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#MuhRussia Timeline part 1
2014
March 6: The U.S. begins imposing sanctions on Russia for “violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

(No date): The Russian government allegedly performs various “intelligence-related activities targeting the U.S. voting process” starting in 2014,
according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on May 8, 2018. Russians perform “traditional information gathering efforts as well as operations likely aimed at preparing to discredit the integrity of the U.S. voting process and election results,” according to
the report.

(No date): Beginning in 2014, the Russian company Internet Research Agency allegedly conspires to defraud the United States by “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with
the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,” according to an indictment against the company issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Feb. 16, 2018.
December: At the request of the State Department, Hillary Clinton provides the department with emails she sent or received while she was secretary of state. According to CNN, Clinton turns over about 30,0000 emails.
2015
March 4: House committees investigating the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, issue a subpoena for Clinton’s emails relating to the attack.
March 27: Rep. Trey Gowdy says, “Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.” Clinton’s lawyers refute the claim.
April 12: Hillary Clinton declares her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
June 16: Donald Trump declares his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

June: Russia-linked Internet Research Agency starts a social media campaign using ads, videos and group pages on Facebook, Twitter and Google, according to
testimony given by general counsels for each company in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Oct. 31, 2017. The campaign reportedly lasts until 2017.
July: Russia allegedly hacks the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) networks. According to a declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: “In July 2015, Russian intelligence gained access to Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks
and maintained that access until at least June 2016.”
Aug. 8: Roger Stone leaves the Trump campaign after working as a consultant.
September: An FBI agent calls the DNC to inform it of a hacking incident, per a New York Times report published on Dec. 13, 2016. It said: “Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee in September 2015…
His message was brief… At least one computer system belonging to the DNC had been compromised by hackers federal investigators had named “the Dukes,” a cyber-espionage team linked to the Russian government.”
September: The Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, hires research firm Fusion GPS to research Republican presidential candidates, including Trump.
(No date): In “late 2015,” British spy agency GCHQ first becomes aware of “suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, The Guardian reported on April 13, 2017, citing a source close to U.K. intelligence.
The Guardian noted that the intelligence was passed to the U.S. as part of a routine exchange of information.
November: The FBI tells DNC tech support contractor Yared Tamene that a DNC computer was “calling home, where home meant Russia,” and that the FBI thinks that this behavior could be the result of a “state-sponsored attack.” Citing an internal memo written by Tamene,
The New York Times reported the exchange on Dec. 13, 2016.
2016
Feb. 28: Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions endorses Trump, and eventually becomes an advisor to the campaign.
March 19: John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, receives a phishing email asking him to change his email password. As reported by CBS News on Oct. 28, 2016: “
…whoever changed Podesta’s password…clicked on the shortened URL that was in the original phishing email.” This apparently gives hackers access to Podesta’s password and emails.
March 21: Carter Page joins the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser.
March 28: Paul Manafort joins the Trump campaign. He is promoted to campaign manager on May 19, according to Fortune.
March: George Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos meets a professor alleged to have ties with the Russian government, according to Mueller’s indictment against Papadopoulos.
The indictment also claims Papadopoulos met with other Russian nationals at this time to attempt to gain access to Russian government officials, and told Trump campaign advisers that he could use his Russian contacts to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Putin.
April 26: Papadopoulos’ professor contact tells him he has thousands of emails containing “dirt” on HillaryClinton, according to Mueller’s indictment against Papadopoulos.
April: The Washington Free Beacon stops funding Fusion GPS’ opposition research. Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, asks Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias whether he is interested in the research.
Elias agrees to hire Fusion GPS, according to a report published by The Washington Post on Oct. 27, 2017.
May: Retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn joins the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser.
May 18: #CNN reports: “Cyber hackers — possibly working for foreign governments — are trying to infiltrate the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday.
May 26: Donald Trump wins enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidential election.
May: After noticing “unusual network traffic” on its servers, the DNC hires cyber security firm CrowdStrike to help the FBI find the hackers, according to CrowdStrike and an article by The Washington Post published a month later.
CrowdStrike identifies two hacker groups dubbed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear that infiltrated the DNC network. Crowdstrike alleges that both groups work for the Russian government.
June: Fusion GPS hires former British Intelligence Officer Christopher Steele to investigate alleged links between Russia and Trump.
June 7: Hillary Clinton wins enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election.
June 9: Donald Trump, Jr., along with Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and attorney Rob Goldstone meet at Trump Tower in New York City with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, dual Russian-American citizen and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Anatoli Samachornov, a translator.
Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after Veselnitskaya promised damaging information about Clinton.
