Trump Relationship with Russia
Multiple intelligence agencies in the United States and abroad have confirmed a deliberate attempt by the Russian government to manipulate the results of the U.S. election with hacking and propaganda. Because Trump refused to release his income taxes as every other modern presidential candidate has, the extent of his business dealings in Russia are unclear. He has lied and said he has no ties to Russia.
However, intelligence agents have presented classified reports to Trump and President Obama that Russian operatives have compromising information about Trump. These allegations were included in a report on Russian attempts to influence the election in favor of Trump. (Source: CNN)
Trump has on many occasions praised Putin. During the campaign, Trump's team deleted a plank in the Republican Party platform that called for arming Ukraine to resist Russian aggression there. Three of his top advisers have extensive relationships with Russia: his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and his national security pick, Michael Flynn, who sat near Putin as he attended a banquet celebrating Russia's propaganda channel. (TIME)
2013 How Trump brought Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow politico.com 2013 Trump Admits to relationship with Putin on video from 2013. youtube.com (See also Corruption) 2016.04.05 Trump settles lawsuit, ending possible criminal case about how one of his buildings was funded by shady Russian sources. nytimes.com 2016.07.29 Washington Post reports Trump's many ties to Russia and his false claims these ties do not exist. washingtonpost.com 2016.08.14 Ledger in Ukraine shows $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments between 2007 and 2012 to Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, from pro-Russian political party led by former Ukranian President Viktor F. Yanukovych. nytimes.com (See also Corruption) 2016.10.19 Financial Times probe finds evidence a Trump venture is linked to money laundering. ft.com 2016.11.23 Donald Trump Jr. held talks on Syria with Russia supporters. wsj.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Conflicts of Interest, Nepotism, Russia, Syria) 2016.12 U.S. counterintelligence agents have investigated communications that Trump’s national security adviser had with Russian officials, including late December 2016 phone calls. wsj.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia) 2017.01.11 Russian intelligence allegedly gathered compromising material on Trump. theguardian.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.01.11 Trump tweets: "Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” twitter.com 2017.01.14 Trump team in "frequent contact" with Russia despite initial lies about it. independent.co.uk (See also Russia) 2017.01.16 Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan says that Trump does not yet fully appreciate what embracing Russia might mean. cnn.com (See also Russia) 2017.01.16 Trump has been repeatedly pursuing business deals in Russia as far back as 1987. nytimes.com 2017.01.19 American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of an investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of Trump. nytimes.com 2017.01.22 U.S. eyes Michael Flynn’s links to Russia. wsj.com (See also Russia, Michael Flynn) 2017.01.27 Two Russian intelligence officers who worked on cyberoperations and a Russian computer security expert have been arrested and charged with treason for providing information to the United States mobile.nytimes.com (See also Russia, Corruption, 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.01.41 White House turns off recording equipment during Trump's call with Putin, unlike with calls to all other foreign leaders. rawstory.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.04 Trump proposes moral equivalence between U.S. and Putin's Russia. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia) 2017.02.07 Trump: "I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!" twitter.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts, Russia) 2017.02.14 House Republicans block an attempt by Democrats to obtain Trump's tax returns from the IRS so that his financial links to Russia can be examined, among other things. apnews.com (See also Trump Business, Trump Taxes, Corruption) 2017.02.24 Republican Rep. Issa asserts need for special prosecutor, independent of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to investigate Russian meddling in Trump’s election. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.02.24 Trump administration admits it tried to get FBI officials to challenge media coverage of contact members of Trump’s campaign team had with Russian intelligence operatives, raising questions about the politicization of intelligence and the independence of congressional probes. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Assaults on Government) 2017.02.28 FBI found British spy who wrote dossier about Trump being compromised by Russians credible enough to consider paying him. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.03.08 White House officials claim Trump isn't the target of an investigation, which Trump implied when he claimed his phones had been wiretapped. nytimes.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories) 2017.03.09 Experts: IRS is extremely unlikely to leak Trump's income taxes. nytimes.com (See also Trump Taxes, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.03.22 FBI reviewing information that indicates Trump associates communicated with suspected Russian operatives, possibly to coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton during election. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, Corruption, 2016 Election) 2017.05.09 Trump fires FBI director James Comey, removing the official leading the FBI investigation into Trump campaign's involvement with Russian election interference. cnn.com (See also James Comey, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.05.16 Israel said to be source of highly classified intelligence Trump shared with Russian ambassador and foreign minister nytimes.com (See also Russia, Israel) 2017.05.16 Trump defends choice to share highly classified intelligence on ISIS with Russian officials, contradicting previous statements from administration officials. nytimes.com (See also Russia) 2017.05.17 FBI director Robert Mueller is appointed special counsel for investigation into Russian election interference. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.05.17 Tapes reveal that in June 2016 GOP House majority leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," with Paul Ryan pledging all attendees to secrecy. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.05.23 Trump asks top intelligence officials to publicly deny existence of evidence of collusion with Russia after FBI Director Comey discusses investigation with House Intelligence Committee. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.06.03 The special counsel investigating possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his inquiry to investigate the roles of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the firing of FBI Director James Comey. apnews.com (See also Corruption, 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity) 2017.06.05 The White House is telling federal agencies to ignore Democratic lawmakers' oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump. politico.