Trump/Russia/Wikileaks: Timeline of conventions and campaign

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  • Week of July 18, 2016: The Republican National Convention took place in Cleveland, Ohio. (link)  Three Trump foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, J. D. Gordon, and Walid Phares, met with Sergey Kislyak and told him that they hoped to see improved relations with Russia. (link)
  • July 18, 2016: The official Republican platform adopted. (link)  Language involving a call to arm Ukraine removed by J. D. Gordon. (link) (link)
  • July 20, 2016:  Jeff Sessions meets with Sergey Kislyak along with ambassadors of other countries at an event during the convention. (link)
  • July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks released 20,000 stolen emails from the DNC.  These emails gave the appearance that the DNC worked to ensure a Clinton primary victory. (link)
  • July 24, 2016: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as a result of the fallout from the released emails.
  • July 25, 2016: The Democratic National Convention took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (link) The FBI announced that it will be investigating the hacking of the DNC. (link)
  • July 26, 2016:  The FBI informed the Obama administration that there was a high probability that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC. (link)  Donald Trump tweeted that he had zero investments in Russia. (link)
  • July 27, 2016: Donald Trump publicly invited Russia to provide the emails from Hillary Clinton’s email server that she used as Secretary of State. (link)  The Trump campaign stressed that the topic should be what was in the emails not who was behind the hacks. (link)  Barack Obama said in an interview that the hacks had been attributed to Russians. (link)
  • July 31, 2016:  In an interview, Donald Trump claimed that the people of Crimea would prefer to be with Russia. (link) Both Trump and Paul Manafort claimed that the Trump campaign had nothing to do with the changes made to the Republican platform concerning Ukraine. (link)
  • August 8, 2016:  Roger Stone told a group of Florida Republicans that he had been in communication with Julian Assange. (link)
  • August 9, 2016: WikiLeaks claimed that neither they nor Julian Assange had been in contact with Roger Stone. (link)
  • August 12, 2016:  Guccifer 2.0 released the cell phone numbers and email addresses of almost all Democratic representatives in the House of Representatives.  (link)  A private security firm announced that DC Leaks appeared to be connected to Russian intelligence services.  The DC Leaks site targeted Democrats and Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham who tended to be critical of Russia.
  • August 14, 2016:  The New York Times releases an expose on Paul Manafort.  This article revealed that Manafort had cash budgeted to him by the pro-Russian party Party of Regions.  (link)
  • August 15, 2016: Roger Stone had an exchange with Guccifer 2.0 on Twitter. (link)
  • August 17, 2016: Donald Trump received his first classified intelligence briefing. In this briefing, he received information on the links between Russia and DNC hacking. (link)
  • August 18, 2016:  A report released claiming that Paul Manafort was behind pro-Russia protests against American troops in Ukraine. (link)
  • August 19, 2016:  Paul Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign. (link)
  • August 21, 2016: Roger Stone mentioned on Twitter that John Podesta‘s emails would be coming to light soon. (link)
  • August 26, 2016:  Julian Assange mentioned that WikiLeaks had documents on Donald Trump but would not release them because they supposedly did not compare to what came out of his mouth. (link)
  • September 5, 2016: Washington Post reports that US intelligence services were investigating a broad Russian operation designed to sow public distrust in the upcoming election. (link)  Barack Obama met with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in China. Obama declined to speak as to what was said in the meeting. (link)
  • September 7, 2016: James Clapper repeated the Obama administration’s assessment that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC. (link) Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin as being a better leader than Barack Obama. (link)
  • September 8, 2016: Kremlin spokesman said that Russia is watching the US presidential race closely. (link) (link) (link) Donald Trump expressed skepticism of Russia’s interference in the election to Russian backed media and implied the Democrats were behind it. (link) Jeff Sessions met with Sergey Kislyak in his office. (link)  Michael Pence agreed with Trump that Vladimir Putin had been a better leader than Barack Obama. (link)
  • September 13, 2016: Russia lodged a formal complaint at the UN over a UN official’s condemnation of Donald Trump and other populist leaders in Europe. (link)
  • September 26, 2016:  Carter Page left the Trump campaign. (link) The first Presidential debate is held.  During the debate, Trump attempted to cast doubt on the reports that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC again iterating that the topic should be what was in the emails and not who did it. (link)
  • October 3, 2016: Roger Stone tweeted that Julian Assange would be educating people about Hillary Clinton. (link)
  • October 4, 2016: Julian Assange announced that WikiLeaks would be releasing campaign related materials every week for the next 10 weeks. (link)
  • October 7, 2016: The “Billy Bush” tapes were released and in them Donald Trump talked about groping women.  Within hours of the tapes being released, WikiLeaks dumped John Podesta‘s emails. (link) The Obama administration accused Russia of deploying hackers to interfere with the election.  James Clapper links DC Leaks, Guccifer 2.0, and WikiLeaks to Russian intelligence services. (link)
  • October 9, 2016: The second Presidential debate held.  In the debate, Clinton had to defend against the rigging of the Democratic primary and excerpts from some of her speeches with Wall Street. Donald Trump tried to continue to cast doubt on links between Russia and the hacking of the DNC. (link)
  • October 10, 2016: Trump stated that he loves WikiLeaks at a rally. (link)
  • October 11, 2016: John Podesta hinted that there may be a tie between the Trump campaign and Russia. (link) (link)
  • October 12, 2016: Roger Stone told a Florida TV station that he had a back channel to Julian Assange. (link)
  • October 19, 2016: The third Presidential debate held.  Hillary Clinton attempted to hold Donald Trump accountable for his campaign’s ties to Russia. (link)
  • October 31, 2016: The New York Times reported that the FBI saw no clear link between the Trump campaign and Russia. (link)

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