June 12: On British television, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his website has and will publish emails “related to Hillary Clinton.” DNC-related documents start becoming public through #WikiLeaks and #DCLeaks.
June 15: CrowdStrike reports that a blogger using the persona “Guccifer 2.0” claims to be behind the DNC hacks. Guccifer 2.0 claims it gave Wikileaks thousands of DNC files.
July 18: Several Trump campaign advisers meet with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention (RNC). According to CNN, Trump foreign policy adviser J.D. Gordon confirmed his presence at the meeting, and confirmed that
national security advisers Carter Page and Walid Phares were present as well. In a March 2018 interview with MSNBC correspondent Chris Hayes, Carter Page confirmed his attendance. During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 13, 2017,
Jeff Sessions also confirmed meeting with the Russian ambassador at the convention.
July 18: During the RNC, Republican leaders release the 2016 Republican platform. The new platform includes the following language: “Russia and China see cyber operations as a part of a warfare strategy during peacetime. Our response should be to cause diplomatic, financial, ...
and legal pain, curtailing visas for guilty parties, freezing their assets, and pursuing criminal actions against them. We should seek to weaken control over the internet by regimes that engage in cyber crimes. ...
We must stop playing defense and go on offense to avoid the cyber-equivalent of Pearl Harbor.”
July 19: Donald Trump is formally nominated at the Republican National Convention as the Republican candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
July 24: After more DNC emails become public, including some that questioned the religious convictions of Clinton’s presidential primary opponent Bernie Sanders and appeared to favor Clinton over Sanders, Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announces her resignation.
July 25: The FBI announces it is investigating a “cyber intrusion involving the DNC.”
July 26: The NYTimes issues a report from unnamed U.S. intelligence officers: “American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have ‘high confidence’ that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee.
July 27: Trump said during a press conference, “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,” referring to Clinton’s deleted emails.
Also on July 27, hackers alleged to be associated with the Russian government attempt to “spearphish”email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office, according to a July 2018 indictment against Russian nationals issued by Mueller.
July 29: Media outlets report that the DCCC was hacked. According to NBC News, “Another Democratic Party group confirmed Friday it has been hacked and said the breach was “similar” to a cyber strike on the DNC, which has been blamed on the Russians...
A senior U.S. official told NBC News that the FBI is investigating the intrusion on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s computer system but that agents have not yet found a link to the earlier DNC hack.”
July: The FBI reportedly opens an investigation into “possible collusion between members of Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives,” according to an April 2017 New York Times report.
July: After concluding that the information he had collected on Trump was “sufficiently serious,” Steele, the former British Intelligence Officer, sends it to an FBI contact without the permission of Fusion GPS, according to an interview with Steele published by Mother Jones.
Aug. 4: #CIA Director #JohnBrennan calls Alexsander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (its internal security and intelligence service) and asks him about media reports regarding Russia’s alleged attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.
Brennan tells Bortnikov that if Russia continues with an interference campaign, it would “destroy any near-term prospect for improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow and would undermine constructive engagement even on matters of mutual interest.”
Bortnikov denies Russia’s involvement and tells Brennan that Russia will work with whoever wins the election.
Aug. 8: During a speech at the Southwest Broward Republican Organization, Roger Stone says he has been in communication with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and speculates that the next set of leaked documents may pertain to the Clinton Foundation.
Aug. 12: ThreatConnect, a cybersecurity company, says, “We assess that DCLeaks is another Russian influence operation, possibly put on by the same Russian actors behind the Guccifer 2.0 persona.”
Aug. 15: Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson tells state officials that they must “ensure the security and resilience of election infrastructure,” to help deter cyber attacks. Johnson offers states the DHS’s assistance in doing that.
Aug. 17: Trump receives his first classified intelligence briefing from U.S. intelligence officers.
Aug. 19: After The New York Times publishes an article suggesting Manafort received $12.7 million in illegal cash payments linked to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovyc, Manafort resigns from the Trump campaign.
Aug. 21: Roger Stone tweets, “Trust me, it will soon the[sic] Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary.” (Stone’s Twitter account has since been suspended, the hyperlink is an archive of his tweets.)
Aug. 22: Hackers posing as Guccifer 2.0 transfer about 2.5 gigabytes of data stolen from the DCCC to a then-registered state lobbyist and online source of political news, according to a July 2018 indictment against Russian nationals issued by Robert Mueller.
Sept. 5: In a press conference with reporters after meeting with Putin at the G20 Summit, President Obama confirms that the two leaders talked about cyber security but that he wouldn’t comment on investigations that are “live and active.”
