‘Collusion against Trump’ timeline

Note: To learn about Ukraine role, search this post for the word “Ukrain” (without the “e” at the end to return results for both “Ukraine” and “Ukrainian).

It’s easy to find timelines that detail Trump-Russia collusion developments. Here are links to two of them I recommend:

Politifact Russia-Trump timeline

Washington Post Russia-Trump timeline

On the other side, evidence has emerged that makes it clear there were organized efforts to collude against candidate Donald Trump–and then President Trump. For example:

  • Anti-Russian Ukrainians allegedly helped coordinate and execute a campaign against Trump in partnership with the Democratic National Committee and news reporters.
  • A Yemen-born ex-British spy reportedly delivered political opposition research against Trump to reporters, Sen. John McCain, and the FBI; the latter of which used the material–in part–to obtain wiretaps against one or more Trump-related associates.
  • There were orchestrated leaks of anti-Trump information and allegations to the press, including by ex-FBI Director James Comey.
  • The U.S. intel community allegedly engaged in questionable surveillance practices and politially-motivated “unmaskings” of U.S. citizens, including Trump officials.
  • Alleged conflicts of interests have surfaced regarding FBI officials who cleared Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information and who investigated Trump’s alleged Russia ties.

But it’s not so easy to find a timeline pertinent to the investigations into these events.

Related: Obama Era Surveillance Timeline

Here’s a work in progress.

(Please note that nobody cited has been charged with wrongdoing or crimes, unless the charge is specifically referenced. Temporal relationships are not necessarily evidence of a correlation.)

“Collusion against Trump” Timeline


U.S. intel community vastly expands its surveillance authority, giving itself permission to spy on Americans who do nothing more than “mention a foreign target in a single, discrete communication.” Intel officials also begin storing and entering into a searchable database sensitive intelligence on U.S. citizens whose communications are accidentally or “incidentally” captured during surveillance of foreign targets. Prior to this point, such intelligence was supposed to be destroyed to protect the constitutional privacy rights the U.S. citizens. However, it’s required that names U.S. citizens be hidden or “masked” –even inside U.S. intel agencies –to prevent abuse.

Click here to read “Timeline of alleged sabotage of Trump in 2016 by Democrats and Ukraine.”


July 1, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton improperly uses unsecured, personal email domain to email President Obama from Russia.


June 2013: FBI interviews U.S. businessman Carter Page, who’s lived and worked in Russia, regarding his ongoing contacts with Russians. Page reportedly tells FBI agents their time would be better spent investigating Boston Marathon bombing (which the FBI’s Andrew McCabe helped lead). Page later claims his remark prompts FBI retaliatory campaign against him. The FBI, under McCabe, will later wiretap Page after Page becomes a Donald Trump campaign adviser.

FBI secretly records suspected Russian industrial spy Evgeny Buryakov. It’s later reported that Page helped FBI build the case.

Sept. 4, 2013: James Comey becomes FBI Director, succeeding Robert Mueller.


Russia invades Ukraine. Ukraine steps up hiring of U.S. lobbyists to make its case against Russia and obtain U.S. aid. Russia also continues its practice of using U.S. lobbyists.

Ukraine forms National Anti-Corruption Bureau as a condition to receive U.S. aid. The National Anti-Corruption Bureau later signs evidence-sharing agreement with FBI related to Trump-Russia probe.

Ukrainian-American Alexandra Chalupa, a paid consultant for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), begins researching lobbyist Paul Manafort’s Russia ties.

FBI investigates, and then wiretaps, Paul Manafort for allegedly not properly disclosing Russia-related work. FBI fails to make a case, according to CNN, and discontinues wiretap.

August 2014: State Dept. turns over 15,000 pages of documents to Congressional Benghazi committee, revealing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton used private server for government email. Her mishandling of classified info on this private system becomes subject of FBI probe.


FBI opens investigation into Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, including for donations from a Chinese businessman and Clinton Foundation donor.

FBI official Andrew McCabe meets with Gov. McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally. Afterwards, “McAuliffe-aligned political groups donated about $700,000 to Mr. McCabe’s wife for her campaign to become a Democrat state Senator in Virginia.” The fact of the McAuliffe-related donations to wife of FBI’s McCabe, while FBI was investigating McAuliffe and Clinton later becomes the subject of conflict of interest inquiry by Inspector General.

Feb. 9, 2015: U.S. Senate forms Ukrainian caucus to further Ukrainian interests. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a member.

March 4, 2015: New York Times breaks news about Clinton’s improper handling of classified email as secretary of state.

In internal emails, Clinton campaign chairman (and former Obama adviser) John Podesta suggests Obama withhold Clinton’s emails from Congressional Benghazi committee under executive privilege.

March 2015: Attorney General Loretta Lynch privately directs FBI Director James Comey to call FBI Clinton probe a “matter” rather than an “investigation.” Comey follows the instruction, though he later testifies that it made him “queasy.”

March 7, 2015: President Obama says he first learned of Clinton’s improper email practices “through news reports.” Clinton campaign staffers privately contradict that claim emailing: “it looks like [President Obama] just said he found out [Hillary Clinton] was using her personal email when he saw it on the news.” Clinton aide Cheryl Mills responds, “We need to clean this up, [President Obama] has emails from” Clinton’s personal account.

May 19, 2015: Justice Dept. Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter Kadzik emails Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta from a private Gmail account to give him a “heads ups” involving Congressional questions about Clinton email.

Summer 2015: Democratic National Committee computers are hacked.

Sept. 2015: Glenn Simpson, co-founder of political opposition research firm Fusion GPS, is hired by conservative website Washington Free Beacon to compile negative research on presidential candidate Donald Trump and other Republicans.

Oct. 2015: President Obama uses a “confidentiality tradition” to keep his Benghazi emails with Hillary Clinton secret.

Oct. 12, 2015: FBI Director Comey replaces head of FBI Counterintelligence Division at New York Field Office with Louis Bladel.

Oct. 22, 2015: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) publicly states that Clinton is “not under criminal investigation.”

Clinton testifies to House Benghazi committee.

Oct. 23, 2015: Clinton campaign chair John Podesta meets for dinner with small group of friends including a top Justice Dept. official Peter Kadzik.

Late 2015: Democratic operative Chalupa expands her political opposition research about Paul Manafort to include Trump’s ties to Russia. She “occasionally shares her findings with officials from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.”

Dec. 4, 2015: Donald Trump is beating his nearest Republican presidential competitor by 20 points in latest CNN poll.

Dec. 9, 2015: FBI Director Comey replaces head of FBI Counterintelligence Division at Washington Field Office with Charles Kable.

Dec. 23, 2015: FBI Director Comey names Bill Priestap as assistant director of Counterintelligence Division.


Obama officials vastly expand their searches through NSA database for Americans and the content of their communications. In 2013, there were 9,600 searches involving 195 Americans. But in 2016, there are 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans.

Justice Dept. associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr meets with Fusion GPS’ Christopher Steele, the Yemen-born ex-British spy leading anti-Trump political opposition research project.

January 2016: Democratic operative Ukrainian-American Chalupa tells a senior Democratic National Committee official that she feels there’s a Russia connection with Trump.

Jan. 29, 2016: FBI Director Comey promotes Andrew McCabe to FBI Deputy Director.

McCabe takes lead on Clinton probe even though his wife received nearly $700,000 in campaign donations through Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe, who’s also under FBI investigation.

March 2016: Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s email gets hacked.

FBI interviews Carter Page again.

Carter Page is named as one of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy advisers.

March 2, 2016: FBI Director Comey replaces head of Intelligence Division of Washington Field Office with Gerald Roberts, Jr.

March 11, 2016: Russian Evgeny Buryakovwhich pleads guilty to spying in FBI case that Carter Page reportedly assisted with.

March 25, 2016: Ukrainian-American operative for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chalupa meets with top Ukrainian officials at Ukrainian Embassy in Washington D.C. to “expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia,” according to Politico. Chalupa previously worked for the Clinton administration.

Ukrainian embassy proceeds to work “directly with reporters researching Trump, Manafort and Russia to point them in the right directions,” according to an embassy official (though other officials later deny engaging in election-related activities.)

March 29, 2016: Trump campaign hires Paul Manafort as manager of July Republican convention.

March 30, 2016: Ukrainian-American Democratic operative Alexandra Chalupa briefs Democratic National Committee (DNC) staff on Russia ties to Paul Manafort and Trump.

With “DNC’s encouragement,” Chalupa asks Ukrainian embassy to arrange meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to discuss Manafort’s lobbying for Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych. The embassy declines to arrange meeting but becomes “helpful” in trading info and leads.

Ukrainian embassy officials and Democratic operative Chalupa “coordinat[e] an investigation with the Hillary team” into Paul Manafort, according to a source in Politico. This effort reportedly includes working with U.S. media.

April 2016: There’s a second breach of Democratic National Committee computers.

Washington Free Beacon breaks off deal with Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS for political opposition research against Trump.

Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee lawyer Mark Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, hire Fusion GPS for anti-Trump political research project.

Ukrainian member of parliament Olga Bielkova reportedly seeks meetings with five dozen members of U.S. Congress and reporters including former New York Times reporter Judy Miller, David Sanger of New York Times, David Ignatius of Washington Post, and Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

April 5, 2016: Convicted spy Buryakov is turned over to Russia.

Week of April 6, 2016: Ukrainian-American Democratic operative Chalupa and office of Rep. Mary Kaptur (D-Ohio), co-chair of Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, discuss possible congressional investigation or hearing on Paul Manafort-Russia “by September.”

Chalupa begins working with investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, according to her later account.

April 10, 2016: In national TV interview, President Obama states that Clinton did not intend to harm national security when she mishandled classified emails. FBI Director James Comey later concludes that Clinton should not face charges because she did not intend to harm national security.

Around this time, the FBI begins drafting Comey’s remarks closing Clinton email investigation, though Clinton had not yet been interviewed.

April 12, 2016: Ukrainian parliament member Olga Bielkova and a colleague meet” with Sen. John McCain associate David Kramer with the McCain Institute. Bielkova also meets with Liz Zentos of Obama’s National Security Council, and State Department official Michael Kimmage.

April 26, 2016: Investigative reporter Michael Isikoff publishes story on Yahoo News about Paul Manafort’s business dealings with a Russian oligarch.

April 27, 2016: The BBC publishes an article titled, “Why Russians Love Donald Trump.”

April 28, 2016: Ukrainian-American Democratic operative Chalupa is invited to discuss her research about Paul Manafort with 68 investigative journalists from Ukraine at Library of Congress for Open World Leadership Center, a U.S. congressional agency. Chalupa invites investigative reporter Michael Isikoff to “connect(s) him to the Ukrainians.”

After the event, reporter Isikoff accompanies Chalupa to Ukrainian embassy reception.

May 3, 2016: Ukrainian-American Democratic operative Chalupa emails Democratic National Committee (DNC) that she’ll share sensitive info about Paul Manafort “offline” including “a big Trump component that will hit in next few weeks.”

May 4, 2016: Trump locks up Republican nomination.

May 19, 2016: Paul Manafort is named Trump campaign chair.

May 23, 2016: FBI probe into Virginia governor and Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe becomes public. (McAuliffe is ultimately not charged with a crime.)

Justice Department Inspector General confirms it’s looking into FBI’s Andrew McCabe for alleged conflicts of interest in handling of Clinton and Gov. McAuliffe probes in light of McAuliffe directing campaign donations to McCabe’s wife.

FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who are reportedly having an illicit affair, text each other that Trump’s ascension in the campaign will bring “pressure to finish” Clinton probe.

Nellie Ohr, wife of Justice Dept. associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr and former CIA worker, goes on the payroll of Fusion GPS and assists with anti-Trump political opposition research. Her husband, Bruce, reportedly fails to disclose her specific employer and work in his Justice Dept. conflict of interest disclosures.

Nellie Ohr applies for a ham radio license.

June 2016: Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson “hires Yemen-born ex-British spy Christopher Steele for anti-Trump political opposition research project.”Steele uses info from Russian sources “close to Putin” to compile unverified “dossier” later provided to reporters and FBI, which the FBI uses to obtain secret wiretap.

The Guardian and Heat Street report that the FBI applied for a FISA warrant in June 2016 to “monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials” but that the “initial request was denied.”

June 7, 2016: Hillary Clinton locks up the Democrat nomination.

June 9, 2016: Meeting in Trump Tower includes Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner with Russian lawyer who said he has political opposition research on Clinton. (No research was ultimately provided.) According to CNN, the FBI has not yet restarted a wiretap against Manafort but will soon do so.

June 10, 2016: Democratic National Committee (DNC) tells employees that its computer system has been hacked. DNC blames Russia but refuses to let FBI examine its systems.

June 15, 2016: “Guccifer 2.0” publishes first hacked document from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.

June 17, 2016: Washington Post publishes front page story linking Trump to Russia: “Inside Trump’s Financial Ties to Russia and His Unusual Flattery of Vladimir Putin.”

June 20, 2016: Christopher Steele proposes taking some of Fusion GPS’ research about Trump to FBI.

June 22, 2016: WikiLeaks begins publishing embarrassing, hacked emails from Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.

June 27, 2016: Attorney General Loretta Lynch meets privately with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona.

Late June 2016: DCLeaks website begins publishing Democratic National Committee emails.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine signs evidence-sharing agreement with FBI and will later publicly release a “ledger” implicating Paul Manafort in allegedly improper payments.

June 30, 2016: FBI circulates internal draft of public remarks for FBI Director Comey to announce closing of Clinton investigation. It refers to Mrs. Clinton’s “extensive” use of her personal email, including “from the territory of sophisticated adversaries,” and a July 1, 2012 email to President Obama from Russia. The draft concludes it’s possible that hostile actors gained access to Clinton’s email account.

Comey’s remarks are revised to replace reference to “the President” with the phrase: “another senior government official.” (That reference, too, is removed from the final draft.)

Attorney General Lynch tells FBI she plans to publicly announce that she’ll accept whatever recommendation FBI Director Comey makes regarding charges against Clinton.

July 2016: Ukraine minister of internal affairs Arsen Avakov attacks Trump and Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort on Twitter and Facebook, calling Trump “an even bigger danger to the US than terrorism.”

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk writes on Facebook that Trump has “challenged the very values of the free world.”

Carter Page travels to Russia to give a university commencement address. (Fusion GPS political opposition research would later quote Russian sources as saying Page met with Russian officials, which Page denies under oath and is not proven.)

One-time CIA operative Stefan Halper reportedly begins meetings with Trump advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, secretly gathering information for the FBI. These contacts begin “prior to the date FBI Director Comey later claimed the Russian investigation began.”

July 1, 2016: Under fire for meeting with former President Clinton amid the probe into his wife, Attorney General Lynch publicly states she’ll “accept whatever FBI Director Comey recommends” without interfering.

FBI official Lisa Page texts her boyfriend, FBI official Peter Strzok, sarcastically commenting that Lynch’s proclamation is “a real profile in courage, since she knows no charges will be brought.”

Ex-British spy Christopher Steele writes Justice Department official Bruce Ohr that he wants to discuss “our favourite business tycoon!” (apparently referencing Trump.)

July 2, 2016: FBI official Peter Strzok and other agents interview Clinton. They don’t record the interview. Two potential subjects of the investigation, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, are allowed to attend as Clinton’s lawyers.

July 5, 2016: FBI Director Comey recommends no charges against Clinton, though he concludes she’s been extremely careless in mishandling of classified information. Comey claims he hasn’t coordinated or reviewed his statement in any way with Attorney General Lynch’s Justice Department or other government branches. “They do not know what I am about to say,” says Comey.

Fusion GPS’ Steele, an ex-British spy, approaches FBI at an office in Rome with allegations against Trump, according to Congressional investigators. Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr schedules a Skype conference call with Steele.

Days after closing Clinton case, FBI official Peter Strzok signs document opening FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion.

July 10, 2016: Democratic National Committee (DNC) aide Seth Rich, reportedly a Bernie Sanders supporter, is shot twice in the back and killed. Police suspect a bungled robbery attempt, though nothing was apparently stolen. Conspiracy theorists speculate that Rich “not the Russians” had stolen DNC emails after he learned the DNC was unfairly favoring Clinton. The murder remains unsolved.

July 2016: Trump adviser Carter Page makes a business trip to Russia.

FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) rejects FBI request to wiretap Page.

Obama national security adviser Susan Rice begins to show increased interest in National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence material including “unmasked Americans” identities, according to news reports referring to White House logs.

July 18-21, 2016: Republican National Convention

July 31, 2016: FBI agent Peter Strzok opens counterintelligence investigation “Crossfire Hurricane” into Trump associate, based on Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

Democratic operative and Ukrainian-American Chalupa leaves the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to work full-time on her research into Manafort, Trump and Russia; and provides off-the-record guidance to “a lot of journalists.”

July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks begins publishing hacked Democratic National Committee emails. WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange denies the email source is Russian.

July 25-28, 2016: Democratic National Convention

July 30, 2016Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr meets with ex-British spy Christopher Steele at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Ohr brings his wife, Nellie, who — like Steele — works at Fusion GPS on the Trump-Russia oppo research project. Ohr calls FBI Deputy Director McCabe.

July 31, 2016: FBI’s Peter Strzok formally begins counterintelligence investigation regarding Russia and Trump. It’s dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Aug. 3, 2016: Ohr reportedly meets with McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page to discuss Russia-Trump collusion allegations relayed by ex-British spy Steele. Ohr will later testify to Congress that he considered Steele’s information uncorroborated hearsay and that he told FBI agents Steele appeared motivated by a “desperate” desire to keep Trump from becoming president.

