Timeline of Trump/Russia corruption, cyber-espionage, obstruction and treason

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So just what do we know about what Russia did or didn’t do involving the 2016 election and how the Trump campaign responded?  Quite a bit actually, even though new Special Prosecutor Mueller has just started to get his feet on the ground.

I’ll tell you, when you actually lay it out all out item by item in chronological order a lot of patterns and actions/reactions become eminently clear.  WIthout getting into classified or confidential data that isn’t yet public knowledge, what is public knowledge is already fairly stunning.

[This timeline has been continued with Vol#2Vol#3 and Vol#4 due to length]

  • 1985 — Australian government rejects a bid for a Trump Casino in Sydney because of his alleged ties to the mafia.
  • 1986 — Trump attempts to gain a posting to Russia as part of the Reagan Administration and says he could sit down with Gorbechev to negotiate an end to the cold war “in an hour.” 
  • 1990 — Trump’s Taj Mahal casino, which is a favorite gambling spot for Russian mobsters living in Brooklyn, is cited 106 times in 18 months for violating money laundering rules, particular failing to report when someone wins and withdraws more then $10,000.
  • 1991 — Taj Mahal files for bankrupcy protection, Trump sells his 50% share.  After this and his other Casino bankruptcies most major banks no longer authorize loans to the Trump organization. 
  • 1998 — Felix Sater a Russian born violent convict with ties to the Russian Mob — who are frequently used by Russian intelligence to do their dirty work and fund blackbag operations — gets caught up in a $40 Million stock fraud case but is only fined $35,000 in exchange for becoming an FBI informant.

  • 2000 — 

  • 2001-2007 — At least 63 Russian Oligarchs lease, rent or buy various Trump propertetes in South Florida spending upwards of $98.5 Million on them, many of these deals with Russian nationals in Manhattan reportedly are arranged through Bayrock Group LLC whose offices are located on the 24th floor of Trump Tower.  Felix Sater becomes Bayrock’s managing director. Their first joint project together, in 2003, is building a Trump Tower in Phoenix.