He added, “We’ve had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia in the past, from other countries in the past.”
Sept. 7: During a speech at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, Clapper says experts attribute the DNC hacks to the Russians.
Sept. 8: Sessions meets with Kislyak in his Senate office.
Oct. 1: Roger Stone tweets: “Wednesday@HillaryClinton is done. #Wikileaks.”
Oct. 4: Julian Assange says WikiLeaks will publish information every week for 10 weeks. Assange had previously described the documents as being from “different types of institutions that are associated with the election campaign.”
Oct. 7: WikiLeaks begins to publish emails alleged to be from John Podesta. In an unrelated event, one hour prior to this, media outlets had played a 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump suggesting that he kisses and touches women without consent.
Oct. 7: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence release a joint statement saying, “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons..
and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent disclosures of alleged hacked emails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts...
These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”
Oct. 21: The DOJ and the FBI request and receive a FISA warrant authorizing the electronic surveillance of Carter Page. According to the FBI’s request, Page was suspected of being an agent of the Russian Federation.
The FBI claims Page “knowingly engage[d] in clandestine intelligence activities” on behalf of Russia.
Oct. 28: FBI Director James Comey announces that new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of state are under investigation.
The Department of Justice previously reviewed emails on Clinton’s server to determine whether Clinton violated security procedures.
Nov. 5: Comey announces that the review of the new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server has finished.
Nov. 8: Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election.
Nov. 10: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov tells Interfax that there were contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Nov. 10: Obama allegedly tells Trump not to hire Michael Flynn as part of his new administration, according to an NBC News report published on May 8, 2017.
Nov. 11: AP reports that Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claimed that Russian “experts” had contact with people in both the Trump and Clinton campaigns.
AP also quotes Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks saying, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”
Nov. 15: In response to a question regarding emails published on Wikileaks, Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the NSA, says, “There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind, this is not something that was done casually. This is not something that was done by chance.
This was not a target selected purely arbitrarily. This is a conscious effort by a nation state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.”
Nov. 18: Trump names Flynn as his national security adviser.

Dec. 1: Kushner and Flynn meet with Kislyak at Trump Tower. Kushner asks Kislyak to “identify the best person with whom to have direct discussions and who had contact with his President.”
According to Kushner, Kislyak asked if there was a “secure line in the transition office to conduct a conversation,” to which Kushner and Flynn said there wasn’t such a line.
Dec. 7: TIME magazine publishes its Person of the Year issue naming Trump.
When asked whether he believes the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Putin’s agencies were responsible for taking DNC and Clinton campaign emails released on WikiLeaks,
Trump says, “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered.” When asked if he thought the conclusion was politically driven, Trump says, “I think so.”
Dec. 13: At the request of the Russian ambassador, Kushner meets with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, whom Kislyak says has a direct line of communication with Putin. According to Kushner, the two did not discuss policies or sanctions.
Dec. 29: The DHS and the FBI release a joint report on “Russian Malicious Cyber Activity,”
stating, “This document provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence Services (RIS) to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election.”
Dec. 29: The White House issues a fact sheet titled, “Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment,” announcing sanctions against nine Russian entities and individuals “in response to the threat to U.S. national security posed by Russian interference in
our elections.” The president sanctions two Russian intelligence services (the GRU and the FSB), four individual officers of the GRU, and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations.
Dec. 29: The U.S. State Department declares 35 Russian government officials from the Russian Embassy in Washington and the Russian Consulate in San Francisco “persona non grata,” saying they were acting “in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status.”
The State Department gives the officials and their families 72 hours to leave the United States.
Dec. 29: Flynn discusses the U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak. Flynn asks that Russia not “escalate the situation” and requests they only respond in a “reciprocal manner,” according to Flynn’s guilty plea.
Dec. 30: Putin announces he will not retaliate against the U.S. for expulsions of Russian officials.
Dec. 31: The Russian ambassador calls Flynn to tell him that Russia decided not to retaliate in response to Flynn’s request, according to Flynn’s guilty plea.
2017
Jan. 3: Sean Hannity of Fox News asks Julian Assange, in regards to DNC emails published on WikiLeaks, “Did Russia give you this information, or anybody associated with Russia?” Assange responds, “Our source is not a state party. So the answer for our interactions is no.”
Jan. 6: The Office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence releases a declassified report titled, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” The report says,
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to…harm [Clinton’s] electability and potential presidency.
We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”
The report stated that the CIA and FBI had “high confidence in these judgments,” while the NSA had “moderate confidence.” (For more information, see The Knife’s breakdown of “Russian Meddling.”)