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity, Corruption) 2017.06.06 Top lawyers with at least four major law firms have rebuffed White House overtures to represent Trump in the Russia investigations, due to concerns that the president would be unwilling to listen to their advice. yahoo.com (See also Russia, Legal Activity) 2017.06.07 Former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says events in Washington now are more serious than the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, and that it is imperative investigators get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s links with the Putin regime. theguardian.com (See also Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn, James Mattis, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster) 2017.06.08 James B. Comey, said under oath in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed President Trump had tried to derail an investigation into his national security adviser, and accused the president of lying and defaming him and the F.B.I. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Legal Activity, Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.06.13 Trump is enraged by the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and had to be talked out of firing him by his staff. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Corruption) 2017.06.14 The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election, Constitutional Issues, Corruption, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.06.15 A recent NSA memo documents a phone call in which Trump pressured agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers to state publicly that there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia. newsweek.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Corruption, Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.06.15 Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump. politico.com (See also Corruption, Russia, Conflicts of Interest, Legal Activity, China, Foreign Policy) 2017.06.15 The Senate voted overwhelmingly 97-2 to allow Congress to block any efforts by Trump to scale back sanctions against Russia, and to strengthen those sanctions in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and its actions in Syria. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, Syria) 2017.06.16 Michael Cohen, who for years has served as Trump’s personal attorney, has hired a lawyer of his own to help him navigate the expanding Russia investigation. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Russia) 2017.06.16 The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal. abcnews.go.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions, Legal Activity) 2017.06.20 Despite senior officials across the government convinced that Michael T. Flynn had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail, every day for three weeks, the CIA director Mike Pompeo briefed Trump on the nation's most sensitive intelligence with Mr. Flynn. nytimes.com (See also Mike Pompeo, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Michael Flynn) 2017.06.22 More than a month after suggesting he may have secretly recorded his meetings with FBI Director James Comey, Trump admitted that he has no such tapes. buzzfeed.com (See also Corruption, Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn, Unpresidential Behavior) 2017.06.22 Two of the nation's top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and Senate investigators that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity) 2017.06.23 Trump appeared to acknowledge that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s testimony. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption) 2017.06.27 A consulting firm led by Paul Manafort, retroactively filed forms Tuesday showing that his firm received $17.1 million over two years from a political party that dominated Ukraine before its leader fled to Russia in 2014. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, Russia, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.07.12 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking why the DOJ settled a major money-laundering case involving a real-estate company owned by the son of a powerful Russian government official whose lawyer (Natalia Veselnitskaya) met with Donald Trump Jr. last year. businessinsider.com (See also Corruption, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.07.13 Donald Trump lied today about how Natalia Veselnitskaya entered the United States to meet with his son, campaign manager, and son-in-law. buzzfeed.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Assaults on Facts) 2017.07.18 Trump met with Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a second time at the G20 summit, where they had a private one-on-one discussion over dinner that lasted as long as an hour and relied solely on a Kremlin-provided interpreter. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Administration Errors, Foreign Policy) 2017.07.19 Trump harshly criticized his attorney general and one of his most loyal supporters, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself from the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, indicating that he regretted the choice. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Russian Meddling in Election, Department of Justice) 2017.07.19 Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia. washingtonpost.com (See also Syria, Russia) 2017.07.20 Trump claims Jeff Sessions' recusal is "very unfair" to him. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues) 2017.07.21 Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons to aides, family members and even himself. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Unprecedented Actions, Legal Activity) 2017.07.21 The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among her clients for years. reuters.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner) 2017.07.22 Congress agrees on a bill to impose sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, posing a difficult veto dilemma for Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, North Korea, Iran, Foreign Policy) 2017.08.01 Here are all the misleading statements made so far about Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russians. buzzfeed.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, 2016 Campaign) 2017.08.02 Trump signed a Russia sanctions bill Congress forced on him, adding a statement saying the administration will carry out the law but with reservations about its impact and the constitutionality of some provisions. bloomberg.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.08.14 Trump campaign emails show aide’s repeated efforts to set up Russia meetings. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Russia) 2017.08.17 In the summer of 2016, as WikiLeaks was publishing documents from Democratic operatives allegedly they turned down a large cache of documents related to the Russian government, instead focusing on Hillary Clinton. foreignpolicy.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election, Russia) 2017.08.18 Federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller are focusing keenly on the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and are trying to determine his intent when he attended a controversial June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian lawyer. buzzfeed.