Aug. 4, 2016: Ukrainian ambassador to U.S. writes op-ed against Trump.

Aug. 8, 2016: FBI attorney Lisa Page texts her lover, FBI’s head of Counterespionage Peter Strzok,”[Trump is] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok replies,”No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”

Aug. 14, 2016: New York Times breaks story about cash payments made a decade ago to Paul Manafort by pro-Russia interests in Ukraine. The ledger was released and publicized by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

Aug. 15, 2016: CNN reports the FBI is conducting an inquiry into Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s payments from pro-Russia interests in Ukraine in 2007 and 2009.

After a meeting discussing the election in FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s office, FBI’s Counterespionage Chief Peter Strzok texts FBI attorney Lisa Page referring to the possibility of Trump getting elected. “We can’t take that risk,” he writes. And they speak of needing an “insurance policy.”

Aug. 19, 2016: Paul Manafort resigns as Trump campaign chairman.

Ukrainian parliament member Sergii Leshchenko holds news conference to draw attention to Paul Manafort and Trump’s “pro-Russia” ties.

Aug. 22, 2016Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr meets with Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson who identifies several “possible intermediaries” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Late August 2016:

Reportedly working for the FBI, one-time CIA operative Professor Halper meets with Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis offering his services as a foreign-policy adviser, according to The Washington Post. Halper would later offer to hire Carter Page.

Approx. Aug. 2016: FBI initiates a new wiretap against ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, according to CNN, which extends at least through early 2017.

Sept. 2016: Fusion GPS’s Steele becomes FBI source and uses associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr as point of contact. Steele tells Ohr that he’s “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected.”

President Obama warns Russia not to interfere in the U.S. election

Sept. 2, 2016: FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text that “[President Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”

Sept. 13, 2016: The nonprofit First Draft, funded by Google, whose parent company is run by major Hillary Clinton supporter and donor Eric Schmidt, announces initiative to tackle “fake news.” It appears to be the first use of the phrase in its modern context.

Sept. 15, 2016: Clinton computer manager Paul Combetta appears before House Oversight Committee but refuses to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

Sept. 19, 2016: At UN General Assembly meeting, Ukrainian President Poroshenko meets with Hillary Clinton.

Mid-to-late Sept. 2016: Fusion GPS’s Christopher Steele’s FBI contact tells him the agency wants to see his opposition research “right away” and offers to pay him $50,000, according to the New York Times, for solid corroboration of his salacious, unverified claims. Steele flies to Rome, Italy to meet with FBI and provide a “full briefing.”

Sept. 22, 2016: Clinton computer aide Brian Pagliano is held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoena.

Sept. 23, 2016: It’s revealed that Justice Department has granted five Clinton officials immunity from prosecution: former chief of staff Cheryl Mills, State Department staffers John Bentel and Heather Samuelson, and Clinton computer workers Paul Combetta and Brian Pagliano.

Yahoo News publishes report by Michael Isikoff about Carter Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. (The article is apparently based on leaked info from Fusion GPS Steele anti-Trump “dossier” political opposition research.)

Sept. 25, 2016: Trump associate Carter Page writes letter to FBI Comey objecting to the so-called “witch hunt” involving him.

Sept. 26, 2016: Obama administration asks secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) court to allow National Counter Terrorism Center to access sensitive, “unmasked” intel on Americans acquired by FBI and NSA. (The Court later approves the request.)

FBI head of counterespionage Peter Strzok emails his mistress FBI attorney Lisa Page that Carter Page’s letter (dated the day before) “…provides us a pretext to interview.”

Sept. 27, 2016: Justice Department Assistant Attorney General of National Security Division John Carlin announces he’s stepping down. He was former chief of staff and senior counsel to former FBI director Robert Mueller.

End of Sept. 2016: Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele meet with reporters, including New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo News, the New Yorker and CNN or ABC. One meeting is at office of Democratic National Committee general counsel.

Early October 2016: Fusion GPS’ Christopher Steele, the Yemen-born author of anti-Trump “dossier,” meets in New York with David Corn, Washington-bureau chief of Mother Jones.

According to The Guardian, the FBI submits a more narrowly focused FISA wiretap request to replace one turned down in June to monitor four Trump associates.

Oct. 3, 2016: FBI seizes computers belonging to Anthony Weiner, who is accused of sexually texting an underage girl. Weiner is married to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. FBI learns there are Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop but waits several weeks before notifying Congress and reopening investigation.

Oct. 4, 2016: FBI Director Comey replaces head of Counterintelligence Division, New York Field Office with Charles McGonigal.

Oct. 7, 2016: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Department of Homeland Security issue statement saying Russian government is responsible for hacking Democrat emails to disrupt 2016 election.

Oct. 13, 2016: President Obama gives a speech in support of the crackdown on “fake news” by stating that somebody needs to step in and “curate” information in the “wild, wild West media environment.”

Oct. 14, 2016: FBI head of counterespionage Peter Strzok emails his mistress FBI attorney Lisa Page discussing talking points to convince FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to persuade a high-ranking Dept. of Justice official to sign a warrant to wiretap Trump associate Carter Page. The email subject line is “Crossfire FISA.” “Crossfire Hurricane” was one of the code names for four separate investigations the FBI conducted related to Russia matters in the 2016 election.

“At a minimum, that keeps the hurry the F up pressure on him,” Strzok emailed Lisa Page less than four weeks before Election Day.

Mid-Oct. 2016:  Fusion GPS’ Steele again briefs reporters about Trump political opposition research. The reporters are from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Yahoo News.

Oct. 16, 2016: Mary McCord is named Assistant Attorney General for Justice Department National Security Division.

Oct. 18, 2016: President Obama advises Trump to “stop whining” after Trump tweeted the election could be rigged. “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even you could even rig America’s elections,” said Obama. He also calls Trump’s “flattery” of Russian president Putin “unprecedented.”

In FBI emails, head of counterespionage Peter Strzok and his mistress FBI lawyer Lisa Page discuss rushing approval for a FISA warrant for a Russia-related investigation code-named “Dragon.”

Oct. 19, 2016: Ex-British spy Christopher Steele writes his last memo for anti-Trump “dossier” political opposition research provided to FBI. The FBI reportedly authorizes payment to Steele. Fusion GPS has reportedly paid him $160,000.

Approx. Oct. 21, 2016: For the second time in several months, Justice Department and FBI apply to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates sign the application. This time, the request is approved based on new FBI “evidence”  including parts of Fusion GPS’ “Steele dossier” and Michael Isikoff Yahoo article. The FBI doesn’t tell the court that Trump’s political opponent, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, funded the “evidence.”

Oct. 24, 2016: Benjamin Wittes, confidant of FBI Director James Comey and editor-in-chief of the blog Lawfare, writes of the need for an “insurance policy” in case Trump wins. It’s the same phrase FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok had used when discussing the possibility of a Trump win.

Obama intel officials orally inform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of an earlier Inspector General review uncovering their “significant noncompliance” in following proper “702” procedures safeguarding the National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence database with sensitive info on US citizens.

Late Oct. 2016: Fusion GPS’ Steele again briefs reporter from Mother Jones by Skype about Trump political opposition research.

Oct. 26, 2016: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court holds hearing with Obama intel officials over their “702” surveillance violations. The judge criticizes NSA for “institutional lack of candor” and states “this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

Oct. 28, 2016: FBI Director Comey notifies Congress that he’s reopening Clinton probe due to Clinton emails found on Anthony Wiener laptop several weeks earlier.

Oct. 30, 2016: Mother Jones writer David Corn is first to report on the anti-Trump “dossier,” quoting unidentified former spy, presumed to be Christopher Steele. FBI general counsel James Baker had reportedly been in touch with Corn but Corn later denies Baker was the leaker.

FBI terminates its relationship with Steele because Steele had leaked his FBI involvement in Mother Jones article.

Steele reportedly maintains backchannel contact with Justice Dept. through Deputy Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr.

Oct. 31, 2016: New York Times reports FBI is investigating Trump and found no illicit connections to Russia.

Nov. 1, 2016: FBI concludes ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled anti-Trump “dossier” using Russian sources, leaked to press and is not suitable for use as a confidential source. However, Steele continues to “help,” according to Jan. 31, 2017 texts to Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr.

Nov. 3, 2016: FBI Attorney Lisa Page texts FBI’s Peter Strzok about her concerns that Clinton might lose and Trump would become president: “The [New York Times] probability numbers are dropping every day. I’m scared for our organization.”

Nov. 6, 2016: FBI Director Comey tells Congress that Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner computer do not change earlier conclusion: she should not be charged.

Nov. 8, 2016: Trump is elected president.

Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s interest in NSA materials accelerates, according to later news reports.

Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr meets with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson shortly after election.

The FBI interviews Ohr about his ongoing contacts with Fusion GPS.

Nov. 9, 2016: An unnamed FBI attorney (later quoted in Dept. of Justice Inspector General probe) texts another FBI employee, “I’m just devastated…I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid….Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating [Trump’s] staff.”

Nov. 10, 2016: Emails imply top FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe and Bill Priestap engaged in a new mission to “scrub” or research lists of associates of President-elect Trump, looking for potential “derogatory” information. 

President Obama meets with President-elect Trump in the White House and reportedly advises Trump not to hire Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Nov. 2016: National Security Agency Mike Rogers meets with president-elect Trump and is criticized for “not telling the Obama administration.”

Nov. 17, 2016: Trump moves his Friday presidential team meetings out of Trump Tower.

Nov. 18, 2016: Trump names Flynn his national security adviser. Over the next few weeks, Flynn communicates with numerous international leaders.

Nov. 18-20, 2016: Sen. John McCain and his longtime adviser, David Kramer–an ex-U.S. State Dept. official–attend a security conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia where former UK ambassador to Russia Sir Andrew Wood tells them about the Fusion GPS anti-Trump dossier. (Kramer is affiliated with the anti-Russia “Ukraine Today” media organization). They discuss confirming the info has reached top levels of FBI for action.

Nov. 21, 2016: Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr, works for Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, meets with FBI officials including Peter Strzok, Strzok’s girlfriend–FBI attorney Lisa Page, and another agent. Ohr’s notes indicate the FBI “may go back to [ex-British spy] Chris Steele” of Fusion GPS just 20 days after dismissing him.

Nov. 28, 2016: Sen. McCain associate David Kramer flies to London to meet Christopher Steele for a briefing on the anti-Trump research. Afterward, Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson gives Sen. McCain a copy of the “dossier.” Steele also passes anti-Trump info to top UK government official in charge of national security. Sen. McCain soon arranges a meeting with FBI Director Comey.

Late Nov. 2016: Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr officially tells FBI about his contacts with Fusion GPS’ Christopher Steele and about Ohr’s wife’s contract work for Fusion GPS.

Nov. 30, 2016: UN Ambassador Samantha Power makes request to unmask the name of Trump National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was “incidentally” captured by intel surveillance.

Dec. 2016: Text messages between FBI officials Strzok and Page are later said to be “lost” due to a technical glitch beginning at this point.

Dec. 2, 2016: UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper request to unmask the name of Trump National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was “incidentally” captured by intel surveillance.

Dec. 6, 2016: Two more Obama administration officials request to unmask the name of  Flynn.

Dec. 7, 2016: Power makes another Flynn unmasking request.

Dec. 8 or 9, 2016: Sen. John McCain meets with FBI Director Comey at FBI headquarters and hands over Fusion GPS anti-Trump research, elevating the FBI’s investigation into the matter. The FBI compiles a classified two-page summary and attaches it to intel briefing note on Russian cyber-interference in election for President Obama.

Hillary Clinton makes a public appearance denouncing “fake news.”

Hillary Clinton and Democratic operative David Brock of Media Matters announces he’s leaving board of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), one of his many propaganda and liberal advocacy groups, to focus on “fake news” effort.

Brock later claims credit, privately to donors, for convincing Facebook to crack down on conservative fake news.

Dec. 14, 2017: There are 10 more requests to unmask Flynn’s name in intelligence, including two by Power, CIA Director Brennan, and six officials from the Treasury Dept.

Dec. 15, 2016: Obama intel officials “incidentally” spy on Trump officials meeting with the United Arab Emirates crown prince in Trump Tower. This is taken to mean the government was wiretapping the prince and “happened to capture” Trump officials communicating with him at Trump Tower. Identities of Americans accidentally captured in such surveillance are strictly protected or “masked” inside intel agencies for constitutional privacy reasons.

Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice secretly “unmasks” names of the Trump officials, officially revealing their identities. They reportedly include: Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Director of National Intelligence Clapper expands rules to allow the National Security Agency (NSA) to widely disseminate classified surveillance material within the government. The same day, 17 Obama officials request the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Flynn in intelligence.

Dec. 16, 2016: Five more Obama officials request unmasking of intelligence materials regarding Lt. Gen. Flynn.

Dec. 23, 2016: Power request another Flynn unmasking.

Dec. 28, 2016:

Lt. Gen. Flynn speaks with Russia ambassador.

Clapper and the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey request Flynn unmasking.

Dec. 29, 2016: President Obama imposes sanctions against Russia for its alleged election interference.

President-elect Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador to U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The calls are wiretapped by U.S. intelligence and later leaked to the press.

State Department releases 2,800 work-related emails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, found by FBI on laptop computer of Abedin’s husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner.


Jan. 2017: According to CNN: a wiretap reportedly continues against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, including times he speaks to Trump, meaning U.S. intel officials could have “accidentally” captured Trump’s communications.

Justice Dept. Inspector General confirms it’s investigating several aspects of FBI and Justice Department actions during Clinton probe.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies to Congress that Russia interfered in U.S. elections by spreading fake news on social media.

Justice Dept. official Peter Kadzik, who “tipped off” Hillary Clinton campaign regarding Congressional questions about Clinton’s email, leaves government work for private practice.

The FBI interviews a main source of Christopher Steele’s “dossier” and learns the information was merely bar room gossip and rumor never meant to be taken as fact or submitted to the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Carter Page. (The FBI does not notify the court and applies for, and receives, another wiretap against Page).

Early Jan. 2017: FBI renews wiretap against Carter Page. FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates again sign the application.

Jan. 3, 2017: Obama Attorney General Lynch signs rules Director of National Intelligence Clapper expanded Dec. 15 allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to widely disseminate surveillance within the government.

Jan. 5, 2017: Intelligence Community leadership including FBI Director Comey, Yates, CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, provides classified briefing to President Obama, Vice President Biden and National Security Adviser Susan Rice on alleged Russia hacking during 2016 campaign, according to notes later written by national security adviser Susan Rice.

After briefing, according notes made later by Rice, President Obama convenes Oval Office meeting with her, FBI Director Comey, Vice President Biden and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. The “Steele dossier” is reportedly discussed. Also reportedly discussed: Trump National Security Adviser Flynn’s talks with Russia’s ambassador. 

Jan. 6, 2017: FBI Director Comey and other Intel leaders meet with President-Elect Trump and his national security team at Trump Tower in New York to brief them on alleged Russian efforts to interfere in the election.

Later, Obama national security adviser Susan Rice would write herself an email stating that President Obama suggested they hold back on providing Trump officials with certain info for national security reasons.

After Trump team briefing, FBI Director Comey meets alone with Trump to “brief him” on Fusion GPS Steele allegations “to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material,” even though it was salacious and unverified. Comey later says Director of National Intelligence Clapper asked him (Comey) to do the briefing personally.

Jan. 7, 2017: Clapper and two other Obama administration officials request Flynn unmasking.

Jan. 10, 2017: The 35-page Fusion GPS anti-Trump “dossier” is leaked to the media and published. It reveals that sources of the unverified info are Russians close to President Putin.

Email written by FBI head of counterespionage Peter Strzok indicates the FBI has been given the anti-Trump “dossier” by at least 3 different anti-Trump sources.

A CIA official makes a Flynn unmasking request.

Jan. 11, 2017: Power makes another Flynn unmasking request.

Jan. 12, 2017: Obama administration finalizes new rules allowing NSA to spread “certain intel to” other U.S. intel agencies without normal privacy protections.

Justice Dept. inspector general announces review of alleged misconduct by FBI Director Comey and other matters related to FBI’s Clinton probe as well as FBI leaks.

Vice President Joe Biden and the Treasury Secretary request the unmasking of Flynn in intelligence communications.

Someone leaks to to David Ignatius of the Washington Post that Trump National Security Adviser Flynn had called Russia’s ambassador. “What did Flynn say, and did it undercut the US sanctions?” asked Ignatius in the article.

Jan. 13, 2017: Senate Intelligence Committee opens investigation into Russia and U.S. political campaign officials.

Jan. 15, 2017: After leaks about Flynn’s call with Russia’s ambassador, Vice President-elect Mike Pence tells the press that Flynn did not discuss U.S. sanctions on the call.

Jan. 20, 2017: Trump becomes president.

Fifteen minutes after Trump becomes president, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice emails memo to herself purporting to summarize the Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting with President Obama and other top officials. She states that Obama instructed the group to investigate “by the book” and asked them to be mindful whether there were certain things that “could not be fully shared with the incoming administration.”

Jan. 22, 2017: Intel info leaks to Wall Street Journal which reports “US counterintelligence agents have investigated communications” between Trump aide Gen. Michael Flynn and Russia ambassador to the U.S. Kislyak to determine if any laws were violated.

