Open main menu

Timeline of post-election transition following Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

This is a chronology of significant events in 2016 and 2017 regarding links between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials during the presidential transition time frame, relating to the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. Following the timeline of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, this article begins on November 8 (election day) and ends with Donald Trump and Mike Pence being sworn into office on January 20, 2017. The investigations continued in 2017, 2018, and 2019

Relevant individuals and organizationsEdit

This is a list of individuals and organizations that have been involved in the events related to either the election interference that Russia conducted against the 2016 U.S. elections and/or the resulting investigations into suspected inappropriate links between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials. Seth Abramson estimated more than 400 people could be listed here.[1]:3

A–EEdit

F–KEdit

L–QEdit

R–ZEdit

Pre-electionEdit

Post-election transitionEdit

November 2016Edit

  • November–December: Michael Flynn serves as an advisor to SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. The agreement[clarification needed] was broken shortly after the election.[7][8]
  • November:
    • Mangiante quits the London Centre of International Law Practice after complaining to Mifsud about not being paid her salary.[9]
    • Paul Manafort and Rick Gates falsely assert in writing to the Justice Department that their work for the Ukrainian government did not require registering as foreign agents in the United States. In September 2018, Manafort pleads guilty to lying to the Justice Department about the extent of his work for Ukraine.[10]
    • The GRU targets over 120 Florida election officials' email accounts with spearphishing attacks.[11][12]:51 They receive emails purportedly from VR Systems, the state's voter registration and election results service provider, asking them to open a purported Word document containing a trojan.[11][13] At least some emails contain British spellings and come from Gmail accounts, which VR Systems doesn't use.[13] Many of the emails are flagged by spam filters.[13] They also receive an email from VR's chief operating officer warning them about the malicious emails.[13] Later, the FBI believes one county government's network was compromised in a way that would have given security hackers the ability to alter voter registration data, but this is disputed by state election officials.[11][12]:51[13]
  • November 8:
    • Trump is elected President of the United States.[14]
    • Hours after the polls close, the hashtag #Calexit is retweeted by thousands of IRA accounts.[15]
    • Rospatent, the Russian government agency responsible for intellectual property, grants 10-year extensions on four of Trump's trademarks.[16]
  • November 8–December: After the election, a Russian hacker breaks into Election Assistance Commission servers and steals the login credentials for over 100 users. The hack is discovered by chance when Recorded Future, a security firm, comes across the credentials being offered for sale on the dark web to a Middle Eastern government.[17][18]
  • November 8–January:
    • During the transition period, the FBI warns Trump aide Hope Hicks at least twice that she might be approached by Russian government operatives using fake identities.[19][20]
    • The British Foreign Office holds a series of meetings with Cambridge Analytica executives in London, Washington, and New York to "better understand" how Trump won and acquire insights into the "political environment" following his win.[21]
  • November 9:
    • Dimitriev receives a text message stating "Putin has won" after news reports announce that Clinton called Trump to concede the election result.[12]:149 Later that morning, Dmitriev reaches out to Nader expressing the desire to build closer relationships with the U.S. and the Trump team.[22][12]:150 He tells Nader that he will ask Putin for permission to travel to the U.S. so that he can speak to media outlets about the positive impact of the Trump election on U.S.-Russia relations.[12]:150 He flies to New York to join Peskov at a chess tournament and asks Nader to invite Kushner to join them.[12]:150 Nader does not pass the invitation along, and Mueller's team is unable to establish that anyone from the Trump campaign or transition team attended the tournament.[12]:150
    • Papadapoulos and Millian make arrangements to meet in Chicago to discuss business opportunities, including with Russian "billionaires who are not under sanctions."[12]:95
  • November 10:
    • Kislyak states that Russia was not involved with U.S. election hacking.[23]
    • Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov tells the Interfax news agency "there were contacts" with the Trump team during the campaign.[24] He says, "I don't say that all of them, but a whole array of them supported contacts with Russian representatives."[25]:21
    • Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells Bloomberg News that it was "normal practice" for Russian Embassy staffers to meet with members of the Trump campaign. She says the Clinton campaign declined requests for meetings.[24]
    • In a private Oval Office meeting, Obama warns Trump against hiring Flynn.[26]
    • Mark Zuckerberg calls the idea that "fake news" on Facebook could have influenced the election "crazy."[27][28]
  • November 11:
  • November 12:
    • Butina holds a birthday party at Cafe Deluxe in Washington, D.C., attended by Erickson and Trump campaign aides.[36][37] She claims to be part of Russian communications with the Trump campaign, something she has bragged about for months.[36]
    • A Trump protest called "Trump is NOT my President" attracts 5,000–10,000 protestors in Manhattan who march from Union Square to Trump Tower. The protest is organized by the IRA using their BlackMattersUS Facebook account.[38][39][40]
    • Banks, Farage and Wigmore visit Trump Tower unannounced and are invited inside by Bannon. They have a long meeting with Trump. Wigmore asks Trump's receptionist for the Trump transition team's contact information.[41][42][43]
  • November 13: Zakharova jokingly comments on the Rossiya 1 show Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov that "our people in Brighton Beach won the election for Donald Trump."[44]
  • November 14:
    • Papadopoulos and Millian meet at the Chicago Trump International Hotel and Tower bar. Millian appears nervous to Papadopoulos as he offers a job working for a Russian billionaire not under sanctions. The job requires that he continue working for Trump and join the new administration. Papadopoulos declines the offer, saying he is only interested in private sector jobs. Later, Papadopoulos says he declined the offer because he knew it was unethical and possibly illegal, and feared it might have been an FBI setup.[12]:95[45]
    • Page submits an application to the Trump transition team for a position in the new administration. The team never responds.[12]:102–103
  • November 15:
    • Devin Nunes replaces former Representative Mike Rogers as a Trump transition team national security advisor.[46]
    • Banks and Wigmore meet with Yakovenko in London; they discuss their November 12 meeting with Trump, and Sessions's role in the new administration. At Yakovenko's request, Banks provides Yakovenko with contact information for the Trump transition team.[41][43][47][48]
  • November 16–17: Kislyak arranges a December 1 meeting with Kushner. Kushner asks his executive assistant Catherine Vargas to confirm with Simes that Kislyak is the right person to talk to. She checks and responds that Kislyak is good for routine matters, but Russian foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov is the contact for "more direct/substantial matters."[12]:159
  • November 18:
  • November 19:
    • The IRA organizes the "Charlotte Against Trump" rally in Charlotte, North Carolina.[38][39]
    • Obama privately meets Mark Zuckerberg at a gathering of world leaders in Lima, Peru. Obama urges Zuckerberg to take the threats of political disinformation and "fake news" seriously, and warns him that doing nothing will cause problems in the next election. Zuckerberg responds that there were only a few messages, and doing something about the problem would be difficult.[28]
  • November 21:
  • Late November: Senior members of Trump's transition team warn Flynn about the dangers of contacting Kislyak, including that Kislyak's conversations are probably being monitored by the FBI and the NSA. Flynn is recorded a month later discussing sanctions with Kislyak.[57]
  • November 23–28: Kaveladze and Rob Goldstone attempt to set up a meeting between Natalia Veselnitskaya and the Trump transition team during Veselnitskaya's trip to the U.S.[58][59]
  • November 25: Trump announces K. T. McFarland will be the deputy national security advisor for his new administration after Paul Erickson lobbies former campaign officials and Trump donors to get her the position.[60][61]
  • November 30:
    • On a recommendation from the GSA, Trump transition team members discuss installing Signal, an encrypted messaging app, on Flynn's phone to encrypt his communications.[62]
    • Kislyak meets with Kushner and Flynn at Trump Tower. Bannon is invited but does not attend. Kushner tells Kislyak that the new administration wants to start afresh with U.S.-Russia relations. He asks Kislyak who the best person is to hold future discussions with who has direct contact with, and can speak for, Putin. They discuss Syria, and Kislyak suggests that Russian generals brief the transition team over a secure line. Flynn says the transition team doesn't have one, and Kushner asks if they can use the secure facilities in the Russian Embassy. Kislyak rejects the idea.[12]:160–161 In May 2017, the meeting is made public by an anonymous letter to the Washington Post that cites leaked intercepts of Russian diplomatic communications.[63][64]
    • Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova asserts at a press briefing that the Ukrainian government deliberately undermined the Trump campaign during the summer of 2016 by fabricating evidence of Manafort's involvement in Ukrainian corruption.[65][66]

