The Russia Investigation: A Timeline Of Events

12/16/2017

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Kory Langhofer, Counsel to Trump for America (TFA), Sends Letter of Protest To Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, Alleging They Inappropriately Obtained Presidential Transition Documents, Including Confidential Attorney-Client Communications

Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America (TFA), sends a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and sends copies to the Senate Homeland Security and House Oversight Committees, alleging that the GSA unlawfully provided documents, including attorney-client communications which are privledged. The GSA provided the documents at the request of the Special Counsel's office, which did not believe a subpoena was necessary - only a letter of request.

Langhofer believes the GSA “did not own or control the records in question” and the release of documents could be a violation of the Fourth Amendment – which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Langhofer learns of the information transfer, which took place on September 1, 2017, and includes information on at least 13 members of the Trump presidential transition team, on December 12th and 13th. This coincides with a meeting that took place between Trump lawyers and the Special Counsel's office at the FBI.

Trump for America was the nonprofit organization that facilitated the transition between former President Barack Obama to President Trump.

The General Services Administration (GSA) is an agency of the United States government that provides support for federal agencies, including products and communications. GSA provided the transition team with office space and hosted its email servers.

GSA Deputy Counsel, Lenny Loewentritt, denied that then-GSA General Counsel Richard Beckler had made any promise to notify Trump legal counsel about any records requests, and stated that there was no expectation of privacy when using GSA-provided resources. Beckler was hospitalized in August 2017 and died in September of 2017.

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12/14/2017

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Senator Grassley Requests Justice Department Turn Over All Documents / Record On A Meeting Between Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Andrew McCabe

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), requests in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, that the Justice Department turn over records by Dec. 27 relating to “the conversation” that allegedly occurred between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in Andrew McCabe’s office, and all records relating to McCabe’s communications with Strzok and Page between Aug. 7 and Aug. 23, 2016.

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The request covers only August 7, 2016 to August 23, 2016, and any communications between the three that took place during that time.

However, this will not include any private or personal communication. If there was a conspiracy between these individuals, and Page and Strzok were romantically involved, it would seem logical that you would want to go back to view private cell phone and text messages, and to have the time frame precede the August meeting.

While the August meeting mentions an insurance policy, the notion that any of these individuals is open to a potential conspiracy to prevent or end the term of a U.S. president should justify an expanded review of their communications.

12/14/2017

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FBI Director James Comey’s Draft Statement On The Hillary Clinton Email Probe Was Circulated Two Months Before Key Interviews Were Conducted, Including An Interview Of Secretary Clinton. The Document Also Was Edited Numerous Times And Tough Language Was Watered Down

In an early draft, Comey said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”

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While a cycle of edits to a statement from Attorney General is not abnormal, working on such a statement that recommends against criminal charges months before key interviews were made, including an interview of Secretary of State Clinton, strongly suggests that the decision against prosecution was made long before the investigation was complete.

An important question that we may never know the answer to is how such a decision impacted investigators, especially those in the FBI who believed that Secretary Clinton should be prosecuted? Could this have created a brewing internal rebellion at the FBI that ultimately forced Comey to contact Congress about the files later discovered on Anthony Wiener's computer?

While speculative, it is possible that though Comey may have had no intention of prosecuting Clinton regardless of what information was discovered on Wiener's laptop, he used the public disclosure via the letter to Congress, which damaged Clinton close to the election, as a bone to members of his investigation team who were angry at his earlier decision.

12/13/2017

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Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, the Opposition Research Firm Hired By The DNC and Clinton Campaign To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump, Acknowledges Fusion GPS Hired Wife of Senior Justice Department Offical, Bruce Ohr

A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year.

Bruce Ohr, who was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General, was demoted when the Department of Justice learned he had not disclosed meetings he had with both the author of the anti-Trump dossier, Christopher Steele, and the co-founder of FusionGPS, Glenn Simpson.

The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.

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12/7/2017

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Nunes Subpoenas DOJ Files On Bruce Ohr

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) issues subpoena to the Department of Justice for files relating to Bruce Ohr, former Associate Deputy Attorney General, and current Director of

Nunes also has instructed HPSCI staff to draft contempt-of-Congress citations against Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, and FBI Director Christopher Wray – preparatory to a House vote on whether the citations should be enforced.

SOURCES: Information learned by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Reported on by Fox News.

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9/1/2017

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The General Services Administration (GSA) Turns Over A Flash Drive Containing Tens of Thousands of Records From President Trump's Transition Team After Receiving Request From The Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

The GSA asked the office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, if a subpoena was required for the information, and the Mueller's office said a letter making the request would suffice.