  • 2005 — 

  • 2006 —

  • 2008 —
  • 2009 — 
    • U.S. investor Bill Browder is expelled from Russia and his assets are used to setup a $230 Million tax rebate scam.  Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitski discovers the scam and testifies to reveal it, he is subsequently arrested, tortured and murdered in a Russian jail, beaten to death by the guards.
    • Manafort stops working for Deripaska.
  • 2010 —
  • 2011 —
    • Trump Soho a joint venture condo project by TrumpCO and Bayrock is sued for defrauding buyers with inflated claims.  The suit is settled with a payout of $3.19 Million and a potential criminal case is avoided.
    • Oleg Deripaska obtains a diplomatic passport from Russia allowing him to travel to America bypassing the fact he’s banned from the US due to allegations of his connection to Russian mobsters. 
  • March 2011 — Trump begins his birther campaign against President Obama claiming there’s something wrong with his birth certificate.  He also demands Obama’s college transcripts alleging he didn’t deserve access to Harvard, and claims that his best selling book “Dreams From My Father” was really ghostwritten by Bill Ayers.
  • May 2011 —
  • 2012 — 
  • 2013 —
    • Russian mobsters renting property in Trump Tower just three floors below the penthouse suite are arrested for money laundering and running an illegal gambling ring at the end of a 2 year investigation.  One of the attorney’s for the defendant Denys Katsyv of the Prevezon Group is Natalia Veselnitskaya, and the prosecutor is Preet Bharara, some of the stolen money is connected to Bill Browder’s investigation and the murder of Magnitski in Russia.
    • Several months later Trump holds the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, the apparent money-laundering ring leader who remains at large is welcomed on the Red Carpet at the event. While in Moscow Trump reportedly meets with several high ranking oligarchs including board members from VEB Bank with ties to Putin at the restaurant Nobu, and with Billionaire Russian Real Estate developer Arag Agalarov and his Pop Star son Emil who partnered with Trump on the pageant.
    • Video shot before the pageant shows Trump at dinner with Emin and Aras Agalarov, as well as Rob Goldstone Emin’s promoter.  Michael Isakoff talks to Goldstone who reveals that Trump has plans to license a new Trump Tower in Russia with Agalarov as the local builder/owner.  Don jr. is in charge of the project and Ivanka goes on location scouting trips with Emin. Ike Kaveladze who works for the Agalarov family is also present.
    • Ukranian Oligarch Dmitry Firtash is indicted with five others in 2013 with paying $18.5 million in bribes to Indian officials so they could mine titanium and sell it to Boeing Corporation to build the 787 Dreamliner jet, he’s currently fighting extradition to the U.S.
  • 2014 —
    • Michael Flynn is fired by the Obama administration as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency for his “odd behavior.”
    • Eric Trump says in an interview when discussing the funding of Trump Golf courses “Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Eric later denies making this statement.
    • Bayrock is functionally inactive, except for a few outstanding lawsuits.
    • Putin releases Pussy Riot from prison for shooting a Punk Rock video in a Church.
    • The Winter Olympics takes place in Sochi, Russia.
    • Russia invades Crimea and begins sending Troops and equipment in the Ukraine to destabilize the Country, Obama rallies the international community to place Sanctions on Russia which crush their economy — plans for the Rosneft/Exxon deal and Trump Tower Russia are both put on hold.
    • The FBI requests a FISA Warrant for Paul Manafort due to his involvement with the Ukrainian government and Putin friendly officials such as Deripaska, this warrant ultimately lapse in early 2016.
    • Paul Manafort and his partner Rick Gates were named in a 2014 racketeering lawsuit involving Dmitry Firtash, who also has ties to Putin. That suit, which was later dismissed, claimed Manafort and Gates helped Firtash launder ill-gotten gains as part of an $850 million deal to build luxury housing at the site of the Drake Hotel in New York City,
  • 2015 —
  • June 17, 2015 — Trump announces his run for President.  He never releases his Taxes, his birth certificate or his school transcripts.
  • Summer 2015 —
    • Cyber hacking contractors working with the FSB (Cozy Bear) begin infiltrating and extracting copies of documents including the oppo-research on Trump and emails from the DNC servers.  Their previous successful attacks include the White House and State Dept. email systems.  
    • They also penetrate some RNC emails accounts and attack various Republicans who oppose Trump in the primaries.
  • September 2015 — FBI detects the hack and begins trying to inform the DNC, but they start by going to their Helpdesk not simply calling Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
  • November 2015 — Felix Sater emails Michael Cohen saying “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected... I know how to play it and how to get this done. Buddy, our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it… I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