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, Russia) 2017.08.21 Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-born Washington influence peddler who met with senior Trump campaign officials, has often promoted causes benefiting President Vladimir V. Putin and his allies. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity) 2017.08.24 CIA director Mike Pompeo has not impeded work looking into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, but several officials said there is concern about what he might do if the CIA uncovered new information potentially damaging to Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also Mike Pompeo, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2017.08.24 Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now Trump's deputy chief of staff, that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin. cnn.com (See also 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, Jeff Sessions) 2017.08.27 While Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia) 2017.08.28 A Republican lawmaker, Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) has put forth an amendment that would stop funding for the special counsel’s Russia investigation 180 days after it becomes law, and would prevent special counsel Robert Mueller from probing “matters occurring before June 2015,” which is the month Trump announced his presidential bid. thehill.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption) 2017.08.28 A business associate of Donald Trump, Felix Sater, promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.08.28 A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption) 2017.08.28 Donald Trump discussed a proposal to build a hotel and condominium tower in Moscow on three occasions with his company’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who emailed the press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for assistance on the project. bloomberg.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.08.30 Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, potentially providing Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes. politico.com (See also Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, 2016 Campaign) 2017.08.31 Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS to assist with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, enlisting the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit, one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities, focusing exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering. thedailybeast.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Legal Issues, Corruption) 2017.09.01 Paul Manafort's notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included a mention of political contributions near a reference to the Republican National Committee. nbcnews.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Legal Issues, 2016 Campaign) 2017.09.06 Amid ongoing concern over the role of disinformation in the 2016 election, Facebook said Wednesday it found that more than 5,000 ads, costing more than $150,000, had been placed on its network between June 2015 and May 2017 from "inauthentic accounts" and Pages, likely from Russia. wired.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.09.06 Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators that the social network has discovered that it sold ads during the U.S. presidential campaign to a shadowy Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda, seeking to target voters. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.09.07 Donald Trump Jr. said he was open to receiving information about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications" when he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year in his opening statement of about 15 to 20 minutes before taking questions behind closed doors from staff members of the Senate Judiciary Committee latimes.com (See also 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.09.11 Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rallies. thedailybeast.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, 2016 Election, Immigration) 2017.09.11 The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin. huffingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Russia, Attempts to Discredit Media) 2017.09.19 Donald Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. reuters.com (See also Legal Issues, Russia) 2017.09.19 US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, including a period when Manafort was knows to talk to Donald Trump, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. cnn.com (See also Russia, 2016 Campaign) 2017.09.20 Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, in an email from Paul Manafort to an overseas intermediary. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, 2016 Campaign, Russia) 2017.10.09 A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year’s presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian could offer evidence backing up the Russian lawyer’s claims that she was meeting with Trump Jr. solely to discuss a 2012 law despised by the Kremlin that imposed financial sanctions on wealthy Russians as punishment for human rights abuses. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.10.11 The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking at Cambridge Analytica’s work for Donald Trump’s campaign as part of its investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 race. thedailybeast.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.10.13 Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, has much stronger financial ties to a Russian oligarch than have been previously reported, including that $26 million changed hands in the form of a loan between a company linked to Manafort and Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin, bringing the total of their known business dealings to around $60 million over the past decade. nbcnews.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, Russia) 2017.10.17 US investigators believe it was Yevgeny Prigozhin's company (a colleague of Putin and a Russian oligarch) that financed a Russian "troll factory" that used social media to spread fake news during the 2016 US presidential campaign. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2017.10.18 A number of Republicans are telling the leaders of the congressional committees investigating potential Trump campaign collusion with the Russians to wrap it up soon. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.10.18 Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director, Kellyanne Conway, and Donald Trump Jr., pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign. thedailybeast.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.10.23 Even though Donald Trump a bill in July that slapped new sanctions on Russia, the administration has since blown past an October 1 deadline to implement the sanctions, while Congress is now searching for answers as to whether the president is even planning to follow the law that they passed and he signed. thedailybeast.com (See also Russia, Unprecedented Actions) 2017.10.23 The State Department has reportedly revoked a visa for British citizen Bill Browder, a hedge fund manager turned human rights activist responsible for the Magnitsky Act on the same day that the Kremlin issued yet another international arrest warrant for him via Interpol. npr.org (See also Unprecedented Actions, Russia) 2017.10.25 Alexander Nix, who heads a controversial data-analytics firm that worked for Donald Trump’s campaign, wrote in an email last year that he reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails, while Assange confirmed that such an exchange took place. thedailybeast.