with sources: This is from an excellent thread by Sarah Sannder Dukic with some additions of my own.
Feb 13, 2016 - Russian Alexander Torshin writes in a tweet that "Maria Butina is now in the United States. Writes to me that D Trump (member of NRA) is really for cooperation with Russia
March 2016- GRU (Russia's military intelligence agency) begins a cyber campaign aimed at interfering with the 2016 presidential election, according to US intelligence agencies. Reuters
April 2016- Trump foreign policy aide George aPapadopoulos meets with an academic that had just returned from Moscow. The academic tells Papadopoulos that the Russians have obtained dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, including “thousands of emails.”Reuters.
May 2016 - Senior Russian official tried to arrange a meeting with Putin and Trump. "A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter. The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a very circuitous way. An advocate for Christian causes emailed campaign aides saying that Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime, had proposed a meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. The subject line of the email, turned over to Senate investigators, read, “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” according to one person who has seen the message. It came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians had “dirt” on Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails. Soon after Mr. Torshin’s outreach fizzled, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, arranged a meeting at Trump Tower after being told that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin would bring damaging information about Mrs. Clinton to the meeting.These contacts were set against the backdrop of a sophisticated effort by Russia to hack Democratic computers, disseminate propaganda and undermine Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. The latest disclosure about Mr. Torshin, who is a leading figure in Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia, shows the direct involvement of a high-ranking Russian official in the Kremlin’s outreach to the campaign. ”" NYTIMES
June 9, 2016- Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort meet at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and others. Emails later made public show Trump Jr believed he would receive information harmful to Clinton. -Reuters.
July 5, 2016- Christopher Steele, former British spy, beiefs an FBI agent on his findings.
July 22, 2016- Wikileaks releases email thought to have been stolen from the DNC by Russia, on the Friday before the DNC convention began.
Late July 2016- FBI begins counter-intelligence investigation of Russian meddling in the election (Reuters)
July 27, 2016- Trump says, in a press conference Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you can find the 33,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. ON that same day, Russians for the time begin to target Clinton's emails. Politifact
August 19, 2016- Manafort resigns as Trump’s campaign chairman following news reports of his business dealings in Ukraine.
Sept 5, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama meets Russian President Vladimir Putin during a G-20 summit in China and warns him of a strong response if Russia’s meddling continues.
Sept 2016- Kushner receives an email concerning WikiLeaks, which he then forwarded to another campaign official, according to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Read Kushner’s lawyer’s response.) Politifact
Sept 2016- Sessions meets with Kislyak in his senate office.
Oct 7, 2016- Wikileaks publishes emails thought to have been stolen by Russia re: John Podesta. This is within an hour of the airing of the Access Hollywood Tape in which Trump says he grabbed women by the pussy.
Mid October 2016- Trump Jr corresponds with Wikileaks through Twitter's private message service. WikiLeaks asks the younger Trump to direct his Twitter followers to its trove of documents. Fifteen minutes later, candidate Trump tweetsabout WikiLeaks. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted a link to WikiLeaks’ archive. - Politifact
October 2016- Trump says Wikileaks 141 times in the month before election- MSNBC - Video
Oct 21, 2016- FBI and Justice Dept get a warrnat to monitor Page based on probable cause that Page is a Russian agent. Politifact
November 2016- Less than 48 hours after the November election, then-President Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as national security advisor. Why? Because "Mr Flynn's contacts with a Russian envoy left him vulnerable to blackmail, according to a Senate panel held in 2017. BBC.COM As a side note Flynn had participated in a celebration of the 10th anniversay of Russia Today, and was part of a panel discussion in Moscow, for which he received compensation. He also, prior to November 8, contacted Russian Ambasssador Sergey Kislyak.
Nov 17, 2016- President-elect Trump names Flynn as his intended national security advisor.
November 25, 2016- KT McFarland selected as President-Elect Donald Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor. Michael Flynn had ties to McFarland. In 2013, McFarland wrote that Vladimir Putin deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions during the Syrian Civl War. In 2014 following annexation of Crimea, she tweeted utin seizes countries, Obama threatens maybe to kick Russia out of the G-8 club. Bet Putin's sorry now! Winners write history, not whiners." She said the United States might be able to find "common ground" with Putin. Wikipedia As a side note, the person who recommended KT McFarland was Paul Erickson, who was a live in with Maria Butina, most recently arrested as a Russian agent.
