|2018.01.18||The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, as it is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections. mcclatchydc.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues, 2016 Election)|
|2018.01.29||Mike Pompeo said there had been no significant diminishing of Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the US, and that the director of the CIA expects that Russia will target the US mid-term elections later this year. bbc.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Mike Pompeo)|
|2018.01.29||The Trump administration informed lawmakers that new Russia sanctions called for in a bipartisan bill passed last year are not necessary yet because the measure is already "serving as a deterrent," despite the fact that lawmakers in both parties nudged the administration to implement sanctions legislation that passed overwhelmingly in July — with only five no votes in both the House and Senate. politico.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Unprecedented Actions, 2016 Campaign)|
|2018.01.30||A Treasury Department spokesperson confirmed that the unclassified annex of a newly released Treasury Department report of Russian oligarchs was derived from Forbes’ ranking of the “200 richest businessmen in Russia 2017.” buzzfeed.com (See also Administration Errors, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin)|
|2018.02.02||K.T. McFarland, picked by Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore, withdrew from consideration for the job on Friday after her nomination became stalled in the U.S. Senate, due to concerns about her testimony to Congress over communications with Russia. reuters.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, False Statements)|
|2018.02.13||Russia is already meddling in the midterm elections this year, the top American intelligence officials said, warning that Moscow is using a digital strategy to worsen the country’s political and social divisions. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, 2016 Election)|
|2018.02.18||Amid global anxiety about Donald Trump’s approach to world affairs, U.S. officials had a message for a gathering of Europe’s foreign policy elite this weekend: Pay no attention to the man tweeting behind the curtain. washingtonpost.com (See also H.R. McMaster, North Korea, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.03.13||Hours before being ousted as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson called the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent in the U.K. “a really egregious act” that appears to have “clearly” come from Russia. nbcnews.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Resignations and Dismissals)|
“It's almost beyond comprehension that a state, an organized state would do something like that,” Rex Tillerson said on a trip to Africa, hours before being fired.
|2018.03.20||Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Vladimir Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE." washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and U.S. governments have blamed on Moscow.
|2018.03.22||Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, and who communicated with (and was defended by) longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU). thedailybeast.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Activity)|
Robert Mueller’s team has taken over the investigation.
|2018.03.26||Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian officials on Monday, joining a coordinated campaign by two dozen countries to retaliate for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain in a Cold War-style escalation that again highlighted the disparity between the president’s words and actions. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
The mass expulsion of Russian personnel in the United States was the largest ever, yet the president avoided any public condemnation of Russia’s role in an attack in Britain.
|2018.03.28||A top Trump campaign official had repeated communications during the final weeks of the 2016 presidential race with a business associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to a document released on Tuesday by the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the election. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues, 2016 Election)|
The campaign official, Rick Gates, has pleaded guilty in the investigation by the special counsel into Russian election interference.
|2018.03.29||Donald Trump's national security advisers spent months trying to convince him to sign off on a plan to supply new U.S. weapons to Ukraine to aid in the country's fight against Russian-backed separatists, yet when the president finally authorized the major policy shift, he told his aides not to publicly tout his decision, because it might agitate Russian President Vladimir Putin. nbcnews.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.04.16||Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.” washingtonpost.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Nikki Haley, Foreign Policy)|
Trump conferred with his national security advisers and told them he was upset the sanctions were being officially rolled out because he was not yet comfortable executing them.
|2018.04.16||Donald Trump rejected a fresh round of sanctions set to be imposed against Russia, a course change that underscored the schism between the president and his national security team, including the president’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, who had already announced that the administration would place sanctions on Russian companies found to be assisting Syria’s chemical weapons program. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Trump Relationship with Russia, Nikki Haley)|
|2018.04.23||Donald Trump twice gave James Comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow couldn’t be true: He never even spent the night in Russia during that trip, yet the broad timeline of Trump’s stay, stretching from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, through the following Sunday morning, has been widely reported, and it’s substantiated by social media posts that show he slept in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest. bloomberg.com (See also False Statements, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.04.23||The Treasury Department eased sanctions on Russian aluminum producer Rusal and said it would consider lifting them altogether if the company severs ties with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. politico.com (See also Department of the Treasury, Trump Relationship with Russia, Reversals)|
|2018.05.08||Russia was preparing to undermine confidence in the United States’ voting process when its hackers surveilled around 20 state election systems in the run-up to the 2016 elections, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee. nytimes.com (See also 2016 Election, Cybersecurity)|
|2018.05.09||Donald Trump’s national security team is weighing the elimination of the top White House cybersecurity job, as the nation faces growing digital threats from adversaries such as Russia and Iran. politico.com (See also Iran, Cybersecurity)|
|2018.05.10||Thousands of Facebook ads bought by Russians to fool U.S. voters have been released by Congress. usatoday.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2018.05.11||Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has questioned several witnesses about millions of dollars in donations to Donald Trump’s inauguration committee last year, including questions about donors with connections to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. abcnews.go.com (See also Legal Activity, Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia, Saudi Arabia)|
|2018.05.11||The FBI warned four years ago that a foundation controlled by the Russian oligarch who allegedly reimbursed Donald Trump's personal lawyer might have been acting on behalf of Russia's intelligence services. npr.org (See also Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election, Trump Relationship with Russia)|
|2018.05.18||Three top senators requested rare multi-agency inspector-general investigations into the Trump administration’s failure to fully implement congressionally mandated sanctions against Russia. thedailybeast.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues)|
|2018.05.19||Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son: an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation, an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes, and a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor. nytimes.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Israel, Legal Issues, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
The meetings are the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign.
|2018.05.25||Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen. nytimes.com (See also Trump Relationship with Russia, Legal Issues)|
The meeting preceded a $1 million contract Mr. Cohen received from a firm tied to the Russian oligarch.