December 2016Edit

  • December:
    • Concerned that the incoming Trump administration will suppress the information collected in the Russia investigation, the White House spreads it across government agencies to leave a trail for future investigators.[67]
    • At an "all-hands" oligarch meeting, Putin tasks Alfa-Bank head Petr Aven with establishing a private communications channel with the Trump transition team. Aven assigns the task to Richard Burt, whose primary role at Alfa-Bank is to facilitate introductions to business contacts in the U.S. and other Western countries. Burt reaches out to Simes, whom he knows through his work as a boardmember of CNI. Simes declines to assist in setting up a secret communications channel because of media attention on Russian interference in the election and didn't want CNI to be seen as the intermediary.[12]:163–165
  • Early December: In Russia, FSB cyber chief Sergei Mikhailov, senior Kaspersky Lab researcher Ruslan Stoyanov, and hacker Dmitry Dokuchayev (known as "Forb") are arrested for treason.[68][69]
  • December 8
    • The IRA runs an ad on Craigslist to hire someone to walk around New York City dressed as Santa Claus while wearing a Trump mask.[70][12]:32
    • Kilimnik sends Manafort a detailed email about the proposed Ukrainian peace plan. He writes that the plan is ready to move forward if Trump appoints Manafort as a "special representative" to manage it, that "[Yanukovych] guarantees your reception at the very top level" in Russia, and that "[Trump] could have peace in Ukraine basically within a few months after inauguration."[12]:142–143
    • Page is in Moscow. Kilimnik emails Manafort to inform him of Page's presence, and that Page is telling people he is "authorized to talk to Russia on behalf of [Trump] on a range of issues of mutual interest, including Ukraine."[12]:166
  • December 9:
    • Republican Senator John McCain delivers the Steele dossier to Comey.[71]
    • The Trump transition team dismisses reported intelligence assessments finding Russian interference in the election. Their statement says, "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again.'"[72]
    • Page dines with Shlomo Weber and Andrej Krickovic of the New Economic School in Moscow. They are briefly joined by Arkady Dvorkovich at Krickovic's invitation. Dvorkovich asks Page to facilitate connecting him with individuals on the transition team to begin discussing future cooperation. He also discusses forming a future academic partnership with Page.[12]:166–167
  • December 10: Glenn R. Simpson tells Ohr that Cohen was the "go-between from Russia to the Trump campaign", and gives him a memory stick containing evidence. Ohr memorializes the meeting in handwritten notes.[73]
  • December 11: Trump tells Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that intelligence reports of Russian interference are "ridiculous". He says, "It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place." He claims the Democrats are pushing the story because they lost the election.[25]:21–22
  • December 12: Kislyak meets with Kushner's assistant, Avi Berkowitz, to arrange a meeting between Kushner and the FSB-connected Sergey Gorkov, head of sanctioned Russian bank Vnesheconombank.[74][75][76][77] He says Gorkov has a direct line to Putin.[12]:161
  • December 13:
    • UBS investment banker Bob Foresman meets with Gorkov and VEB deputy chairman Nikolay Tsekhomsky in Moscow just before Gorkov leaves for New York City to meet with Kushner. They tell Foresman that they are traveling to New York to discuss election issues with U.S. financial institutions on a trip approved by Putin, and will be reporting back to Putin when they return.[12]:162
    • Gorkov arrives from Moscow to secretly meet Kushner in at the Colony Capital building in New York,[12]:161 before flying to Japan, where Putin is holding a summit. The meeting is first reported in March 2017, and attracts the interest of federal and congressional investigators in May. Kushner later characterizes the meeting as brief and meaningless. The White House later describes the meeting as a diplomatic encounter. The bank later says they discussed Kushner's real estate business.[74][76][78] The Mueller investigation is unable to resolve the conflicting accounts[clarification needed].[12]:163
    • Trump picks Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State; Russian officials praise the decision.[79]
  • December 14: Dmitriev reaches out via text messages to Kushner's close friend and hedge fund manager Rick Gerson to help arrange meetings with the Trump transition team to help improve economic cooperation with Russia. Nader had introduced Dmitiev to Gerson in early December. Gerson responds that confidentiality is required before the new administration takes power. He says he will reach out to Kushner and Flynn to find out who the "key person or people" are that Dmitriev should meet with. Dmitriev tells Gerson he was tasked by Putin to develop and execute a reconciliation plan between the U.S. and Russia. In June 2018, Gerson tells Mueller's team that he engaged with Dmitriev as a private citizen and not on behalf of the transition team.[12]:157
  • December 15:
  • December 16: Speaking at his final press conference as president, Obama comes just short of saying Putin was personally behind the DNC and Podesta hacks.[87]
  • December 18:
    • Speaking to CBS News, Conway says it is "false" and "dangerous" to suggest that members of the Trump campaign spoke to any Russians during the campaign.[29][88]
    • Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Priebus declines to state whether Trump accepts the intelligence community's assessment of Russian interference. He denies any contact or coordination between the Russians and the campaign and calls the "whole thing" a Democratic "spin job".[25]:22
  • December 19: Gorkov's assistant Ivanchenko texts Berkowitz, "Hi, please inform your side that the information about the meeting had a very positive response!"[12]:163
  • December 22:
    • At Kushner's direction,[12]:167–168 Flynn asks Kislyak to delay or defeat a pending vote on a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Israel to cease settlement activities in Palestinian territory. Flynn later pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about the effort to defeat the resolution.[89][90]
    • Burt informs Aven of Sime's decision not to assist with a secret communications channel to the transition team because of the current political climate in the U.S. regarding Russia. Aven tells Burt to drop the project.[12]:164–165
  • December 23: Kislyak calls Flynn and tells him Russia will not vote against the United Nations Security Council resolution they spoke about the day before.[90] The resolution passes 14–0, with the U.S. abstaining.[12]:168
  • December 26: Oleg Erovinkin, a former KGB official, is found dead in the back seat of his car in Moscow. He was suspected of assisting Steele in compiling his dossier.[91]
  • December 28: Kislyak texts Flynn and asks him to call, setting off the series of calls in the following days.[92] Flynn, who is on vacation in the Dominican Republic, does not immediately respond.[12]:169
  • December 29:
    • The Russian Embassy calls Flynn in the morning, but they do not talk.[12]:169
    • Following Executive Order 13757 signed the previous day, Obama's administration expels 35 Russian diplomats, locks down two Russian diplomatic compounds, and expands sanctions against Russia.[93][94][95][96] Flynn consults with the Trump transition team,[97][98] then speaks with Kislyak by telephone to request that Russia not escalate matters in response to Obama's actions.[99][100] Flynn later pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak regarding the new sanctions.[90] In December 2017, McFarland tells Mueller's team that Flynn said that Russia will not escalate in response to the sanctions because they want a good relationship with the new administration.[12]:171
    • Before Flynn's call to Kislyak, K. T. McFarland emails other Trump transition officials saying that Flynn will be speaking to Kislyak to try to prevent a cycle of retaliation over the newly imposed sanctions. The email is forwarded to Flynn, Reince Priebus, Bannon, and Sean Spicer.[101] Trump, Bannon, Spicer, Priebus, and other transition team members are briefed about the new sanctions, and the upcoming Flynn-Kislyak call is discussed.[12]:171 In December 2017, McFarland tells Mueller's team that Trump wanted to use the sanctions as leverage against Russia.[12]:171
    • The NCCIC releases a joint analysis report titled "GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity" as a follow-up to the October 7, 2016, joint statement on election security. The report describes methods used by Russian intelligence groups APT29 and APT28 to penetrate election-related servers.[102]
  • December 30:
    • Putin announces he will not retaliate against the U.S. expulsions, contrary to recommendations from Lavrov.[103] In reply, Trump tweets "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!"[104] This action is widely interpreted as praising Putin's actions.
    • Flyn texts a summary of his Kislyak call to McFarland, who forwards the information by email to Kushner, Bannon, Priebus, and other transition team members. The text and email deliberately omit the sanctions discussion because Flynn doesn't want it documented due to its political sensitivity.[12]:172
  • December 31: Kislyak calls Flynn to tell him that Russia has decided not to retaliate based upon Flynn's request. Afterward, Flynn tells senior members of the transition team, including Bannon, about his conversations with Kislyak and Russia's decision not to escalate.[90][12]:172