Jan. 23, 2017: Leak to Washington Post falsely claims Trump National Security Adviser Flynn is not the subject of an investigation.

Jan. 24, 2017: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates sends two FBI agents, including Peter Strzok, to the White House to question Gen. Flynn. FBI Director Comey later takes credit for “sending a couple of guys” to interview Flynn, circumventing normal processes.

Notes kept hidden until May 2020 show FBI officials discussing whether the goal of the meeting with Flynn was to “get him to lie” so that he would be fired or prosecuted.

Jan. 26, 2017: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and a high-ranking colleague go to White House to tell counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had lied to Pence about the content of his talks with Russian ambassador and “the underlying conduct that Gen. Flynn had engaged in was problematic in and of itself.”

Jan. 27, 2017: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates again visits the White House.

Jan. 31, 2017: President Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refuses to enforce his temporary travel ban on Muslims coming into U.S. from certain countries.

Ex-British spy Christopher Steele texts Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr who worked for Yates: “B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re- SY.”

Dana Boente becomes Acting Attorney General. (It’s later revealed that Boente signed at least one wiretap application against former Trump adviser Carter Page.)

Feb. 2, 2017: It’s reported that five men employed by House of Representatives Democrats, including leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida), are under criminal investigation for allegedly “accessing House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.” Suspects include three Awan brothers “who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers.”

Feb. 3, 2017: A Russian tech mogul named in the Steele “dossier” files defamation lawsuits against BuzzFeed in the U.S. and Christopher Steele in the U.K. over the dossier’s claims he interfered in U.S. elections.

Feb. 8, 2017: Jeff Sessions becomes Attorney General and Dana Boente moves to Deputy Attorney General.

Feb. 9, 2017: News of FBI wiretaps capturing Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn speaking with Russia’s ambassador is leaked to the press. New York Times and Washington Post report Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions, despite his earlier denials. The Post also reports the FBI “found nothing illicit” in the talks. The Post headline in an article by Greg Miller, Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima reads, “National Security Adviser Flynn Discussed Sanctions with Russian Ambassador, Despite Denials, Officials Say.” 

Feb. 13, 2017: Washington Post reports Justice Dept. has opened a “Logan Act” violation investigation against Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Feb. 14, 2017: New York Times reports that FBI had told Obama officials there was no “quid pro quo” (promise of a deal in exchange for some action) discussed between Gen. Flynn and Russian ambassador Kislyak.

Gen. Flynn resigns, allegedly acknowledging he misled vice president Mike Pence about the content of his discussions with Russia.

Comey says that, in a meeting, Trump states, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey says he replies “he is a good guy.” Trump later takes issue with Comey’s characterization of the meeting.

Feb. 15, 2017: NPR reports on “official transcripts of Flynn’s calls” (saying they show no wrongdoing but that doesn’t rule out illegal activity).

Feb. 17, 2017: Washington Post reports that “Flynn told FBI he did not discuss sanctions” with Russia ambassador and that “Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.”

Feb. 24, 2017: FBI interviews Flynn, according to later testimony from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

March 1, 2017: Washington Post reports Attorney General Jeff Sessions has met with Russian ambassador twice in the recent past (as did many Democrat and Republican officials). His critics say that contradicts his earlier testimony to Congress. The article by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller raises the idea of a special counsel to investigate. 

March 2017: FBI Director James Comey gives private briefings to members of Congress and reportedly says he does not believe Gen. Flynn lied to FBI.

House Intelligence Committee requests list of unmasking requests Obama officials made. The intel agencies do not provide the information, prompting a June 1 subpoena.

March 2, 2017: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from Russia-linked investigations.

Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, becomes Acting Attorney General for Russia Probe. It’s later revealed that Rosenstein singed at least one wiretap application against former Trump adviser Carter Page.

March 4, 2017: President Trump tweets: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” and “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

March 10, 2017: Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, steps forward to support Trump’s wiretapping claim, revealing that the Obama administration intel officials recorded his own communications with a Libyan official in Spring 2011.

March 14, 2017: FBI Attorney Lisa Page texts FBI official Peter Strzok: “Finally two pages away from finishing [All the President’s Men]. Did you know the president resigns in the end?!” Strzok replies, “What?!?! God, that we should be so lucky. [smiley face emoji]”

March 20, 2017: FBI Director Comey tells House Intelligence Committee he has “no information that supports” the President’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration. “We have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey says. “(T)he answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.”

FBI Director Comey tells Congress there is “salacious and unverified” material in the Fusion GPS dossier used by FBI, in part, to obtain Carter Page wiretap. (Under FBI “Woods Procedures,” only facts carefully verified by the FBI are allowed to be presented to court to obtain wiretaps.)

March 22, 2017: Chairman of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) publicly announces he’s seen evidence of Trump associates being “incidentally” surveilled by Obama intel officials; and their names being “unmasked” and illegally leaked. Nunes briefs President Trump and holds a news conference. He’s criticized for doing so. An ethics investigation is opened into his actions but later clears him of wrongdoing.

In an interview on PBS, former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice responds to Nunes allegations by stating: “I know nothing about this, I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring.” (She later acknowledges unmasking names of Trump associates.)

March 2017: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) writes Justice Dept. accusing Fusion GPS of acting as an agent for Russia “without properly registering” due to its pro-Russia effort to kill a law allowing sanctions against foreign human rights violators. Fusion GPS denies the allegations.

March 24, 2017: Fusion GPS declines to answer Sen. Grassley’s questions or document requests.

March 27, 2017: Former Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas admits she encouraged Obama and Congressional officials to “get as much information as they can” about Russia and Trump officials before inauguration. “That’s why you have the leaking,” she told MSNBC.

Early April, 2017: A third FBI wiretap on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page is approved. Again, FBI Director James Comey, and acting attorney general Dana Boente sign the application. Trump officials including Mike Pompeo at the CIA are now leading the intel agencies during the wiretap.

April 3, 2017: Multiple news reports state that Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice had requested and reviewed “unmasked” intelligence on Trump associates whose information was “incidentally”  collected by intel agencies.

April 4, 2017: Obama former National Security Adviser Rice admits, in an interview, that she asked to reveal names of U.S. citizens previously masked in intel reports. She says her motivations were not political. When asked if she leaked names, Rice states, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

April 6, 2017: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from Russia part of his committee’s investigation.

April 11, 2017: FBI Director Comey appoints Stephen Laycock as special agent in charge of Counterintelligence Division for Washington Field Office.

Washington Post reports FBI secretly obtained wiretap against Trump campaign associate Carter Page last summer. (Later, it’s revealed the summer wiretap had been turned down, but a subsequent application was approved in October.)

April 20, 2017: Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord resigns as acting head of Justice Dept. National Security Division. She’d led probes of Russia interference in election and Trump-Russia ties.

April 28, 2017: Dana Boente is appointed acting assistant attorney general for national security division to replace Mary McCord. (Boente has signed one of the questioned wiretap applications for Carter Page.)

National Security Agency (NSA) submits remedies for its egregious surveillance violations (revealed last October) to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court promising to “no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.” The NSA also begins deleting collected data on U.S. citizens it had been storing.

May 3, 2017: FBI Director Comey testifies he’s “mildly nauseous” at the idea he might have affected election with the 11th hour Clinton email notifications to Congress.

Comey also testifies he’s “never” been an anonymous news source on “matters relating to” investigating the Trump campaign.

Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice declines Republican Congressional request to testify at a hearing about unmaskings and surveillance.

May 8, 2017: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testify to Congress. They admit having reviewed “classified documents in which Mr. Trump, his associates or members of Congress had been unmasked,” and possibly discussing it with others under the Obama administration.

May 9, 2017: President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey. Andrew McCabe becomes acting FBI Director.

May 12, 2017: Benjamin Wittes, confidant of ex-FBI Director James Comey and editor in chief of Lawfare, contacts New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt to leak conversations he’d had with Comey as FBI Director that are critical of President Trump.

May 16, 2017: New York Times publishes leaked account of FBI memoranda recorded by former FBI Director James Comey. Comey later acknowledges engineering the leak of the FBI material through his friend, Columbia Law School professor Daniel Richman, to spur appointment of special counsel to investigate President Trump.

Trump reportedly interviews, but passes over, former FBI Director Robert Mueller for position of FBI Director.

May 17, 2017: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, Russia-Trump probe. Mueller and former FBI Director Comey are friends and worked closely together in previous Justice Dept. and FBI positions.

The gap of missing text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page ends. The couple is soon assigned to the Mueller team investigating Trump.

May 19, 2017: Anthony Wiener, former Congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton confidant Huma Abedin, turns himself in to FBI in case of underage sexting; his third major kerfuffle over sexting in six years.

May 22, 2017FBI Counterespionage Chief Peter Strzok texts FBI Attorney Lisa Page about whether Strzok should join Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of Trump-Russia collusion. Strzok spoke of “unfinished business” that he “unleashed” with the Clinton classified email probe and stated: “Now I need to fix it and finish it.” He also referred to the Special Counsel probe, which hadn’t yet begun in earnest, as an “investigation leading to impeachment.” But he also stated he had a “gut sense and concern there’s no big there there.”

June 1, 2017: House Intelligence Committee issues 7 subpoenas, including for information related to unmaskings requested by ex-Obama officials national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.

June 8, 2017: Former FBI Director James Comey admits having engineered leak of his own memo to New York Times to spur appointment of a special counsel to investigate President Trump.

June 20, 2017: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe names Philip Celestini as Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division, Washington Field Office.

Late June, 2017: FBI renews wiretap against Carter Page for the fourth and final time that we know of. It lasts through late Sept. 2017. (Page is never ultimately charged with a crime.) FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sign the renewal application.

Late July, 2017: FBI reportedly searches Paul Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia home.

Summer 2017: FBI lawyer Lisa Page is reassigned from Mueller investigation. Her boyfriend, FBI official Peter Strzok is removed from Mueller investigation after the Inspector General discovers compromising texts between Strzok and Page. Congress is not notified of the developments.

Aug. 2, 2017: Christopher Wray is named FBI Director.

August 2017: Ex-FBI Director Comey signs a book deal for a reported $2 million.

Sept. 13, 2017: Under questioning from Congress, Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly admits having requested to see the protected identities of Trump transition officials “incidentally” captured by government surveillance.

Approx. Oct. 10, 2017: Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to FBI about his unsuccessful efforts during the campaign to facilitate meetings between Trump officials and Russian officials.

Oct. 17, 2017: Obama’s former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power reportedly tells Congressional investigators that many of the hundreds of “unmasking” requests in her name during the election year were not made by her.

Oct. 24, 2017: Congressional Republicans announce new investigations into a 2010 acquisition that gave Russia control of 20% of U.S. uranium supply while Clinton was secretary of state; and FBI decision not to charge Clinton in classified info probe.

Oct. 30, 2017: Special Counsel Mueller charges ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates with tax and money laundering crimes related to their foreign work. The charges do not appear related to Trump.

Nov. 2, 2017: Carter Page testifies to House Intelligence committee under oath without an attorney and asks to have the testimony published. He denies ever meeting the Russian official that Fusion GPS claimed he’d met with in July 2016.

Nov. 5, 2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller files charges against ex-Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for allegedly lying to FBI official Peter Strzok about contacts with Russian ambassador during presidential transition.

“Three sources” close to the Flynn investigation leak to NBC news: “If the elder Flynn is willing to co-operate with investigators in order to help his son, two of sources said, it could also change his own fate, potentially limiting any legal consequences.”

Dec. 1, 2017: Former national security adviser Gen. Flynn pleads guilty of lying to the FBI. Prosecutors recommend no prison time (but later reverse their recommendation).

James Rybicki steps down as chief of staff to FBI Director.

Dec. 6, 2017: Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr is reportedly stripped of one of his positions at Justice Dept. amid controversy over his and his wife’s role in anti-Trump political opposition research.

Dec. 7, 2017: FBI Director Wray incorrectly testifies that there have been no “702” surveillance abuses by the government.

Dec. 19, 2017: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly testifies that the wiretap against Trump campaign official Carter Page would not have been approved without the Fusion GPS info. FBI general counsel James Baker, who is himself subject of an Inspector General probe over his alleged leaks to the press, attends as McCabe’s attorney. McCabe acknowledges that if Baker had met with Mother Jones reporter David Corn, it would have been inappropriate.

FBI general counsel James Baker is reassigned amid investigation into his alleged anti-Trump related contacts with media.


Jan. 4, 2018: Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) refer criminal charges against Christopher Steele to the FBI for investigation. There’s an apparent conflict of interest with the FBI being asked to investigate Steele since the FBI has used Steele’s controversial political opposition research to obtain wiretaps.

Jan. 8, 2018: Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr loses his second title at the agency.

Jan. 10, 2018: Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen files defamation suits against Fusion GPS and BuzzFeed News for publishing the “Steele dossier,” which he says falsely claimed he met Russian government officials in Prague, Czech Republic, in August of 2016.

Jan. 11, 2018: House of Representatives approves government’s controversial “702” wireless surveillance authority. The Senate follows suit.

Jan. 19, 2018: Justice Dept. produces to Congress some text messages between FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok but states that FBI lost texts between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 due to a technical glitch.

President Trump signs six-year extension of “702” wireless surveillance authority.

Jan. 23, 2018: Former FBI Director Comey friend who leaked on behalf of Comey to New York Times to spur appointment of special counsel is now Comey’s attorney.

Jan. 25, 2018: Justice Dept. Inspector General notifies Congress it has recovered missing text messages between FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

Jan. 27, 2018: Edward O’Callaghan is named Acting Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division.

Jan. 29, 2018: Andrew McCabe steps down as Deputy FBI Director ahead of his March retirement.

Jan. 30, 2018: News reports allege that Justice Department Inspector General is looking into why FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe appeared to wait three weeks before acting on new Clinton emails found right before the election.

Feb. 2, 2018: House Intelligence Committee (Nunes) Republican memo is released. It summarizes classified documents revealing for the first time that Fusion GPS political opposition research was used, in part, to justify Carter Page wiretap; along with Michael Isikoff Yahoo News article based on the same opposition research.

Memo also states that Fusion GPS set up back channel to FBI through Nellie Ohr, who conducted opposition research on Trump and passed it to her husband, associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr.

Feb. 7, 2018: Justice Department official David Laufman, who helped oversee the Clinton and Russia probes, steps down as chief of National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

Feb. 9, 2018: Former FBI Director Comey assistant Josh Campbell leaves FBI for job at CNN.

Justice Department Associate Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, Rachel Brand, resigns.

Feb. 16, 2018: Special counsel Mueller obtains guilty plea from a Dutch attorney for lying to federal investigators about the last time he spoke to Rick Gates regarding a 2012 project related to Ukraine. The plea does not appear to relate to 2016 campaign or Trump. The Dutch attorney is married to the daughter of a Russian oligarch who’s suing Buzzfeed and Christopher Steele for alleged defamation in the “dossier.”

Feb. 22, 2018: Former State Dept. official and Sen. John McCain associate David Kramer invokes his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before House Intelligence Committee. Kramer reportedly picked up the anti-Trump political opposition research in London and delivered it to Sen. McCain who delivered it to the FBI.

Special counsel Mueller files new charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Rick Gates, accusing them of additional tax and bank fraud crimes. The allegations appear to be unrelated to Trump.

Fri. Feb. 23, 2018: Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, pleads guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators (though he issues a statement saying he’s innocent of the indictment charges). The allegations and plea have no apparent link to Trump-Russia campaign collusion.

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018: Democrats on House Intel Committee release their rebuttal memo to the Republican version that summarized alleged FBI misconduct re: using the GPS Fusion opposition research to get wiretap against Carter Page.

March 12, 2018: House Intelligence Committee closes Russia-Trump investigation with no evidence of collusion.

Fri. March 16, 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions fires Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, based on recommendation from FBI ethics investigators.

Thurs. March 22, 2018: President Trump announces plans to replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster with former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.

House Judiciary Committee issues subpoenas to Department of Justice after Department failed to produce documents.

May 4, 2018: Amid allegations that he was responsible for improper leaks, FBI attorney James Baker resigns and joins the Brookings Institution, writing for the anti-Trump blog “Lawfare” that first discussed the need for an “insurance policy” in case Trump got elected.

March 2019: Special Counsel Robert Mueller signs off on his final report stating that there was no collusion or coordination between Trump — or any American — and Russia. He leaves as an open question the issue of whether Trump took any actions that could be considered obstruction. No new charges are recommended or filed with the issuance of the report.

June 2019: Former Trump National Security Adviser Flynn fire his defense attorneys and hires Sidney Powell.

Sept. 2019: Democrat-led impeachment proceedings against President Trump were launched largely on the word of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top White House Ukraine expert on the National Security Council and a Trump foe. Vindman had oddly been offered jobs as Ukraine’s minister of defense, and accused Trump of withholding aid to Ukraine in order to force an investigation of Hunter Biden’s business dealings there. Trump was impeached (charged) in December 2019, but not convicted.

Oct. 25, 2019: Flynn files a motion to dismiss the case against him due to prosecutorial misconduct. Among other claims, Flynn says prosecutors failed to turn over exculpatory material tending to show his innocence. Prosecutors claim they were not required to turn over the information.

Dec. 19, 2019: An investigation by Inspector General Michael Horowitz finds egregious abuses by FBI and Justice Department officials in obtaining wiretaps of former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. The report also says an FBI attorney doctored a document, providing false information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to get the wiretaps.

Jan. 7, 2020: Prosecutors reverse their earlier recommendation for no prison time, and ask for up to six months in prison for Flynn.

Jan. 16, 2020: Flynn files a motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

Jan. 23, 2020: The Dept. of Justice finds that two of its wiretaps against former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page were improperly obtained and are therefore invalid.

Feb. 10, 2020: The Dept. of Justice asks a judge to sentence Trump associate Roger Stone to 7 to 9 years in prison for lying about his communications with WikiLeaks.

Feb. 11, 2020: The Dept. of Justice reduces its recommendation for prison time for Stone after President Trump and others criticized the initial representation as excessive. Stone receives three years and four months in prison.

Feb. 20, 2020: President Trump appoints Richard Grenell as acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell begins facilitating the release of long withheld documents regarding FBI actions against Trump campaign associates.

March 31, 2020: A Justice Dept. Inspector General’s analysis of more than two dozen wiretap applications from eight FBI field offices over two months finds  “we do not have confidence” that the bureau followed standards to ensure the accuracy of the wiretap requests.

April 3, 2020: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court asks FBI to review whether it wiretaps are valid in light of information about problems and abuses.

April 29, 2020: Newly-released documents show FBI officials, prior to their original interview with Flynn, discussing whether the goal was to try to get him to lie to get him fired or so that he could be prosecuted.

May 7, 2020: The Department of Justice announces a decision to drop the case against Flynn.

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320 thoughts on “‘Collusion against Trump’ timeline”

      1. The astonishing thing about Sharyl’s coverage is that it is so unique. Since her discovery that CBS had placed Obama agents in the Security Department to prevent hacking etc., she has been the most “woke” reporter on the planet. Imagine having your laptop hacked, only to find that your superiors are likely in collusion with the hackers.

        She is missing one key point… The hiring of Michael Avenatti to bring legal action regarding Stormy. No honest person thinks she was personally responsible for the extortion/financial entanglement of a candidate and then a President. We know it came from the same brain trust that brought us the special counsel. Keep rockin’ Sharyl!

        1. Thank God for the courageous Ms. Attkinsson and for keeping the facts of this corrupt investigation documented in her timeline. Those who wish to overthrow the election of President Trump count on these facts to be lost in the 24 hour news cycle and their constant attempts to obstruct the truth. Which is the reason Debbie Wasserman Shultz has fallen off the investigative map No one in the mainstream media has ever seemed interested in why she wouldn’t turn over the “Russia hacked” DNC server to the FBI. A coherent documentation of the facts is what the coup plotters fear most. Please pay attention America.

          1. Trollin.For.Trump!

            @John – Do you honestly think it would have mattered had Sgt. Debra Wasserman-Schultz opened the DNC computers to the FBI?

            I’m sure it would have collected dust being in the FBI’s custody, much the same as Hunter “Smartest.Man.Joe.Knows” Biden’s laptop!

            Of course they would have scanned the hard drives, but only to hide, obstruct or delete anything the least bit harmful to the Left’s cause … the ultimate destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

      2. Check our this Q Anon report 5/22, at 33:32, SpaceShot76

        He shared a Top Secret SIGINT document sent to GCHQ (UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Affairs) by Obama (Rice) on 17 Nov. 2016 AFTER election, to renew Project Fulsome first started on 28 August 2016 asking for continued spying on Trump Campaign.

        Sharyl Attkisson, need to add 28 August 2016 Project FULSOME started by Obama Administration to CONTINUE spying on Trump Tower.


        See No. 4 of the letter, “Susan” Rice requesting CONTINUED SURVEILLANCE of Trump during transition period as internal US Intel is potentially compromised by incoming Trump Administration.


      3. Yes, Obama is a part of it. And, Sharyl, awesome piece of work. However, there are a couple of pieces missing. Ever wonder why Mueller had never investigated the dossier, even though the dossier was a good part of the “justification” for the FISA warrant? Because it would implicate the very people Mueller was hired to protect. Here are the missing pieces: In January of 2017 Russia’s FSB arrested the two cyber Geeks who put together much of what became the Steele dossier. The middle man they used to convey the materials to Steele, was found slumped over in his car in Dec. 2016. Please, please contact me for more details at: Barrywebbauthor.com
        I have the photos and the names of the above-mentioned individuals–and much more.

    1. I only wish ALL in America would take time to read this. Then comprehend the corruption, lies and deceit, political engineering to subvert the Consitution and the will of the People in an election. This cannot be allowed to continue. ALL the guilty must be punished and laws ENFORCED. For too long we have allowed politicians and corrupt public servants a pass. NO MORE. Sharyl Attkisson is the REAL DEAL – a journalist in the “former” sense of the word: “honest, articulate, fact based, unbiased reporting with a desire to inform the populace with the truth”. No agenda here folks, just the FACTS. Kudos again Sheryl. You deserve, and WE THE PEOPLE deserve much higher visibility of you in everyday life. Change is needed, you continue to be a breath of fresh air. To Patriots out there: Do your part – vote out corrupt politicians on every level, from local to National. It is time to take our Country back.

    2. Agree, one of the few journalists I trust. Google is complicit in this nonsense,try to find an unbiased article, because of their algorithms, you have to go 10-12 pages thru search pages .I’ve followed this time line since March 2018. I hope Sheryl writes a book about this outrageous investigation and the deep state

      1. So true. Facebook too. I think it is lovely that a 20 something snowflake in Silicone Valley gets to decide what is worthy to be posted.

    3. Obviously Full Black-Op was targeted at Trump. I would look harder at CIA for this or ex-Cia types in Democrats or Facebook/Google.

      I bet if Trump pressured Ukraine harder, he would get some answers.

      Just say to Ukraine”hey, we will pull out all support for Ukraine unless you are 110% truthful on what was done with Democrats and give us every single page of emails between every Democrat operative and USA/British Spook that you had dealings with”

      Do a deal with Russia to back off in Middle east and swap them Ukraine, would be the threat i would use against Ukraine. That would spook the E.U too, might shake some termites out of the wood.

      Very good Jouno work, a rarity these days.

      Good stuff

    4. WOW! thats enough info, Hillary Clinton’s email & the People associated with them are in trouble, should go to trial, convicted & go to jail.
      James Clapper, Comey, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Mueller, Bruce Ohr, Obama, Susan Rice,
      Andrew McCabe & more!

    5. Agree 1000%. Sharyl has done a watershed in detailing the FACTS surrounding the events of this coup d’etat.

      Thank you Sharyl for helping to shine a bright light on this ugly mess. You’re unimpeachable in my book!

    6. And… It’s a perfect prosecutorial time line. Any honest AUSA would be proud to run with this case!

      1. I will read this tomorrow so I can think about it when I am awake, It looks great.

        My main reason for my comment is because of your poll. My faith in President Trump is stronger than ever, my concern is the potential for cheating with the mail-in-ballots. The Left may be able to cheat enough to win.

      1. You are 100% Ms. Attkisson has a gift and is clearly an elite talent. I hope she gets a time slot in Albuquerque and keeps finding the time to show what critical thinking adds to stories.

  1. Sharyl,

    Take a look at the entries for November 2016. The entry for November 8 precedes the entry for the November 2016 summary, and it seems as if some of the items in those two segments might be misplaced.

    1. When I didn’t have an exact date I placed it generically where I thought it occurred, to the best of my ability to determine. It’s a work in progress and I will keep checking and adding/amending. Thank you

      1. I am a bit concerned that everyone seems to have accepted as fact the DNC Servers were “hacked”. Is there any evidence at all, this is the case?

        1. Evidently not.

          The former NSA brainiac William Binney has deduced that given the amount of data and limitations of “hacking” the server from outside the premises, the information could not have been obtained by “hacking”. Binney concludes the information had to have been copied from the server by some interface device on the premises like a mini hard drive or memory stick that had a rate of transfer that would transfer in an adequate length of time.

          On a different point, if the FBI was so concerned with determining if there was Russian influence, why did they only infiltrate the Trump campaign and not Hillary & Bernies (who was a real threat to Hilary) and why in the world would they accept to have the inspection of the DNC done by a third party, Crowdstrike??

          Lastly Ms. Attkisson, you are one-of-a-kind and an absolute professional at your craft.

        2. David J Pinkston

          The only evidence we have is he DNC. Personally, I don’t think it was. I think Seth Rich took the info.

        3. To date there’s no publicly accessible evidence that it was ‘hacked’. There is evidence that data was removed, but some argue it couldn’t physically have been transmitted remotely due to its’ size and therefore had to have been transferred via local removable storage. Clear text emails were subsequently pasted into Russian Word templates, and that’s the only evidence Russia had anything to do with it.

        4. I also read on a tech based site that the metadata showed the emails were transferred locally to a storage device. So that would suggest someone carried a USB drive out of the DNC office.
          That has been awhile ago. Wish I would have saved the link.

        5. I don’t think any evidence has been brought to light that the DNC servers were hacked. Supposedly they had a private firm do the investigation but that’s it… Not good enough in my opinion.

      2. Sharyl, When you make a change to existing text, can you please denote and highlight the change? This is a monster to track.
        Thank you.

      3. Ms.l Atkisson –
        I have a question – what has happened to the individuals (i.e., AMAN )- who were working on government officials computers? They were given hundreds of thousands of dollars, houses etc….
        ‘Where does that lead go??

  2. Didn’t President Obama at one point say “there was no Russian interference in the election”. That seems significant in hindsight.

  3. I don’t get you obsession with telling us every time you refer to Steele that he was “Yemeni-born.” His parents were Brits through and through, and his father was in Yemen working for the British government when he was born. I was born in Munich when my U.S. Air Force officer father was stationed there. Does that mean you would refer to me as the “German-born David Sparkman” if you should have some reason to write about me?

      1. Sharyl, I’m sorry, I didn’t understand you were looking for details to amend. If so, like I wrote, I keep reading Alexander Downer funneled ~100 million of Australian TAXPAYER FUNDS into the Clinton foundation. A man named Smith has written Christopher WRAY to look into the criminality of this. it’s sited frequently on YouTube & the Internet, I don’t know if the sources are reliable. The money was given yr or so ago, or more. There is mega info on a site The Conservative Treehouse too. I noticed it sited Judge Contreras’s recusal & replacement by Sullivan, long ago, & it turned out to be true. Today, I saw MUCH MORE shocking info, IT appeared legitimate too. I’ll go back, my brain is compromised by taking all this in. I love your work, thx for all you do!

  4. Thank you for this level of detail. I want to know why this happened: “The FBI interviews Ohr about his ongoing contacts with Fusion GPS.” That seems very early, Nov. 8, 2016. He was in the collusion group, so what investigation was it that required his interview.

  5. Sharyl – Nice work. A couple of suggestions for additions.

    In April 2017, the head of the FISA court commented in writing about the abuses of the FISA courts by the FBI and DOJ. That opinion is important.

    During the first six months after the 2016 election there were many leaks of classified information. In August 2017, Attorney General Sessions and DNI Coates announced a task force to investigate those leaks. Since then, it has come out that there are 27 leak investigations. This is a significant event.

    It would be great if you could figure out the 27 events under investigation as well.

  6. This is tremendous for a “work-in-progress”. May I suggest you add items relating to Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s non-existent trip to Prague? The Steele Dossiers reported that Cohen met Russian government officials in late August 2016 in Prague. Cohen was with his son at the University of Southern California at this time, according to multiple witnesses. That is the smoking gun proving the unreliability of the allegations in the Steele Dossiers.

    The fact that the dossiers were presented to the FISA court as reliable, when they contain easily debunked accusations like this, is a major scandal for the FBI, whether they knew the dossiers contain falsehoods or simply didn’t bother to find out.

  7. Sharyl attkinsson is one of the only real/NON FAKE journalists I know of. This is an AWESOME compilation of facts and dates. You make your mind up. My opinion: Obama and Hillary and the top tiers of OBAMA’s administration, Intel agencies, the FBI, the DOJ many of who are lawyers, (& one, Obama, purports to be a US Constitutional lawyer-shame on him,) are EXTREMELY GUILTY. They must all be malignant narcissists, as all the deeds they accuse NUNES, Flynn, Trump, Page, (etc) team of are really deeds they are extremely guilty of. None of these ppl with Obama & HRC deserve Govt pensions, they deserve jail, and quickly before they do more damage to our country! ALSO, Alexander Downer(who spilled potential lies about Popodoplis) seems to have funneled nearly 100 million into the Clinton foundation, why would we believe him? Look into him too. This is HUGE, OUR COUNTRY CANNOT CONTINUE LIKE THIS. THINK OF THE MANY LIVES THEY ALREADY DESTROYED. GIVE FLYNN HIS LEGAL FEES & HOME BACK, & put BHO/HRC & affiliates in the slammer ASAP. FOR GOD’s SAKE, THEY ALREADY CRIMINALLY SPIED ON MS ATTKINSSON & other journalists, THIS MUST STOP NOW, IF THEY DONT GO TO JAIL, THIS CRIMINALITY WILL CONTINUE; OUR MEDIA ALREADY RESEMBLES N KOREAS! This is a WAKE UP CALL, OUR COUNTRY & MEDIA NEED BIG CHANGES. TRUMP HAS GOTTEN SO MUCH DONE, THINK OF HOW MUCH MORE, HE COULD HAVE DONE, & think about the PAIN, AGONY & STRESS-all the accused & families endured. Stop the witch hunt, go after our REAL CRIMINALS, TO SAVE OUR GREAT COUNTRY! God Bless Sharyl for great work!

  8. Attkisson is a great person, of extreme competence and courage. We thank you for this timetable–it is really incredible in its thoroughness and accuracy, regardless of what the prostitute lib/lefty/”progressive”/moral relativist/Democrat fools promote. Thank you.

  9. The September, 2015 entry has me thinking, why did a conservative website want negative information on Mr.Trump and other Republicans? What is the connection between Simpson and his Fusion GPS to WFB, Clinton’s, and Obama? Who are the major “players ” in this company? Additionally, WFB fired Fusion and DNC/FBI picked them up. Purpose? Where and why did this people come from to cause all of this. Motive (s)?
    This is an excellent timeline. Without timelines, detectives are unable to connect the dots. Job well done, Ma’am.

    1. I had the same question as Sean. I agree most other comments that this is a great “work in progress “ and never seen organized this way anywhere else! Continue your great work, it is very much appreciated and so refreshing to read. I could not put it down!

    2. My understanding is the conservative newspaper WASH FREE BEACON wanted negative info, oppo research, on all GOP candidates; they may be vetting, pulling for another GOP candidate( in the primary) it’s could be SOP. but, WFB found no need after primaries to fund oppo research/dirt after primary; so, that’s when HRC took over. TRUMP WAS NOT SINGLED OUT, BUT, CLEARLY DC insiders WERE NOT PULLING FOR HIM. He disrupts swamp, they all get rich off each other, lobbyists, congress, & now media(complicit tool of the state too.) I Noticed Bush Senior & WJ Clinton did fundraising for Katrina (& one source said 30 mil was MISSING!)
      & I can’t imagine FGPS Oppo research was same as “dossier”-(aka dirt PROBABLY written by Sid Blumenthal &/or Cody Shearer re:prostitute,& urine, Obama Russian hotel-etc) passed to Steele(a patsy) for legitimacy. But, Bruce Ohr’s(high DOJ GUY working on case) wife Nellie worked for FGPS. I thought HRC’s purpose was to smear trump, & later FBI/HRC w Obama cooked up scheme to spy on trump, get more dirt, hopefully impeach&/or destroy Trump’s presidency. I’m convinced it’s why Obama is still in DC, helping w leaks, community organizing rallies to get his #’s down, every dirty ALINSKY trick in the book. He wants to preserve “legacy,” but, they need to cover their dirt too, for this soft coupe & also, Mueller was head of FBI during Uranium one. So, he needs to cover up that dirt w HRC. Comey needs to cover for botched Benghazi/HRC email. So, this gives them ways to erase evidence too.
      Have you heard CrowdStrike is affiliated with Obama? I HAVE. CS is comp that did forensics on (purportedly hacked by Russians) HRC/DNC server, the FBI NEVER EVEN forensically investigated-had access to the server that started this whole thing. & IVE NO IDEA WHY they would allow CS, OR trust CS. HRC’s computer related items are NEVER AVAILABLE. & the handling of same system by criminal Awan bros makes that even more troubling. Agree?

      1. Robert Mueller by all accounts is of impeccable character. However, during his tenure as FBI head he was tasked with reforming the FBI for no less than faulty FISA applications to the Court. The Washington Post reported in 2005 the a FISA judge was so fed up with the misleading FISA applications that she wrote a letter and proposed making Mueller’s FBI agents swear an oath in her courtroom (See story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/26/AR2007032602073_pf.html)

        Here we are all these years later faced with the reality that the FISA courts continue to be mislead by the FBI, yet media does not “remember” that the Courts have had longstanding problems with the FBI as it pertains to the veracity of their warrant applications.

        Mueller promised in 2005 to institute reforms to better ensure that FISA Court judges were not mislead by FBI applications. The reality, nonetheless, is that the FBI is still getting the vast majority of their warrants approved (over 96 percent) by a Court that is still as vulnerable as ever to being purposefully mislead.

        It’s time we seek FISA Court reform. One possibility is that FISA Courts have an independent body attached — separate from the FBI/DOJ and prohibited from utilizing current/former FBI/DOJ staff for staffing — to verify the veracity of FBI warrant applications. Let’s not forget, after all, the whole “secret court” notion doesn’t square particularly well under the Fourth Amendment to begin with — but after 9/11 these Courts obtained broader powers under the Patriot Act and the subsequent NSA expansion to target American citizens. If nothing more, it’s time FISA Court judges routinely require documentation of where every source-claim originated and for FBI to disclose in each instance if informants were compensated or offered something akin to a “plea deal” to come up with the information the FBI later includes in a request to “spy” on Americans.

        Carter Page is but a reminder that the FISA-FBI relationship is still very much a one-sided ordeal in which the Court is apparently powerless to independently verify the contents of FBI warrants. The WaPo story, meanwhile, is a reminder how fast we forget our history — that Dir. Mueller wasn’t always beyond reproach.

        1. If Mueller was of such impeccable character how come he knowingly went forward with the Trump part of the probe when he knew there was no predicate. Why did he hide exculpatory evidence. Surely he had access to even documents that the FBI is still refusing to release today.

    3. Wash. Free Beacon is owned by Paul Singer. I believe Singer was backing Rubio in the Rep. primaries so he had Fusion GPS doing oppo research into Trump and others. After Rubio left the race, WFB stopped paying GPS in Apr. 2016 that’s when Simpson went to DNC to offer their services to the Dems. Later in June 2016 Hillary campaign and DNC allegedly funneled 12 million via Perkins-Coie law firm to Fusion GPS to continue the research and then GPS hired Christopher Steele to dig into Trump’s ties to Russia.

  10. Still don’t understand how they got phone recordings and wiretap of Page during his short time with Trump when FISA warrant didn’t get approved until October.

    1. They were already illegally wiretapping Page and others. The FISA warrant they so desperately needed gives them the right to access previous information. In other words, they could use the previous illegal information while pretending that it was obtained legally under the FISA warrant. They may be in trouble over this, or Jeff Sessions may crawl back into bed after a trip to the John and go back to sleep.

    2. Because the wiretaps are not just for current and future telephone calls. A Fisa Title 1 warrant is extremely comprehensive and invasive. Includes texts, email, telephony, financial records etc;. So you see, it goes back in time and forward in time. It also complies with the “two hop” rule. Which means the surveillance goes 2 people removed from the target. Example: Carter Page has contact with 50 people in a given year. They now have records of those (and assume that each person only has contact with 50 people in a year) PLUS they then survei OUT from there by fifty “Hop 1” 50 x 50 = 2500 more people. Now they have records for those 2500 and can go “Hop 2” 2500 x 2500 = 6,250,000. Yep, pretty wide ranging and comprehensive.

  11. Outstanding!! Will have to read several more times and print out to scribble thoughts in the margins.

    What happened to journalism? I try to stay informed, but the complete abdication of the media in general responsibility to do any semblance of investigative journalism forces me to spend an inordinate amount of time to parse and attempt to validate information..

    I have a wife and children still in school. It’s really tough to keep up with, but I suppose certain interest like to keep it that way…

    Anyway, a heartfelt thank you for your efforts!

  12. Could not be more impressed with your reporting based upon multi-sourced and reported information from open sources. It is demonstrably the truest, most relevant, ‘information’ to be had in an agenda-driven sea of propaganda. The timeline of relevant events brings into focus the coordination needed to pull such a political attack off. Thank you Sharyl for your investigative journalism–a rarity today.

  13. Wow, great work. Makes one wonder if there is anyone in the government that isn’t part of the corruption.

    All this and still no indictments. Will any of this ever get cleaned up? Likely not. The American public needs the swamp drained.

  14. So are you saying the FBI used their Asset, Page whom they were using to work a spying case and would be talking to Russians that were spying, as a justification to spy on Trump? Wow !!!

  15. Keep going and let me pre order the book that you will come out with over this. Needs to go on my book shelf next to the books on the Founding Fathers.

  16. I am a old Registered Nurse but would love to get into investigating this corruption.
    I started a timeline like this and can pass it on to you. It is in word format- 54 pages to date.
    What is interesting is stuff gets reported 6 months to a year later after they occur and when placed in a timeline of events it becomes clear what is going on. MSM does not do this and everything gets reported and they move on …
    Email me and I will send my document to you.
    My first entry is:
    2/3/93 An executive order prohibits a federal government official from using public office for private gain.

  17. Fascinating work. You are superior to all others. Thank you for your professionalism and honest reporting. What has America become? The level of evil is unbelievable.

  18. Great information!
    I might call the -Summer 2015: Democratic National Committee computers are hacked-, a breach. There are plenty of expert such as John McAfee who say it was an inside job. A hack implies outside job.

  19. Absolutely amazing. You have compiled a wealth of pertinent/accurate info and put into a format that the FBI might be able to understand! Good job! I hope that one day soon, you will be recognized for your great work and rewarded accordingly.

  20. 2/10/18 0820 am Potus Trump Tweeted ” according to NYT a Russian sold phony secrets on Trump to the US asking price was $ 10 million .
    The Article details the shadowy figures involved in the plot to smear him, including Cody Shearer. It also provides background information about how someone (CIA?) is out to destroy the NSA.

    02/11/18 Saratov Airlines An-148 aircraft went missing from the radar just two minutes after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport. It exploded just 10 minutes after take-off. The Russian-made plane was 7 years-old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago. 65 passengers and 6 crew members died. Among the Dead : Sergey Panchenko

  21. 12/01/17 General Flynn cuts a deal for a process crime indictment. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras. The Robert Mueller lawyer, the Special Counsel attorney that signed General Flynn’s Statement of Offense filed in U.S, District Court was “Brandon L Van Grack. It was Brandon L Van Grack who was in communication w/ the Trump for America transition organization; and misrepresented (ie. lied about) the Special Counsel access to the General Services Administration emails on 12/12/2017.

    12/06/17 U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras was recused from Flynn Case. The same day congress demands FBI Director Christopher Wray turn over the FISA-702 applications. Judge Contreras is a FISA Court Judge who approved the wiretapping…ie conflict of interest

    1/31/18 Special Counsel Mueller requests postponement of Flynn sentencing, likely due to potential evidence tampering (Form 302 changes)

  22. Hillary Clinton’s 2011 State Department hand-picked George Papadopoulos to represent the USA at the 2011 UNESCO Emerging leaders forum in Paris .

    2011 Fusion GPS a commercial research/strategic intelligence firm based in D.C. co-founded by Glenn Simpson, former reporter for Roll Call and Wall Street Journal. Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson pushed false story of close relationship between Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting sex from an underage girl. Fusion funded DNC paid dossier.

    2012 Dems hired Fusion for “opposition research” against Mitt Romney. Mother Jones published an article against one of his PAC contributors, Frank VanderSloot.

  23. On the Jan 23, 2018 entry it states”….Comey friend who leaked on behalf of Comey to NY Times….is now Comey’s attorney”. Question: The leaked information was considered classified, a private conversation between Pres Trump and Comey. Comey’s friend, his current atty, must also be under investigation for handling classified information as well. How can he represent Comey if he is guilty of passing along the same classified info? It seems to be same situation as Cheryl Mills being allowed to represent Hillary Clinton during FBI interviews when Mills was also a witness.
    Comey’s friend/atty is a witness to Comey’s actions.

  24. BOOM: 04/13/16 ***** Robert Mueller, Stefanie Osburn (Obama’s Exec Dir Intelligence Advisory Board) at the White House with Justin Cooper’s (a Bill Clinton aid & Hillary Clinton IT staffer) attorney (Aaron Zebley Mueller’s right hand man) and met with the Executive Director of Foreign Intelligence. Mueller was a partner of WilmerHale at the time, working in the Washington office.


  25. There was clearly Russian collusion in an illegal way…. Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party are pretty clearly guilty of it.

  26. I remember an email where Chalupa brags she is working with Isakoff. I am also wondering why Comey is replacing Counter-Intelligence officials so often. Was Carter Page paid off or was he a dupe? So much here. Will have to make notes to connect more dots. Clearly they are dirty cops and it appears Trump’s refusal to appoint Mueller as head of FBI is driving Mueller’s angry crusade against Trump. So much here! So much collusion, but not Trump’s collusion!

  27. Very impressive body of work. May I respectfully suggest weaving in the story of head of NSA Admiral Mike Rogers’ shutting down the illegal 702 searches and the well timed visit to Trump Tower after the ellection. And the Trump team moving to NJ the very next day. I believe Rogers informed the FISA court later leading to the redacted FISA court memo.

  28. A couple of proofreading gifts if you don’t mind. Jan 5, 2017, has an error: “discussed reportedly discussed.” Also a spelling error on Jan. 6, 2017: “Comes” rather than “Comey.”

    A note. I think Susan Rice speaks English well enough not to say “I leaked nothing to nobody.” Was this double-negative a clever way to lie openly without getting caught?

  29. A few things , ( Think Watergate) & Original Crimes vs cover up of crimes.

    Nov 2015: DNC and the DCCC are told by FBI there under attack.

    ***Nov 2015***: The NSA Data collection 702 data base abuse begins ( The original crime)

    March 2016 ( end of) Page and Papadopulous are brought to the Trump team as ” Foreign policy” adviser volunteers. Both have ties to Clinton/FBI/DOJ.

    April 2016: Rodgers quarterly review of his data base Exposes irregularities
    April 2016: Rodgers restricts 702 Access along the lines of “About Queries”
    April 2016: Rodgers requests a full FISC court investigation ( Released October 24 2016)

    ORIGINAL CRIME : After the DCCC & DNC hack in November 2015. The Obama and Clinton machine began its illegal searches on Trump. Using the NSA data base for foreign intelligence gathering
    Original Crime: By Jan 2016 the FBI/DOJ and the Intel agency’s in our Government knew Rodgers was going after the illegal 4th amendment violations in the data base. (And in April 2016 got locked OUT of it)
    Original Crime: Putting Page & Papadopilous on Trumps team was an effort to mine information done by Page and bait Trump or his people to “interact” with Top Russian officials done by P-Dop who by the way admitted as much in his testimony.

    June 2016: Fusion GPS Hires Steele
    The Tarmac meeting was NOT simply about nominating Lynch to the Supreme Court. It was to Learn from her, what she as the Attorney General needed to defend against the FISC court ruling’s created by NSA Rodgers investigation. ( A foreign spy warrant would suffice 100%)

    July 2016: This is where the Russian Investigation (FBI) / Steele / Fusion and others all began to create a Story that would eventually SUPPORT A WARRANT on Carter Page.

    What we are all missing is the severity of the Data base violations. Go read there ruling. And know it WAS not going to go away all by itself. The Swamp knowing it would “Win” set Page up as a Foreign Spy in the Trump camp. This warrant would NOT just cover for the last 11 months of illegal spying. But would make sure Russia and Trump would suffer once Hilary was elected.

  30. Can it really be accurately stated that Russia invaded the Ukraine? It is more like the ethnic Russian residents of Crimea pleaded for Putin’s help against the ethnic cleansing campaign being waged by the newly installed Neo-NAZI puppet regime. That’s my understanding of that situation at least.

  31. WAS there anything in there about CrowdStrike? HRC/DNC, YET AGAIN, denying FBI ACCESS TO (purported hacked by Russia) email, & CrowdStrike affiliation with Obama(I read.)
    Or Sally Yates verbose negative response to a proposed audit?
    Why was Sessions (probably) forced to recuse himself when others were more enmeshed & still in the probe?
    Or revisions of Flyn’s interview notes, & outcome. They need to tape things & merandize him to get an attny!
    Or when Comey threw Priestap under the bus for advising Comey to not disclose the investigation of Trump(during congress w genius NY freshman female question.)
    Or Contreras’s forced recusal?
    Muellers potential conflict of interests w his overseeing the Uranium One Clinton Foundation issue.
    Or Priestap NOT getting spanked? Potential informant?
    Wow, Rogers & NUNES are Real heroes here, @ extreme peril to themselves!
    Enjoyed your conservative tree house article!
    Hang in there Sharyl, we need you!

  32. 1/3/2017
    Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday evening on MSNBC

  33. It’s necessary to look into Carter Page’s background, where you’ll find his participation in previous FBI investigations. Page infiltrated the Trump Campaign and then Presidency, to be used as the main reason for FISA Surveillance, which allowed for simultaneous study of those he associated with, i.e., Trump and his employees. Without Carter Page, the FBI had no reason or authority what-so-ever to surveil anyone in the Trump group. The FBI renewed their FISA Request 4 separate times, all due to their own informant, Carter Page, acting as a Person of Interest. This type of manipulation is highly illegal, and although it’s not reported by our MSM, the FBI will be held responsible for these illegal acts.

  34. Thank you for this outstanding summary; helps to showcase the events in such an organized manner. Learned so much. The timeline reinforces the concept of those involved and when. Should receive an award of some time for this excellent non opinionated , just the facts, journalism that provides understanding of the events occurring in our Country . Your book, BTW< rated excellent….in our household.. Keep up the great work.

  35. Sharyl,
    You left out a KEY date. The independent contractors of the clinton campaign, who were illegally spying and querying without authorized access, were SHUT DOWN in mid April 2016 by MIKE ROGERS at NSA who saw the abuse that was going on. Around that mid April time period, there are a flurry of meetings at the White House involving some very interesting people. The visitor logs are telling. They had to figure out another way to spy on Trump and his campaign AND cover their tracks on past illegality. Mike Rogers had informed DOJ that he was reporting the abuse to FISC.
    That scathing FISC review is a roadmap into the spying abuses of the obama years up until mid April 2016. There was VIRTUALLY NO REPORTING on it when the redacted, declassified version was released in April 2017. The increase in numbers year after year is staggering and frightening. You can bet that two of the independent contractors whose names are redacted are Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike!!

  36. FOR 2013 TIMELINE
    Michael Mahon Hastings critic of the Obama administration, Democratic Party and surveillance state died in an automobile crash on June 18, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. He was working on a profile of CIA director John Brennan for Rolling Stone.

    1. Is this common, these hits, like the one on Seth Rch? I read Andrew Breitbart might have been a victim too, they found a way to cause his cardiac event. I pray these folks pay SOON! I heard Rich’s parents were silenced by fear, that they might be next! Sad times for USA!

  37. addition to 12/21/15
    James Comey names E.W. Bill Priestap as the assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in D C. …Priestap’s wife, Sabina Menschel an investigator at Nardello & Co., now she’s the President & COO of it. https://www.nardelloandco.com/ “Your Best Kept Secret”. Sabina served as a Special Advisor in the Directorate of Intelligence at the FBI’s DC headquarters. She donated thousands to Hillary Campaign. Sabina’s Business partner, Daniel Nardello of Nardello & Co., donated to Jeb Bush: Sabina’s father is Richard L. Menschel, Senior Director at The Goldman Sachs Group.

  38. 02/01/16 Andrew McCabe took over as Deputy Director of FBI from Comey appointee Mark Giuliano
    **** Lead FBI AGENT John Giacalone abruptly resigns.

    2/6/2016: TEXTS reveal FBI Strzok mentioning a big Agency F*** up. (What could it be?)

    02/25/16 FBI Lisa Page texts Strzok “the last thing you need us in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember it was more DOJ than FBI”

    This is a very senior FBI agent and investigator telling his FBI lover that he intends to give Hillary Clinton the suspect special treatment because she may become president. They expressed political concerns about whether Hillary Clinton, if elected President, would take revenge against the FBI for the crime of investigating her.

  39. 4/10/16 Obama’s Fox Sunday News interview exonerates Hillary >Obama publicly states that Hillary Clinton has shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server –which arguably constituted “obstruction of justice,” ( this is repeated by COMEY 07/05/16)

    04/10/16 FBI Strzok to Page : GMAILED you 2 drafts of what I am thinking of sending Bill, would appreciate your thoughts. Second (more recent) is updated so you can skipp the first. Type on home computer and email yourself.

  40. I just have a bad feeling that so much of this Mueller investigation is for the benefit of the Dems who are running for Congress in 2018.

    If they take the majority in one or both houses, surely Articles of Impeachment will start to be discussed. If so, may go forward, may not. The point being, once this activity starts, it is like a cyclone, where POTUS can get caught up in the swell and take his beam off of what he is trying to do at his job. Not thinking of Richard Nixon so much here (though he was probably distracted while the Senate investigated him), but Bill Clinton, who was said to be concentrating on efforts to take out Bin Laden (missed an opportunity due to a Saudi Prince being the guest of the madman, but that is another story).

    There is something so fishy going on here and Comey only made matters worse by CYA tactics rather than being the person once admired for not forcing Ashcroft to sign off on a document (insisted by the Bush White House), while the man was lying in a hospital bed.

    I worry for this country, I really do.

    Thank you for all your hard work, Ms. Attkisson.

    1. This article was in The New Yorker, I believe it was today, Feb 26, 2018.



      political generation ago, Congressman Jerry Nadler was a backbencher from the Upper West Side. A liberal Democrat with a law degree and a debater’s temperament, he was seen in New York as “a garrulously intelligent, wonkish politician whose previous claims to fame” included “fighting against Donald Trump’s projects on the West Side,” as the Times noted, in a 1999 profile. When House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton, in 1998, for lying about his affair with the former intern Monica Lewinsky, Nadler emerged as one of Clinton’s most ardent and public defenders, trading his obscurity for a brief moment in the national spotlight. The impeachment, he warned in the House Judiciary Committee, was a spectacular misuse of the power granted to Congress by its founding fathers, a “partisan coup d’état.”
      Twenty years later, history has intervened to give Nadler another shot at Trump. And, this time, Nadler’s own party is clamoring for impeachment. Nadler’s chance came in December, in one of those little-noticed internal congressional maneuvers that can often have big political consequences months or even years later. The #MeToo movement had just claimed the eighty-eight-year-old congressman John Conyers, of Michigan, who resigned after multiple women came forward to accuse him of harassing and propositioning them. That left a prime opening to succeed Conyers as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, which would oversee an impeachment of Trump if Democrats were to win control of the House in November’s midterm elections.

