Trump/Russia/Wikileaks: Timeline of transition

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  • November 8, 2016: Donald Trump wins the election. (link)
  • November 9, 2016: The Russian parliament celebrated Donald Trump’s victory. (link)
  • November 10, 2016: A senior Russia diplomat, Sergei Rybakov, told Interfax news agency that there were contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. (link) Later, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Associated Press that the contacts were normal and not out of the ordinary. (link) Donald Trump denied any contact between his campaign and any foreign country. (link)
  • November 18, 2016: Donald Trump named Michael Flynn as national security adviser. (link)
  • November 28, 2016: In an interview with Time magazine, Donald Trump continued to express skepticism that there was any connection between his campaign and Russia. (link)
  • December 2016: Some time during December, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner, met with Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower. (link)  It was alleged that Kushner discussed setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. (link) Also, Kushner met with representatives of a Russian state owned bank, Vnesheconombank, which was under sanctions at a bank road show. (link)
  • December 4, 2016: Vladimir Putin gave praise to Donald Trump (link)
  • December 8, 2016: Carter Page showed up in Moscow.  He told Russian media that he was there to meet with business and thought leaders. (link)
  • December 15, 2016: Vladimir Putin sent Donald Trump a congratulatory letter. (link)
  • December 23, 2016: Donald Trump released Vladimir Putin’s letter from December 15 and issued a statement of thanks. (link)
  • December 26, 2016: Oleg Erovinkin who assisted a former British spy to compile a dossier on the ties between Trump and Russia was found dead in his car. (link)
  • December 29, 2016: Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia and ordered the ejection of 35 suspected Russian intelligence agents from the United States as retaliation for Russia’s interference in the elections. (link)  Michael Flynn had a series of phone calls with Sergey Kislyak after reportedly becoming irate at the news of the sanctions.  Flynn initially denied that the sanctions were discussed at this time. (link)
  • December 30, 2016: Vladimir Putin announced that he would not retaliate for the sanctions despite the calls of his advisers to respond in kind. (link)  Donald Trump praised Putin for his smart move. (link)
  • December 31, 2016: Donald Trump continued to deny any connection between his campaign or the hacking of the DNC to Russia. (link)
  • January 3, 2017: Donald Trump tweeted that the intelligence briefing on Russian hacking had been delayed. (link)
  • January 4, 2017: Donald Trump tweeted that Julian Assange told him a 14-year-old could have hacked John Podesta and that the emails did not come from the Russian government. (link)
  • January 6, 2017: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an unclassified document detailing the conclusions of the NSA, FBI, and CIA about the Russian links to the hacking. The report stated with high confidence that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government worked to get Donald Trump elected.  It concluded that DC Leaks, Guccifer 2.0, and WikiLeaks received the leaked documents from Russian backed hackers. James Clapper, James Comey, John Brennan briefed Trump at Trump Tower on the findings in the report. (link) Trump called the controversy around the Russian connections a political “witch hunt.” (link) Trump released a statement saying that the hacking did not have any affect on the results of the election. (link) Trump tweeted that the hacking was the DNC’s fault. (link)
  • January 7, 2017: Donald Trump tweeted that having a good relationship with Russia is not bad. (link)
  • January 10, 2017: Jeff Sessions testified that he did not have communications with Russians. (link)  Donald Trump and Barack Obama briefed about the possibility that the Russians have compromising information on Trump. (link) Buzzfeed published the unsubstantiated dossier put together by Christopher Steele that detailed compromising information that Russia has on Trump. (link) Trump tweeted in response to the Buzzfeed article that it is “fake news.” (link)
  • January 11, 2017: Donald Trump and his transition team denied the allegations in the unsubstantiated dossier by calling it “fake news” put together by political opponents. (link) (link)
  • January 11, 2017: The United Arab Emirates arranged a meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and an unidentified Russian in the Seychelles. The likely agenda was to get Russia to ease from Iran and Syria. Prince is Betsy DeVos‘ brother. (link)
  • January 13, 2017: Sean Spicer stated that Michael Flynn‘s phone call with Sergey Kislyak was to set up a phone call between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and was made before the sanctions were imposed. (link)  Trump said that he was open to lifting Barack Obama’s sanctions on Russia. (link)
  • January 15, 2017: Michael Pence stated that Michael Flynn did not discuss sanctions with Sergey Kislyak. (link)
  • January 17, 2017: Vladimir Putin dismissed the unsubstantiated dossier as fake. (link)

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