Manafort's accounts. (CNBC)
    • 10/30/17 Foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who was arrested on July 27 enters a surprise guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian agents. (NYT)
  • 11/30/17 Is reported that over the summer Trump urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. (NYT)
  • 12/1/17 Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition. (NYT)
    • 12/1/17 A breakdown of Flynn's lies about his Russia calls. (CNN)
    • 12/2/17 Emails among top transition officials show that Flynn was in close contact with senior members of the transition team before and after he spoke with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak about American sanctions against Russia. (NYT)
    • 12/2/17 Trump tweets: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!" The first sentence is an admission that he knew Flynn lied to FBI investigators at the time of his firing. (WaPo) Trump claims that his lawyer John Dowd wrote the tweet and not him, and Dowd said that he did in fact draft it. (CNN)
  • 12/2/17 Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow argues that collusion is not a crime. "For something to be a crime, there has to be a statute that you claim is being violated. There is not a statute that refers to criminal collusion. There is no crime of collusion.” (NewYorker)
  • 12/3/17 Attacks the FBI in a string of tweets: "Tainted (no, very dishonest?) FBI “agent’s role in Clinton probe under review.” Led Clinton Email probe. @foxandfriends Clinton money going to wife of another FBI agent in charge." Then, "After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness." Then, "Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!" (Time)
  • 12/4/17 Special counsel Robert Mueller requests that Paul Manafort's house arrest be maintained after it is revealed that Manafort collaborated with a Kremlin-tied operative to ghostwrite an op-ed protesting his case, a direct violation of his bond agreement barring him from litigating the case in public. (Hill)
  • 12/6/17 A whistleblower who was a business partner to Michael Flynn asserts that on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, Flynn assured him that a business deal between them and Russia to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East would be "good to go" and that existing sanctions against Russia would summarily be "ripped up." (NYT)
  • 12/14/17 Is reported that Trump's intelligence briefing on 1/6/17 included a CIA report that they captured Putin's specific instruction to carry out election interference. (WaPo)
  • 12/15/17 Vladimir Putin in his yearly media address states that he and Trump are on a first name basis and adds "we are objectively seeing that there have been some major accomplishments, even in the short time he has been working." (SkyNews)
  • 12/16/17 Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials during the Transition before taking office. (CBS)
  • 12/18/17 Putin lavishes Trump with praise over the phone for the CIA providing the Kremlin with information that allowed Russian officials to thwart a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. (CNN)
  • 1/3/18 Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sues the DOJ and special counsel Robert Mueller in an attempt to stop the federal probe into Russian election interference, arguing that the order establishing Mueller's investigation is overly broad. (NPR w/court filing)
  • 1/10/18 States that it is unlikely that he will have to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, saying "no collusion" seven times in a single answer to a question on the matter. (CNN)
  • 1/12/18 Documents reveal that three of Trump's golf courses in Scotland have been under investigation for financing backed by the Kremlin. (TheTimes)
  • 1/16/18 In an inquiry before the House Intelligence Committee, former White House strategist Steve Bannon cites executive privilege in order to not answer many questions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, provoking representatives to serve him on the spot with a subpoena. (Politico)
    • 1/18/18 Is reported that White House counsel Donald McGahn specifically instructed Bannon on which questions to avoid answering, casting McGahn into a conflict of interest between protecting the interests of the Office of the President and the interests of Trump himself. (Bloomberg)
  • 1/21/18 Is reported that the FBI flagged half a dozen Russians connected with the Kremlin who attended Trump's inauguration on 1/20/17. (WaPo)
  • 1/21/18 Of the 285 people connected to the Russia probes, 73 are associated with the Trump campaign, 27 are current or former Trump officials, 24 served on Trump's transition team and 12 have ties to the Trump Organization. (Politico)
  • 1/25/18 Is reported that Trump ordered the firing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in June 2017, but backed down after White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out the order. (NYT)