November 30, 2016- Justice Department informs Flynn his lobbying work was being examined.
December 1 2016. Kushner, Donald Trump's son in law tried to set up a secret back channel with Russians (Kislyak) asking to use Russian secure facilities. Why? "in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports." The meeting was also attended by Michael Flynn, who was Trump's first national security advisor. Washington Post
December 6, 2016- Vice President elect Mike Pence is asked if Flynn's sole has a role with the presidential transition. Pence denies that he does. But then later in the day, after it emerges that the transition team requested security clearance for Flynn's son, Pence changes his story.
December 2016- Senior Russian intelligence officer was arrested on treason charges for allegedly passing information to US intelligence services. Interesting that "In a wilder twist, a pro-Kremlin television network, Tsargrad TV, claimed Mikhailov "patronized and supervised" an "Anonymous International" group called "Humpty Dumpty" that it said hacked the personal email of Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev and other top Russian officials in 2014. While more far-fetched, it is perhaps noteworthy Tsargrad TV, which even Novaya Gazeta notes is prone to wild conspiracy theories, would publish such a report during the heated debate in the U.S. over Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election. The TV station, for example, suggested "Humpty Dumpty" was a CIA operation, and that with Russian presidential elections coming up in 2018 hacked information could serve "goals ... opposed to national interests." USAToday
December 2016- Kushner, Donald Trump's son in law, instructs Flynn, Trump's national security advisor, to sabatoge US policy by contacting Russia. Flynn was instructed by K T McFarland to contact Kislyak. "The president’s son-in-law told Flynn to call members of the U.N. national security council, and encourage them to block a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank, in defiance of the Obama administration’s wishes. In making this request, Kushner (arguably) violated the Logan Act — an archaic 1799 statute that prohibits private U.S. citizens from undermining the foreign policy of a sitting U.S. president through contact with a foreign power. No American has ever been convicted of violating the Logan Act (even though a long list of people have almost certainly violated it). To honor Kushner’s instruction, Flynn contacted Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and asked him to impede the vote against Israel’s settlements. Shortly thereafter, Trump’s first national security adviser told the FBI that he’d never done any such thing. In saying that, Flynn (inarguably) violated the law against making false statements to federal law enforcement. NYMAG
December 13, 2016- Kushner meets with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of a state-run Russian bank under U.S. sanction. Gorkov was described to Kushner as "someone with a direct line to the Russian president who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together."- Politifact
December 29, 2016- KT McFarland sent an email saying that Russia had thrown the election to Trump." A senior member of President Donald Trump's transition team said in email to a colleague on December 29, 2016, shortly after the Obama administration had imposed new sanctions on Russia, that the transition team should try to reassure the country that had just "thrown" the election to Trump. The transition official, KT McFarland, told the unnamed colleague in the email obtained by the New York Times that the sanctions were aimed at delegitimizing Trump's election victory. "If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him," she wrote." BusinessInsider
December 29, 2016- President Obama expels 35 Russian diplomates in retaliation for election hacking " The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other political organizations, in an attempt to influence the election in favor of the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. In a statement issued two weeks after the president said he would respond to cyber-attacks by Moscow “at a time and place of our choosing”, Obama said Americans should “be alarmed by Russia’s actions” and pledged further action. “I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners,” Obama said in the statement, released while he was vacationing with his family in Hawaii. “Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations. “In addition, the secretary of the treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information.” He also announced the closure of two Russian compounds in the US. Obama added that more actions would be taken, “some of which will not be publicized”. On Thursday, Trump, who has previously dismissed reports of Russian interference in the election, said in a statement: “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.” . TheGuardian
Late December 2016- Flyyn asks Kislyak to *refrain from escalating the situation". Kislyak later tells Flynn that Russia "had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request."Politifact Putin declines to retaliate against Obama administration's sanctions. That same day, Trump tweets "Great move on delay (by V Putin)-I always knew he was very smart" - politifact.