  • Late 2015 — GCHQ and other western intel agencies from Germany, Poland, Estonia and Australia begin noticing contacts between Russia Spies and members of the Trump campaign. They attempt to notify FBI and CIA who are apparently caught “flat footed.”
  • January 2016 — Michael Cohen send an email to Putin deputy Dmitry Peskov trying to get talks regarding Trump Tower Moscow restarted. 
  • March 2016 -— 
    • US Attorney Preet Bharara prosecutes Russian intelligence officer Evgeny Buryakov an employee of sanctioned Russia bank Vnesheconombank  (VEB) of conspiracy to commit espionage in recruiting U.S Businessmen in Manhattan including Carter Page. Page had been cooperating in this investigation as an informant.
    • FBI receives memo alleging collusion between Loretta Lynch and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to quash the Clinton email investigation — they believe this document is fake.
    • Trump Hotels payment systems gets hacked again since they haven’t implemented better security measures after the first attack in 2015.  Customers aren’t notified for another 3 months.
  • March 14, 2016 — 
    • George Papadopoulos meets in Italy with a Russian professor based in London with ties to the Kremlin.
  • March 16, 2016 -— 
    • John Podesta receives a spearfishing email, his IT people mistakenly tell him that it’s “Legitimate” and his assistant clicks on the link and gives up his password compromising his account.
  • March 21, 2016 —
    • Trump lists Carter Page & George Papadopoulos as part of his foreign policy team along with 3 others.
  • March 24, 2016 — 
    • Papadopoulos writes an email offering to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity.  On this same day he meets with the Professor who introduces him to a Russian female he describes as ‘Putin’s Niece”, and the Russian Ambassador and sought to setup more meetings between those reps and members of the Trump campaign.  The Professor tells him they have “thousands of emails” worth of “dirt” on Clinton.
  • March 28, 2016 —
    • Trump hires Paul Manafort to handle the delegate process on his campaign.
  • March 31, 2016 — 
    • Papadopoulos while introducing himself at a national security meeting says he has connections that could help foster a meeting between “Trump and Putin”.
  • April 2016 — 
  • April 3, 2016 — the Panama papers are released revealing $3 Billion in shading dealings linked to Vladamir Putin.
  • April 11, 2016 —  Putin’s “Niece” emails Papadopoulos that she “would be very please to support the initiatives between our two countries.”  The professsor emails “This has been already agree, I’m flying to Moscow on the 18th for a Valdai meeting, plus other meetings at the Duma [Russian Congress]”
  • April 18, 2016 — The Professor introduces Papadopoulos to an individual in Moscow with connections to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
  • April 22, 2016 — The MFA connection emails Papadopoulos thanks him for an extensive talk, and suggests further meetings in London or Moscow, Papadopoulos responds suggesting meeting in London with the Russian Ambassador.
  • April 25, 2016 -— Papadopoulos emails a Senior Policy Advisor that “The Russian government has an open invitation for Putin to meet with Mr. Trump when he’s ready.”
  • April 26, 2016
    • The Russian professor meet with Papadopoulos in London and says that Russia has “thousands of emails” containing “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
  • April 27, 2016 
    • Trump gives his first major foreign policy speech at an event that had been largely arranged by Jeff Sessions Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn, Russian ambassador Kislyak is invited as a special guest, both Trump and Session briefly meet with him at a backstage reception before the speech at the Mayflower Hotel.
    • Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos writes in an email to campaign manager Corey Lewandowsk he had fielded “a lot of calls over the past month” related to a meeting between the Trump campaign and Russia. “Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos says in a separate email to Paul Manafort.
  • April 30, 2016 — Papadopoulos thanks the Professor via email for his “critical help. This is history in the making.”
  • May 2016 — 
  • June 2016 — 
  • June 2, 2016 — Hillary gives a major speech criticizing Trump’s closeness to Russia and Putin accusing him of praising “dictators like Vladimir Putin” and having a “bizarre fascination with dictators and strongmen who have no love for America.”
  • June 3, 2016 — Music Promoter Rob Goldstone emails Don Jr, and says he has information from the Russian Government about shady dealings by Hillary and DNC.  Don Jr. says “I Love it” and plans to discuss it further on a phone call and eventually a meeting.
  • June 7, 2016 — Trump says that he’ll give a major speech about Hillary Clinton’s corruption in a week.
  • June 9, 2016 — 
    • Donald Jr, Kushner and Manafort secretly meet with a prominent Russia lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower after being offered “dirt” about the Clinton Campaign and the DNC being funded by Russia.  The information comes through their Miss Universe Moscow partner Aras Agalarov via his son’s Emin’s promoter Rob Goldstone who had received it directly from the “Crown Prosecutor” [actually the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika] of Russia because the Russian Government “supports Trump.” They also discuss the Russian adoption program in the wake of the Magnitski Act, which is a law that blacklists Russian Human Rights violators.