  • 1/26/18 Is reported that Dutch spies provided the FBI with crucial evidence that led to the FBI's probe into Russian election interference, having broken into the Russian hackers' network and observing their efforts for two and a half years. (Volkskrant)
  • 1/26/18 Is reported that Trump directed senior aides in June 2017 to device and carry out a smear campaign against three FBI officials who he had identified as likely witnesses in Robert Mueller's investigation. (ForeignPolicy)
  • 1/27/18 Twitter tells the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that Russian bots retweeted Trump almost 500,000 times in the last months of the 2016 election, and retweeted Hillary Clinton about 50,000 times. (judiciary.senate.gov)
  • 1/29/18 A secret memo created by Republicans to discredit the Mueller investigation indicates that the DOJ suspects Trump campaign associate Carter Page was a Russian agent. (Newsweek)(NYT)
  • 1/29/18 Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe steps down two months earlier than planned in the midst of constant public attacks from Trump. (Hill)
  • 1/30/18 Despite the Department of the Treasury publishing a list of 96 Russian oligarchs  and 114 senior Russian political figures who could be subject to sanctions, the Trump administration announces no new sanctions on any of them. (CNN)
    • 1/31/18 Is reported that two top Russian spy chiefs Sergey Naryshkin (head of the Foreign Intelligence Service SVR)  and Alexander Bortnikov (head of the FSB) visited Washington the week before for "consultations" with top CIA counterparts including Director Mike Pompeo despite being on a U.S. blacklist. (WaPo)
  • 1/31/18 Is reported that Trump personally asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was "on my team" in December 2017. Rosenstein oversees the Russia probe and appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead it. (CNN)
  • 2/3/18 Former deputy national security advisor  to Trump K.T. McFarland withdraws her ambassadorial nomination to Singapore after doubt is cast on her answers to questions involving Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials. (NYT)
  • 2/3/18 Is discovered that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page referred to himself as an "advisor to the staff of the Kremlin" in a 2013 letter to an academic publisher. (Time)
  • 2/6/18 In an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says of Russian election meddling: "I don't know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt as well. The point is, if it's their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that. We can take steps we can take but this is something that, once they decide they are going to do it, it's very difficult to preempt it.” (FoxNews)
  • 2/8/18 The head of cybersecurity of the Department of Homeland Security Jeanette Manfra says in an interview with NBC News that Russian hackers targeted the voting systems of 21 states in 2016 and were successful in penetrating some of them. (NBCNews)
  • 2/8/18 A Russian delegation of at least 60 is planned to attend Trump's National Prayer Breakfast, more than three times the number from the year before. (CNN)
  • 2/13/18 Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia has its sights on the U.S. midterm elections: "It clearly is something that needs to be addressed and addressed as quickly as possible." (Bloomberg)
  • 2/16/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals and three businesses for trying to undermine the 2016 election, including efforts aimed at "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump." The charges include conspiracy, identity theft, failing to register as foreign agents, and violating laws that limit the use of foreign money in U.S. elections. (USAToday)
  • 2/17/18 A former employee of the Russian 2016 election interference campaign describes his experience as being in "Orwell's world." (WaPo)
  • 2/18/18 Spends most of a weekend tweeting attacks on the FBI, CNN, the Democratic Party, his own national security adviser, Barack Obama and members of the House Intelligence Committee, but not Vladimir Putin or Russia over the most recent evidence indicating that Russia interfered with the US election in 2016. (Politico)
  • 2/18/18 Is reported that former top aide to Trump's campaing Richard Gates has decided that he will plead guilty to fraud-related charges and testify against former campaign manager Paul Manafort. (LATimes)
  • 2/20/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Trump son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner expands beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes Kushner's efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition. (CNN)
  • 2/27/18 NSA and U.S. Cyber Command chief Admiral Mike Rogers testifies to the Senate Armed Service Committee that he is unable to combat continued Russian interference in U.S. politics because Trump has not given him the green light to do so. He also stated that due to the anemic response thus far by the U.S., Russia has not and will not abate their operations to influence U.S. elections. (NPR)
