Seriously, What Is Going On?

Lets talk Russia, Wikileaks and Trump.

July 2015 – Russian hackers breach the DNC. The US intelligence committee agrees this was orchestrated by the Kremlin.

March 6, 2016 – George Papadopoulos becomes a Trump Campaign advisor.

March 2016 – Russian hackers again breach the DNC. US intelligence reports that the hacked information was then provided to WikiLeaks.

March 14, 2016 – George Papadopoulos meets Joseph Mifsud who claims to have contact with Russian officials. Papadopoulos believes this contact would increase his standing in the Trump org.

March 19, 2016 – Russian hackers access Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s emails.

March 21, 2016 – Trump touts George Papadopoulos as one of his Foreign policy advisors.

March 24, 2016 – Papadopoulos emails the Trump campaign suggesting meeting with the Russians, including Putin. Papadopoulos then meets with a “female Russian national”

March 28, 2016 – Paul Manafort becomes the Trump Campaign Chairman.

March 31, 2016 – At a campaign national security meeting in Washington attended by Trump and Sessions, Papadopoulos tells the group that he had connections that could facilitate a meeting with Putin. We even have photos of this meeting.

April 2016 – This begins the 7 month period where Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner, and other senior members of the trump campaign had contact with Russian officials including Sergey Kislyak. There were at least 18 known points of contact during this period that were somehow forgotten until they were confronted with evidence. For more details regarding Flynn’s contacts, check out “What is going on with Mike Flynn?”

Early April 2016 – Papadopoulos emails the foreign policy team about his “outreach to Russia” with “Putin’s niece” and a professor with contact with high level Russian officials.

April 10-11, 2016 – Papadopoulos emails arranging a meeting with Putin’s ‘niece’ and the professor. Putin’s niece says “I have already alerted my personal links to our conversation and your request . . . As mentioned we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr. Trump. The Russian Federation would love to welcome him once his candidature would be officially announced.”

April 11, 2016 – Paul Manafort asks a russian oligarch how to use his media position to “get whole” with Oleg Deripaska.

April 18, 2016 – Papadopoulos is introduced to a high ranking Russian, currently believed to be Ivan Timofeev of the Russian International Affairs Council.

Later April 2016 – Papadopoulos continues to have “multiple conversations over Skype and email” setting up the meetings with the Russians.

April 25, 2016 – Papadopoulos emails a ‘senior policy adviser’ in the Trump Campaign “The Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to meet when he is ready. The advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in ‘neutral’ cities.”

April 26, 2016 – Trump Campaign advisor George Papadopoulos was informed by a professor who had just returned from meetings in London with “high-level Russian officials” in Moscow that they had thousands of Clinton emails containing “dirt.” “‘They have dirt on her’; ‘the Russians had emails of Clinton’; ‘they have thousands of emails.’” Trump then talks on the stump about “We’re going to have a great relationship with Putin and Russia.”

April 27, 2016 – Papadopoulos emails a “senior campaign staffer” about the messages they’d been getting from Russia, and notifies a “high ranking campaign official” that Putin would like to host Trump. It’s been reported that the official was Corey Lewandowsky. Meanwhile Jeff Sessions and Jared Kushner are meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

May 4, 2016 – The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs contact (believed to be Ivan Timofeev) contacts Papadopoulos and says “I have just talked to my colleagues from the MFA. The[y] are open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North America Desk, if you are in Moscow.”

Papadopoulos forwards this to Corey Lewandowsky and Campaign Supervisor Clovis. Clovis says they need to mitigate some legal issues with the meeting.

May 21, 2016 – Papadopoulos emails Paul Manafort “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss.” Manafort forwards the email to Rick Gates and says “We need someone to communicate that [Trump] is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”

Summer 2016 – Papadopoulos tries to set up an off the record meeting between the campaign and Russian officials.

Early June 2016 – The Trump campaign retained Cambridge Analytica’s data analytics services. A company partially owned by Trump mega donor, Rebekah Mercer. Shortly thereafter Cambridge Analytica’s CEO, Alexander Nix, emailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and asked for access to the Clinton emails so they could package them for the campaign.

June 3, 2016 – Rob Goldstone, an intermediary for the Russian Oligarch Aras Agalarov, tells Don Jr. that the Russians have incriminating information on Clinton. Don Jr replies “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” Later that same day Trump lavishes more praise on Putin.

June 7, 2016 – Don Jr schedules the meeting with the Russians and that same day Trump says on the campaign trail that he’s going to be releasing information on the Clintons.” He says he’ll do a major speech on it, probably on monday the 13th.

June 9, 2016 – Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort met privately with a Kremlin connected Russian lawyer, a Russian-American lobbyist, the publicist for a Russian oligarch’s son, an employee for that same Russian oligarch, and… obviously… a Russian translator. They were meeting because they had offered “dirt” on Clinton. For more information listen to “What is going on with Don Junior?” Meanwhile Donald Trump was hyping Clinton emails.