January 2017Edit

  • January:
    • McGahn researches the Logan Act and federal laws related to lying to federal investigators. Records turned over to the Mueller investigation show McGahn believes Flynn violated one or more of those laws.[105]
    • The FBI obtains a new FISA warrant for Carter Page, replacing the expired warrant from October 2016.[106]:163–164
  • Early January:
    • At a meeting in CIA headquarters, a U.S. spy chief warns Mossad agents that Putin may have "leverages of pressure" over Trump, and that intelligence should be shared cautiously with the coming White House and National Security Council, for fear of leaks to the Russians and thereby Iran.[107][108][109]
    • For two days in early January 2017, in a gathering George Nader attends and brokers, Joel Zamel and General Ahmed Al-Assiri meet with Michael Flynn and other members of the Trump transition team in New York. Bannon was also involved. In October 2018, the meeting comes under the Mueller investigation's scrutiny.[110]
  • January 3: Nader meets with Prince at The Pierre Hotel in New York City and encourages him to meet with Dmitriev. In the following days, Nader gives Prince biographical information about Dmitriev, including the fact that Dmitriev oversees the Russian Direct Investment Fund.[111][12]:151
  • January 4: The FBI begins investigating Flynn's December phone calls with Kislyak.[112]
  • January 5:
     
    Susan Rice's email to herself on January 20, 2017.
    • U.S. intelligence agencies release a report concluding that Putin ordered the cyber-campaign to influence the 2016 election.[33][113]
    • Obama is briefed on the intelligence community's findings.[114]
    • Flynn, Kushner and Bannon meet with the King of Jordan. According to BuzzFeed, they discuss a plan to deploy American nuclear power plants in Jordan with security support from a Russian company. "People close to the three Trump advisers" deny the allegations.[115][116]
    • R. James Woolsey Jr., who became a senior adviser to Trump in September 2016, resigns amid Congressional hearings into cyber attacks and public statements by Trump critical of the United States Intelligence Community.[117]
  • January 6:
  • January 7: Prince books his trip to the Seychelles.[12]:152
  • January 8:
    • Bloomberg reports that Ted Malloch was interviewed by the Trump transition team for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union. Malloch was recommended for the position by Nigel Farage.[127] In 2018, Malloch is served a search warrant by the FBI and questioned by Mueller.[128][129]
    • Nader informs Dmitriev that Prince will be traveling to the Seychelles and invites Dmitriev to meet with Prince on January 12. The next day, Nader assures Dmitriev that Prince wields enough influence in the Trump team to be worth meeting and was designated by Bannon for the trip. In 2018 Nader tells Mueller's team that Prince led him to believe that Bannon was aware of the Dmitriev meeting, and, separately, Prince tells them it was fair for Nader to think he was representing the transition team, but Bannon tells them that Prince didn't inform him of the meeting in advance.[12]:152–153
  • January 9:
    • Cohen and Vekselberg meet at Trump Tower to discuss their mutual desire to improve Russia's relationship with the U.S. under the Trump administration.[130] After President Trump is inaugurated, Cohen receives a $1 million consulting contract from Columbus Nova, headed by Andrew Intrater, who also attended the Vekselberg meeting.[131]
    • Kushner is named Senior Advisor to the President.[132]
    • Profexer, a Ukrainian hacker who is the author of a hacking tool described in the December 29, 2016, NCCIC report on Russian cyber attacks, goes dark. He turns himself in to the Ukrainian police and becomes a cooperating witness for the FBI. The Ukrainian police say he was not placed under arrest.[133]
    • Dmitriev sends his biography to Gerson and asks him to "share it with Jared (or somebody else very senior in the team) - so that they know that we are focused from our side on improving the relationship and my boss asked me to play a key role in that." He also asks if Prince is important or worth spending time with.[12]:158
  • January 10:
    • In a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions denies communicating with the Russian government during Trump's election campaign.[134]
    • BuzzFeed publishes the Steele dossier alleging various misdeeds by Trump and associates in Russia.[135] Trump dismisses the dossier as "fake news".[136]

