|2017.10.27||A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges (which are sealed) in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, as plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday. cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.11.03||Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page privately testified that he mentioned to Jeff Sessions he was traveling to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.05||Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent in Silicon Valley, including a real estate venture founded and partly owned by Jared Kushner. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Jared Kushner)|
|2017.11.05||Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, retained investments in a shipping firm with business ties to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s inner circle. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.11.08||An investigation reveals Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has financial ties to 36 previously undisclosed ships that are spread among at least nine companies, along with the Russia-tied company — Navigator Holdings Ltd. — Ross has a financial interest in at least 75 ships, most of which move oil and gas products across the globe. apmreports.org (See also Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
The value of those ships stands to grow as Ross negotiates trade deals on behalf of the U.S. and advises on U.S. infrastructure policy, and one fund linked to Ross was still buying and selling ships after Ross was confirmed as Commerce secretary.
|2017.11.09||After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to "send five women" to Donald Trump's hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress. nbcnews.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Misogyny)|
|2017.11.13||The Washington Post Fact Checker has identified at least 30 times that members of the Trump campaign met or corresponded with Russians. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
The Fact Checker has identified at least 30 times that members of the Trump campaign met or corresponded with Russians.
|2017.11.14||On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. buzzfeed.com (See also 2016 Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: “to finance election campaign of 2016.”
|2017.11.14||The State Department has hired a private Russian company co-founded by Vladimir Putin's former KGB boss through a $2.8 million no-bid contract, to guard the US Embassy in Moscow. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Conflicts of Interest, Corruption)|
|2017.11.14||U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he now recalls a meeting in March 2016 that has come under scrutiny as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s election campaign colluded with Russia. reuters.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues)|
|2017.11.16||Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner received and forwarded emails about WikiLeaks and a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” that he kept from Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to panel leaders demanding that he produce the missing records. washingtonpost.com (See also Jared Kushner, russ, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.11.17||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 nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Jared Kushner)|
|2017.11.17||Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone. cnbc.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2017.11.30||Donald Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Conflicts of Interest, Legal Issues, 2016 Election)|
|2017.12.01||Here are the lies that Michael Flynn told FBI agents. axios.com (See also Michael Flynn, Trump Relationship with Russia, Criminality)|
|2017.12.01||Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria. abcnews.go.com (See also Michael Flynn, Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues, 2016 Campaign, Criminality)|
|2017.12.03||A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, according to an email sent to the Trump campaign. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.12.04||Germans see Trump as bigger problem than North Korea or Russia. reuters.com (See also Trump Effect, Foreign Policy, North Korea)|
|2017.12.05||U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family. reuters.com (See also Legal Issues, Trump Business, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.12.06||Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, told a former business associate that economic sanctions against Russia would be “ripped up” as one of the Trump administration’s first acts. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
Flynn believed that ending the sanctions could allow a business project he had once participated in to move forward.
|2017.12.07||An executive at a leading Russian social media company made several overtures to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 — including days before the November election — urging the candidate to create a page on the website to appeal to Russian Americans and Russians. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr, 2016 Campaign)|
Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, expressed interest in learning more, and Donald Trump Jr. forwarded a pitch about the concept to Scavino.
|2017.12.11||Despite the deaths of as many as half a million people in the Syrian civil war, the Trump Administration is now prepared to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule until Syria’s next scheduled Presidential election, in 2021, reversingrepeated U.S. statements that Assad must step down as part of a peace process. newyorker.com (See also Syria, Reversals, Foreign Policy, Rex Tillerson, Iran)|
|2017.12.12||Donald Trump made three provably false statements in a single tweet. cnn.com (See also Assaults on Facts, False Statements, Women, Legal Issues, Misogyny, Fact-Checking Resources)|
|2017.12.12||Donald Trump signed a $700 billion defense policy bill, but less than three hours later started complaining about it's imperfections, notably that it contains several provisions specifically targeting Russia. usatoday.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Department of Defense)|
|2017.12.14||Donald Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia supported his run for the White House as part of an unprecedented assault on a pillar of U.S. democracy. washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, 2016 Campaign, 2016 Election)|