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.10.25 Ten months after Trump's Keystone event, he has yet to deliver on his pledge to boost the fortunes of American steel, as two self-imposed deadlines for trade action, one in June and one in July, have come and gone, while the prospect of tariffs has led to a surge of cheap foreign steel into the U.S., with imports rising 24 percent in 2017, the fastest increase in years, and an oligarch-owned steel company is instead winning pipeline contracts. bloomberg.com (See also Hypocrisy, False Statements, Russia) 2017.10.26 The Trump administration is not putting the legal Russia sanctions in place, as it is also revealed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has eliminated the office responsible for coordinating and enforcing those sanctions. foreignpolicy.com (See also Russia, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Assaults on Government, Unprecedented Actions) 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, Russia) 2017.10.27 The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor, first hired the research firm that months later produced for Democrats the salacious dossier describing ties between Donald J. Trump and the Russian government. nytimes.com (See also 2016 Campaign) 2017.10.27 The information that a Russian lawyer brought to a June 2016 meeting with Trump campaign aides had been discussed with a top Russian government official at the Kremlin. nytimes.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.10.30 A professor with close ties to the Russian government told an adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign in April 2016 that Moscow had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails." nytimes.com (See also Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2017.10.30 Special prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III on Monday revealed charges against three former Trump campaign officials — former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates and former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — marking the first criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in U.S. political affairs. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2017.10.30 Trump campaign’s Russia ties: Who’s involved washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Corruption) 2017.11.02 Standing before reporters in February, Donald Trump said unequivocally that he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told the Senate the same thing, but court documents unsealed this week cast doubt on both statements and raised the possibility that Mr. Sessions could be called back to Congress for further questioning. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions, Legal Issues) 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 Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Jeff Sessions) 2017.11.05 Despite claims to the contrary and downplaying their significance, the Mueller investigation has revealed that at least nine people in Trump’s orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transition. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues) 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 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 Russia, Conflicts of Interest) 2017.11.06 A Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump’ Jr. last year says he indicated that a law targeting Russia could be re-examined if his father won the election and asked her for written evidence that illegal proceeds went to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. bloomberg.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr) 2017.11.07 Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump' campaign whose visit to Moscow during the election has drawn scrutiny, send an email to fellow Trump aides during his trip describing "a private conversation" with a senior Russian official who spoke favorably of the Republican candidate, contradicting past statements about this trip to Russia. washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements, Jeff Sessions) 2017.11.08 Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, said Tuesday night his “memory has been refreshed” regarding his email exchange with Carter Page in which the former foreign policy adviser requested Lewandowski’s permission to travel to Moscow. politico.com (See also False Statements, Russian Meddling in Election) 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 Russia, Misogyny) 2017.11.11 Donald Trump dismissed probes into whether his campaign colluded with Russia as an “artificial Democratic hit job,” and said he believed Putin was being sincere when he insisted that Russia did not attempt to interfere in the 2016 election. politico.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 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 Russia) 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, Russia) 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 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, 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, Russia, russ) 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 Russia, Jared Kushner) 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 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.11.17 President Donald Trump has finally started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the Republican National Committee, but ethics questions are raised about his finalizing of a plan to use personal funds to help current and former White House staff with their legal costs. bloomberg.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption) 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 Russia) 2017.11.18 Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman. apnews.com (See also Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, 2016 Campaign) 2017.11.20 Travels by Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to meet with senior officials in Hungary during the 2016 presidential election are being closely examined by congressional investigators, given the increasingly close ties between Hungary and Russia and the role of the country as a hub for Russian intelligence activity. abcnews.go.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.11.30 Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to answer Congressman Adam Schiff's question asking whether President Trump ever asked him to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russian inference in the 2016 presidential election. msn.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption) 2017.12.01 Documents released as part of Mr. Flynn’s plea agreement show that his pre-inauguration discussions with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, about foreign policy were part of a coordinated effort by aides running Mr. Trump’s transition into the White House, as Mr. Flynn was directed by a “very senior member” of Mr. Trump’s presidential transition team. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election, Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus) 2017.12.01 Here are the lies that Michael Flynn told FBI agents. axios.com (See also Russia, Michael Flynn, Criminality) 2017.12.01 Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, called Michael Flynn in December 2016 and told him to call members of the UN Security Council in an effort to stop a vote on a resolution critical of Israeli settlement policy. buzzfeed.com (See also Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, Legal Issues, Israel) 2017.12.01 Michael Flynn is now the fourth Trump staffer to be charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. axios.com (See also Michael Flynn, Legal Issues, Criminality) 2017.12.01 Michael Flynn will reportedly testify that Donald Trump instructed him to make contact with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. thedailybeast.com (See also Michael Flynn, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election, 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, Russia, Legal Issues, 2016 Campaign, Criminality) 2017.12.02 A transition advisor to Donald Trump wrote in an email weeks before his inauguration that sanctions would make it difficult to ease relations with Russia, “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him.” thedailybeast.com (See also Michael Flynn, Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer) 2017.12.02 Michael Flynn’s admission that senior transition officials gave him orders last December casts doubt on the Trump administration’s effort to portray Flynn’s pre-inauguration diplomacy as a rogue operation, as Mike Pence, former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former press secretary Sean Spicer all strongly denied early this year that Flynn discussed sanctions last December with Russia’s ambassador to the US. buzzfeed.com (See also Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election, Mike Pence, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus) 2017.12.02 While Donald Trump has called claims of unusual contacts with Russia a “hoax,” emails show top administration aides closely tracked Michael T. Flynn’s calls to the Russian ambassador. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, False Statements, Legal Issues) 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 Russian Meddling in Election, Russia) 2017.12.04 John Dowd, Donald Trump's outside lawyer, outlined a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice. axios.com (See also Legal Issues, False Statements, Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.12.04 K.T. McFarland, a former aide to President Trump, told a senator that she did not talk with Michael T. Flynn about his contacts with a Russian official, but recently surfaced emails suggest she knew of a key phone call. nytimes.com (See also Michael Flynn, Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements) 2017.12.04 The special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Monday accused Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of working with a Russian colleague to draft an opinion piece about his political work for Ukraine, as recently as November 30th. reuters.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues, Ukraine) 2017.12.05 Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. cnn.com (See also Michael Flynn, False Statements, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.12.06 Donald Trump Jr., while being interviewed privately by the House Intelligence Committee following disclosures that Democrats say must be explored in the probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 election, said that he couldn't answer questions about what he told his father after a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, citing attorney-client privilege. bloomberg.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements) 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, Russia) 2017.12.07 The British publicist who arranged the June 2016 meeting with Russians and Donald Trump Jr. sent multiple emails to a Russian participant and a member of Donald Trump's inner circle later that summer, the first indication there was any follow-up after the meeting. cnn.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements, 2016 Campaign) 2017.12.08 Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Donald Trump Jr, 2016 Campaign) 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 Russia, Department of Defense) 2017.12.13 Donald Trump Jr. met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for 9 hours, as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father’s election campaign colluded with Moscow. reuters.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, 2016 Election) 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 Russia, Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, H.R. McMaster, John Kelly, 2016 Campaign, 2016 Election) 2017.12.14 Fourteen former national security, intelligence, and foreign policy officials who have served at senior levels in Republican and Democratic administrations recently wrote an amicus brief as part of a lawsuit brought against Donald Trump's campaign and Roger Stone, his longtime confidant. businessinsider.com (See also Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2017.12.15 Before speaking at the FBI National Academy on Friday, Trump said it's "a shame what's happened" to the FBI, called the Russia probe a "Democrat hoax," opened the door to pardoning Michael Flynn, and claimed there was "no collusion." npr.org (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Michael Flynn) 2017.12.15 Buried in campaign finance reports available to the public are connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders, and thanks to changes in campaign finance laws, the political contributions are legal. dallasnews.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption) 2017.12.15 Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign, turn over documents as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, according to people familiar with the matter. wsj.com (See also Legal Activity, 2016 Campaign, 2016 Election, Steve Bannon, Russian Meddling in Election) 2017.12.16 Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained “many tens of thousands" of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner. axios.com (See also Jared Kushner, Legal Issues, 2016 Campaign) 2017.12.20 The White House turned over records this fall to special counsel Robert Mueller revealing that in the very first days of the Trump presidency, Don McGahn researched federal law dealing both with lying to federal investigators and with violations of the Logan Act, a centuries-old federal law that prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. foreignpolicy.com (See also Michael Flynn, Legal Activity, False Statements) 2017.12.27 Special counsel Robert Mueller has begun to question Republican National Committee staffers about the party's 2016 campaign data operation, which helped President Donald Trump's campaign team target voters in critical swing states. businessinsider.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Legal Issues, Jared Kushner) 2017.12.30 George Papadopoulos, a Trump foreign policy adviser, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration. nytimes.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues) 2018.01.12 More than one-fifth of Donald Trump’s US condominiums have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive, all-cash transactions that enable buyers to avoid legal scrutiny by shielding their finances and identities. buzzfeed.com (See also Trump Business, Criminality, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr, Department of the Treasury) 2018.01.16 Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia nytimes.com (See also Steve Bannon, Legal Issues) 2018.01.17 US authorities are poring over hundreds of newly uncovered payments from Russian diplomatic accounts, including transactions by former ambassador Sergey Kislyak 10 days after the 2016 presidential election and a blocked $150,000 cash withdrawal five days after the inauguration. buzzfeed.