  • January 11:
    • Trump tweets, "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!".[137] USA Today says this is "not exactly true".[138]
    • Trump holds a press conference in which he calls the Steele dossier a disgrace and denies having any dealings with Russia.[25]:23
    • BBC News's Paul Wood writes that the salacious information in Steele's dossier was also reported by "multiple intelligence sources" and "at least one East European intelligence service".[139][140]
    • Erik Prince, a Trump campaign donor and brother of forthcoming Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, meets in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian government's $10bn Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).[141][142][12]:153–155 They meet in Nader's room for 30–45 minutes, then have a brief meeting at a restaurant on the Four Seasons Hotel property.[12]:153–154 After the second meeting, Dmitriev tells Nader he is disappointed that Prince didn't have more authority in the Trump team, and that he found Prince's comments to be insulting.[12]:155 Prince will claim in August that he scarcely remembers Dmitriev.[141][142] Dmitriev's identity is revealed in November 2017, and Prince confirms the meeting in an interview with House investigators on November 30.[141][142] The meeting was organized by the U.A.E. and reportedly includes talks of a "back channel" with Moscow to try to influence Russian policy in the Middle East, joint U.S.–Russian military operations in Syria, peace between Ukraine and Russia, nuclear non-proliferation, RDIF investment in the midwest, and a joint investment fund between RDIF and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.[86][143][144][145] George Nader, an adviser to crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the U.A.E., facilitates and attends.[146][111] In May 2018 Dmitriev suggests the meeting was more than a chance encounter.[147] The meeting occurs amid a series of meetings of politically connected individuals from Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa that are part of a larger gathering hosted by the crown prince.[148]
    • Michael Cohen tells Sean Hannity on The Sean Hannity Show that there is no relationship between Russia and the people around Trump or the Trump campaign.[149][150]
    • Politico publishes a report on its investigation into the involvement of some Ukrainian government officials in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including helping Alexandra Chalupa with her research and revealing Manafort's name in the Party of Region's "black ledger". The report concludes that the Ukrainian government is too fragmented and factionalized to perform an interference campaign of the scale attributed to Russian interference.[151]

  • January 12:
    • "Guccifer 2.0" denies having any relation to the Russian government.[152][153]
    • Deripaska's longtime American lobbyist Adam Waldman makes the first of nine visits with Assange in 2017 at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.[154]
    • Manafort returns to the U.S. after meeting with Deripaska deputy Georgiy Oganov in Madrid, where they discussed global politics and "recreating [the] old friendship" between Manafort and Deripaska.[12]:142
    • Prince contacts Bannon's personal assistant Alexandra Preate[155] to setup a meeting with Bannon to discuss the Seychelles trip.[12]:155
  • January 13:
    • President-elect Trump nominates U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General.[156]
    • Sean Spicer claims in a press conference that Flynn had only one call with Kislyak, about setting up a call between Trump and Putin.[157] Emails from December show Spicer most likely knew Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak on December 29, 2016, and may have known about the purpose of the call in advance.[101]
    • Waldman visits Assange for the second time.[154]
    • K.T. McFarland insists to a reporter at The Washington Post that Flynn and Kislyak did not discuss sanctions and only spoke with each other prior to December 29. The statement contradicts emails between herself and Flynn.[158]
    • The Senate Intelligence Committee announces it will investigate Russian cyberattacks, meddling in the election, and "intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns."[159][160][161]
  • January 15:
    • Interviewed on CBS's Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday, Vice President-elect Pence repeatedly denies any connection between the Trump campaign team and Russians.[52] He also denies Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak.[157]
    • Manafort emails McFarland, copying Flynn, about "some important information I want to share that I picked up on my travels over the last month." Flynn advises McFarland not to respond. In 2018, Manafort tells Mueller's team that he was referring to Cuba, which he had visited along with other countries at the time, and not Russia or Ukraine.[12]:142
    • Prince again contacts Preate to arrange a meeting with Bannon about the Seychelles trip.[12]:155
  • January 16:
    • Anthony Scaramucci, then a member of the Trump transition team, meets Dmitriev at the World Economic Forum in Davos. They discuss possible joint investments with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is under U.S. sanctions.[143][162][163]
    • Dmitriev sends Gerson a two-page document consolidating the U.S.-Russia reconciliation ideas they had discussed.[12]:158
  • Mid January: Prince meets with Bannon to brief him on Dmitriev and their meetings in the Seychelles. In 2018, Prince tells Mueller's team that Bannon seemed disinterested. Later in 2018, Bannon tells Mueller's team that he didn't remember discussing Dmitriev with Prince, and that he would have dissapproved of the Seychelles meeting if he had known about it. Mueller's team is unable to resolve the conflicting accounts beyond the text messages Prince sent to Preate, and neither Bannon nor Prince can explain why they did not retain any text messages prior to March 2017 even though they texted frequently according to phone records.[12]:156
  • January 17:
    • Sessions states in writing that he has not been "in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election."[164] Sessions had been accused of failing to disclose two meetings with Kislyak.[165]
    • Leonard Blavatnik, Sergei Kislyak, and Russian-American president of IMG Artists Alexander Shustorovich attend the Chairman's Global Dinner, an invitation-only inaugural event. Other attendees include Michael Flynn, Manafort, Bannon, and Nix. Blavatnik and Shustorovich donated $1 million each to the Trump inaugural fund. Shustorovich is a longtime business partner of Vekselberg, and, nearly 20 years earlier, the Republican National Committee returned his six-figure donation because of his past ties to the Russian government.[166][167][126]
  • January 17–20: Dmitriev circulates a memo at the World Economic Forum in Davos that describes his discussions with Prince in the Seychelles on January 11.[145]
  • January 18:
    • Jared Kushner files his security clearance application without listing his meetings with Russians.[168]
    • The Daily Sabah reports a breakfast event occurred at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C., with about 60 invitees, including Nunes, Flynn, and foreign officials.[169] The Daily Beast reports in January 2019 Mueller is investigating whether foreigners contributed money to the Trump inaugural fund and PAC through American intermediaries.[170]
    • Dmitriev tells Gerson that Bannon asked Prince to meet with him and they had a positive meeting.[12]:158
    • Gerson gives Dmitriev's reconciliation document to Kushner and explains who Dmitriev is. Kushner passes the document on to Bannon and Tillerson. In April 2018, Kushner tells Mueller's team that they never followed up on the document.[12]:158
  • January 18/19: McClatchy[171] and The New York Times report that Manafort, Page and Stone have been under investigation by the FBI, NSA, CIA, and FinCEN,[172] based on intercepted Russian communications and financial transactions.[173] Sources say "the investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing."[172]
  • January 19:
  • January 20: Obama leaves office.[179] See Timeline of the presidency of Donald Trump.