  • 2/28/18 Trump attacks Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter: "Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!" (CNN)
  • 2/28/18 Is reported that Mueller is investigating a period of time in the summer of 2017 when Trump made repeated public attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an effort to get him to resign, probing for indications of a pattern of attempted obstruction of justice. (Reuters)
  • 3/1/18 Is reported that Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, has been tweeting extensively over the past several years about his connection to the NRA's leadership. The revelation comes during an FBI investigation into Torshin having illegally funneled money into the NRA to back Trump in the 2016 election. (NPR)(McClatchy- investigation)
  • 3/2/18 Putin releases a video simulation of global-range nuclear missiles raining down on Florida, boasting that his missiles would render NATO defenses "completely useless," and promises swift annihilation to anyone who attacks Russia or its allies. The White House has no response. (CNN)
  • 3/4/18 Is reported that the State Department has spent $0 of the $120 million it was granted to fight Russian election meddling, and none of the 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center speaks Russian. (NYT)
  • 3/4/18 Putin proclaims in a U.S. interview that he will never extradite the 13 Russians indicted for election interference in the Mueller investigation, and prompts no response from the White House. (Guardian)
  • 3/6/18 Former Trump campaign advisor Sam Nunberg appears on several cable shows on the same day announcing that he will not honor a subpoena by the Mueller investigation, and challenges the authorities to arrest him. (CNN)
  • 3/6/18 In a joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister, says that his administration is working to counteract Russian election manipulation efforts in the 2018 midterms, but downplayed the impact and Russian involvement in 2016: "The Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever. But certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals." (NPR)
  • 3/12/18 Is reported that the Kremlin intervened to block Trump's initial choice of Mitt Romney for Secretary of State in early 2017 because Romney was hawkish on Russia. (NewYorker)
  • 3/7/18 Putin lavishes Trump on Russian state television with praise, saying "On a personal level he made a very good impression on me." Putin states that Trump is a "balanced" man who easily gets to the gist of various issues and listens. (WaPo)
  • 3/7/18 Is reported that, going against the advice of White House lawyers, Trump asks key witnesses about matters they discussed with Mueller's investigators. (NYT)
  • 3/7/18 Is reported that Special Counsel Mueller is investigating a 2017 meeting in Seychelles just before inauguration that one witness says was an attempt by the Kremlin to establish a back channel to Trump himself. Representing Trump at the meeting was a member of Trump's transition team and private army founder Erik Prince. (WaPo)
  • 3/12/18 The House Intelligence Committee Republicans close their investigation of Russian election interference, declaring that they found no evidence that Trump's campaign cooperated with the Kremlin. Trump immediately tweets (emphasis his): "THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION." (Politico)
  • 3/13/18 Announces on Twitter that Rex Tillerson is stepping down as Secretary of State, to be replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo. (NYT) He was replaced within hours of stating that the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. is “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia. (NBC)
  • 3/14/18 The Justice Department's inspector general concludes that Acting Director of the F.B.I. Andrew McCabe acted inappropriately when he allowed F.B.I. officials to speak with reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation in 2016, giving Attorney General Jeff Sessions the recommendation to fire McCabe. (NYT)
    • 3/15/18 White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters that McCabe is "by most accounts a bad actor," and defers to A.G. Jeff Sessions on whether or not to fire McCabe. (Politico)
  • 3/15/18 The Trump administration imposes financial sanctions on Russian government hackers and spy agencies to punish Moscow for the 2016 election interference. (WaPo)
  • 3/16/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas the Trump Organization for business documents for the first time. (NYT)
  • 3/16/18 The Department of Homeland Security releases details of a multi-state effort by Russia to target specific government entities and critical infrastructure. (CNN)(the DHS report)
  • 3/16/18 Attorney General Jeff Sessions fires the acting director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, less than two days before his retirement, for allegedly inappropriately authorizing officials in 2016 to talk to reporters about an investigation into Hillary Clinton. (CNN)
    • 3/16/18 Trump tweets: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!" (CNN)