      So, looks like Trump is payback for Bill Clinton (and his wife).

      Monica Lewinsky has joined up with the #MeToo movement and is said to be reversing her story about Clinton, where their meetups were not consensual.

      Ok, that is understandable, but why wait 20 years?

  41. 09/02/16 FBI Lisa Page to Peter Strzok:”potus OBAMA wants to know everything we’re doing”

    09/10/16 FBI Strzok “thing is, there are very inflammatory things in the 302’s we didn’t turn over to congress (because they weren’t relevant to understanding the focus of the investigation) that are going to come out in FOIA and absolutely inflame congress. I’m sure Jim and Trisha and Dave and Mike are all considering how things like that play out as they talk amongst themselves.”

    Trisha Beth Anderson – Office of Legal Counsel FBI. Married to Charles L Newman, Deputy Legal Counsel, National Security Counsel

    Jim”. aka: James Baker, Chief Legal Counsel to FBI Director James Comey.
    “Mike”. aka: Michael P. Kortan, Chief of Public Affairs at Federal Bureau of Investigation (Instrumental in Clinton Tarmac “talking points”)

    “Dave”. aka: David L. Bowditch, Assoc Deputy Director of the FBI (third-ranked executive position). Also in Lynch/Clinton Tarmac “talking points” Interestingly David “Dave” L Bowditch, was Asst Director of FBI LA at time of San Bernardino terror attacks.

    ***302’s are the specific FBI forms used to document interviews/interrogations. They detail questions asked and answers given as well as who was present during the interview. The 302 file FBI Agent Peter Strzok is referencing in the text message to Lisa Page. Remember, Peter Strzok was one of the FBI people who actually interviewed Hillary Clinton. Strzok is admitting there are details within the interview of Hillary Clinton that he (and others) intentionally withheld from the September 2nd, 2016, release. FBI officials intentionally conspiring to withhold “inflammatory” Clinton investigation evidence, from congress. And the decision-making goes directly to the very top leadership within the FBI.

  42. 10/15/16 FBI meets with Fusion GPS contractor Steele and offers to pay him for more Russian “Dossier” material

    10/15/16 Obama administration through FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ Deputy Bruce Ohr, rewrites a narrower request to FISA court dropping Trump’s name and citing only the Russian banks as direct targets. While the BBC report suggests that the surveillance was meant to ferret out “transfers of money,” the Mensch article asserts that a “warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.” FISA court approves request.

    10/18/16 Julianne Assange internet access cutoff by embassy.

    10/20/16 NSA Dir. Mike Rogers is briefed by the NSA compliance officer on several strange 702 “About Queries” that were being conducted. (in mid 2016 Rogers ordered the NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance. )

    10/26/16 NSA Dir. Mike Rogers personally informed the FISA court of the Obama administration’s 702(17) violations. DOJ National Security Division head John P Carlin unexpectedly resigns. James Clapper, demands that Mike Rogers be fired. In the closed door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Obama administration lawyers admit to routinely violating American privacy protections for the past five years while scouring through overseas intercepts. Footnote 68 of the Court’s decision includes the statement that “the government acknowledges that those disclosures were improper for other reasons.” In Footnote 69 the decision reads that “improper access granted to the * * *[redacted] contractors . . . * * *[redacted] . . . seems to have been the result of deliberate decision-making. * * *[redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding (presumably prepared or reviewed by FBI lawyers), no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016.”

  43. Follow the money :

    04/01/16 Fusion GPS is hired by DNC & HRC Campaign (via Perkins Coie lawfirm to protect client/attorney privilege) and tasked with further “opposition research.” Perkins Coie’s lead attorney representing DNC & HRC Campaign is Marc E. Elias (who is also HRC’s personal attorney). In addition, Perkins Coie also employs former Obama White House Chief Legal Counselor, Robert Bauer.
    04/26/16 Perkins Coie law firm ( the same law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS,) received $98,047 from Obama ’s official campaign arm classified only as “Legal Services,” Perkins is also closely woven into the Google, CrowdStrike
    04/29/16 Perkins Coie law firm received $700,000 from OFA, Obama’s official campaign arm. Marc Elias, a partner at the D.C.-based Perkins Coie law firm, joined the board of Priorities USA Action, largest liberal Super PAC throwing weight behind Hillary. George Soros made 3 contributions to Priorities totaling $9.5 million during 2016. Alexander, George’s son, cut a $1,000,000 check to Priorities.
    05/24/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $91,500 to FusionGPS.
    06/12/16 FusionGPS hires Christopher Steele
    07/15/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $107,399.74 to FusionGPS.
    07/29/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $99,166.83 to FusionGPS.
    08/31/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $157,753.61 to FusionGPS.
    09/30/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $144,643.46 to FusionGPS.
    10/ 28/16 Perkins Coie, the surrogate law firm acting on behalf of Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC, makes a payment of $365,275,33 to FusionGPS

  44. This is excellent!!! What a job you did Sharyl! Keep up the fantastic work please we need you to help show exactly what is happening in our government and how disgusting it actually is when you take it all in. There should be many indictments according this information. Bookmarked and saved on my desktop for when you update this!

  45. 10/28/16 Clinton’s lead in the polls begin to erode forcing her into the desperate measure of leaking classified information about Trump Tower on the same day the FBI issues Trump a clean bill of health, leading to conflicting reports.

    10/31/16 Clinton campaign issues statement, citing Slate, about Server in Trump Tower that secretly communicated with Russia .EXACTLY SAME TIME AS SLATE ARTICLE RELEASED

    10/31/16 Trump Tweets : Wow, Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media!

  46. Admiral Mike Rodgers of the NSA will go down in history as an American Hero:

    11/17/16 NSA Mike Rogers visits Trump Tower without telling ODNI James Clapper, warning Trump about the Obama administration illegal surveillance of the Trump team.
    After Roger’s visit, the entire Trump Transition team moves to Bridgewater, NJ the VERY NEXT DAY, Nov. 18th where they interviewed/discussed the most sensitive positions to fill. Defense, State, CIA, ODNI.

    11/19/16 Washington Post reports Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and DNI James Clapper recommend to the White House NSA Chief Rogers be fired.

  47. 12/8/16 — “Hillary Clinton makes a pubic appearance denouncing “fake news.””

    I’m pretty sure I would have remembered that.

  48. Refreshingly neutral reporting of “the facts”. Thank you!. Keep up the good work. You are now my go to person for what is really going on. I’ll spread the word of your good journalism. May you inspire others in your profession to follow your good lead. Thank you thank you thank you

  49. Great work Sharyl! Thank you for your exhaustive efforts in detailing this information. You’re doing the work of a real journalist.

  50. All of Trump’s military and energy policies were bad for Putin and all of Hillary’s military and energy policies were good for Putin, so Putin tried to get Trump to win?
    The idea is absurd on it’s face.

    As with every media narrative it starts with a premise that is a complete lie.

  51. Awesomely detailed timeline. Cleared some info for me.
    Other points: 12/7/17 Judge Rudolf Contreras, judge who accepted Flynn guilty plea recuses himself without explanation.
    2/19/18 New judge Emmet Sullivan orders Mueller to turn over exculpatory evidence in Flynn case.

    …. It is worth noting Susan Rice net worth estimated at $50 million, an increase of $30 million since she entered the White House.
    Rice has never worked in the private sector nor earned more than $172,000 has a career civil servant

  53. Is Susan Rice now implicating Obama?

    04/04/17 Susan Rice, appeared on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell confirming the “unmasking” request(s) which can be pinned upon her, are directly related to her need to understand -on behalf of President Obama- intelligence for the President’s Daily Briefing (the PDB). “State” – “Defense” (Pentagon includes NSA) and “CIA”…(DOES THIS IMPLICATES OBAMA)

    Rice says that from AUGUST 2016 they were getting more and more information about Russia interfering in the electoral process but the press was already declaring Trump a Russian stooge by July. (We know Obama DOJ officials were the leakers)

    August 12, 2016, Strzok and Page talk about someone “flipping.” “and that’s super aggravating about _ _ _ _ flipping :
    Who flipped??? RICE , BILL Preistap? MIKE Rodgers?

    My Guess Admiral Rodgers!

  54. Thank you Sharyl; I’ve been hoping you’d be central to documenting this historic chapter. Do you know the identities of the “handpicked” agents who authored the “DNC-hack” intelligence assessment of January 2017? Strzok, by chance?

  55. I really appreciate the effort that went into putting all this together. That being said, this story, like the original FISA memo, has been losing its momentum by the day. Just like watching Lou Dobbs night after night highlighting these egregious acts of criminality and the same question ends the show, what is anybody doing about it? I would possibly suggest going over your timeline and highlight all possible acts of criminal behavior that is apparently being neglected by our Judicial System and start putting pressure on whomever is blocking the investigations required.

  56. Thank you Sharyl!!! One thing I’d like you to add is in regards to the non-hacked Podesta e-mails. Assange has more than alluded to the fact that they were leaked (directly downloaded from the DNC computers as proven by the rate at which they were downloaded) and verified outright by British Amb. Murray and even better Kim Dotcom (who twice wrote to Mueller as being willing to testify with evidence proving it but Mueller never replied) and of course the Donna Brazile ‘tell’ by dedicating her book to Seth Rich and writing about being afraid of being assassinated (why if it was a botched robbery in another part of town, lol.)

    Also of note it was the day after Hillary had her awful Matt Lauer interview and screamed at Donna Brazile calling her a water buffalo for all to hear (sometime around Sept 10, 2016) that Donna Brazile decided to get her revenge with a tell all book.

  57. FACT 1 On 20 March 2017, FBI Director James Comey lied to Rep Elise Stefanik R-NY when he said the reason he did not notify the DNI along with Congress quarterly about the CI operation was because there was none, (meaning no DNI). James Clapper was still in position until 20 January 2017 even though he announced his resignation 18 November 2016.
    FACT 2 It was during this same round of questioning that Director Comey said the decision not to notify was “usually”made by the head of the Counterintelligence Division. That would have been Bill Priestap, who, as Assistant Director, worked for Comey.

  58. The time is great step ! There are at least 1001 other documented pieces that are related to your time line suggest if possible you explore creating a “wiki” or utilize another format so, people can add to your timeline to create a more robot picture of when/how/why things occurred.
    This would assist a great many people.

  59. Barbara T Whitaker

    This was the BEST article ever. Thanks so much for the detail needed for us to piece together the Smear going on mostly by opposition but involvement of the Republicans (McCain, etc) to keep Trump from the White House. Trump is not perfect, but to think how close we came to Hillary…its truly terrifying. Thanks again, putting in my order for your book

  60. I would love to know the real story about why Sessions cannot or will not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the FISA cout abuse. If it can’t be told now, I hope it comes out soon.

  61. JUST A THOUGHT: “Collusion” is not a crime. So why are American Taxpayers shelling out millions of dollars to investigate something that is NOT illegal? If someone out there can give a “legal” answer to this question. I’d love to hear it?

  62. Why isn’t anyone talking about Romney and the spying on his people?
    Second the definition of sedition is exactly what had been happening. It includes the deep state, Schumer and his I’ll and some reporters.
    Why isn’t it being brought up?

  63. Thank you for your investigations. and to think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been doing my own investigation on this too and it stinks to high heaven.and all those dead people the Clintons are well to close for comfort. the weapons and the drugs and the money the bribes the refuges the gangs and the attempt to disarm us with false info that put us all at risk and the 20+ trillion were is it can we account for it.siria turkey uranium, the Iran cash. it goes on and it seems like forever BS. I talk to people and they don’t know even a fraction of this. it’s scary to think all these people are this misinformed and biest or just lacking the information they are too far to the left and too far right to blind to lazy to do there own ours and ours of research. we are under attack from many counties at the same time coordinated or not its time to find who is with us and the worlds best interest and who is not. we have a lot of bad players around us and they are here to change us or destroy us and that is a whole nother topic and our young is the most vulnerable. thank you and I printed this like I always do.

  64. 05/03/17 Comey testifies he has never been and has never authorized anyone in the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump /Clinton investigations.

    March 17, 2018 McCabe statement “I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and legal counselor. As deputy director I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey, and another leaker, James Baker, helped.

  65. Sharyl, is this a potential typo or misspell, In quotes, “singed” below 3/2/17?

    March 2, 2017: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from Russia-linked investigations.

    Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, becomes Acting Attorney General for Russia Probe. It’s later revealed that Rosenstein “singed”at least one wiretap application against former Trump adviser Carter Page.

  66. Great summary but these connectionsvto Halper and Downer need to be in your timeline. As is starting to leak out… when did the FBI put it to Papadopolous as a seed that Trump knew Russia had HIllary emails probably planted by Halper and when did Papadopolous say it to Downer? All seem to predate any officially supported F.B.I. investigation timeline.

  67. Sharyl,
    This is EXCELLENT WORK!! You are among the few practitioners of REAL journalism in an industry satisfied with and proudly being stenographic presstitutes.
    In a rational world, you’d get a Pulitzer for your work, but in today’s Orwellian existence, the best indication of the quality of your work will be the lies, smears and attempts to destroy you as a person by the handmaidens of Saul Alinsky.
    Well done!!

  68. Sharyl, I pray for your safety, as stating the obvious and facts can really get you hurt. I now put you on a very very short list of journalists that truly have INTEGRITY! Marvelous work! God Bless, WWG1WGA

  69. Thank you Sharyl for fearless reporting. Realize that this will continue until the CIA and its shadow government/budget is dismantled. They had you harassed when you reported on Benghazi. They will do anything and everything they can to maintain this power. Our elections we hold are pretty much useless bc of them. Think JFK, think Allen Dulles.

  70. A few years ago I read your book “Stonewalled” and became a big fan. You could have included in your “Collusion against Trump timeline” your experience with the expanded surveillance as detailed in your book. I was a teenager when the movie “Seven Days in May” starring Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, and Frederick March came out. I recently watched it and if you replace the Joint Chiefs of Staff with the FBI, Justice, and Intelligence “patriots” coupled with the lamestream media you will see some scary parallels. Worth a look. My wife and I have thought of starting a “Seven Days in May” organization with members carrying signs with James Comey and Burt Lancaster’s pictures on it and picketing his house. I think Burt might be offended though.

  71. Given the focus on Trump/Russia “flattery” (particularly your timeline note for 10/18/2016 quoting Pres Obama)…

    It seems the 3/26/2012 interchange between Pres Obama and Medvedev is worth including at least for context if not an eventual “ah ha” moment. There’s no question that the Obama administration communicated on friendly terms with the Russians. The interaction was hardly that of cautious opponents.


  72. Investigative journalism is alive and well and in the capable hands of Ms. Attkisson. If only just a few of the liberal biased, Obama loving journalists had her moral compass, they wouldn’t have their heads stuck in the sand. God bless, stay safe, and keep at it Ms. Attkisson.

  73. Sharyl has it all! She has detailed notes of every time 44/Hillary/Holder/Lynch/Powers/Rice/Geithner/Mueller/Comey crossed the line…

    Great work Sharyl! However, the real culprits are pulling the strings behind the scenes…


  74. In the section on the Donald Jr Trump Tower meeting, it should be noted that the Russian lawyer, Natalya Veselnitskaya, was under contract to Fusion GPS.

  75. It’s encouraging to know that there are still a handful of real journalists out there who can see through the partisan echo chamber and report the facts as they are, not pick and choose their facts to support a predetermined “narrative”. Kim Strassel, Cheryl Atkinson and Catherine Herridge should be holding classes for the virtue signaling good old boys in the Washington press corps who couldn’t follow a lead if it was stapled to their nose.

  76. Foot in the Forest

    You madam must be a VERRRRY dangerous person. {sarc.] The instant I hit your website the Kaspersky security system running on this computer went bonkers. No fewer than 8 notifications of malicious links on your site. Keep up the good work. Foot

  77. Potential Opportunity is not evidence the opportunity was ever taken. Imagination is not evidence.

    OTOH, the products of corruption are very much evidence of corruption accomplished and mister trump is wallowing in such products.

    And I frankly do not care how we depose, charge, try and convict him.

  78. 2012
    Secretary of State Rodham’s most recent treasonous high crime, her flagrant criminal use of an unsecured personal computer server/hard-drive to store classified government documents and information.

  79. Gerald W Palmer

    This new line suggests even more strongly that Carter Page may have been a plant into the Trump campaign. He was an FBI source and then shows up joining the campaign while continuing contacts with the Bureau. Then, inexplicably, he becomes a person whom the IC seeks to have surveilled under FISA, a nose under the tent to gain “incidental” info on others that could be leaked against them and selectively against the Trump candidacy. Halper’s involvement with Page seems to have been a cover story.

  80. Finished Smear – it read like a spy novel. Great job.

    Thanks for updating timeline – really helps bringing all the threads together.

    What a great time to be a journalist.

  81. Excellent timeline Sharyl!!!

    I think Mike Flynn’s support for FBI Agent Robin Gritz plays into the visit ordered by Sally Yates.