January 5 2017- Susan Rice documented an unusual conversation between President Obama and James Comey. "“There is nothing ‘unusual’ about the National Security Advisor memorializing an important discussion for the record. The Obama White House was justifiably concerned about how comprehensive they should be in their briefings regarding Russia to members of the Trump transition team, particularly Lt. General Michael Flynn, given the concerning communications between him and Russian officials," Ruemmler said in a statement." The Hill
January 6 2017. Intel briefing for Donald Trump, KT McFarland, Pence, Flynn, Priebus, Pomep and Bossert, briefed by Bennan, Clapper and Comey."Before even seeing the classified intelligence report Friday, US intelligence community clucluded with "high confidence" that Russia engaged in an influence campaign. Trump dismissed the assessment and told The New York Times the focus on Russia’s involvement is a “political witch hunt” by adversaries who are embarrassed they lost the election. “They got beaten very badly in the election,” Trump said. “They are very embarrassed about it. To some extent, it’s a witch hunt. They just focus on this.”The officials — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and FBI Director James Comey — were prepared to point to multiple motives for Moscow’s alleged meddling. They briefed senior lawmakers Friday morning. President Barack Obama received a briefing on Thursday. The Washington Post, citing anonymous US officials, reported Thursday that intelligence agencies have identified parties who delivered stolen Democratic emails to WikiLeaks. The officials also said there were disparities between efforts to infiltrate Democratic and Republican networks, and said the US intercepted communications in which Russian officials celebrated Trump’s victory. It was not clear which of those details might have been included in the classified report." The Times of Israel
January 6 2017- DNI releases their report "Background to "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections. Key Judgements, p 7 "Russian efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election represent the most recent expression of Moscow’s longstanding desire to undermine the US-led liberal democratic order, but these activities demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity, and scope of effort compared to previous operations. We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments. We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence. Moscow’s approach evolved over the course of the campaign based on Russia’s understanding of the electoral prospects of the two main candidates. When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign began to focus more on undermining her future presidency. Further information has come to light since Election Day that, when combined with Russian behavior since early November 2016, increases our confidence in our assessments of Russian motivations and goals. Moscow’s influence campaign followed a Russian messaging strategy that blends covert intelligence operations—such as cyber activity—with overt efforts by Russian Government agencies, state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or “trolls.” Russia, like its Soviet predecessor, has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on US presidential elections that have used intelligence officers and agents and press placements to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin. Russia’s intelligence services conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties. We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks. Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards. DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying. Russia’s state-run propaganda machine contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging to Russian and international audiences. We assess Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the US presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes
January 10, 2017- Buzzfeed publishes the Steele Dossier.
January 10, 2017- In his confirmation hearing to become Trump’s attorney general, Sessions says under oath that he did not have contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a separate questionnaire submitted a week later, Sessions denied contacting any Russian officials regarding the 2016 election. (Compare with Sep 2016)
Jan 20 2017- Trump is sworn in as president
January 24, 2017- Flynn is interviewed by the FBI. During that interview he falsely denies having spoken to (Russian) Kislyak about sanctions.
January 25, 2017- Russia arrests two American intelligence sources for treason. "As most will recall, the USG quite openlyreleased a declassified report on Russian efforts to influence the American elections. Though the public report is, rightly, characterized as long on conclusions and short on supporting facts, it nonetheless offers many striking conclusions and the Russians would, properly, surmise that there were underlying details in the classified version of the report supporting the conclusions. What seems most notable, of course, is that the IC report (and accompanying press discussion) appeared to reveal some very deep penetration of Russian discussions. Assertions that "we saw them celebrating" and "we saw Putin's directions" were signposts for any able counter-intelligence operation. In particular, the level of detail would suggest to Russian CI that there were human sources involved." Lawfareblog (Incidentally, btween Nov 2016 through Feb 2017 Russian diplomates kept dying unexpectedly. Independent
January 26 2017- The White House was warned about Flynn at least 6 separate occassions. Sally Yates warned the WH about Flynn (she was aware of the FBI interview on January 24) ." President Donald Trump's transition team — and, later, his nascent administration — was warned at least six times about potential conflicts of interest and compromising conversations between Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, and Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US at the time. But Flynn was not asked to step down until February 13, nearly a month into his tenure as the country's senior-most national security official. That timeline has become a focus for Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is examining why it took 18 days for the White House to remove Flynn after a stark warning from Sally Yates, the acting attorney general. She had told the White House counsel, Don McGahn, that Flynn most likely lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his calls with Kislyak." Business Insider.