    • 3/16/18 McCabe releases a statement claiming that he is a witness in the Mueller investigation and that he is being attacked personally by Trump. (entire statement via Vox)
    • 3/17/18 Trump's attorney John Dowd calls for an end to the Mueller investigation, calling the Steele Dossier fraudulent and corrupt. (CNN)
  • 3/20/18 Calls Vladimir Putin and congratulates him on his election win to another six-year term as president, and discusses an in-person meeting in the near future. Trump brings up neither the 2016 election meddling nor the recent poisoning of a Russian spy and his daughter in London at the behest of the Kremlin. (NYT) Before the call, multiple national security advisers told Trump not to congratulate Putin in a briefing that read, in part, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE." (WaPo)
  • 3/22/18 John Dowd resigns as lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, quitting in protest over Trump's insistence on speaking with investigators. (NYT)
  • 3/22/18 Is confirmed that the "lone DNC hacker" Guccifer 2.0 was in fact an officer of the Russian military intelligence directorate, GRU. (DailyBeast)
  • 3/25/18 The White House announces that lawyer couple Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing will not be joining the Trump's Russia probe legal team, citing conflicts of interest. Trump's legal team consists of two lawyers, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. (NYT)
  • 3/26/18 The U.S. expels 60 Russian diplomats in a wave of expulsions by Western allies in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in London, but Trump does not directly speak out against Putin or Russia in any way. (CNN)
  • 3/28/18 Court documents reveal that the FBI believes that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had ties to Russian intelligence during the 2016 race, having been a longtime business partner with Richard Gates knew that an unidentified third partner was a former Russian intelligence officer. (Hill)
  • 4/2/18 Is reported that during a call to Putin the month before, that Trump invited Putin to the White House. The invitation came with the news that Russia would be allowed to replace the 60 diplomats expelled from the U.S. in a show of solidarity with Western allies in condemnation of an attempted nerve toxin assassination in London. (Guardian)
  • 4/3/18 Standing alongside the leaders of three Baltic countries most concerned abou the potential for aggression or invastion by Russia, says: "“Getting along with Russia is a good thing. I think I could have a very good relationship with Russia and with President Putin, and if I did, that would be a great thing. And there’s also a great possibility that that won’t happen. Who knows?” (Reuters)
  • 4/3/18 Special Counsel Robert Mueller hands down the first sentence of his Russia investigation, sentencing Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of a prominent Russian banker, of lying to FBI investigators about about his contacts in September and October of 2016 with a business associate of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and deputy Rick Gates. Prosecutors said van der Zwaan also destroyed emails Mueller's team had requested. (WaPo)
  • 4/4/18 The Justice Department releases a memo that states that it considers collusion to be a crime. (NewYorker)
  • 4/6/18 Imposes sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 top government officials, following increasingly punitive measures against Russia despite Trump's personally warm stance towards Vladimir Putin. (NYT)
  • 4/9/18 Lashes out on Twitter against Putin and Obama for the most recent chemical attacks in Syria. (CNN)
  • 4/11/18 Is reported that the NRA received more money from Russia-linked sources than earlier reported. (Politico)
  • 4/15/18 Without mentioning Robert Mueller by name, Trump lawyers urge the Supreme Court to bolster his power to fire executive officials. (LATimes)
  • 4/16/18 Puts a sudden and full halt to new Russian sanctions a day after U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announces the sanctions. (WaPo)
  • 4/19/18 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani announces that he will join Trump's legal team in an effort to "quickly" resolve the Mueller investigation, along with Jane Raskin and Martin Raskin, former federal prosecutors based in Florida. (NYT)
  • 4/27/18 Emails reveal that the Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016, Natalia Veselnitskaya, worked closely with the Kremlin's chief legal office and recants her earlier denials of Russian government ties. (NYT)
  • 4/30/18 A list of 49 questions submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to Trump's lawyers, intended to be asked directly to Trump by Mueller, is leaked to the New York Times. (NYT- w/ the questions)
  • 5/1/18 Presidential campaign of 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein announces that she has objected to turning over some documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee related to the campaign's contacts and discussions related to Russia. (CNN)