    • Later that day Donald tweets for the first time about Clinton’s “33,000 missing emails.”
  • June 12, 2016 — 
  • June 13, 2016 — Trump blames the Pulse attack on Obama’s sympathy with “Radical Islam” and on immigrants even though the shooter was a native born American citizen born in New Hyde Park, NY.
  • June 14, 2016 -— Wapo Reports that the DNC has been hacked by the Russian government, DNC goes public about the cyber intrusion.
  • June 15, 2016 — 
    • Guccifer 2.0 releases the DNC’s opposition research file on Donald Trump.
    • Dana Rohrabacher’s scheduled “show trial” hearing on Bill Browder in opposition to the Magnitski Act is cancelled by his committee chairman.
    • Rep. Kevin McCarthy jokes behind scenes that the only people Putin pays are Rohrabacher and Trump.
  • June 16, 2016 — Guccifer 2.0 uses DCLeaks to reveal the first set of hacked DNC emails, they have Cyrillic characters and Russian urls in their metadata
  • June 17, 2016 — Putin says the Trump is a “bright” individual.[Actually the word he used translates more accurately into “Colorful”]
  • June 19, 2016 — The Russian MFA connection asks Papadopoulos that if Trump is unable to meet in Moscow “that perhaps that he or another campaign rep could attend.”
  • June 20, 2016 — Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is fired after a controversy where he physically grabbed and yanked a Brietbart reporter away from Trump as she asked a question.  At first Corey and the Trump campaign denies it ever happened, but it’s on video — then he claims he would’ve “apologized if he knew she was from Breitbart” but he doesn’t.  She files a criminal complaint, but it’s thrown out. He goes to work for CNN while still being paid by Trump.
  • June 22, 2016 — Trump finally gives his big anti-Clinton speech over a week late, he complains about Benghazi, Free Trade, Temperment and that her “Deleted emails could make her vulnerable to blackmail by hostile states.”  He doesn’t mention Russian money going into the DNC.
  • June 24, 2016 — 
  • June 27, 2016 — Bill Clinton meets privately with AG Loretta Lynch on her plane at the Pheonix Airport while they are both there during a layover.  Reportedly they discuss family, golf and travel, but calls of “obstruction” and “undue influence” — even though there is absolutely no evidence to that effect — eventually cause her to defer any decision on the Clinton email investigation to the FBI.
  • July 2016 — 
  • July 5, 2016 — Influenced by false email intel generated by the Russians alleging that AG Lynch was “throwing the Clinton case”, and apparently the fact that she has suggested he called the Clinton situation a “matter” rather than an “investigation” — even though DOJ rules prohibit confirming an investigation before it is complete — FBI Director James Comey after announcing that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s server is complete and no charges will be filed goes on to blast her in an extended public statement.
  • July 7, 2016 — 
    • Comey testifies to Congress about Hillary’s server and manages to debunk just about every Right-wing conspiracy about it, she didn’t break State Dept rules because they do allow private email accounts and only 3 emails were marked with a (C) for Confidential and two of those were by mistake.
    • Manafort sends an email through Kilminik offering to give his previous Putin supporting benefactor and official Russia government agent — as diplomatic passport holder — Oleg Deripaska a personal status briefing on the Trump campaign in exchange to “get whole” on his outstanding $18 Million debt.
  • July 18-21, 2016 — 
    • The Republican National Convention takes place during which Trump National Security Advisor J.D. Gordon torpedoes a platform plank supporting the arming of Ukrainian rebels against pro-Russian forces, then lies about it.  
    • Kislyak attends and briefly meets Sessions again at a Heritage Foundation event, as well as Carter Page and J.D. Gordon.  
    • Flynn delivers a speech at the Republican convention, joining in the crowd’s “Lock her up!” chant. “If I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today
    • Mike Pence also chants “Lock Her Up” over Hillary’s emails — even though she’s been cleared already — and he himself has AOL for his email for official business as Governor and his account had been hacked
    • Flynn fills out his SF-86 form to reactivate his security clearance related to his being selected by Trump as national security advisor.  Flynn fails to include that he had received $530,000 from Turkey or that he had taken another $45,000 from Russia in 2015.
  • July 22, 2016 — 
    • One day after end of RNC Wikileaks reveals their first set of DNC emails
    • Russia Today, Sputnik News, Breitbart and other right-wing outlets begin doing incessant stories about every little negative revelation in them as well as numerous false and inflammatory rumors these are further pushed by bots and trolls on facebook and twitter until they trend. 
    • The FBI begin to look into the Russia hack based on information from Crowdstrike, they don’t get direct access to DNC servers presumably as that would cause them to shutdown their entire email capability in middle of an election until a replacement set of servers could be installed [I’ve sent a question to the DNC’s Deputy Communications Director on this point, he hasn’t responded yet]. 