Jan. 6: Trump releases a statement saying, “While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee,
there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.”
Jan 6: Comey meets Trump and briefs him and his new national security team on the intelligence community’s findings regarding Russia’s alleged efforts to “interfere in the election,” according to Comey’s statement on the matter.
Comey assures Trump that the FBI is not currently investigating him personally.
Jan. 10: Buzzfeed publishes the so-called “Steele Dossier,” which suggests that Trump’s campaign associates had contacts with Russia and that Russia could have “compromising” material on Trump.
Jan. 11: Trump writes on Twitter, “Russia just said the unverified report [The Steele dossier] paid for by political opponents is ‘A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.’ Very unfair!”
A few minutes later, Trump tweets, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
Jan. 11: At a press conference, Trump states, “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people. And I — I can say that you know when — when we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently,
they didn’t make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China. We had — we had much hacking going on.”
Jan. 15: Vice President Mike Pence tells Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that no one on the Trump campaign had contacts with Russian officials. Pence also says that Flynn did not talk with Kislyak about sanctions.
Jan. 18: Jared Kushner submits his SF-86 security clearance form without listing any foreign contacts he may have had. Kushner revises the form a day later, saying he had “numerous contacts with foreign officials” and that “an accurate and complete list” would be provided.
Jan. 20: Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. President.
Jan. 27: Comey has dinner with Trump in the Green Room at the White House. During the dinner, Trump asks whether Comey wants to stay on as FBI director, to which Comey replies that he intends to.
Comey informs Trump that he is not on any political side but that he could always be counted on to tell Trump the truth. According to Comey, the President later said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”
Jan. 27: The FBI interviews Papadopoulos about his contacts with Russia. Papadopoulos allegedly makes false statements to the FBI about his conversation with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, according to an indictment against him issued by Robert Mueller.
Feb. 8: Jeff Sessions becomes the U.S. Attorney General.
Feb. 13: Michael Flynn steps down after admitting he gave “incomplete information” to Vice President Pence regarding a telephone call he had with Kislyak in December about U.S. sanctions against Russia.
Feb. 14: According to statements made later by Comey, Trump says to him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
Feb. 16: When asked at a White House press conference whether Trump is aware of whether anyone in his campaign had contacts with Russia during the election, Trump says, “No, no, nobody that I know of.”
March 1: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) agree to open an investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election.
In a joint statement, the two ranking members announce “the scope of investigation for the inquiry.”
March 1: The Washington Post reports that Sessions had at least two previously undisclosed meetings with Kislyak in 2016.
March 2: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself “from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.” Russia is not mentioned in his statement on his recusal.
March 20: James Comey confirms during a public hearing in front of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the FBI is investigating “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”
April 6: Devin Nunes steps down from the House of Representatives’ investigation into alleged Russian interference after the House Ethics Committee opens an investigation into him for allegedly...
violating House rules regarding the disclosure of classified information relating to the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation.
May 8: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and James Clapper testify before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Clapper says Russia used “cyber operations against both parties,”
but it didn’t release “Republican-related data.” He says Russia may now be “emboldened to continue such activities in the future both here and around the world.”
May 9: Trump fires Comey.
May 11: During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Trump says he had made the decision to fire Comey on his own. Trump also suggests “this Russia thing” factored into his decision to fire Comey because he was “the wrong man” the lead the investigation.
May 17: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct the investigation into alleged Russian interference.
The investigation includes “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
May 22: Flynn invokes his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, refusing to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena seeking Flynn’s contact with Russian officials between June 16, 2015, and Jan. 20, 2017.
May 22: NBC News reports that Paul Manafort and Roger Stone turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee for its Russia investigation.
May 31: The House Intelligence panel investigating Russia’s alleged interference issues subpoenas to Michael Flynn and President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, asking for their testimony, personal documents and business records.
June 8: Comey says in congressional testimony, “There should be no fuzz on this. The Russians interfered. That happened. It’s about as unfake as you can possibly get.”
June 13: Sessions testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
June 21: During a testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sam Liles, the acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber division, confirms that by “late September” of 2016
“Internet-connected election-related networks in 21 states were potentially targeted by Russian government cyber actors.” Liles notes that none of the systems hacked involved vote tallying.
July 11: After The New York Times publishes an article detailing Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr., to be “totally transparent,” releases images on Twitter of emails to and from Rob Goldstone setting up the June 9, 2016 meeting.
Trump, Jr. tweets, “The information they suggested they had about Hillary Clinton I thought was Political Opposition Research.” Trump Jr. says she had “no information to provide.”