  • 5/6/18 House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says that he plans to urge lawmakers to hold Sessions in contempt of Congress for failing to hand over classified materials related to the Russia investigation. (CNN)
  • 5/8/18 Documents reveal that the shell company that Michael Cohen used to pay hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels also received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and several corporations with business before the Trump administration. (NYT)
  • 5/16/18 Documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that Trump received a "fairly sizeable" birthday gift from Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov the day after a notorious meeting with Russian agents at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. (Yahoo)
  • 5/23/18 Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo reluctantly agrees that Russia aided Trump's campaign in 2015 and 2016. (Bloomberg)
  • 5/27/18 Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggests that the origins of the Mueller investigation are illegitimate. (CNN)
  • 6/2/18 Is reported that Trump's lawyers Jay Sekulow and John Dowd sent special counsel Robert Mueller a memo that argues Trump cannot obstruct justice, and could “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.” (NYT)(the memo)
  • 6/4/18 Says the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller is "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL" and reiterated the assertion by his lawyers that he has the power to pardon himself of any crimes. (NYT)
  • 6/5/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller requests a federal judge revoke the bail of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort after it is discovered that Manafort coached witnesses to commit perjury about a lobbying effort they worked on for him involving Ukranians. (CNN)
  • 6/8/18 On the first day of the G-7 summit in Quebec, makes a surprise call upon allies to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations. (NYT)
    • 6/9/18 At a press conference, again calls for the reinstatement of Russia to the G-7, and blames Obama for Russia's forced annexation of Crimea in 2014. "You'll have to ask Obama, because he was the one that let Crimea get away. He allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude." (CNN)
  • 6/15/18 The host of a news show on state-run channel Russia 24 declares "Crimea is ours! Trump is ours!" following a report that Trump suggested that Crimea is part of Russia. (BusinessInsider)
  • 6/17/18 Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone said that he met with a Russian man during the 2016 campaign who wanted Trump to pay $2 million for damaging information on Hillary Clinton. The meeting was set up by Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo. (WaPo)
  • 6/19/18 Is reported that Russian and former Soviet bloc citizens made 86 all-cash purchases of Trump properties since 2009, totalling $109 million: (McClatchy)
    • Aleksander Burman, a Ukranian who was sentenced to 10 years federal prison for a health care scheme that defrauded taxpayers of $26 million, paid $725,000 cash for a Trump Tower condo in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
    • Leonid Zeldovich, a businessman with extensive history in the Russia-annexed territory of Crimea, bought four Trump units for over $4.35 million between 2007 and 2010.
    • Igor Romashov, a chairman of the board of Transoil, a Russian oil transport company subject to U.S. sanctions, paid $620,000 for a Trump unit in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
  • 6/27/18 National security adviser John Bolton finalizes an agreement with the Kremlin in Moscow for a first summit between Trump and Vladimir Putin, a meeting that Moscow has been pushing for months. (WaPo)
    • 6/28/18 The White House announces that the summit will take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland. (Hill)
  • 7/2/18 Is reported that Trump will be meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland without any aides present. (CNN)
  • 7/3/18 The Senate Intelligence Committee upholds the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia developed a "clear preference" Trump in the 2016 election and sought to help him win the White House, repudiating the committee’s counterpart in the House of Representatives. (Hill)
  • 7/5/18 Special Counsel Robert Mueller taps additional Justice Department prosecutors to help his expanding investigation into the Russia meddling of the 2016 election. (Bloomberg)
  • 7/13/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller issues an indictment of 12 Russian GRU (Generalnogo Shtaba or "Main Intelligence Directorate") officers on Friday in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. (NYT)(the 29-page indictment)
    • The 11-count indictment includes a detailed list of brazen Russian subterfuge operations intended to create chaos in the months before Election Day.