June 12, 2016 – Wikileaks founder Assange claims he has more Clinton emails.

June 15, 2016 – the DNC openly stated that it had been hacked by Russian intelligence.

July 7 , 2016 – Paul Manafort offers to provide private briefings on the Trump Campaign to a Russian Oligarch closely connected to Putin. Meanwhile, Trump advisor Carter Page meets the Russians.

July 14, 2016 – Papadopoulos tells a Kremlin linked contact that the campaign has approved a meeting between top members of the Trump Campaign and representatives of Putin.

July 18, 2016 – Trump Campaign changes the GOP platform to soften it’s defense of Ukraine (a major goal of Russia), and on the same day Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Carter Page also met with Kislyak.

July 22, 2016 – WikiLeaks released about 20,000 hacked DNC emails.

July 24, 2016 – Paul Manafort denies any contact between Russia and the Trump Campaign.

July 25, 2016 – Trump denies that Russia hacked the DNC. Calls it a “joke.”

July 26, 2016 – The NY times reports that US intelligence believes the DNC hack was conducted by Russia.

July 27, 2016 – On National TV, Trump asks Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.

August 8, 2016 – Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone brags he has been in touch with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and promises an October surprise.

August 14-17, 2016 – Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone exchanges messages with Russian Hacker Guccifer 2.0.

August 18, 2016 – Stone claims in a CSPAN interview that he’s been communicating with Wikileaks.

August 19, 2016 – Paul Manafort resigns and Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway (close allies of mega donor Rebekah Mercer) take over the Trump Campaign.

August 21, 2016 – Roger Stone tweets “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel”.

August 22, 2016 – Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 uploads nearly 2.5 gigs of stolen documents to Florida GOP consultant Aaron Nevin’s dropbox.

August 26, 2016 – Roger Stone says that Assange will release more Clinton emails. Meanwhile Rebekah Mercer says she wants the Trump Campaign, and Cambridge Analytica, to help Wikileaks.

August 31, 2016 – Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 uploads Nancy Pelosi’s emails.

September 7, 2016 – Trump praises Putin again.

September 8, 2016 – Jeff Sessions meets with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in his office.

September 9, 2016 – Roger Stone exchanges more tweets with Guccifer 2.0.

September 16, 2016 – Roger Stone says in a radio interview “I expect Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks people to drop a payload of new documents on Hillary on a weekly basis fairly soon. And that, of course, will answer the question of exactly what was erased on that email server.”

September 21, 2016 – Wikileaks emailed Donald Jr to let them know there was an anti-trump website about to launch and provided him with the password to access the site. He responded with “Off the record I don’t know who that is but I’ll ask around. Thanks.” Junior then notified Jared Kushner, Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Brad Parscale that he was in contact with WikiLeaks. The information was also forwarded to Hope Hicks. So pretty much all of the senior staff.

September 23, 2016 – Guccifer 2.0 releases more of the hacked DCCC documents.

September 25, 2016 – Carter Page told FBI director James Comey that he hadn’t met “with any sanctioned official in Russia.” Right.

October 2, 2016 – Stone posts “Wednesday @HillaryClinton is done. #WikiLeaks.”

October 3, 2016 – Wikileaks provides Trump Jr. with a link they ask him to share on twitter. Junior then asks about “this Wednesday leak I keep hearing about” presumably this is in relation to what Roger Stone has been posting about.

October 4, 2016 – Guccifer 2.0 posts hacked Clinton Foundation documents.

October 5, 2016 – Roger Stone tweets “Libs thinking Assange will stand down are wishful thinking. Payload coming.”

October 7, 2016 – The US formally blames Russia for the DNC hacks. “The US Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”

Shortly thereafter, WikiLeaks begins releasing the hacked Podesta emails that Roger Stone had been hyping.

October 10, 2016 – Trump excitedly tells a crowd about the hacked emails and says “This just came out. WikiLeaks! I love WikiLeaks.”

October 11, 2016 – Trump promotes WikiLeaks and tweets “I hope people are looking at the disgraceful behavior of Hillary Clinton as exposed by WikiLeaks. She is unfit to run.”

That same day Don Jr. spoke at a Russian backed think tank dinner that was promoted by Putin.

October 12, 2016 – Stone gives an interview with NBC where he brags that he has “back-channel communications with WikiLeaks.” Meanwhile Wikileaks asks Don Jr to promote their latest releases. “Hey Donald, great to see your dad talking about our publications. Strongly suggest your dad tweet this link if he mentions us.” The link was an obscure secondary site that’s now offline, but is thought to have contained an archive of the Clinton/DNC doc dumps.

Minutes later in Donald Trump tweets “Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!”

October 14, 2016 – Don Jr. Tweets the link that WikiLeaks requested they share. “For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here”

And on that same day, Mike Pence denied any coordination between the Trump Campaign and WikiLeaks. Note Stone had been working with them since August 8th and Don Jr had been working with them since at least Sept 21st.