Continuation of 2017Edit

Investigations' continuing timelinesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abramson, Seth (November 13, 2018). Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1982116088. It crosses continents and decades and has swept into its vortex more than four hundred people, millions of pages of financial records, and scores of unanswered questions about the state of our democracy. Index for Proof of Collusion.
  2. ^ Cohen, Marshall; Kopan, Tal; Chan, Adam; Devine, Curt (July 15, 2017). "The new figure in the Trump-Russia controversy: Rinat Akhmetshin". CNN.
  3. ^ Miller, James (April 13, 2017). "Trump and Russia: All the Mogul's Men". Daily Beast. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Polantz, Katelyn; Perez, Evan (March 30, 2018). "Source: Mueller pushed for Gates' help on collusion". CNN.
  5. ^ Stephanopoulos, George; Mosk, Matthew (March 5, 2018). "Russia Investigation Romance: Key witness George Papadopoulos marries Italian lawyer". ABC News. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Advisory Council". Center for the National Interest. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Day, Chad; Braun, Stephen (August 4, 2017). "APNewsBreak: Flynn details tie to data firm, transition pay". AP News. Archived from the original on August 4, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  8. ^ Flynn, Michael (January 22, 2017). "Michael Flynn amended public financial disclosure". Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  9. ^ Harding, Luke; Kirchgaessner, Stephanie (January 18, 2018). "The boss, the boyfriend and the FBI: the Italian woman in the eye of the Trump-Russia inquiry". The Guardian. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Mueller III, Robert S.; Weissmann, Andrew; Rhee, Jeanie S.; Andres, Greg D.; Freeny, Kyle R. (September 14, 2018). "United States of America v. Paul Manafort, Jr. – Statement of the offense and other acts" (PDF). Retrieved September 14, 2018 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  11. ^ a b c Lemongello, Steven (April 18, 2019). "Mueller Report: 'At least one Florida county' hacked and accessed by Russian intelligence". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw Mueller, Robert S. (March 2019). "Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election" (PDF). Justice.gov. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e Robles, Frances (April 26, 2019). "Russian Hackers Were 'In a Position' to Alter Florida Voter Rolls, Rubio Confirms". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Presidential Election Results: Donald J. Trump Wins". The New York Times. November 9, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Yates, Will; Wendling, Mike (November 4, 2017). "'Russian trolls' promoted California independence". BBC News. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  16. ^ McIntire, Mike (June 18, 2017). "Russia Renewed Unused Trump Trademarks in 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Menn, Joseph (December 15, 2016). Weber, Jonathan; Adler, Leslie (eds.). "U.S. election agency breached by hackers after November vote". Reuters. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Halpern, Sue (April 18, 2018). "America Continues to Ignore the Risks of Election Hacking". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  19. ^ Sommerfeldt, Chris (December 8, 2016). "FBI reportedly warned top Trump adviser Hope Hicks about Russians contacting her during the transition". New York Daily News.
  20. ^ Agence France-Presse (December 8, 2016). "FBI warned Trump aide Hope Hicks over emails from Russians: report". The Daily Telegraph.
  21. ^ Townsend, Mark (April 28, 2018). "Foreign Office officials met Cambridge Analytica over Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Banco, Erin; Woodruff, Betsy (October 3, 2018). "Erik Prince's Russian Connection Trawled Trumpland for 'Boss' Putin". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  23. ^ Macfarquhar, Neil; Baker, Peter (March 2, 2017). "Sergey Kislyak, Russian Envoy, Cultivated Powerful Network in U.S." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  24. ^ a b Filipov, David; Roth, Andrew (November 10, 2016). "Moscow had contacts with Trump team during campaign, Russian diplomat says". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  25. ^ a b c d e f Muller III, Robert S. (March 2019). "Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election Volume II" (PDF). Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  26. ^ Dovere, Edward-Isaac; Nussbaum, Matthew (May 8, 2017). "Obama warned Trump about Flynn, officials say". Politico. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  27. ^ Ohlheiser, Abby (November 11, 2016). "Mark Zuckerberg denies that fake news on Facebook influenced the elections". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  28. ^ a b Entous, Adam; Dwoskin, Elizabeth; Timberg, Craig (September 24, 2017). "Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  29. ^ a b Holpuch, Amanda (July 11, 2017). "Timeline: Trump and associates denied Russia involvement at least 20 times". Guardian.
  30. ^ Appleton, Rory (November 11, 2016). "President-elect Donald Trump adds congressman Devin Nunes to transition team". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  31. ^ Cook, Nancy (November 11, 2017). "How Flynn – and the Russia scandal – landed in the West Wing". Politico. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  32. ^ Hutchins, Ryan (December 6, 2017). "Christie: Warning about Flynn among reasons I was fired from Trump transition". Politico PRO. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  33. ^ a b Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Watkins, Derek (September 20, 2018). "A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia's Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath". The New York Times. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  34. ^ Leroy Barton [@LeroyLovesUSA] (November 11, 2016). "We hung out a huge banner right on the Arlington Memorial Bridge. Goodbye to murderer" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2018 – via Twitter.
  35. ^ "Banner 'Goodbye, Murderer!' with Obama's Photo Hung Out in Washington (Photos)". southfront.org. November 11, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  36. ^ a b Mak, Tim (February 23, 2018). "The Kremlin and GOP Have a New Friend – and Boy, Does She Love Guns". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  37. ^ Helderman, Rosalind S.; Balingit, Moriah; Harris, Shane; Hamburger, Tom; Crites, Alice; Nakashima, Ellen; Truong, Debbie; Ferris-Rotman, Annie (July 25, 2018). "Before her arrest as an alleged Russian agent, Maria Butina's proud defense of her homeland drew notice at American University". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  38. ^ a b Bump, Philip (February 16, 2018). "Timeline: How Russian trolls allegedly tried to throw the 2016 election to Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  39. ^ a b United States of America vs. Internet Research Agency LLC, et al (United States District Court for the District of Columbia February 16, 2018) ("Indictment"). Text
  40. ^ Breland, Ali (October 31, 2017). "Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook". The Hill. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  41. ^ a b Sabbagh, Dan (June 12, 2018). "Arron Banks tells MPs: I have no business interests in Russia". The Guardian. Retrieved June 13, 2018. "What's wrong with that? We gave them a telephone number," Banks said. The committee heard Wigmore had obtained the number after he supplied one for No 10 to a receptionist for Donald Trump. According to Wigmore, she said: "You're British, do you have the telephone number for No 10 Downing Street? We do not have [a] relationship with the British or any of these governments."
  42. ^ Roig-Franzia, Manuel; Helderman, Rosalind S.; Booth, WIlliam; Hamburger, Tom; Timberg, Craig; Crites, Alice; Dawsey, Josh; Tate, Julie; Adam, Karla (June 28, 2018). "How the 'Bad Boys of Brexit' forged ties with Russia and the Trump campaign – and came under investigators' scrutiny". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  43. ^ a b "Email trail shows how Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore were cultivated". The Sunday Times. June 10, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  44. ^ "Захарова: еврейские деньги были ключевым фактором выборов США" [Zakharova: Jewish money was the key factor in US elections] (in Russian). kramola.info. November 19, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  45. ^ Helderman, Rosalind S.; Hamburger, Tom; Crites, Alice; Rucker, Philip; Nakashima, Ellen; Zapotosky, Matt; Abbakumova, Natalia; Troianovski, Anton (February 7, 2019). "Sergei Millian, identified as an unwitting source for the Steele dossier, sought proximity to Trump's world in 2016". Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  46. ^ Neidig, Harper (November 15, 2016). "Mike Rogers leaves Trump transition team". The Hill. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  47. ^ Kerbaj, Richard; Wheeler, Caroline; Harper, Tom (June 10, 2018). "Revealed: Brexit backer Arron Banks's golden Kremlin connection". The Sunday Times. Retrieved June 13, 2018. The ambassador was obviously keen to know how our meeting [with Trump] went.