    • The indictment describes how Russian intelligence officers 1) Hacked into email accounts of Hillary Clinton as well as 2) hacked in to the computer networks of the D.N.C. and 3) used online personas and WikiLeaks, to 4) release stolen emails and documents to the Trump administration and the press at strategic times.
    • Russian agents used cryptocurrency to hire additional hackers.
    • More than 300 people affiliated with the Clinton campaign were targeted.
    • Russian hackers tried to break into Clinton's email servers for the first time on July 27, 2016, the same day that Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Mrs. Clinton's emails. (the 7/27/16 invitation)
    • The Russian agents extracted large volumes of data as part of their focus on state-level election systems, as well as the voter information of 500,000 Americans. (NYT)
    • Trump responds to the indictment with two tweets: "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?" And "....Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t the FBI take possession of it? Deep State?" (NYT)
  • 7/15/18 Just before his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin, calls the European Union a trade “foe” and says that he has not considered asking about the extradition of the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted for hacking and election interference. (NYT)
    • 7/15/18 On his flight to Helsinki, Finland to meet Vladimir Putin, tweets that “much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people.” (Axios)
    • 7/15/18 Before meeting Putin, congratulates him via Twitter for “putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament – one of the best ever!” (Hill)
  • 7/16/18 At the press conference preceding Trump's private meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland:
    • After Putin flatly denies interfering in the U.S. elections, Trump says: "I think it's a disgrace we can't get Hillary Clinton's 33,000 e-mails. I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be Russia." (CNBC)(NYT)
    • Trump says that Putin "offered to have the people working on the [Mueller investigation into Russian election interference] come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that’s an incredible offer." (CNBC)
  • 7/16/18 Trump talks with Vladimir Putin for two hours behind closed doors, without aides, photographers, stenographers or anyone else besides two interpreters. (NPR)
  • 7/16/18 The top intelligence official Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issues a statement, saying that the intelligence community stands by its assessment that Russia interefered in the 2016 election. (CNN)
  • 7/16/18 In an interview with Fox News, Vladimir Putin denies involvement in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, but justifies that it was worth doing since it revealed the truth. (CNN)
  • 7/17/18 The Russian political and media establishment heralds the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve. (Reuters)
  • 7/17/18 One day after the Russian agent Maria Butina is arrested for secretly trying to influence U.S. politics, partially through the N.R.A., the Trump administration announces that it will no longer force some tax-exempt organizations, including the NRA, to identify their contributors to federal tax officials. (Butina arrest- Vox)(IRS - USAToday)
  • 7/18/18 Tweets: "Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!" (CNN)
  • 7/18/18 The White House announces that Trump will convene a team to discuss Putin's offer of inviting Robert Mueller's investigators to Russia to observe Russian intelligence officers question the 12 Russian agents indicted by the U.S. for election tampering and hacking. Putin's offer also included having Russian intelligence agents interrogate at least one former U.S. diplomat on U.S. soil. (Hill)
  • 7/18/18 Says that Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections with intentions of interfering, contradicting the direct findings of the U.S. intelligence community. (Reuters)
    • 7/18/18 The White House says that when Trump said "no" to being asked about Russia still interfering with U.S. elections, he meant "no" to any more questions from reporters. (NPR)
  • 7/18/18 Tells CBS News that he laid down the law with Putin at the Helsinki summit, saying "“I let him know we can’t have this. We’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be.” (NYT)
  • 7/19/18 Announces that he will be inviting Vladimir Putin to the White House for a visit in the fall, catching Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats by complete surprise. (NPR)
  • 7/21/18 Is reported that Trump complained about a question from a reporter, one that he refused to answer on the grounds that it was too difficult. The question from AP's Jonathan Lemire was if Trump would, "with the whole world watching, tell President Putin that you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?” (WaPo)
  • 7/26/18 Documents reveal that the Moscow lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr and others at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign had close ties to top Russian government officials. (AP)
