Trump/Russia/Wikileaks: Timeline during primaries

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  • February 17, 2016: Donald Trump claims that Vladimir Putin called him a genius; a claim that he would repeat a number of times. (link)
  • February 29, 2016: Paul Manafort reached out to Donald Trump in an effort to join his campaign (link)
  • March 2016: The Russian military agency known as GRU started targeting the Clinton campaign with phishing emails.  Thirty-six Clinton staffers fell for the scam. (link)
  • March 19, 2016: John Podesta‘s email account hacked because a Clinton campaign staffer mistakenly said a request to change his password was legitimate. (link)
  • March 21, 2016: When asked about foreign policy advisers, Donald Trump named Carter Page as one of them.  Page is an American banker who resides in Moscow. (link)
  • March 22, 2016: William Rinehart’s email account hacked due to his thinking a request to change his password was legitimate. (link)
  • March 28, 2016:  Donald Trump hired Paul Manafort to help with gaining delegates. (link)
  • April 3, 2016: The Panama Papers leaked.  These documents showed how Vladimir Putin and his associates made money on offshore deals and loans. (link)
  • April 5, 2016: Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin denounced the Panama Papers as being a ploy by Barack Obama to destabilize Russia. (link) (link) (link)
  • April 27, 2016:  Donald Trump delivered his first foreign policy address.  In the speech, he called for improved relations with Russia.  Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was in attendance. (link)
  • May 18, 2016: James Clapper spoke about evidence that the presidential campaigns were targets of cyber terrorism. (link)

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