  48. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D.; Rosenberg, Matthew (June 29, 2018). "Russians Offered Business Deals to Brexit's Biggest Backer". The New York Times. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  49. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (November 18, 2016). "Donald Trump Selects Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  50. ^ Bradner, Eric; Murray, Sara; Browne, Ryan (November 18, 2016). "Trump offers Flynn job of national security advisor". CNN. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  51. ^ Cummings, Elijah (November 18, 2016). "Letter to Vice President-elect Michael Pence" (PDF).
  52. ^ a b Moyers & Company (August 15, 2017). "A timeline: Mike Pence's role in the White House's Russia scandal". Raw Story.
  53. ^ Woolf, Nicky; Elgot, Jessica (November 22, 2016). "Nigel Farage would be great UK ambassador to US, says Donald Trump". The Guardian. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  54. ^ Donald J. Trump [@realDonaldTrump] (November 21, 2016). "Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 12, 2018 – via Twitter.
  55. ^ a b Schreckinger, Ben (July 11, 2017). "GOP Researcher Who Sought Clinton Emails Had Alt-Right Help". Politico. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  56. ^ Smith, Peter W. (November 21, 2016). "Nation-States Not Involved In Campaign-Related Email Leaks". peterwsmith.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  57. ^ Miller, Greg; Entous, Adam (May 5, 2017). "Flynn was warned by Trump transition officials about contacts with Russian ambassador". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  58. ^ Cormier, Anthony; Leopold, Jason (September 12, 2018). "A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting: Investigators are focused on two bursts of banking activity — one shortly after the June 2016 meeting, the other immediately after the presidential election". BuzzFeedNews.com. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  59. ^ "Kaveladze 1 Exhibits redacted" (PDF). U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. May 15, 2018.
  60. ^ Helderman, Rosalind S.; Hamburger, Tom; Harris, Sean; Leonnig, Carol D.; Barrett, Devlin; Costa, Robert; Troianovski, Anton (July 17, 2018). "'She was like a novelty': How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  61. ^ Markon, Jerry; Tumulty, Karen; Demirjian, Koroun; Terris, Ben (November 25, 2016). "Trump fills White House counsel and deputy national security posts". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  62. ^ Cameron, Dell (December 19, 2017). "Trump Transition Team Discussed Michael Flynn Using Signal to Encrypt Conversations, Emails Show". Gizmodo. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  63. ^ Nakashima, Ellen; Entous, Adam; Miller, Greg (May 26, 2017). "Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  64. ^ "Jared Kushner's Statement To Congress About Russia, Annotated". NPR. July 24, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  65. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Ioffe, Julia (December 1, 2016). "Russia accuses Ukraine of sabotaging Trump". Politico. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  66. ^ Zakharova, Maria (November 30, 2016). "Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, November 30, 2016". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Retrieved October 14, 2019. Ukraine seriously complicated the work of Trump’s election campaign headquarters by planting information according to which Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, allegedly accepted money from Ukrainian oligarchs.
  67. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Goldman, Adam; Schmidt, Michael S. (March 1, 2017). "Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  68. ^ Муртазин, Ирек. "Троянский код" [The Trojan Code]. Новая газета – Novayagazeta.ru (in Russian). Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  69. ^ LeVine, Steve. "Three Russian cyber arrests, one suspicious death, and a new twist in the US election hack". Quartz. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  70. ^ Broderick, Ryan (April 18, 2019). "Here's Everything The Mueller Report Says About How Russian Trolls Used Social Media". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  71. ^ Borger, Julian (January 11, 2017). "John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI". The Guardian. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  72. ^ Entous, Adam; Nakashima, Ellen; Miller, Greg (December 9, 2016). "Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  73. ^ Solomon, John (August 9, 2018). "The handwritten notes exposing what Fusion GPS told DoJ about Trump". The Hill. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  74. ^ a b Harding, Luke (December 21, 2017). "Is Donald Trump's Dark Russian Secret Hiding in Deutsche Bank's Vaults?". Newsweek. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  75. ^ Bertrand, Natasha (May 28, 2017). "Report suggests potentially alarming development in Jared Kushner's meeting with the head of a sanctioned Russian bank". Business Insider.
  76. ^ a b David Filipov, Amy Brittain, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger (June 1, 2017). "Explanations for Kushner's meeting with head of Kremlin-linked bank don't match up". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  77. ^ Harper, Steven (November 21, 2017). "A Timeline: Everything We Know About Kushner's Role in the Russia Mess". BillMoyers.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  78. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Mazzetti, Mark; Haberman, Maggie (May 29, 2017). "Investigation Turns to Kushner's Motives in Meeting With a Putin Ally". The New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  79. ^ Egan, Matt; Horowitz, Julia; Isidore, Chris (December 11, 2016). "Behind the deep ties between Exxon's Rex Tillerson and Russia". CNN Money. CNN. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  80. ^ Chozick, Amy (December 16, 2016). "Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to Hacking Attacks". New York Times.
  81. ^ Merica, Dan; Zeleny, Jeff (December 16, 2016). "Clinton says Putin grudge led Russia to hack: 'He has a personal beef against me'". CNN.[dead link]
  82. ^ a b c Miller, Greg; Jaffe, Greg; Rucker, Philip (December 14, 2017). "Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 16, 2017. Following a rehearsed plan, Clapper functioned as moderator, yielding to Brennan and others on key points in the briefing, which covered the most highly classified information U.S. spy agencies had assembled, including an extraordinary CIA stream of intelligence that had captured Putin's specific instructions on the operation. […] organized around two main objectives—destabilizing U.S. democracy and preventing Hillary Clinton, who is despised by Putin, from reaching the White House.
  83. ^ Raju, Manu (September 18, 2017). "Exclusive: Rice told House investigators why she unmasked senior Trump officials". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  84. ^ Ainsley, Julia; Lee, Carol E.; Windram, Robert; Lehren, Andrew W. (March 12, 2018). "Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller". NBC News. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  85. ^ Lee, Carol E.; Ainsley, Julia (June 1, 2018). "Jared Kushner close friend Rick Gerson now under scrutiny from Mueller". NBC News. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  86. ^ a b Entous, Adam; Miller, Greg; Sieff, Kevin; DeYoung, Karen (April 3, 2017). "Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  87. ^ Woodruff, Betsy (December 16, 2016). "Obama: Vladimir Putin Definitely Maybe Knew About Hacks". The Daily Beast. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  88. ^ "Face the Nation Transcript December 18, 2016: Conway, Kissinger, Donilon". CBS News. December 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  89. ^ Litman, Harry (December 1, 2017). "Michael Flynn's Guilty Plea: 10 Key Takeaways". The New York Times.