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Corruption, 2016 Election) 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 Russia, Legal Issues, 2016 Election) 2018.01.23 Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours as part of the special counsel investigation, and the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, was interviewed by the office last year, marking the first time that investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are known to have questioned a member of President Trump’s cabinet. nytimes.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, Legal Issues) 2018.01.25 Donald Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Legal Issues, Reversals) 2018.01.26 Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. foreignpolicy.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Legal Issues) 2018.01.28 Republican lawmakers warned Donald Trump not to fire Robert S. Mueller III, but showed little sense of urgency to advance long-stalled legislation to protect the special counsel despite a report that Mr. Trump had tried to remove him last June. nytimes.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption) 2018.01.29 Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, disregarding Justice Department warnings that their actions would be “extraordinarily reckless,” voted Monday evening to release a contentious secret memorandum said to accuse the department and the F.B.I. of misusing their authority to obtain a secret surveillance order on a former Trump campaign associate, throwing fuel on an already fiery partisan conflict over the investigations into Russia’s brazen meddling in the 2016 presidential election. nytimes.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Nationalism, 2016 Campaign, Assaults on Facts) 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 Russia, Unprecedented Actions, 2016 Campaign) 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, Russia, 2016 Election) 2018.02.18 Another former member of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign reportedly will plead guilty to charges resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. splinternews.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.02.23 Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed new charges against former Donald Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates describing a "scheme" in which the two longtime business partners allegedly laundered $30 million, failed to pay taxes for almost 10 years and used real estate they owned to fraudulently secure more than $20 million in loans. cnn.com (See also Legal Activity, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.02.27 US Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not been granted the authority by Donald Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations where they originate. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.03.05 As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Rex Tillerson, Department of State) 2018.03.05 Russia advised Donald Trump to pick someone other than Mitt Romney for Secretary of State, who would ease sanctions against Moscow for its actions in Ukraine. newyorker.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Corruption) 2018.03.05 The grand jury investigating alleged collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign has sent a witness a subpoena seeking all documents involving the president and a host of his closest advisers, including emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4½ months after Trump launched his campaign. nbcnews.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Steve Bannon, Legal Issues) 2018.03.07 Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles including Blackwater founder Erik Prince, just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin — contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Corruption) 2018.03.08 The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which Donald Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Reince Priebus, Legal Issues, Don McGahn) 2018.03.12 Over two-thirds of U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged Donald Trump to enact sanctions on Russia, the latest push by lawmakers for a response to investigators’ findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. reuters.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Election) 2018.03.12 Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration nbcnews.com (See also Jared Kushner, Russian Meddling in Election, Foreign Policy, Conflicts of Interest) 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 Russia, Rex Tillerson, Department of State, Resignations and Dismissals) 2018.03.15 The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, which is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to Donald Trump’s businesses. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Trump Business) 2018.03.18 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he opposed a proposal for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. reuters.com (See also False Statements, leg, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions, trump) 2018.03.19 DonaldTrump hired the longtime Washington lawyer Joseph E. diGenova on Monday, adding an aggressive voice to his legal team who has pushed the theory on television that the F.B.I. and Justice Department framed Mr. Trump. nytimes.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.03.20 Donald Trump called on Tuesday to congratulate President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his re-election, but did not raise with him the lopsided nature of his victory, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election or Moscow’s role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter living in Britain. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, 2016 Election) 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, Russia) 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 Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity) 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 Russia) 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 Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Issues, 2016 Election) 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 Russia) 2018.04.03 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told special counsel Robert Mueller in a classified August 2, 2017, memo that he should investigate allegations that Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was "colluding with Russian government officials" to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. cnn.