Those information and emails involve 13 senior Trump transition officials, inluding former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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8/21/2017 to 8/31/2017

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The Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller Requests GSA Provide All E-mails From Trump Presidential Transition Team

The office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, reached out to the General Services Administration (GSA) to request copies of all the emails from the Trump presidential transition team. GSA asks if a subpoena is required for the information, and the Mueller's office said a letter making the request would suffice.

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2/13/2017

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President Trump Fires National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, For Lying To Vice President Mike Pence

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1/30/2017

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President Trump Fires Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, For Her Public Comments About The Travel Ban

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1/30/2017

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Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, Refuses To Support President Trump's Executive Order / Travel Ban

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates ordered the Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees in court.

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1/26/2017

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Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, Briefs White House Counsel Don McGahn (But NOT About Michael Flynn)

NBC News posts a timeline saying that during this meeting, McGahn was informed that Flynn had lied to the FBI. In fact, according to Yates' testimony before a Senate subcommittee in May of 2017, Yates testified that she didn't tell McGahn in their Jan. 26 meeting what Flynn told the FBI because that was under investigation. She said, "He asked me how he had done in the interview, and I specifically declined to answer that."

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1/24/2017

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National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Lies To The FBI About What He Discussed With The Russian Ambassador

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1/12/2017

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National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Lies To Vice President Pence About What He Discussed With The Russian Ambassador

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12/29/2016

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National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Calls Russian Ambassador

During this call he discussed the potential for removing sanctions against Russia.

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11/21/2016 - 11/27/2016

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Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr, Meets Glenn Simpson, Founder of Fusion GPS

Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforecement Tasks Forces (OCDETF) meets Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS – the opposition research firm that hired Christopher Steele, the former British spy, to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Simpson and Ohr meet sometime around Thanksgiving of 2018.

Then President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his cabinet. Reports are that Ohr and Simpson discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory.

By this point, according to published reports, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI, which exists under the aegis of DOJ, for some five months, and the surveillance on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign, had started more than two months prior.

SOURCES: Information learned by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Reported on by Fox News.

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Late August 2016

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Peter Strzok, FBI Counterintelligence Agent,
Texts Senior FBI Lawyer, Lisa Page, Promising To Protect U.S. From A Donald Trump Presidency. Trump Is Referred To As "That Menace" In A Text Message

Ms. Page forwarded a Trump-related article and wrote: “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.” He thanked her and assured: “Of course I’ll try and approach it that way.” Mr. Strzok, recall, is the man who changed the words “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” in James Comey’s July 2016 public exoneration of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

This exchange, and others like it, suggest that Strzok wanted to play an active role fighting a Trump presidency. Strzok is the FBI agent who changed legal wording in an effort to protect former Secretary of State Clinton from any prosecution stemming from her mishandling of classified documents and information, including but not limited to her use of a personal email server, which many speculate was an attempt to bypass U.S. public records laws.

8/15/2016

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Peter Strzok, FBI Counterintelligence Agent,
Texts Senior FBI Lawyer, Lisa Page, About Meeting With Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI, About An "Insurace Policy" In Case Donald Trump Gets Elected President

Peter Strzok, the FBI counterintelligence agent whom Mr. Mueller demoted this summer. The texts, which he exchanged with senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, contain expletive-laced tirades against Mr. Trump. Such Trump hatred is no surprise and not by itself disqualifying. More troubling are texts that suggest that some FBI officials may have gone beyond antipathy to anti-Trump plotting.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected—but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Mr. Strzok wrote Ms. Page in an Aug. 15, 2016 text. He added: “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

What “policy” would that be? The “Andy” in question is Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director. FBI officials are allowed to have political opinions, but what kind of action were they discussing that would amount to anti-Trump “insurance”?

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7/21/2016

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Fusion GPS Executive Jason Felch, Acting For An Unknown Client, Attempts To Undermine Credibility of People Who Supported A Project That Rivaled The One Supported By Fusion's Client

Fusion GPS, acting on behalf of an unnamed client, sought to discredit a vocal support of a Beverly Hills real estate project. Fusion executive Jason Felch, a former investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times, emailed former journalist Russell Carollo, who is described in court records as a public records consultant, on July 21, 2016, with a statement he could give reporters inquiring about the lawsuit Fusion GPS asked him to file. The statement suggested that the mayor might be supporting the Wanda Group project because he owed a favor to a retired police chief who worked for a firm that was lobbying the city on behalf of the hotel. The statement also argued that the public had a right to see the records involving the mayor. All parties denied the accusation.