  90. ^ a b c d "U.S. v. Flynn Statement of The Offense" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. December 1, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  91. ^ Mendick, Robert (January 27, 2017). "Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier on Donald Trump". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  92. ^ Katelyn Polantz (December 18, 2018). "Mueller releases memo summarizing FBI's interview with Michael Flynn". CNN.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  93. ^ Lee, Carol E.; Sonne, Paul (December 30, 2016). "U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Hacking; Moscow Threatens to Retaliate". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  94. ^ Obama, Barack (December 29, 2016). "Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment". WhiteHouse.gov. White House Office of the Press Secretary. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  95. ^ "FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment". White House. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  96. ^ Parks, Miles (December 5, 2017). "The 10 Events You Need To Know To Understand The Michael Flynn Story". NPR. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  97. ^ Matt Ford (December 15, 2017). "The 18 Days That Haunt Trump's Presidency; A timeline of the events that led up to former National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn's departure from the White House". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 17, 2017. According to filings from the special counsel's office, which were publicly released in December 2017, Flynn calls an unnamed senior official on the Trump transition team at Mar-a-Lago to discuss what he should tell Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about the administration's stance on the sanctions. (Kislyak had contacted him the day before.) They and other members of the team at the president's Florida estate agree that they do not want Russia to escalate the diplomatic crisis. After the initial call, Flynn speaks with Kislyak multiple times by phone and urges him not to exacerbate the situation. U.S. intelligence officials intercept the calls as part of their routine surveillance of foreign dignitaries.
  98. ^ Schmidt, Michael S.; LaFraniere, Sharon (December 4, 2017). "McFarland Contradicted Herself on Russia Contacts, Congressional Testimony Shows". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  99. ^ Miller, Greg; Entous, Adam; Nakashima, Ellen (February 9, 2017). "National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  100. ^ Michael S. Schmidt (December 1, 2017). "Documents Reveal New Details on What Trump Team Knew About Flynn's Calls With Russia's Ambassador". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  101. ^ a b Schmidt, Michael S.; LaFraniere, Sharon; Shane, Scott (December 2, 2017). "Emails Dispute White House Claims That Flynn Acted Independently on Russia". The New York Times. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  102. ^ "GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity" (PDF). National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. December 29, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2018. Reference Number: JAR-16-20296A
  103. ^ Latukhina, Kyra (December 30, 2016). "Путин решил не высылать американских дипломатов" [Putin decided not to expel U.S. diplomats]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  104. ^ Donald Trump [@realDonaldTrump] (December 30, 2016). "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 29, 2017 – via Twitter.
  105. ^ Waas, Murray (December 20, 2017). "White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law". Foreign Policy.
  106. ^ "Carter Page FISA documents" (PDF). Retrieved July 21, 2018 – via The New York Times.
  107. ^ Blum, Howard (November 22, 2017). "Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned". Vanity Fair.
  108. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (November 23, 2017). "US intelligence official told Israel Russia had 'leverage' over Trump, says report". The Independent.
  109. ^ Stein, Jeff (December 21, 2017). "Putin's Man in the White House? Real Trump Russia Scandal is Not Mere Collusion, U.S. Counterspies Say". Newsweek.
  110. ^ Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco (October 25, 2018). "Saudi Spy Met With Team Trump About Taking Down Iran: Mueller's investigators examined a series of meetings between an Israeli social media strategist, the general blamed for Jamal Khashoggi's murder, and Trump adviser Michael Flynn". Thedailybeast.com. Retrieved October 25, 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  111. ^ a b Thomas, Pierre; Meek, James Gordon (April 6, 2018). "Mueller has evidence that Trump supporter's meeting with Putin ally may not have been a chance encounter: Sources". ABC News. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  112. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Mazetti, Mark (May 17, 2017). "Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  113. ^ "Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking". NYTimes.com. January 6, 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  114. ^ Flegenheimer, Matt; Shane, Scott (January 5, 2017). "Countering Trump, Bipartisan Voices Strongly Affirm Findings on Russian Hacking". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  115. ^ Leopold, Jason; McDaniel, Chris; Cormier, Anthony (September 15, 2017). "Trump Advisers Secretly Met With Jordan's King While One Was Pushing A Huge Nuclear Power Deal". BuzzFeed.
  116. ^ Brennan, Christopher (September 15, 2017). "Trump advisers secretly met Jordanian king during transition: report". New York Daily News.
  117. ^ Rucker, Philip (January 5, 2017). "Former CIA director James Woolsey quits Trump transition team". The Washington Post.
  118. ^ File:ODNI Statement on Declassified Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.pdf
  119. ^ "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections" (PDF). Office of the Director of National Intelligence. January 6, 2017.
  120. ^ Perlroth, Nicole; Wines, Michael; Rosenberg, Matthew (September 1, 2017). "Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  121. ^ Shabad, Rebecca (January 6, 2017). "Will Trump accept U.S. intelligence assessment on Russia hacking after briefing?". CBS News. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  122. ^ Greenwood, Max (January 12, 2017). "FBI director briefed Trump on dossier: reports". The Hill. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  123. ^ Woodward, Bob (September 2018). Fear: Trump in the White House. Simon & Schuster. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-1-5011-7551-0.
  124. ^ Sanger, David E.; Rosenberg, Matthew (July 18, 2018). "From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered". The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  125. ^ Hulse, Carl (June 8, 2017). "Trump's Interactions With Comey: Criminal or Clueless?". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  126. ^ a b Corn, David; Friedman, Dan (August 17, 2017). "A Putin-Friendly Oligarch's Top US Executive Donated $285,000 to Trump". Mother Jones. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  127. ^ Paton, James (January 8, 2017). "Trump Interviews Brexit Supporter as U.S. Envoy to EU, Mail Says". Bloomberg LP. Archived from the original on January 9, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  128. ^ Kirchgaessner, Stephanie (March 30, 2018). "FBI questions Ted Malloch, Trump campaign figure and Farage ally". the Guardian. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  129. ^ Sheth, Sonam (March 30, 2018). "A 'significant figure' linked to Roger Stone has been compelled to testify in the Russia probe as Mueller homes in on the DNC hack". Business Insider. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  130. ^ Prokupecz, Shimon; Scannell, Kara; Her, Jeremy (May 25, 2018). "Russian oligarch met with Michael Cohen at Trump Tower during transition". CNN. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  131. ^ Sykes, Michael (February 25, 2019). "Michael Cohen met with Russian oligarch days before Trump's inauguration". Axios. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  132. ^ Trump, Donald J. (January 9, 2017)."President-Elect Donald J. Trump Names Jared Kushner Senior Advisor to the President" (Press release). N.Y.C.:GreatAgain. Trump today announced Jared Kushner will serve as Senior Advisor to the President... Kushner, a widely respected businessman and real estate developer was instrumental in formulating and executing the strategy behind President-elect Trump's historic victory..."