January 26, 2017- Mass resignations at the State Department. "“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” said David Wade, who served as State Department chief of staff under Secretary of State John Kerry. “Department expertise in security, management, administrative and consular positions in particular are very difficult to replicate and particularly difficult to find in the private sector.” Washington Post
January 27, 2017 At a private dinner, Trump demands loyalty from James Comey."Only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, James B. Comey has told associates, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief. The conversation that night in January, Mr. Comey now believes, was a harbinger of his downfall this week as head of the F.B.I., according to two people who have heard his account of the dinner. As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him." NYTimes
January 28, 2017- Saturday. Trump calls Putin on phone call, along with Flynn, Pence, Priebus, Bannon and Spicer. "In the picture, Trump is seen together with National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence and strategist Steve Bannon. Peskov said before the talk that Putin would be taking the call with Trump alone. While the White House readout was one paragraph long, the Kremlin statement was considerably more detailed." NPR
January 28, 2017- Bannon is put on the National Security Council "Former White House officials in both parties were shocked by the move.“The last place you want to put somebody who worries about politics is in a room where they’re talking about national security,” said Leon E. Panetta, a former White House chief of staff, defense secretary and C.I.A. director in two Democratic administrations.“I’ve never seen that happen, and it shouldn’t happen. It’s not like he has broad experience in foreign policy and national security issues. He doesn’t. His primary role is to control or guide the president’s conscience based on his campaign promises. That’s not what the National Security Council is supposed to be about.”NYTimes
January 30, 2017. Sally Yates is fired. Yates said "My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts," she said in a letter. "In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right." re: Trump's travel ban CNN
Feb 13, 2017- Flynn resigns.
Feb 14, 2017 " Comey and several other senior officials meet in the Oval Office to discuss anti-terrorism efforts. At the end of the meeting, Trump asks Comey to stay behind. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is among those who leaves to allow Trump to address Comey in private. According to Comey, Trump asks him to “see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey agrees only that Flynn is a good guy." - Washington Post
Feb 15, 2017- "Comey asks Sessions to ensure that he will not be left alone with Trump again, out of concern that the president would try to unduly influence his investigative efforts.Then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, asking him what the agency can do about a New York Times report alleging multiple contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russian actors. McCabe and Comey tell Priebus that they can’t publicly comment on the report, even to deny its accuracy." Washington Post
March 2 2017- Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any decision related to Russia investigation.
March 20, 2017- Comey testifies at House Intelligence Committee, confirms existence of counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling.
March 22, 2017- "After a briefing wraps up at the White House, Trump asks Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and CIA director Mike Pompeo to remain behind. Trump complained about the FBI investigation and reportedly asked Coats and Pompeo to intervene with Comey. They declined to do so"
March 30, 2017- Trump calls Comey "During that call, Comey says that Trump asked him what could be done to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation and asks Comey to announce publicly that the president himself was not under investigation."
April 22, 2017 -Trump calls Comey again. Trump again calls Comey and asks what has been done to make it clear that the president isn’t under investigation. Comey suggests that Trump raise the issue with Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente (since Sessions had recused himself)
April 25, 2017- Rob Rosenstein becomes deputy attorney general and the ranking official in charge of the Russia investigation.
May 3, 2017- Comey testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee. "This testimony includes comments from Comey about his handling of the Clinton email investigation and a refusal by the FBI director to answer whether evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian actors exists. His testimony apparently triggers fury by Trump and the president’s final decision to fire the FBI director."- Washington Post.
May 9, 2017 Trump fires Comey. "In doing so, the president cites a recommendation from Sessions which itself is based on a memo from Rosenstein. That memo doesn’t itself recommend firing Comey, instead focusing almost solely on criticism of the director’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. Trump’s letter firing Comey reads, in part: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” Comey is informed of his firing not by the letter but by news reports of his ouster while he’s preparing to give a speech in California. Washington Post
May 10, 2017- Trump meets with Russian officials in the White House and calls Comey a nutjob. During that meeting Trump diviulged details of a daring Israel raid in Syria." Despite having been warned by US officials that Trump had been “leveraged” by Moscow and could pass sensitive info to the Russians, Israel shared the information with the US intelligence community, sparking the temporary ban on bringing laptops out of several Middle Eastern countries. The report did not name the location or exact date of the operation, but Trump, in recounting details of it to Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the US, during an oval Office meeting on May 10, did reveal the location, Vanity Fair said, potentially endangering assets Israel had on the ground" Times of Israel
May 11, 2017 Trumjp says, in an interview with Lester Holt, why he thinks Comey shoudl be fired. “In fact when I decided to just do it,” Trump says, “I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’ ”
May 12, 2017- Trump tweets a threat to Comey.
May 16, 2017- Times reports that Comey has memos detailing his conversations with Trump, including Trump's request to "let go" of the Flynn investigation.