    • FBI is also looking into links to Trump due to Steele memos and concerns raised by CIA head  Brennan.
  • July 25, 2016 — Democratic Convention starts, because of the brouhaha from the Wikileaks email dump, Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz resigns and Donna Brazille takes over, RT/Sputnik heightened and amplified rumors swirl about the DNC “rigging the Primary” for Clinton and against Sanders.
  • July 26, 2016 — 
  • July 27, 2016 — Trump asks Russia to hack and/or release Hillary’s missing emails
  • July 28, 2016 — Sputnik news claims Wikileaks proves the primary and DNC was rigged against Sanders.
  • July 31, 2016 — Manafort denies that the Trump campaign made any changes to the RNC platform.  Various Trump affiliates will repeat these denials 20 more times before finally admitting the truth; Donald personally ordered the change in a meeting with Gordon during the RNC in which Sessions attended. Kilminik brags that he engineered this change.  [If this was done as a pay off to Russia to ensure their continued support in their hacking/propaganda efforts, it proves Donald’s direct involvement in a criminal conspiracy.]
  • August 2016 —
  • August 4, 2016 — Brennen calls his counterpart Alexander Bortnikov Director of the FSB and issues him a stern warning about the hacking and active measures.
  • August 9, 2016 — Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm founded by Flynn, signs a contract with Inovo BV, a firm run by a Turkish businessman close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for more than $500,000
  • August 16, 2016 — Manafort pushes a false RT/Sputnik News story about terrorist sabotage at a NATO base in Turkey. Trump also pushes the same false story.
  • August 15, 2016 — Papadopoulos is advised by the Trump Campaign Supervisor to “Make the Trip” to Moscow.
  • August 17, 2016 — Trump receives his first classified briefing. Flynn is with him.
  • August 19, 2016 — Manafort leaves the Trump campaign amidst allegations that he accepted a $12 Million under-the-table cash payment from his former Putin friendly client, ex-Ukraine President Yanakovych.  Pollster Kellyanne Conway, who is a Mercer employee, takes over.
  • August 21, 2016 -— Trump pal Roger Stone tweets “it will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel.” He later claims he was talking about Podesta’s “business dealings” not his email, although Stone had also been sending DM’s to Guccifer 2.0 the public face of Russia’s cyber hacking operation.
  • September 2016 — 
  • October 2016 — 
  • October 4, 2016 — Guccifer 2.0 Post documents stolen from the Clinton Foundation.
  • October 5, 2016 — Buzzfeed reports that Trump financial attorneys regularly meet with him in pairs so that there would be a witness. “…It’s always been our practice to make sure two people are present, and we don’t have a problem of people lying.” and “We tried to do it with Donald always if we could because Donald says certain things and then has a lack of memory.” 
  • October 7, 2016 — 
    • Hurricane Matthew hits Florida as a Category 4.
    • Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence release a Joint Statement on the Russia Hacking efforts saying it “was directed from the highest levels of the Kremlin.”  FBI Director Comey had also originally signed on to this document, but refrained at the last minute due to the closeness of the election.
    • The Access Hollywood Video drops with “Grab ‘em by the Pussy”.  One hour later Wikileaks releases the first set of emails taken from John Podesta’s account. RT and Sputnik News continue to do daily reports as another set of emails is dumped for next 30 days.
  • October 11, 2016 — Trump uses false talking points from RT to blame HIllary for Benghazi
  • October 21, 2016 — Hillary Clinton states during a debate that 17 Intelligence Agencies have confirmed Russia’s attempt to influence the election.  Trump denies it, says “nobody knows” and it could be “China, North Korea or a 300lbs. Fat Guy.” which is also a Sputnik News Talking point.
  • October 23, 2016 —
  • October 26, 2016 — James Comey writes a letter to congress about the Abedin emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop several weeks earlier — it gets leaked almost immediately, presumably by Jason Chaffetz’s office.  All hell breaks lose, Clinton drops 3-5% in the polls.
  • October 27, 2016 — Rudy Giuliani admits on Fox that he knew about the Comey letter from “former FBI agents” before it was sent to Congres and leaked.
  • October 30, 2016 — FBI obtains a warrant to review the Abedin emails.
  • November 6, 2016 — FBI finds that virtually all of the Abedin emails are duplicates that they already had in their possession from the Clinton server.
  • November 7, 2016 — 19.5% of Rosneft is sold to unknown buyers. [This seem to be consistent with the Steele Memo which predicted this sale as an payoff to Trump for lifting sanctions on Russia]
  • November 8, 2016 —
  • November 9, 2016 — Wikileaks proclaims that Trump won because Democrats rigged system to have Clinton beat Sanders.  
  • November 10, 2016 — 
  • November 11, 2016 — 
  • November 12, 2016 — Lewandowski quits CNN to work for Trump again.