  133. ^ Kramer, Andrew E.; Higgins, Andrew (August 16, 2017). "In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  134. ^ Abramson, Alana (March 2, 2017). "Here's Exactly What Jeff Sessions Said About Russia at his Confirmation Hearing". Time. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  135. ^ Bensinger, Ken; Elder, Miriam; Schoofs, Mark (January 10, 2017). "These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  136. ^ Trump, Donald J. [@realDonaldTrump] (January 10, 2017). "'BuzzFeed Runs Unverifiable Trump-Russia Claims' #FakeNews t.co/d6daCFZHNh" (Tweet). Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via Twitter.
  137. ^ Trump, Donald J. [@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!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 29, 2017 – via Twitter.
  138. ^ Durando, Jessica (January 11, 2017). "Trump says 'I have nothing to do with Russia.' That's not exactly true". USA Today. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  139. ^ Lange, Jeva (January 11, 2017). "BBC claims a second source backs up Trump dossier". The Week. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  140. ^ Hope, Bradley; Rothfeld, Michael; Cullison, Alan (January 11, 2017). "Christopher Steele, Ex-British Intelligence Officer, Said to Have Prepared Dossier on Trump". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  141. ^ a b c Demirjian, Karoun (November 30, 2017). "Erik Prince tells House investigators he met with Kremlin-linked banker in Seychelles". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  142. ^ a b c Goldstein, David; Wieder, Ben; Kumar, Anita (November 30, 2017). "As Prince goes before intel panel, UAE and Seychelles meeting with Russian on the agenda". mcclatchydc. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  143. ^ a b c d Banco, Erin (November 28, 2017). "Trump Envoy Erik Prince Met with CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund in Seychelles". The Intercept.
  144. ^ Banco, Erin (December 13, 2018). "Get Ready for Mueller's Phase Two: The Middle East Connection". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  145. ^ a b Banco, Erin; Woodruff, Betsy (September 26, 2018). "Revealed: What Erik Prince and Moscow's Money Man Discussed in That Infamous Seychelles Meeting". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  146. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Kirkpatrick, David D.; Goldman, Adam (March 6, 2018). "Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  147. ^ Matthew Mosk, Patrick Reevell, James Gordon Meek (May 24, 2018). "Putin ally suggests Seychelles meeting with Erik Prince more than chance encounter over a beer". abcnews.go.com. Retrieved May 25, 2018.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  148. ^ Banco, Erin (April 10, 2018). "The Trump Russia probe is expanding, as Mueller looks into new meetings in Seychelles: exclusive". NJ.com. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  149. ^ Massie, Chris; Kaczynski, Andrew (May 15, 2018). "Trump's lawyer falsely claimed in 2017 interview that Trump Organization had no recent activity in Russia". CNN. Retrieved June 21, 2018. "There's no relationship," Cohen told Hannity in the January 11, 2017 appearance. "The last time that there was any activity between the Trump Organization—actually, wasn't even really the Trump Organization, it was the Miss Universe pageant, it was held in Moscow," Cohen said, referring to the pageant held in 2013.
  150. ^ "Michael Cohen On The Sean Hannity Show" (audio). The Sean Hannity Show. January 11, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2018 – via SoundCloud.
  151. ^ Vogel, Kenneth P.; Stern, David (January 11, 2017). "Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire". Politico. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  152. ^ Bump, Philip (July 13, 2018). "Timeline: How Russian agents allegedly hacked the DNC and Clinton's campaign". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  153. ^ Guccifer2 (January 12, 2017). "Here I am Again, My Friends!". Guccifer 2.0. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  154. ^ a b Kirchgaessner, Stehanie; Harding, Luke (June 20, 2018). "US lobbyist for Russian oligarch visited Julian Assange nine times last year". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  155. ^ Wilkie, Christina (July 27, 2017). "Steve Bannon has a shadow press office. It may violate federal law". Public Radio International. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  156. ^ Horwitz, Sari; Nakashima, Ellen (January 14, 2017). "U.S. attorney in Baltimore is Trump's pick to be deputy attorney general". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  157. ^ a b Bump, Philip (May 17, 2017). "The fall of Michael Flynn: A timeline". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  158. ^ Harris, Shane; Barrett, Devlin (September 22, 2018). "Former top White House official revises statement to special counsel about Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  159. ^ Bump, Phillip (November 29, 2018). "The events that led to Trump's abandoned Moscow deal and Michael Cohen's latest plea agreement". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  160. ^ Schor, Elana (January 13, 2017). "Intelligence Committee will investigate possible Russia-Trump links". Politico. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  161. ^ U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (January 13, 2017). "Joint Statement on Committee Inquiry into Russian Intelligence Activities". U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  162. ^ a b Arkhipov, Ilya; Donahue, Patrick (January 17, 2017). "Trump Aide Talks Investment With Sanctioned Kremlin Fund". Bloomberg LP. Archived from the original on January 17, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  163. ^ Elder, Miriam (January 17, 2017). "Trump's Translator Wants The Global Elite To Understand Him". Buzzfeed News. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  164. ^ Nomination of Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General of the United States: Questions for the Record Submitted January 17, 2017: Questions From Senator Leahy, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary p. 26.
  165. ^ Entous, Adam; Nakashima, Ellen; Miller, Greg (March 1, 2017). "Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  166. ^ a b c Mosk, Matthew; Santucci, John (June 28, 2018). "Special counsel eyeing Russians granted unusual access to Trump inauguration parties". ABC News. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  167. ^ Hensch, Mark (January 17, 2017). "Trump lands in DC for pre-inaugural dinner". The Hill. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  168. ^ Becker, Jo; Rosenberg, Matthew (April 6, 2017). "Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  169. ^ Ragıp Soylu (January 18, 2017). "FM Çavuşoğlu meets Trump's top national security advisor". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  170. ^ Erin Banco, Asawin Suebsaeng, Betsy Woodruff, Spencer Ackerman (14 January 2019). "Mueller Probes an Event With Nunes, Flynn, and Foreign Officials at Trump's D.C. Hotel". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 15 January 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  171. ^ Stone, Peter; Gordon, Greg (January 18, 2017). "FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump". McClatchy.
  172. ^ a b Schmidt, Michael S.; Rosenberg, Matthew; Goldman, Adam; Apuzzo, Matt (January 19, 2017). "Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  173. ^ Greenwood, Max (January 19, 2017). "Manafort part of intelligence review of intercepted Russian communications". The Hill. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  174. ^ Warren, Elizabeth; Cardin, Benjamin L. (January 19, 2017). "Letter to Steve Mnuchin" (PDF). Warren.Senate.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  175. ^ Kellogg, Matt (May 12, 2017). "Letter to Elizabeth Warren" (PDF). Retrieved June 20, 2018 – via DocumentCloud.
  176. ^ Rashbaum, William K.; Protess, Ben; McIntire, Mike (May 25, 2018). "At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations". Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  177. ^ Marshall Cohen (December 10, 2018). "At least 16 Trump associates had contacts with Russians during campaign or transition". CNN.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  178. ^ Helderman, Rosalind S.; Hamburger, Tom; Leonnig, Carol D. (December 9, 2018). "Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  179. ^ McAfee, Tierney (January 20, 2017). "The Obamas Welcome Donald and Melania Trump to the White House Just Before Inauguration". People. Retrieved January 22, 2017.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit