It’s tough to keep track of all the relevant events, pertinent ties, key statements, and unraveling claims.
So we’ve compiled what we know so far into the timeline below, which covers Trump’s 30-year history with Russia.
In the next several weeks, Hawkins calls the DNC back repeatedly, but his calls are not returned, in part because the tech support contractor who took Hawkins’ call does not know whether he is a real agent.
The FBI does not dispatch an agent to visit the DNC in person and does not make efforts to contact more senior DNC officials.
The Trump-Russia scandal—with all its bizarre and troubling twists and turns—has become a controversy that is defining the Trump presidency.
The FBI recently disclosed that since July it has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, as part of its probe of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Deripaska later calls the AP story a “malicious…lie” and says, “I have never made any commitments or contacts with the obligation or purpose to covertly promote or advance ‘Putin’s Government’ interests anywhere in the world.” September 19: Sater and the former Soviet official who founded Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, stand next to Trump at the launch party for Trump So Ho, a hotel-condominium project co-financed by Bayrock.
November 22: Trump Vodka debuts in Russia, at the Moscow Millionaire’s Fair.
Trump works on the projects with Bayrock managing partner Felix Sater, a Russian American businessman.
The will later publish a story revealing Sater’s criminal record, which includes charges of racketeering and assault.
The office explains in a letter that he can not receive foreign government payments without prior approval, due to the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
“If you are ever in a position where you would receive an emolument from a foreign government or from an entity that might be controlled by a foreign government, be sure to obtain advance approval from the Army prior to acceptance,” the letter states.
Also present at the event is Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin, later the Russian ambassador to the United Nations.