  • November 28, 2016 — In an interview with Time magazine, Trump denies interference from Russia. “I don’t believe they interfered,” he said. “That became a laughing point, not a talking point, a laughing point. Any time I do something, they say ‘oh, Russia interfered.’” He also addressed the hacking: “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey”
  • November 30, 2016 — The Justice Department informs Flynn that he is under investigation for his unreported lobbying on behalf of Turkey.
  • November —
  • December —
  • December 1, 2016 — 
    • Flynn meets with Kislyak at Trump Tower along with Jared Kushner.  Kushner suggests setting up a secure back-channel back to the Kremlin using Russian facilities that could “bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy.”. Kislyak is reportedly “taken aback”.  They also suggest having an overseas meeting but Flynn is considered too high profile to attend.
    • Both Flynn and Kushner don’t include these meetings on their security clearances forms and are at risk of Logan Act violations if this meetings are intended to undermine current U.S Foreign policy as both are private citizens at this point.  Kushner later includes the meetings on future updates.
    • NSA discovers the details of this meeting while surveilling Kislyak as he communicates with Moscow.
    • At Kislyak’s suggestion, Kushner later meets with banker and FSB Academy graduate Sergei Gorkov who is head of Moscow based government owned bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), which funds special projects like the Sochi Olympics or` Trump Tower in Toronto and included Russian intelligence officer Evgeny Buryakov on it’s payroll, who was convicted in March 2016 by Preet Bharara of conspiracy in the case involving the attempted cultivation of Carter Page as an Russian asset. Gorkov is also former deputy board chairman of Russia largest state-owned bank, Sberank, whom had hired Trump’s attorney’s Marc Kasowitz to defend it. 
  • December 8, 2016 — Page is back in Moscow to meet with “business leaders and thought leaders”
  • December 9, 2016 — 
  • December 12, 2016 -—
    • While in Moscow, Trump’s former campaign surrogate Jack Kingston meets with Russian businessmen to discuss what they might expect from a Trump administration. “Trump can look at sanctions,” Kingston says. “They’ve been in place long enough.”
  • December 13, 2016 — 
  • December 20, 2016 -— Jared Kushner brags to Forbes magazine about the data-mining and voter micro-targeting operation he helped setup for the Trump campaign with Cambridge-Analytica which is owned by deep pocketed Trump pal Robert Mercer, who also bankrolls Breitbart News.
  • December 21, 2016 — Lewandowski doesn’t get rehired by Trump, starts a lobbying firm.
  • December 29, 2016 —
  • December 30, 2016 — 
  • January 5th — 
  • January 6th —
    • U.S. Intel agencies publish their report on the Russia Cyber efforts to influence the election.  Obama, Biden and Trump are briefed on the report, Trump claims it proves Russia didn’t “change the vote” even though the report doesn’t attempt to answer that question.
  • January 10th —
    • Jeff Sessions testifies during confirmation hearings that he doesn’t know “any Trump surrogates who were in contact with the Russians” ignoring the question he was asked which was “What would you do if you discover surrogates coordinating with Russians?”  Apparently the correct answer is  “Nothing.” 
    • Buzzfeed publishes the entire Steele Dossier online.
    • CNN reports that Trump was specifically briefed on it during the Jan 6th briefing. 
    • Trump transition team does full court press to deny this briefing occurred, not only denying that anyone verbally described it to Trump but also there was a 3 page summary at the end of the full Russia report.
    • Flynn meets with Susan Rice over a plan to arm the Kurds against ISIS, Flynn vetoes the plan as the Kurds are considered terrorists by one of his financial benefactors Turkey. 
    • Paul Manafort calls Reince Preibus to deny allegations in the dossier about him 
  • January 11th — 
  • January 12th — NBC news confirms that Comey personally briefed Trump about the Steele Dossier revealing yet another transition team lie.
  • January 14th — Reports surface that U.S. Intel agents have warned our allies like Israel not to share sensitive intel with Trump transition team due to the Steele dossier and the risk he might share it with Russia and hence their ally Iran.
  • January 15th — 
  • January 20th — Inauguration day.
  • January 21st —
  • January 22nd — Comey attends an event honoring Law Enforcement at the WH, tries to avoid being noticed by Trump, but fails.
  • January 23rd —
    • Spicer claims Flynn didn’t talk to Kislyak about sanctions, even though he did.  
    • Later Mike Pence goes on Meet the Press after talking personally to Flynn and claims “Flynn told me he didn’t talk to Russia about sanctions.
  • January 24th — Flynn interviewed by FBI, again he apparently says he didn’t talk to Russians about sanctions but they know better.  He also claims that he didn’t get any foreign money and the $45k and $530k came from “U.S. companies” having omitted the true information on his SF-86 Security form.
  • January 26th —
  • January 27th — 
    • Trump signs a travel ban against 7 majority Muslim nations.