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Legal Activity) 2018.04.09 The special counsel is investigating a payment made to Donald Trump’s foundation by a Ukrainian steel magnate for a talk during the campaign, as part of a broader examination of streams of foreign money to Mr. Trump and his associates in the years leading up to the election. nytimes.com (See also Hypocrisy, Trump Business, Legal Issues) 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 Nikki Haley, Russia, Foreign Policy) 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, Russia, Nikki Haley) 2018.04.20 The Democratic National Committee opened a surprise legal assault on Donald Trump, filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 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, 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, Russia, Reversals) 2018.04.27 A direct line of communication between the Kremlin-connected Agalarov family and the Trump family was open during the transition after President Donald Trump’s presidential election. buzzfeed.com (See also 2016 Election) 2018.04.30 The Trump campaign has spent nearly $228,000 to cover some of the legal expenses for Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, despite the fact that it is illegal to spend campaign funds for personal use. abcnews.go.com (See also Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.05.08 A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration. nytimes.com (See also Legal Issues) 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, 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, Russia) 2018.05.16 The Republican at the helm of the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election backed the assessment by American intelligence agencies that Moscow favored Donald J. Trump in the race, contradicting both the president and fellow Republicans in the House. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Election) 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 Russia, Legal Issues) 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 Russia, Legal Issues) 2018.06.05 In a confidential, hand-delivered memo to the special counsel, Donald Trump's lawyers acknowledged that the President had dictated a statement, which attempted to deflect questions about a meeting with a Kremlin-tied lawyer at Trump Tower, which could be part of an effort by the president to obstruct a federal investigation. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, False Statements, Legal Issues, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.06.08 Ahead of the G-7 summit in Canada, Donald Trump told reporters that he thinks Russia, which was ousted from the group of countries with the leading advanced economies for annexing Crimea, to be reinstated — re-forming a Group of 8 (G-8). axios.com (See also Russia, Foreign Policy) 2018.06.11 Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, emerging amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid. mcclatchydc.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Department of Justice) 2018.06.14 Donald Trump told G7 leaders that Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian, according to two diplomatic sources. buzzfeed.com (See also Russia, False Statements) 2018.06.18 FBI Director Christopher Wray stood by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, despite Republicans asserting that the investigation he’s leading into Russian election meddling was tainted by anti-Trump bias from the start. bloomberg.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Legal Activity) 2018.06.19 Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all-cash sales — totaling nearly $109 million — at 10 Trump-branded properties in South Florida and New York City, many of them using shell companies designed to obscure their identities. mcclatchydc.com (See also Trump Business, Russia, Criminality) 2018.07.05 Donald Trump lobbed personal and derogatory attacks at two Democratic senators, mocked the #MeToo movement and vouched for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia rally ostensibly intended to solidify support for Montana’s Republican Senate candidate. nytimes.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Women) 2018.07.05 The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump will speak one-on-one with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia this month when they meet in Helsinki with no one else in the room besides translators. nytimes.com (See also Russia) 2018.07.10 In their Moscow meetings with members of Russia’s parliament last week, an all-Republican delegation of US members of Congress met with at least two individuals currently sanctioned by the United States. buzzfeed.com (See also Russia, Foreign Policy) 2018.07.12 Despite concerns from American intelligence and law enforcement officials, the White House has ordered that more lawmakers be given access to classified information about an informant the F.B.I. used in 2016 to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. nytimes.com (See also Russia, 2016 Campaign) 2018.07.13 Roger Stone, a longtime associate of Donald Trump, appears to be the unnamed individual in a new Russia probe indictment made public, who is described as having communicated with Guccifer 2.0 in 2016. cnn.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.07.15 Donald Trump said that he hadn’t thought of pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin on extraditing the dozen Russian officials charged with hacking Democratic emails, instead blaming the Democrats’ “bad defenses” for getting hacked during the 2016 campaign. washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign) 2018.07.15 Shortly before Donald Trump detonated a NATO summit, shanked the beleaguered British prime minister and prepped for a face-to-face love session with Vladimir Putin, his White House quietly divested itself of a senior official hawkish on Russia and bullish on the transatlantic military alliance. thedailybeast.com (See also Russia, Resignations and Dismissals) 2018.07.16 Donald Trump refused to support the collective conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given him an “extremely strong and powerful” denial during their private talks here, and would not challenge Putin’s claim that the Russian government played no role in trying to sabotage the U.S. election, even as the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking Democratic emails as part of a broad subterfuge operation to help Trump win the... washingtonpost.com (See also Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Election) 2018.07.16 Donald Trump stood next to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attacking American democracy, while also refusing to name a single action for which Mr. Putin should be held accountable. nytimes.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, Unpresidential Behavior) 2018.07.17 Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers and his allies on Fox News, Donald Trump abruptly reversed course and claimed he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin about whether Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election, yet even while conceding this point, he undercut his own assertion that he had accepted the findings of Russian involvement. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Russian Meddling in Election, Administration Errors) 2018.07.18 Despite his attempts to blur the truth, two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election, including evidence of texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Russian Meddling in Election, Cybersecurity) 2018.07.18 Donald Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladmir Putin over election interference, said he believes Russia is no longer targeting the United States, which is at odds with the views of U.S. intelligence officials, as just last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said Russia and other countries are continuing to target American businesses, the government and other institutions and “the warning lights are blinking red.” washingtonpost.