  • 7/29/18 Attacks the Mueller investigation on Twitter, writing in part: ""There is No Collusion. The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased from 13, including an Obama White House lawyer) Angry Democrats, was started by a fraudulent Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC. Therefore, the Witch Hunt is an illegal Scam!" (CNN) The tirade as a whole demonstrates a more hostile and desperate tone. (Atlantic)
  • 7/31/18 Echoing his lawyer Rudy Giuliani's recent statements, Trump tweets: "Collusion is not a crime, but that doesn’t matter because there was No Collusion (except by Crooked Hillary and the Democrats)!" (NBC)
  • 8/7/18 The administration proposes a framework to create opportunities for "new uses" of asbestos, a material long identified as one of the most carcinogenic in the construction industry and banned in most countries. Much of the asbestos would come from Russia. (Newsweek)(EPA proposal)
  • 8/8/18 The National Security Council and U.S. State Department announce new sanctions on Russia in response to Russia's attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England, but the White House makes no acknowledgement of the announcement. (NYT)
  • 8/8/18 The Senate Intelligence Committee calls on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to testify on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Assange's organization released reams of stolen data during the final months of the election in lockstep with Russian efforts. (CNN)
  • 8/10/18 A federal judge holds Andrew Miller in contempt of court for refusing to testify to a grand jury in the Mueller investigation. Miller is a former longtime aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. (WaPo)
  • 8/13/18 Two U.S. intelligence assessments indicate that Russian officials were "pleased" with the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin, that the summit produced better than expected outcomes for Russia. (CNN)
  • 8/15/18 Revokes the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan in retaliation for Brennan's criticism of Trump. It is the first time that a president has ever issued or revoked a clearance outside of the established process. (NYT)
    • 8/16/18 Is reported that intelligence officials are concerned that Trump will continue to sideline former officials who are actively assisting in the Russia investigation. (NYT)
  • 8/18/18 A dozen White House sources reveal that White House lawyer Donald McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the Mueller investigation, having spoken with investigators for over 30 hours over at least three meetings. (NYT)
  • 8/20/18 Says of the Russia investigation: "I can go in, and I could do whatever - I could run it if I want." (WaPo)
  • 8/21/18 The Microsoft Corporation reports publicly that it detected and seized websites that were created in recent weeks by hackers linked to the Russian cyberwarfare unit formerly known as the G.R.U., and that the sites were intended to infiltrate American conservative think tanks which have criticized Russia, Putin and Trump. (NYT)
  • 8/21/18 Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is found guilty on eight of 18 counts: five counts of submitting false tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud, for a minimum of 80 years in prison. (USAToday)
  • 8/27/18 Targets the security clearance of former federal prosecutor Bruce Ohr and attacks him publicly. Ohr has long worked with the F.B.I. to prosecute the crimes of members of the Russian mafia. (NYT)
  • 8/27/18 Is reported that Turkey seeks warmer relations with Russia after being spurned by the United States on thin pretenses. (AP)
  • 9/13/18 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry meets with Russian officials, including Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, in Moscow. (Reuters)
  • 9/19/18 Is reported that on a phone call with Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin told Trump that the two were not to blame for the lack of friendship between the two, and pinned the problem on a "deep state" working against their relationship. Putin said, in part: “It’s not us. We get it. It’s the subordinates fighting against our friendship.”(Newsweek)
  • 10/19/18 The U.S. Justice Department charges Elena Khusyanyanova, a Russian national, with conspiracy to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm election. They allege she managed the finances of "Project Lakhta," a foreign influence operation designed to sow division and discord in the U.S. by stoking arguments on hot button issues online. (WaPo)
  • 10/26/18 Formally invites Russian president Vladimir Putin to the White House in 2019. (BBC)
  • 11/7/18 Fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions, putting Sessions' Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker in as acting attorney general. Whitaker is to take charge of the Russia investigation, an investigation that he has been openly critical of. (CNN)