    • FBI interviews Papadopoulos about his contacts with Russians he falsely states the professor is “unimportant” when in fact he has close ties to the Kremlin, and falsely claims that their conversations took place before he was part of the campaign. He also lies about the MFA connection and Putin’s “Niece”.
    • McGahn calls Yates, she returns to the WH where he asks “why does it matter if Flynn lied to Pence?”
    • Trump invites Comey to dinner at the White House, allegedly asks Comey if he wants to “keep his job” and to pledge him his “Loyalty”, Comey offers his “Honesty” and takes copious notes.
    • Kremlin arrests FSB officials Sergei Mikhailov, his deputy Dmitry Dokuchaev, and Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of cybercrime investigations at Kaspersky Labs (who had paid Flynn $11,500 in 2015) for treason and illegal hacking apparently for sharing intel information with the CIA.
  • January 29th — 
  • January 30th — Sally Yates orders the DOJ not to defend Trump’s Muslim ban executive order in court  as she doubts it is legal or constitutional.
  • January 31st —
  • February 2nd — 
  • February 3rd —
  • February 6th —
    • Rep. Maxine Waters states “Trump is moving towards Impeachment.”
    • Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Felix Sater negotiate a deal to end sanctions against Russia by stopping the violence in Crimea with a Ukranian named Andrii V. Artemenko.  They supposedly deliver a copy of this plan to Michael Flynn’s desk, but there is no evidence he ever reviewed it or passed it on to anyone. 
    • When this is revealed Artemenko is looked at for possible Treason charges by Ukraine. [Exactly who came up with this idea and tasked them with this?  Does anyone believe they went rogue?]
  • Februray 7th -— Sens. Cardin and Graham — alerted by Fried and Malinowski at State of Trump efforts to scrap sanctions -— author bipartisan legislation to require the approval of Congress for all changes to sanctions.
  • February 8th — Washington posts asks Flynn if he discussed sanctions with Russia, he says “No” twice.
  • February 9th —
    • Flynn’s spokesman issues a correction to Wapo that he “doesn’t remember” if he did or didn’t discuss sanctions.  
    • Trump talks to Putin by phone and criticizes Obama’s Start II Nuclear deal with Russia.  Flynn is there for the call.
    • Judge Robart’s national block of the Muslim Ban is upheld by the 9th Circuit
  • February 10th — Trump is asked about Flynn talking to Russians about sanctions and says “This is the first time I’ve heard that.”  Note: He had already been personally told about this by White House Counsel McGahn immediately after he was told by Yates on Jan 26th.
  • February 12th — Reports emerge that the Intel agencies are considering holding back highly sensitive intel from Trump to prevent leaks to Russia.
  • February 13th — Flynn is fired immediate after Wapo report proving that he lied, allegedly he’s let go because he lied to Vice President Pence and caused him to be embarrassed about what he said on Meet the Press.  WH secret push to cut sanctions goes on hold.
  • February 14th — 
    • Comey & Sessions meet Trump in the Oval for a counter-terrorism briefing.  Trump clears the room and gets Comey alone to complain about leaks asking him to prosecute some reporters over it and ask if he can just “Let Flynn go” Comey interprets the request to only be about Flynn not the Russia investigation, Comey notes this and discusses it with FBI leadership.
    • The NYTimes reports that Trump aids (including Flynn, Manafort and Page) had repeated contacts with Russian Intelligence according to the NSA and that the FBI had requested they “collect as much information as possible about the Russian operatives on the phone calls” and go through their archives for more information. 
  • February 15th — 
    • Intel Agencies with access to foreign intercepts say “Trump Will Die in Jail.”
    • Comey laters asks Sessions not to leave him alone with Trump again as it’s inappropriate. Comey’s memory of the event is hazy, but he states later Sessions doesn’t really respond.  [During later testimony Session claims he repeated back basic DOJ protocols to Comey, which doesn’t answer his concern over why Sessions failed to follow protocol the previous day.]
  • February 16th — 
  • February 17th — 
  • February 21st — Artemenko talks to a Ukrainian News outlet and reveals that he’s known Michael Cohen for some time since Cohen has an ethanol business in the country, which is also where his wife was born, and that his meeting with Cohen and Sater on Feb 6 wasn’t their first. According to Artemenko, he discussed the “peace-plan” with Cohen and Sater “at the time of the primaries, when no one believed that Trump would even be nominated.”
  • February 25th — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — who began his carrier with the New York Field Office while Trump surrogate Giuliani was Mayor — goes to the White House and in direct violation of DOJ protocols buttonholes Reince Prebus to tell him the NYT article on contacts “Is Bullshit.”  [Later reporting seems to hint that the FBI’s objection to the report is the claim that certain contacts were confirmed as part of “Russian Intelligence”, not that the contacts didn’t happen because those were confirmed by James Clapper.]
  • February 26th —
    • Preibus calls McCabe back and asks him to inform the Press about this as an “anonymous source”, he refuses. 