    Also, Mike Rogers shut off access to raw FISA data to contractors(including Fusion GPS) on April 18, 2016. The next day Glenn Simpson’s wife, Mary Jacoby, visits the white house.

    Fusion GPS then hires Nellie Ohr.

  82. Thanks. Curious to know McCain’s and Romney’s roles with respect to the dossier and any further connection to Evan McMullin’s presidential candidacy.

  83. One fact that does NOT seem to be emphasized (or appear on the timeline) is that Fusion GPS, in addition to being an asset of the DNC and the Clinton Campaign, is also a Russian client lobbying against the Magnitsky Act; and whose contacts, specifically Natalia Veselnitskaya, were directed AGAINST (to subvert) the Trump campaign.

  84. David R. Graham

    I read through, thanks for this! For months I felt some piece was missing, even from the rational observers who have been parsing this deliberate mess together. I think Sharyl’s timeline here highlights that piece: Ukraine. Ukrainian intel got this Russian conspiracy story going as part of their general attack on Russia.

    There is in fact massive effort by a foreign power, a Slavic nation, to guide the USA election and subvert DJT. That would be Ukraine, not Russia. The Russian effort was traditional, far less than what CIA does to them — or more likely, would like to do to them — on a regular basis, and perfunctory. Ukraine, on the other hand, threw all their assets into a disinformation full-court press for HRC and Democrats and against DJT and USA grand national strategic interests, which include Russia geo-strategically.

    Obama DOD started building a National Training Center (military) for Ukraine. This is a strategic thumb in Russia’s eye, utterly gratuitous and ruinous morally, financially, and ultimately, militarily. Combined Fort Irwin and Fort Polk, brand new, some seven thousand miles from home. The USA “Foreign Policy Establishment” is really, really stupid besides being corrupt.

  85. “Jan. 31, 2017: President Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refuses to enforce his temporary travel ban on Muslims coming into U.S. from certain countries.”

    Should be “Jan. 31, 2017: President Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refuses to enforce his temporary travel ban on everyone coming into U.S. from certain Muslim countries.”

  86. Very nice indeed. But real story much more complicated, devious and dangerous. If you have time look into the one entity that is conspicuous by its absence, and tie it into your timeline. I am referring to MuBro and its henchmen.

  87. Brian McDermott

    Please write the book. This is what i have been waiting for. What was known when and what was found out about it later. Its still not over but i think the time line is the best and clearest for the book. Maybe include a few photos of the devious scoundrels!

  88. William Mitchell

    Those of us who care about freedom can feel a little better with you on the case.

    Keep up the great work!

  89. What was wrong with our DOJ ,FBI ,CIA we must overall them all this Corruption can’t be allowed they are all involved in an active Coup Against a setting Elected President Trump this is Treason no one can get away with this

  90. Independent Investigator

    It may be helpful to put this on a Microsoft Project schedule with separate timelines for event series.

    I have information technology skills and am thinking of building a website to display information related to this story in an easy to understand and search manner. Would welcome a collaborator with good knowledge of this subject and investigative skills.

  91. Obama’s CiA Director Brennan began spying on Trump in April 2016

    Under John Brennan, the CIA operated as an opposition research outfit for the Hillary Clinton campaign. It appears from leaked news stories in the British press that Brennan’s oafish spying on Trump began around April 2016, right after Trump’s biggest primary victories. As it became urgently clear to Brennan that Trump was going to face off against Hillary, Brennan turned to “intelligence partners” in Europe for dirt on Trump. But they didn’t have any, save some pretty skimpy material on “contacts” between Trump campaign officials and Russians.
    Whatever Brennan collected was so insubstantial that Robert Mueller hasn’t even interviewed him about it. Consider that for a second: Mueller was supposedly appointed to complete the counterintelligence probe into Trumpworld, and he hasn’t felt the need to talk to the father of it…. Brennan, who was auditioning to be Hillary’s CIA director and choking on his anger at the thought of Trump as president, couldn’t help himself apparently. From April 2016 to July 2016, according to leaked stories in the British press, he assembled a multi-agency taskforce that served as the beginnings of a counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign. During these months, he was “personally briefing” Obama on “Russian interference” — Brennan’s euphemism for spying on the Trump campaign — and was practically camped out at the White House. So in all likelihood Obama knew about and had given his blessing to Brennan’s dirt-digging.

  92. Muller is deep into “Project Pelican” have you ever heard of it?

    It involves how Obama and the Obama maladministration allowed a 35-year lease to be awarded to a group that involves Russia’s Club-K missile launching system, KGB’s Primakov, North Korea, and the Architects of the Islamic Bloc and the Iran Nuclear Deal.” It involves Uranium One, Muslim Brotherhood. The original Occasional Paper broke the news that the family of Iraqi nuclear physicist Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar – known as Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bombmaker – along with the Emir of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), had been awarded a 35-year lease for cargo container operations at Port Canaveral, Florida after two years of secret talks with the Obama administration. Jones and Fanning continued their research over the following months and now present their updated and even more alarming findings with this new report:
    Gulftainer, a firm co-owned by a UAE emir and the former head of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program, is making a bid for control of the Port of Wilmington, Delaware. Authors Mary Fanning and Alan Jones have returned to continue their vital research and expose the machinations of this foreign entity that undermines the security of our vulnerable port facilities. In “Gulftainer Taking Second U.S. Port” they write:
    The Obama administration placed a declared enemy of the United States who was on U.S. Central Command’s Operation Iraqi Freedom “Blacklist” inside the wire at Port Canaveral, Florida with a 35-year cargo container terminal lease. That lease bypassed both the congressionally-mandated national security review by the full Intelligence Community and a full review at CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States).

    “The Perfect Storm” is available for free in PDF format below

  93. A suggested addition to your timeline: From the Washington Post interview of Donald Trump dated March 22, 2016. Response to a question as to the naming of his foreign policy advisors:
    TRUMP: Well, I hadn’t thought of doing it, but if you want I can give you some of the names… Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do, but that’s a representative group.

  94. WOW — Will take a while to read through and digest this great summary. But hoping in the meantime someone could answer a couple questions.

    Early in the story we kept hearing about the conclusions of 17 intelligence agencies. I never knew there were so many. Who are they? Why would so many be involved with one issue? How do reporters know with certainty what all 17 concluded and what makes their conclusions reliable?

    I also recall hearing news stories about M.I.6 and British Intelligence being behind some of the evidence. Where did reporters get that information and why haven’t I read more about it? The only connection I’ve read about is Christopher Steele but he certainly doesn’t represent and speak on behalf of M.I.6. Would be good to get some follow up from the reporters who claimed the source of much of the information being investigated came from M.I.6.

  95. Where did you get this from? Oct. 2015: President Obama uses a “confidentiality tradition” to keep his Benghazi emails with Hillary Clinton secret.

  96. Independent Investigator

    CrowdStrike was paid $98,000 the day after Seth Rich was murdered. Some believe Seth Rich leaked the DNC emails.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJVeyMsBXy0

    CrwodStrike was the firm that examined the DNC server rather letting the FBI do the exam. It is CrowdStrikes report that the Russian hacking claim is based on. Former NSA director William Binney does not agree with CrowdStrike or the official government assessment of a Russian hack.

  97. William Winningham

    You completely omitted perhaps the most important element of this entire story. The fact is, House and Senate Republicans and conservative media are likely to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory by mischaracterizing Stefan Halper’s role as one of a “mole” placed by the FBI “inside” the Trump campaign. In fact, they might very well enable the main stream media and the left to portray him as a sympathetic figure…even a patriot. Nothing could be further from the truth! Stefan Halper did play a role in the establishment of the Trump-Russia Investigation. However, Halper wasn’t “inside” the Trump Campaign. Halper used intentionally manufactured meetings and contacts with Papadopoulos and Page to create perceived associations with Russia. Ultimately, this was a coordinated effort between British and U.S. Intelligence. Halper was just one of many pieces. Joseph Mifsud was likely a similar piece. You know, the Joseph Mifsud who first told Papadopolous that the Russians had “dirt” on HIllary (BTW, Mifsud has apparently since disappeared from the face of the earth! He’s now been officially “missing” for months). That’s when the FBI sent in their operatives (Halper and others) to fish for information they themselves had planted. It’s Sir Richard Dearlove who should be receiving the closest look. It was Dearlove (former head of MI6) who knew every one of the overseas connections (Steele, Burrows, Mifsud, Downer, and yes, Halper). This is a global conspiracy, the scope of which is far larger than the involvement of Stefan Halper…as important as that involvement might have been. I hope the feckless Republican leadership and conservative media don’t blow this by relying on the “mole” theory. The point is, THE CO-CONSPIRATORS PLANTED THE INFORMATION with Papadopolous-then sent in their operatives in order to “extract” that information from Papadopolous that they had themselves planted-in an effort to make it appear that the Trump campaign, via one of its “staff” (Papadopolous was involved on the periphery of the campaign at best), had been involved is the fantasy of collusion with the Russians to hack the DNC.

  98. I’m a big fan of your work and your resolve, Sharyl. Because of the questionable actions of the Justice Department IG office, under Horowitz (your computer hard drive was reportedly surreptitiously swapped out while in the custody of the Horowitz IG office?), I sadly don’t hold much confidence in the veracity of the JD IG investigation of malfeasance against Trump and his campaign.

    Good luck in your own personal fight against the deep state.

  99. Sharyl I’ve been a fan of yours since your CBS Days and was very upset when you left.
    Your work is AMAZING.
    You are a true journalist who gathers facts and reports them and not your personal opinion as fact.

    I hope you realize how appreciated that is by those of us who seek truth.

    Thank you!

  100. Journalism is NOT Dead! Thank you for all your hard work and independent thought! So refreshing to see the facts laid out as they happened! MSM should be ashamed for drinking the koolaid and not reporting the real news.

  101. All I can say is WOW! Thank you for taking the time to put this together, I’m sure it took a lot of work.
    Thank you

  102. Sharyl Attkisson is a gem she has given America a time line which will develop into the explosive FBI/DOJ/NSA/CIA/Hillary/ Obama/ Comey jail terms, I pray.With the media, Hollywood, justice system, court system, education system, all tilted heavily in favor of Marxists America needs people like Sharyl, Sara Carter, Hannity, Gorka, Bongino, Digenova and Jarrett to pursue the crooks into hell if necessary the fake news cabal doesn’t care for anything but to destroy trump and begin the next Marxism version # 20 , I believe. We are playing with one hand tied behind our backs yet still these heroes plug on to victory.

  103. Fantastic work!

    In the timeline it would be useful to add the date at which “17 U.S. intelligence agencies agree” that the hacking was “likely” from Russia (even though a handful of tech journalists pointed out that determining the origin of a hack is extremely difficult because hackers know how to misdirect and cover their tracks).

    Why is this date important? Because when mainstream media began reporting that the hacking was most likely Russia, the legitimacy of the “Russian meddling narrative” became an article of faith. What became lost in translation are the more mundane (yet inexcusable) cybersecurity issues that opened us up to “Russian interference” in the first place. It’s also important to include the cybersecurity issues in the timeline because they were largely separate problems before media coverage began to emphasize the Trump-Russia aspects at the expense of all else. Here are two cybersecurity related stories that help differentiate the issue:



    Looking back, it’s important to remember that the Podesta hack was a spearphishing attempt on his Gmail account. Bear in mind Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State was in hot water for using a private email server on which classified information was transmitted. What of the fact her campaign was using public email (Gmail), which due to the TOS for Google allows Google to capture information contained therein ostensibly for advertising *and* for which the so-called hack appears to have relied on Podesta clicking a link or attachment out of a phishing email that *freebie” email account users are universally inundated with!? Recall, meanwhile, this was painted as an attempt to target the Clinton campaign as opposed to a run-of-the-mill intrusion in which the “hackers” hit pay dirt when they snagged a high-level political figure (Hillary’s campaign manager). When you put a finer point on the “hack” — that it could have been anybody considering how utterly commonplace public email account phishing attempts are — there’s reason to investigate the cyber vulnerability that Hillary’s campaign and the DNC engaged in (per the linked stories).

    On a final note, consider the irony: Russians are said to have interfered in our election by hacking on the one hand, but they are also sources for the Steele dossier allegations — which were taken at face value for purposes of the FISA Court warrants and, to wit, for the appointment of a special counsel into Russia-Trump collusion. How do we say they “interfered” on the one hand but are credible for purposes of upending our entire political system via the mechanism of nonstop Trump Investagatorial Drama before — and now well after! — the 2016 presidential election? In my view, we can’t have it both ways. If the Russians were trying to sew distrust in our institutions and dissent within our political process that’s exactly what they did — and they’ve succeeded with stunning ease! All the while, we are still giving Russians license to do destabilize our Democracy through ongoing media-Trump/Russia speculation/innuendo which, in turn, is largely reliant upon a dossier from Russian-dominated sources!

    Lost in the scuffle is the reality that if the DNC was sincere about the breeches that place they should come clean with what sort of intrusion they faced. (Instead, they have remained notably silent despite the “interference” that they say targeted them directly.)

    And to the media at large: Intelligence agencies that are willing to leak to media that such-and-such happened without providing journalists with factual documentation should be taken to task (met with more skepticism on the part of reporters). What’s happened more so than anything else the past two years is that mainstream media has made a habit of running with a whole lot of unverified conjecture. Media organizations by in large are looking at sources (leaks) within Government and assuming them credible without any investigative work on their side to prove or disprove the claims of leakers. If this Russian meddling scandal has taught us anything, it’s that even high-level government officials have been known to lie or “misremember” the facts. Journalists need to keep that in mind before they pass off leakers’ claims as “articles of faith” and, in so doing, not only undermine Donald Trump but the morale (and international credibility) of this country. Journalists, after all, need to understand: If ever government was to misuse its power to impair or discredit an incoming candidate, they would do nothing but feed media organizations misinformation to keep the focus off their own misdeeds. By running with everything leakers have fed CNN, NYT, WaPo and others, they are not doing their journalistic duty to try to maintain a healthy level of skepticism between the newsroom and their sources. History provides the cautionary warning here: We had major media in the run-up to the Iraq invasion run with the story that there were WMDs in Iraq. Because so many Bush Administration officials echoed the claim, the claim took on legitimacy and journalists “dropped the ball” in failing to account for the fact that it was possible those claims were wrong. Only after the fact did journalists acknowledge that with more investigation and less willingness to unquestionably “echo” Bush administration claims, they might have cued into the fact that the WMD justification wasn’t adding up. Instead they charged full steam ahead with what they had been told, which justified the Iraq war and mideast destabilization by in large. That historic lesson should remind journalists that publishing a story just because a “high level source” is behind it, doesn’t make it legitimate. Media organizations in this country need to begin doing more old-fashioned investigative reporting and less “parrot the official” news making.

  104. Check our this Q Anon report 5/22, at 33:32, SpaceShot76


    Sharyl, you MUST add this 17 November 2016 date to your timeline, letter marked Top Secret SIGINT sent to GCHQ (UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Affairs) to renew PROJECT FULSOME first started on 28 August 2016 asking, this letter asking for renewal of PROJECT FULSOME for continued spying on Trump Campaign.

    See No. 4 of the letter, “Susan” Rice requesting CONTINUED SURVEILLANCE of Trump during transition period as internal US Intel is potentially compromised by incoming Trump Administration.


  105. Incredible work.
    Add to Timeline: 1-On January 3, 2017 Schumer said Trump was “really dumb. “”Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,”

    In retrospect that was an incredible statement. He was certainly accurate.
    2- Joe DiGenova reported that on February 2018 Comey, Brennan, and Clapper met for dinner at Ciao Osteria in Centerville, Virginia.

  106. Great work Sharyl. I think it would be enlightening to see the Strzok/Page texts the day or around the time they took place.

  107. Great work! As Comey says, facts matter.

    April 2016, computer security officials start looking into illicit activities of Imran Awan and his family. They had access to the House of Representatives network and the DNC network through Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s computer.

    House IG report concluded Awan downloaded data to off-site computers and may have sold classified data to foreign intelligence agencies.


  108. You might want to investigate into NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers’ decisions and how they affected the actions of John Brennan, James Covey, and Andrew McCabe. Specifically Mike Rogers effort to stop FBI contractors from having any further access to NSA database in April 2016 (not in your timeline). Was this the catalyst for starting the counter intelligence investigation to have a work around for obtaining data on the Trump campaign. We have a lot to thank Mike Rogers’ for. He also stopped the content searches which may have been the catalyst for the FISA warrant for another work around.

  109. Thank you Sharyl. You have unearthed a goldmine of factual data and I sincerely hope that republicans are smart enough to use it to bring the miscreants to long overdue justice. America deserves it and is earnestly waiting for the Deep State to be buried really deep and forever.

  110. Attkinson’s work is Pulitzer worthy. It should be noted, not sure if it has been mentioned, the Crowdstrike Co-founder is a Russian ex-pat, Dmitri Alperovich who’s father was a CIA asset. He is also pro Ukraine, a member of the Atlantic Council along with Evelyn Farkas, close association to the Chalupa sisters (Andrea, Irena and Alexandria), vetted cybersecurity speeches for Clinton and Google parent company is a major investor in Crowdstrike. I have found https://https://washingtonsblog.com/ to be inciteful. And, which it should be noted, has been attacked by Propornot.com (group of 30 self proclaimed antipropogandist) which according investigations done by the author of washingtonsblog is an Atlantic Council supported operation and now facebook.com’s partner in battling fake news despite the fact the Atlantic Council has been a player in spreading disinformation in other countries to sway elections. More info on propornot.com and it’s threat to the first amendment (attacking REAL news sites/journalist, conservative media, etc) can be found here https://wallstreetonparade.com/2016/12/whos-behind-propornots-blacklist-of-news-websites/ When you stop and start connecting the dots, it is not at all difficult to find there are an inordinate number of players connected to the US intel community, a few NGOs, DNC, Clinton and Obama administration. Making sure others read the works of Attkinson and the few HONEST journalist still trying to do accurate investigative journalism is extremely important. Share with your friends, family and colleagues no matter their political leanings. The future of our democracy depends on it.