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6/2016

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FBI receives Trump Dossier

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4/2/2016

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Peter Strzok, FBI Counterintelligence Agent,
Texts Senior FBI Lawyer, Lisa Page, About Concealing Conversations Relating To Hillary Clinton

April 2 of that year, appears to show efforts by Strzok and Page to conceal some of their conversations about Clinton during the height of the email investigation.

"So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can't be traced," Page wrote. "You were just venting, [because] you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now."

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4/2016

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FBI Begins Surveillance On Trump Campaign Adviser, Carter Page

FBI begins surveillance on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign.

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2016 Campaign. Exact date not provided.

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Associate Deputy Attorney General, Bruce Ohr, Meets With Former British Spy And Trump Dossier Author, Christopher Steele

Bruce G. Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), meets with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the Trump “dossier.”

SOURCES: Information learned by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Reported on by Fox News.

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March 2016

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Russian Military Intelligence Begins Second Cyber Operation Targeting Democratic and Republican Political Organizations

Russian military intelligence begins a second cyber operation targeting U.S. political organizations using “FANCY BEAR”; “COZY BEAR” had already entered the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) system in July 2015. On the campaign trail, Trump critiques NATO frequently, saying the organization is “obsolete.” He continues to point out that “Putin says very nice things about [him].” Trump announces his national security advisers. 

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2/29/2016

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Paul Manafort Pitches His Services To Tom Barrack In Effort To Join Trump Campaign

Paul Manafort writes a series of memos pitching his services to the Trump campaign. The New York Times later wrote that Manafort “cast himself as a onetime insider who turned his back on the establishment.” He touted his experience running campaigns around the world, as well as his apartment in Trump Tower. According to longtime Trump friend and ally Tom Barrack, Manafort asked him for an introduction earlier in the month after the two men met saying, “I really need to get to” Trump.

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2015

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Jeannie Rhee Represents Clinton Foundation Against Racketeering Lawsuit, and Represents Hillary Clinton In Case To Protect Her E-mails

Jeannie Rhee, who will later serve as an investigator on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, represents the Clinton Foundation against a racketeering lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist group Freedom Watch. Rhee also will represent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

SOURCES: Politico and Fox News

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2010

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Former President Bill Clinton Paid $500,000 For Speech In Moscow By Russian Investment Bank With Links To The Kremlin and Promotion of Uranium One Stock

Shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

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June 8, 2010

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Uranium One Announces An Agreement To Sell A Majority Stake To The Mining Arm of Rosatom, the Russian Nuclear Energy Agency

On June 8, 2010, Uranium One announced it had signed an agreement to sell a majority stake to the mining arm of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency.

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2009 to 2013

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Uranium One's Canadian Chairman, Ian Telfer, Uses His Family Foundation To Make Four Donations Totaling $2.35 Million To The Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation Does Not Publicly Disclose The Donations

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, The New York Times reports that Uranium One's Canadian chairman, Ian Telfer, used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the foundation, the Times reported, despite a promise to publicly identify all donors. The foundation later said it made a mistake.

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February 2007

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Uranium One Absorbs UrAsia, A Company Headed By Frank Giustra, A Canadian Businessman and Associate of Bill Clinton

Uranium One became a much bigger player in the uranium market after it absorbed a company run and co-owned by Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman and Bill Clinton associate, in February 2007. Giustra was the chairman of UrAsia, and after securing several mining deals, he increased the value of UrAsia shares seventyfold between 2005 and 2007.

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2006

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Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman, chairman of UrAsia, and a Bill Clinton associate, Donates $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation

Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman, chairman of UrAsia, and a Bill Clinton associate, Donates $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation

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2005

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UrAsia Closes Deals On Uranium Mining Rights In Kazakhstan

Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman, chairman of UrAsia, and a Bill Clinton associate, wins uranium mining rights in Kazakhstan.

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2005

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Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman, Chairman of UrAsia, and a Bill Clinton associate, Seeks Uranium Mining Rights In Kazakhstan

Frank Giustra, a Canadian businessman, chairman of UrAsia, and a Bill Clinton associate, starts bidding for uranium rights in Kazakhstan. In 2005, after he had begun negotiating for the rights, he and Bill Clinton travel to Kazakhstan on separate planes and attended a dinner with the country's president.

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