    • Preibus call his pals Devin Nunez Chairman of the House intelligence committee and Richard Burr Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee who are each former Trump surrogates who are heading up investigations of  “Russia” — they do it for him.
    • Former Bush Ethics Atty Richard Painter files complaint with Government Ethics Office that James Comey violated the Hatch Act by publicly disclosing unsubstantiated information about Abedine’s emails prior to the election.
  • February 28th — Trump who had essentially called Hillary a “murderer” over Benghazi blames the Generals and Obama for death of Navy Seal in Yemen during raid he himself authorized.
  • March 1 —
    • it’s discovered that Sessions met with Kislyak twice, in July at the RNC which he attended as a Trump surrogate along with Carter Page and JD. Gordon and in September in his Senate Offices.  Nobody notices that he also met him in April.  
    • Sen. Franken asks for Sessions to come back to the Senate to explain, he declines and sends a letter which claims he didn’t understand the question he was asked and didn’t think he was “acting as a surrogate” when he met Kislyak.
  • March 2 — 100 Democrats demand that Jeff Sessions resign as Attorney General. He doesn’t.
  • March 4 —
  • March 5th — 
  • March 6th — Trump issues a revised Muslim travel ban, which no longer blocks immigrants and refugees from Iraq.
  • March 7th —
    • House Intel committee invites Sally Yates and James Comey to testify about Michael Flynn and Russia.  
    • Michael Hayden denies Trump’s Wiretapped by Obama claims.
    • Sen. Franken says Session committed perjury.
    • The Guardian reports that SLC Group and Cambridge Analytics methods of generating micro-targeted alt-news webiverse using data provided by AggregateIQ were used to meddle in the Brexit Vote to encourage “voter disengagement” and “to persuade Democrat voters to stay at home”:
  • March 8th — 
  • March 10 —
    • Sean Spicer confirms that they were informed about Flynn’s ties to Turkey downplaying it as “not a question of it raising a red flag.”  
    • Pence — who was head of the Trump Transition Team who were informed about this by Rep. Cummings and Flynn’s lawyers specifically — is also asked about Flynn receiving payments from Turkey and answers “This is the first I’ve heard of it…” (Uh, then how does Spicey know about it?)
  • March 11th — 
  • March 15th — Federal Judge in Hawaii blocks revised travel ban.
  • March 17th —
    • Spicer blames GCHQ for Obama wiretaps.
    • GCHQ denies it and demands an apology. Doesn’t get one, until later.
    • Even with Flynn fired for lying about discussing sanctions sometime during the later part of the month members of the NSC email the State dept asking if sanctions on Russian Oil could be lifted which would have allowed the Exxon/Rosneft deal to go forward, State informs them this would be bad of U.S. oil companies and also bad  to drop the sanctions without getting anything in return.
  • March 20th — 
  • March 21st —
  • March 22nd — 
  • March 24th — Forbes reports that Eric Trump admits to continuing to share quarterly financial reports on his father’s business with Trump in the White House in a direct violation of ethics rules and potentially the emoluments clause.
  • March 28th — Yates testimony is cancelled.
  • March 30th —
    • Micheal Flynn asks for immunity in order to testify to congress.  Congress declines.
    • Former FBI agent Clint Watts testifies to Senate Intel that we need to “Follow the Money” and that there are “A lot of dead Russians” in this scandal.
    • Trump calls Comey to asked why he’d testified to congress about Russia, to complain about the “Cloud over his head” in relation to the Russia investigation and how Comey can “lift that cloud” by getting out the word that he isn’t personally under investigation.  Comey calls Acting Deputy AG Dana Boente — who is running the investigation — to follow up on that.  
    • Trump also questions the loyalty of Deputy FBI Director McCabe since his wife had run for office and received money from a Terry McAuillif fundraiser where Hillary Clinton had appeared.
  • March 31st —
  • April 4h — 
  • April 5th —

Due to length this Timeline has been continued as Vol 2 Here.

As is shown Trump’s financial and business links to Russia and the Russian mob go back over a decade and potentially even further. Being so close to the mob they’re living just three floors downstairs easily gets you in the sights of Russian Intelligence.  Manafort, Page, Flynn, Stone, Sater, Gordon and even Kushner are all at great risk.  Pence seems to have been complicit and Trump himself has built up quite an obstruction case.

What is quite noticeable is the direct pattern of Trump reacting almost immediately to anything that annoys him, almost reflexively.   After Yates comes to the WH about Flynn he immediately calls Comey to dinner and tries to get him to comply and drop the Flynn investigation. After Comey’s testimony he tries to get the DNI & NSA Director to contradict him, then after Yates testifies about Flynn, he immediately fires Comey.

How far Mueller will go with this remains to be seen, but I seriously doubt that they all will escape unscathed.

There’s another Timeline at BillMoyers.com and one by the Washington Post


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