July 21: The Washington Post reports that “Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race.”
July 24: Jared Kushner speaks in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and issues a statement saying, “Reuters news service has reported that I had two calls with Ambassador Kislyak at some time between April and November of 2016.
While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian ambassador. We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with...
Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place. A comprehensive review of my landline and cell phone records from the time does not reveal those calls.”
July 26: The FBI conducts a raid of Paul Manafort’s Virginia home.
July 27: Papadopoulos is arrested at Dulles International Airport.
Aug. 2: Trump signs into law new sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference with the 2016 election. The law also imposes sanctions on Iran and North Korea.
Aug. 3: The Wall Street Journal reports that Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington D.C. in preparation for investigation-related subpoenas.
Separately, CNN reports that Mueller has issued grand jury subpoenas related to Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
Aug. 31: The State Department orders the closure of three Russian diplomatic compounds in the United States. Russia had previously ordered U.S. diplomatic staff reductions from Russian compounds.
Sept. 6: Facebook announces that 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages appearing to originate from Russia spent about $100,000 on at least 3,000 advertisements between June 2015 and May 2017.
Facebook says the ads “appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum — touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.”
Sept. 7: Trump Jr. participates in a closed-door hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding his June 2016 meeting with Veselnitskaya.
Sept. 13: Russian national Irina Viktorovna Kaverzina, who reportedly works for the Internet Research Agency, emails a family member admitting to creating false social media posts. According to an indictment issued by Mueller on February 16, 2018,
Kaverzina’s email said, “We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with the colleagues.”
Kaverzina added, “I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”
Sept. 15: The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has given Mueller’s team data on Russian ad purchases.
Sept. 26: Roger Stone testifies in a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
Oct. 5: Papadopoulos pleads guilty to making “material false statements and material omissions” to the FBI during his January interview.
Oct. 30: The U.S. Justice Department unseals charges against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. Manafort and Gates plead not guilty to the 12 charges against them and turn themselves into the FBI.
Oct. 31: Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Nov. 2: Carter Page testifies in front of the House Intelligence Committee and invokes his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination when the committee asks him to turn over documents relating to Russia’s alleged election interference.
Nov. 30: Flynn pleads guilty to one count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI regarding his discussion with Kislyak about Russian sanctions and his request that Russia not retaliate against the sanctions Obama imposed.
Dec. 6: BBC reports that Mueller’s team issued a subpoena to Germany’s Deutsche Bank requesting information about President Donald Trump’s and his family’s financial records.
2018
Feb. 16: The Special Counsel charges 13 Russians and three Russian entities with conspiring to defraud the United States and interfering with the 2016 election.
Mueller’s team indicts Dutch attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan for lying to the FBI about interactions with Rick Gates and another associate of Manafort.
Feb 20: Van Der Zwaan pleads guilty and serves 30 days in jail prior to being deported to the Netherlands.
Feb. 22: Mueller’s team files a “superseding indictment” against Gates and Manafort, adding 32 adding charges for alleged tax and bank fraud, and money laundering, among others.
Feb. 23: Gates pleads guilty to “conspiracy against the United States” and making false statements to the FBI and other intelligence officers. Gates agrees to cooperate with the investigation.
As part of the plea deal, the FBI agrees to not file additional charges against Gates relating to any criminal activity he exposes.
March 8: Manafort pleads not guilty to charges including fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.
March 12: Republicans on the House Intel Committee announce the conclusion of their investigation into alleged election interference by Russia. The committee’s report says it found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
Separate investigations led by special counsel Robert Mueller, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are ongoing.
April 9: The FBI raids the office of Michael Cohen, one of Trump’s lawyers.

June 4: The special counsel’s office asks a DC District Court judge to send Manafort to jail as he awaits his trial, citing witness tampering.
June 8: Mueller’s team adds another superseding indictment against Manafort, and indicts his business partner Konstantin Kilimnik.

June 15: A judge orders Manafort to jail, pending trial.
July 3: The Senate Intelligence Committee releases a report concluding that the intelligence community’s January 2017 assessment of election meddling was a “sound intelligence product.”
July 13: The Special Counsel indicts 12 Russian nationals for their alleged roles in “computer hacking conspiracies aimed at interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections.”
July 23: The FBI releases partially-redacted FISA warrant applications for the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
July 31: Manafort’s trial in Virginia begins. The jury is selected, opening statements are heard and the judge says the trial is expected to not last more than three weeks. There are 18 counts against Manafort, none of which relate to alleged Russian interference.
August 1: Trump calls on AG Sessions to end the special counsel’s investigation.
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!”
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