May 17, 2017- Rosenstein announces appointment of Mueller to investigate Russian meddling and any connections to the Trump campaign team.
July 9 2017 The New York Times reports that Trump Jr. arranged the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting after being promised he would receive damaging information about Clinton. For the second consecutive day, Trump Jr. issues a statement to the media about the meeting. (Read a full account of the Trump team’s shifting explanations.) Politifact
July 26, 2017- Federal agens execute a pre-dawn raid of Manafort's home.
August 1 2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about a news report that the president had tried to change the narrative around Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer. Sanders says Trump "weighed in" on his son’s statement about the June 9 Trump Tower meeting. Sanders’ statement is inconsistent with previous explanations offered by Trump’s team. Politifact
August 2, 2017- Rtump signs law imposing new Russia sanctions. However, he does not enforce them.
Oct 5, 2017- Papadopoulus pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his efforts to put the Trump campaign in contact with Moscow. He enters a plea agreement with Mueller..
Oct 30, 2017- Mueller's investigation. Manafort and Rick Gates are indicated on money laundering and other charges. Manafort pleads not guilty. Gates later pleads guilty to lesser charges and cooperates with Mueller’s probe. Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts and agrees to cooperate with the special counsel. Reuters.
Nov 2 2017- Page tells the House Intelligence Committee he had notified Sessions about contacts he made with Kremlin officials during his July 2016 Russia. This contradicts Sessions’ previous denials.
Nov 16 2017- The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee send a letter to Kushner’s attorney saying Kushner failed to turn over several documents to the committee
December 1, 2017 - Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI. "Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel's office.Flynn is the first person inside President Donald Trump's administration to be reached by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. The developments are a sign that the investigation is intensifying, and details revealed Friday provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in their contact with Russian officials to influence international policy.According to an FBI statement, Flynn communicated with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak after being asked by a senior Trump transition official to find out how foreign governments stood on a coming UN Security Council resolution about Israel. The prosecutors did not name any transition officials." CNN
Feb 16, 2018-Mueller charges 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies, including the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, with conspiracy to tamper with the 2016 election.
Feb 22 2018- superseding indictment against Manafort and Gates containing 32 charges, including tax and bank fraud.
Feb 23 2018 Gates pleads guilty.
April 3, 2018- Alex van der Zwaan, the Dutch son-in-law of one of Russia’s richest men, is sentenced to 30 days in prison and fined $20,000 for lying to Mueller’s investigators, becoming the first person sentenced in the special counsel’s probe.
April 9, 2018- FBI agents raid the offices and home of Trump's personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen. The raid is in part related to Cohen’s payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an affair she said she had with Trump.
April 19, 2018- Memos from James Comey released of his written impressions of several one on one discussions with Trump
April 27, 2018- House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence found Russia conducted cyberattacks on U.S. political institutions during the 2016 campaign. The committee's Republican members found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
June 8 2018- Mueller adds obstruction charge against Manafor and indicts his business partner Konstantin Kilimnik.
July 3 2018 A Senate panel that independently reviewed the intelligence community’s assessment backed up its findings, concluding that the agencies’ joint assessment was a "sound intelligence product."
July 13, 2018 The Special Counsel indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Clinton campaign, and leaking of emails and documents.
July 13, 2018- Dan Coats, DNI says "Warning Lights are Blinking Red" of Russian Attacks. NYTimes
July 16, 2018 In a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump appeared to accept Putin’s denial of Russian election interference.
July 16, 2018- Maria Butina, a Russian national was charged on Monday with spying for the Russian govt. "The Department of Justice has charged Butina, 29, with “developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.” The NRA was one of the groups with which she successfully cultivated ties." The Trace
July 19, 2018- Trump asked John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington in the fall. DNI Dan Coats was surprised. Reuters
July 19, 2018- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstain announced the the Justice Department intends to notify the public, American companies, and private organizations whtne foreign entities are targeting the US political process. "The Department of Justice investigates and prosecutes malign foreign influence activity that violates federal criminal law. Some critics argue against prosecuting people who live in foreign nations that are unlikely to extradite their citizens. That is a shortsighted view." Axios
july 19, 2018- Microsoft found a spear-phishing campaign launched by the GRU, Russia's military intelligence agency and targeting 3 candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections. Vanity Fair
July 20, 2018- Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis subpoenaed by Robert Mueller Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.TMZ