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, False Statements, Reversals) 2018.07.19 Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to Washington for a summit in the fall. bloomberg.com (See also Russia) 2018.07.19 House Republicans on Thursday morning thwarted a Democratic effort to add new funding for election security measures — opening the party up to yet more criticism in the wake of Donald Trump’s controversial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. mic.com (See also Cybersecurity, Russia) 2018.07.22 Donald Trump made false claims and stated with no evidence that his administration’s release of top-secret documents related to the surveillance of a former campaign aide had confirmed that the Justice Department and the F.B.I. “misled the courts” in the early stages of the Russia investigation. nytimes.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts, Department of Justice) 2018.07.23 After a week of tortuous statements, walk-backs and clarifications on whether he believes the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump has once again appeared to have come full circle, falsely dismissing the issue as “all a big hoax.” washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, False Statements) 2018.07.24 Donald Trump claimed, without evidence, that the Kremlin will support Democrats in the November midterms, debuting a new line on Russian interference as the uproar over his shifting stances on the issue enters its second week. washingtonpost.com (See also Reversals, False Statements, Unpresidential Behavior) 2018.07.27 The Trump administration is looking into lifting sanctions against a major Russian aluminum company founded by one of Vladimir Putin's closest allies, even though its former owner, oligarch Oleg Deripaska, was sanctioned this year by the US in an attempt to punish the Kremlin for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. cnn.com (See also Reversals, Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury) 2018.08.01 Donald Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel investigation, an extraordinary appeal to the nation’s top law enforcement official to halt an inquiry directly into the president. nytimes.com (See also Criminality, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice) 2018.08.03 Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was charged last month with working as an unregistered agent of the Kremlin, socialized in the weeks before the 2016 election with a former Trump campaign aide who anticipated joining the presidential transition team, emails show, putting her in closer contact with Trump’s orbit than was previously known. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Campaign) 2018.08.05 Donald Trump tweeted that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was designed to “get information on an opponent” — the starkest acknowledgment yet that a statement he dictated last year about the encounter was a lie. nytimes.com (See also Reversals, Criminality, 2016 Campaign, False Statements, Donald Trump Jr) 2018.08.13 Judge Dabney Friedrich, appointed by Donald Trump to the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., ruled that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia is constitutional. axios.com (See also Legal Activity, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.08.13 The FBI fired agent Peter Strzok, a 21-year veteran of the law enforcement agency who has come under fire for texts he sent that were critical of Donald Trump, despite the fact an independent review by career FBI officials recommended Strzok be suspended for 60 days and demoted. mic.com (See also Fascism, Russian Meddling in Election, Department of Justice) 2018.08.15 The White House is revoking the security clearance of John Brennan, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and mulling pulling them for several other former intelligence chiefs and other officials. abcnews.go.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Fascism) 2018.08.18 An analysis by The New York Times found more than 250 examples of exaggerated, misleading or flat-out false claims by Mr. Trump about the Russia investigation. nytimes.com (See also Fact-Checking Resources, False Statements, Russian Meddling in Election) 2018.08.30 Donald Trump accused NBC News of “fudging” their interview, in which he tied his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey to a probe into Russian election meddling, but offered no supporting evidence. reuters.com (See also False Statements, Unpresidential Behavior) 2018.09.09 George Papadopoulos, the one-time foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump who became swept up in the special counsel investigation, says members of the Trump campaign team were “fully aware” and in many cases supportive of his efforts to broker a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. abcnews.go.com (See also Russian Meddling in Election, 2016 Campaign, Legal Activity) 2018.09.14 Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, agreed to cooperate with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from consulting work he did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Criminality, 2016 Campaign) 2018.09.17 Donald Trump ordered the declassification of sensitive documents related to the investigation into Russian election interference, a move that could eventually allow the public unprecedented access to a probe that he has repeatedly railed against. wsj.com (See also Corruption, Russian Meddling in Election)
Trump's numerous bankruptcies have made it difficult for him to get loans from U.S. banks, so he has had to turn to Russia for financing. He has lied about his relationship with Putin and with Russia. At least as far back as 2008, his company has claimed to do "disproportionate" business with Russia. He praised Putin and criticized Obama in a 2013 video (in timeline above), implying Putin was surveilling Trump's office. His advisers have business ties to Russia, including Paul Manafort, who resigned from the Trump campaign after the New York Times disclosed a secret ledger in Ukraine revealing $12.7 million in secret cash payments to Manafort.
There is consensus in the intelligence community that Putin directed hackers to release information intended to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign and secure the presidency for Trump. Trump's team made the Republican Party platform more favorable to Russia. And intelligence reports also indicate Russia has information that could be used to blackmail Trump.
Trump has lied about his relationship with Putin and Russia. The full extent of his financial dependence on Russia is unknown, although the Financial Times reports that multiple real estate investments have been funded by Russian criminals. He is compromised by Russian intelligence, and has praised Putin consistently and repeatedly. America's allies in Europe, alarmed, wrote Trump a letter warning him that Russia does not have America's greatness in mind.
The New York Times, Charles Blow:
A hostile foreign power stole confidential correspondence from American citizens — this is no different than physically breaking into an American office and carting off boxes of written letters — and funneled that stolen material to a willing conspirator, Julian Assange. The foreign power then had its desired result achieved on our Election Day.