  111. There is an article in Rolling Stone Magazine (be warned the general topic is anti-Trimp). However, the writer, Matt Tabbi says the summer before the election he got tricked into meeting with the firm that Ms. Veselnitskaya works for under the same ruse, in that, he was promised explosive election information for an article, but the meeting turned out to be solely on the Magnitsky Law. Mr. Tabbi is a vocal Democrat so for him to report this it must be true. He would not help out the Trumps. The article also states he can confirm other politicos were duped into meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya or her firm on the promise of sensitive information and in all cases none of it was true. This was obviously a ruse the Russian law firm used to get meetings with important Americans. This proves the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower was not some sort of secret meeting of collusion. He unfortunately fell for a ruse that others in political power or influence fell for. And, it confirms there was no sensitive information passed along. But, no the press doesn’t want to report others may have met with the Russian lawyers and could confirm what Donald Trump Jr. is stating is true fact it was only about Russian adoption laws. The article is titled Russiangate and the Magnitsky Affair, Linked Again.

  112. I haven’t finished the article yet,I’m falling asleep because I got up way to early. it’s a very long and detailed but does is not by any means 100% complete,you also need a guide book to help tie the significant parts together or for more clarity . You also must never forget that we have yet to see the documents or the paper trail on this very long journey that will eventually show the lawlessness of the Obama administration. All the while laws are being broken left and right .like with the Clinton Camp and nobody is ever held accountable. The Bias and the blatant politicization of the federal agencies to work towards the political goals of the Democrats is something that leads directly to Obama himself. He (Obama) has injected his opinion into several high profile cases and directly effected the outcome,and in some cases involving race he made much much worse. Obama himself still claims to be one of the few presidents to have a scandal free 2 terms. that is laughable but yet he supporters can’t be convinced otherwise because they have not seen it on CNN or MSNBC or in the NY Times or Washington post. So I guess it never happened!

    I hope and Pray everyday that the system works and the investigations going on will lead to Justice and these people will be held accountable and rightfully jailed . from the top to the bottom , in government or long since gone ,laws are laws and these people violated long list of serious felonies and need to be held to the same standards of the people before them who have ended up with a new orange jumpsuit. the company that makes them should be very busy and someone should email of the different sizes they will need for the Obama administration .

  113. In the context of Shayrl’s so-far rebuffed efforts to extract information from the FBI about her computer intrusions:

    Sources tell The Daily Caller disgruntled FBI agents are too afraid of retaliation to speak out about the Bureau’s many troubles.

    ‘…The agent added, “And don’t get me wrong, there are still a few good people scattered about, but main Justice and the bureaucrats are running the show, want to run out the clock on this administration, and keep the status quo.”

    Another special agent, when asked about being subpoenaed, said, “This is a great opportunity for senior or [soon to be retiring] guys, not for someone like me. It’d be suicide. I hate to say it, but neither the judiciary nor the executive branch is wielding any kind of effective oversight right now, and the top managers know it.”

    He continued, “You still have a ton of bad people in place. Unless that changes, and I haven’t seen any degree of seriousness on the part of ranking members nor staffers, I’m not meeting with anyone nor willing to be subpoenaed. I’m not coming forward until they get their act together. Right now, it’d be sacrificing a career for cheap political points.”’


  114. I’m still waiting to see all the Docs. that Congress has requested and still fail to get, from the same people they are in charge of overseeing. They should start holding groups of them in contempt of Congress and then impeach them or fire them from the Gov. all together. We want
    to see some justice done with the guilty parties, regardless of who gets embarassed. We have already lost confidence in the Justice system. This stalling is only pushing the repairs further down the road. If we fail in cleaning out these traders and enemies of the state, we will continue to loss faith in all Gov. institutions until there is anarchy. Sad very sad state of affairs.

  115. Hugh Stephenson

    11/13/16 Page wrote, “I bought all the president’s men. Figure I need to brush up on watergate.”

  116. “June 9, 2016: Meeting in Trump Tower includes Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner with Russian lawyer who said he(sic) has political opposition research on Clinton. (No research was ultimately provided.)”

    Goldstone has, I understand, admitted that he made up the “crown prosecutor” narrative, and it’snot clear what Veselnitskaya said she had, though she apparently said nothing directly to the Trump camp beforehand. On the other hand my impression is she did provide some short summary of (Fusion GPS?) research on Bill Broder to Trump Jr, though it may have gone directly in the round file.

    “July 5, 2016: … Days after closing Clinton case, FBI official Peter Strzok signs document opening FBI probe into Trump-Russia collusion.

    Late July 2016: FBI agent Peter Strzok opens counterintelligence investigation based on Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

    July 31, 2016: FBI begins counterintelligence investigation regarding Russia.”

    Which is it?

  117. I may be the only person who seems to see the obvious – the DNC “hacking” was most likely done by the Arwans, the Pakistanis the DWS hired and put in charge of the DNC’s IT. The one’s she has covered for. The one’s who couldn’t be interviewed because of racism. The one’s with ties to Pakistani intelligence. Who had a money laundering side business selling cars with the acronym CIA. The Mrs Arwn who was stopped at the airport carrying a huge amount of cash, and allowed to leave the country.

    The Arwan/DNC story is very much a part of the Clinton email/ Trump collusion narrative story.

    As is the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal, and Bill Clinton’s speaking fees. This timeline needs some updates.

  118. June 20, 2018, Chuck Ross, Daily Caller


    ‘Former British spy Christopher Steele visited the State Department in October 2016 and briefed officials there about his work on the infamous anti-Trump dossier, it was revealed on Wednesday.

    “Based upon our review of the visitor logs at the State Department, Mr. Steele visited the State Department, briefing officials on the dossier in October 2016,” Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said during a hearing held to review the U.S. government’s response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Steele’s visit to Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C., prior to the election has not been previously reported.’


  119. Also relevant:
    November 11, 2016 : Obama warns Trump face to face against making Flynn part of the national security team.

  120. Sattkisson this is a fantastic piece of work. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that went into gathering all the material. Great job.

    I am a bit of a stickler when it comes to sentence structure, grammatical errors. With that said there were sentences throughout this piece that were a little choppy. I just think for as much work that had gone into something as important as this deserves to be perfect in its entirety.

    Thank you for taking on the challenge of placing the events in a timeline that tells a story people can understand overall.

  121. A seminal event not considered above also happened in 2011 when Trump first began to challenge Obama’s birth in the USA, prompting Obama to produce the patently obvious forgery of his Certificate of Live Birth.

    I think Trump’s making the birth story front page news threatened Obama to his core and stimulated Obama’s intense need to block Trump from the Presidency or to depose him somehow if he managed to win.

  122. Summer 2015: Democratic National Committee computers are hacked. Isn’t this alleged? No evidence that I have seen accept the CIA, Crowndstryke and DNC said so. The FBI couldn’t confirm this, The DNC refused to let them inspect the servers

  123. Sharyl,

    I am a big Fan, does it make sense to also talk about Bill Clinton’s meetings in Moscow? As this thing blows open, don’t we have to rethink the assumption that Clinton was afforded an unbiased investigation?

  124. Sharyl, great piece of work. My ONLY unanswered question is this. Will those involved in this OBVIOUS and OUTRIGHT attack on our Laws, our PRESIDENT and US be held accountable? Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING else matters, period.

  125. Minor flaw in great reporting:

    The U.S. intel community allegedly engaged in questionable surveillance practices and politially-motivated “unmaskings” of U.S. citizens, including Trump officials.

    Pretty sure that should be politically-motivated.

  126. WestcoastDeplorable

    This is GREAT Ms Sharyl !!! Thanks for all you’ve sacrificed to always be a truth-teller and a true journalist.

  127. I was interested to read this, until I got to “Russia invades Ukraine” , which flat out didnt happen. So not really sure Im going to bother with the rest if very early on there is obvious false information.

  128. Hello Remi! Russia did step into Crimea Ukraine and let the Crimeans decide their fate in an election but only after a US led coup ousted democratically elected Viktor Yanukovych. The US wanted Crimea for it’s strategic location near the Black Sea, Sea of Azov and Russia.

    According to Victoria Jane Nuland the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, in a video taped conversation, the US spent 5 billion destabilizing Ukraine.

    Sharyl has proven her self to me that she is one of the light workers who has chosen to report the unadulterated truth and for that I’m very thankful. Great job as usual Sharyl. Go team Sentinel!

  129. Ms. Attkisson;

    Kudos to you on some great investigation and reporting.

    I grew up in Sarasota (SHS class of 1970).

    Your timeline should go back a little further, to include – when the predicate for going after candidate Trump was laid in the case of U.S. v. Edwin P. Wilson, 289 F. Supp.2d 801 (USDC-SD, TX, 2003). https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/FSupp2/289/801/2430886/ There,
    USDC Judge Lynn Hughes courageoulsy, unmaksed & exposed the Deep State & Shadow government (aka the SWAMP) – most partucularly both the CIA & DOJ. However, when the dust settled – NO ONE was held accountable.

    FYI – here is a brief recap of Judge Hughes’ decision, that reversed and vacated the 1983 conviction of Wilson (after he served 17-years in federal prison, 10 in solitaire), based on massive prosecutorial and other government agency misconduct, including perjured testimony, manufactured evidence (the Briggs affidavit) and the withholding of evidence.

    There Judge Hughes wrote in part starting at page 802:
    “Twenty years ago the government tried a former central intelligence officer for exporting explosives to Libya. His defense was simple. He said he was still working for the Company. The government refused to disclose records of his continues association with the agency. When he presented witnesses to his contacts after the end of his formal employment, the government convinced the judge to admit an affidavit from a principal CIA official to the effect that there were, with one minor exception, none—zero. There were, in fact, over 80 contacts, including actions parallel to those in the charges.

    “[P] … Because the government knowingly used false evidence against him and suppressed favorable evidence, his conviction will be vacated. [P] This opinion refers only to the part of the record that the government has reluctantly agreed may be made public. It does not attempt to recount even that limited range of data in its entirety; the governmental deceit mentioned here is illustrative—not exhaustive.
    * * *
    [at 809] “Honesty comes hard to the government. It describes its non-disclosure as ‘information allegedly concealed by the Briggs declaration.’ (Gov’t Answer at 64.) This is a semantic game—the information was not allegedly concealed; it was actively concealed…” [P] “The investigation is a dodge; there was no need to investigate: it knew the affidavit was false before it offered it. …”
    * * *
    “[at 811] “The government says that its use of the false affidavit was an innocent error. … In this case, however, the falsity comes from high public officials with access to voluminous records—not some high school dropout street-level drug dealer with a memory of one sale. … [P] … The evidence, now, shows that the hierarchies of both the Justice Department and CIA were as knowledgeable as was the individual talking to the judge and jury. … The court has identified about two dozen government lawyers who actively participated in the original non-disclosure to the defense, the false rebuttal testimony, and the refusal to correct it. …”
    * * *
    [at 815] ”In the course of American justice, one would have to work hard to conceive of a more fundamentally unfair process with a consequently unreliable result than the fabrication of false data by the government, under oath by a government official, presented knowingly by the prosecutor in the court room with the express approval of his superiors in Washington.”
    * * *
    [at 816] “This sort of behavior is among the reasons that the Constitution allows an accused to confront the witnesses against him. Instead of a witness who Wilson could examine before the jury, in his Texas trial Wilson was contradicted by a dishonest agency issued from a bunker in Virginia.”
    Judge Hughes is to be commended for doing his duty here, defending the constitution, upholding the law, holding government to some degree of accountability, and attempting to right the extreme wrong done Mr. Wilson. Then again, this simply is his job and – he took an oath to defend the constitution. Judge Hughes though, goes rather light on the trial judge – Ross Sterling (barely mentioning him), who ignored Wilson’s objection to the Briggs affidavit, the Constitution-6th Amendment, wrongly favored government, wrongly allowed the Briggs’ affidavit and therefore failed in his gate-keeping function and helped cause the bogus conviction of Mr. Wilson. The same is true of the appellate circuit judges, Politz, Gee and Johnson, who unanimously affirmed Wilson’s conviction, as Judge Hughes does not even mention their names. U.S. v. Wilson, 732 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1984). There Judge Politz wrote in part at page 413:
    “The affidavit [Briggs] was not inadmissible hearsay. … It was executed by the third highest official in the CIA whose duties include overall management, and it is attested to by the General Counsel of the CIA, the custodian seal of the CIA. [P] Wilson argues that introduction of the affidavit violated his right to confrontation of witnesses. The claim is not devoid of merit but it is not sufficient to render the affidavit inadmissible as a matter of law. Most exceptions to the hearsay rule necessarily implicate an interruption of the right of confrontation. That fact alone does not bar use of otherwise relevant, material evidence which satisfies sufficient guarantees of trustworthiness and reliability.
    * * *.
    “Appellant claims a Brady violation, suggesting that the government had information about association of certain people with the CIA which would have materially aided Wilson/s defense. Our review of the record, with particular emphasis on the classified filings, briefs and oral arguments, satisfies us beyond peradventure that no Brady violation occurred.”

    Satisfies sufficient guarantees of trustworthiness and reliability? Wrong. But once again here is government – judges- siding with, favoring government, instead of upholding the constitution and protecting the rights of the People. Satisfies us beyond peradventure that no Brady violation occurred? Wrong again.

    It must be pointed out, several of the intimately involved federal officials in the Wilson case had their careers greatly enhanced by the conviction and “went on to become some of the most prominent men in legal circles today” including becoming federal judges. (See April 28, 2005 ABC Nightline expose “The Most Dangerous Man in American–Conviction of former CIA Agent Overturned on False Affidavit” at https://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/print?id=708779.)

    Please also note, from the decision, that before Charles Briggs wrote & signed his fabricated affidavit, he held the position of Inspector General at the CIA.

    Will anything happen to those involved federal officials who lied, deceived and manufactured evidence? Or will they have they government protect them? The matter provides a test case whether we have a Rule of Law? A meaningful Constitution.? Or tyranny?

    The answer is NOTHING happened to any of those government bad actors.

    Yes, Honesty comes had to government.

    Ms. Attkisson, keep up your great reporting.

    Liberty & Truth require constant vigilance. GLZ.

  130. I understand that this issue is ongoing research, yet I must raise the heavy Ukrainian involvement because of the wholesale support by the Democrats for them in the war. And I was very surprised that their involvement in the Russian fraud seemed to fall off the involvement radar after the September 19, 2016 meeting between Hillary Clinton and the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the UN. Am I missing something?

  131. I’m trying to put all of these Ukraine associations into a coherent narrative, and I end up with more questions than answers:

    1. Why would the Ukraine support the Obama administration, which was meddling in Ukrainian politics and touting its “reset” efforts with Russia?

    2. Why were so many Ukrainian insiders promoting the Trump/Russia narrative in an effort to elect Hillary, who had been part of the Russia reset effort?

    3. Why would Ukrainians think that Trump was more of a threat to their nation than Hillary?

    4. Was the current war deliberately allowed or engineered for some broad geopolitical objective that has nothing to do with the stated goal of preserving Ukraine’s national integrity? Are the Ukrainians pawns in some globalist scheme designed to permanently eliminate Russia as a major player in world politics? Are some Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Americans in on this?

  132. National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, and Hear the Audio of Him Clearly Admitting That Ukraine Colluded with HILLARY, NOT TRUMP
    October 7, 2019 0714
    by Dean Garrison, DC Clothesline:

    Did Democrats really think that playing the Ukraine card would do them any good at all?

    More and more information is coming out that the Democrats were the ones trying to use Ukraine connections to their advantage and the latest revelation is huge.

    A Ukrainian official has admitted that he was working for Team Hillary in 2016 and not Team Trump. audiotape of the former Director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk,

    This is a big controversy in Ukraine that we conveniently don’t hear about from our crooked media in the U.S.

    RedState reports:

  133. This is a meaningless rabbit hole of a compilation has no argument and one is left to play fill in the other half of the truth game, (cubed). None of the news events are reported to their conclusion but in their early form as if gleaned from that day’s news. In 2023, this article is irrelevant. Events have updated the reporting. Also, Hillary has been investigated tirelessly and no Republican has ever found anything or else she would have been charged years ago. Same with Obama. The subjects covered have been litigated in detail and the findings are available in authoritative sources such as the Mueller Report. Nothing here vindicates Trump or changes anything. It’s a smokescreen.

  134. The articles pertaining to this Email must have taken a heck of a lot of work. Thank you, Ms Attkisson for the efforts. You’ve got one heck of a lot of moxie. Although I’m 75, I hope I grow up to be (except for your gender, of course, since I’m a male) just like you.
    Also, although it is irrelevant I just want you to let you know: I got the book Slanted from my Cincinnati Library. I was so impressed with the writing and the reportage that I bought (so I could annotate) a copy from Amazon.
    Take care of yourself and may all of your days be worthy of you-and memorable (in a good way).