October 21, 2016 – WikiLeaks asks Don Jr to leak some of his father’s tax returns, arguing that they’d be able to make them available on a friendly platform and “If we publish them it will dramatically improve the perception of our impartiality. This is the real kicker. That means that the vast amount of stuff that we are publishing about Clinton will have much higher impact, because it won’t be perceived as coming from a ‘pro-Trump’ ‘pro-Russian’ source.”

October 28, 2016 – Comey announces the FBI is looking into Clinton’s emails. Again.

October 31, 2016 – The Steele Dossier is broken by David Corn.

November 3, 2016 – A major russian oligarch is at a single runway airport in North Carolina for /no reason/ at the same time as Trump.

November 5, 2016 – Comey says the FBI won’t prosecute Clinton.

November 8, 2016 – On election day, WikiLeaks tells Don Jr that Trump should contest the election and claim it was rigged if he loses. It’s important to note that claims of rigging and undermining the election result is inline with what the US intelligence community was seeing coming out of Russia in the leadup to the election. Here’s what the US intelligence community reported “Before the election, Russian diplomats had publicly denounced the US electoral process and were prepared to publicly call into question the validity of the results. Pro-Kremlin bloggers had prepared a Twitter campaign, #DemocracyRIP, on election night in anticipation of Secretary Clinton’s victory, judging from their social media activity.” WikiLeaks requests were in line with that.

Meanwhile, Russian Hackers had targeted the election systems in at least 21 states.

November 10, 2016 – Russia’s deputy foreign minister admitted that the Kremlin had contact with Trump’s team during the campaign. The same day, Hope Hicks denies any campaign contact with foreign entities.

Early December 2016 – About a month after the Steele Dossier had been released, the Russians arrest a computer security expert and 2 intelligence officers accuse them of treason for providing information to the United States.

December 9, 2016 – Trump dismisses the CIA report on Russian election interference, beginning his feud with the Intelligence Community.

December 16, 2016 – Kellyanne conway denies any campaign contact with Russians.

January 15, 2017 – Trump attacks the Steele Dossier and says “We should trust Putin.” On the same day, Pence was on TV denying contact between Russia and the Campaign.

Jan 26, 2017 – Sally Yates informs the White House that Flynn lied about his contacts with Russia among other things.

Jan 27, 2017 – Papadopoulos was interviewed by the FBI and made false statements. On that same day, Trump told FBI director Comey that “I need loyalty.” Meanwhile, the DOJ through Yates warns that Flynn is vulnerable to blackmail.

Jan 30, 2017 – Trump fires Sally Yates.

Feb 10, 2017 – The Russian Oligarch who was at that small North Carolina airport at the same time as Trump decides to visit Mar a lago… at the same time that Trump is there.

Feb 13, 2017 – Flynn resigns

Feb 14, 2017 – Sean Spicer denies any contact between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Meanwhile, Trump tells Comey that he hopes he’ll “let Flynn go.”

Feb 15, 2017 – Comey asks Jeff Sessions to help him avoid Trump interference. Meanwhile, Carter Page denies any meetings with Russians.

February 16, 2017 – Papadopoulos is interviewed again. The next day he deactivated his facebook account, which included details about his meetings with the Professor. Meanwhile, Trump calls Russian connections are “fake news.”

Early March 2017 – Donald Jr denies any campaign contact with Russians.

March 1, 2017 – Jeff Sessions denies any campaign contact with Russians. He later claims he forgot about all those meetings with Kislyak etc. Meanwhile, Comey takes a call from Trump who claimed it was “urgent” but soon realized that he wanted to “chitchat.”

March 2, 2017 – Trump says Jeff sessions shouldn’t recuse himself. One hour later, Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the Russia investigation. Trump is /still/ fuming about that.

Meanwhile, Trump advisor Carter page retracts his previous statement on All In and admits to meeting with Russians. And the Times reports on Kushner and FLynn meeting with Kislyak.

March 10, 2017 – Remember that crazy jet setting Russian Oligarch with ties to Putin who was at Mar-a-lago and North Carolina… well, this time he’s in the British Virgin Islands at the same time as a major Breitbart investor.

March 21, 2017 – Sean Spicer claims that Chairman Paul Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited period of time.”

Late March – This is when all the Nunes stuff started really heating up. Listen to What Is Going on with Devin Nunes for info on that.

March 26, 2017 – Roger Stone denies contact with Russia.

March 30, 2017 – Trump asks Comey to direct the FBI to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation. In his twitter account he would go on in the coming days to call it a hoax and a witch hunt. Comey doesn’t do what is requested.

April 11, 2017 – Trump again asks Comey to put a stop to the Russia “cloud.”

May 6-7, 2017 – Trump decides to fire Comey.

May 8, 2017 – Trump team, including Pence and McGahn, develop a new reason for Comey’s firing because Trump’s letter was reportedly a ‘screed.’

May 9, 2017 – Trump fires Comey and says it was because he was unfair to Hillary Clinton. No one believed it.

May 10, 2017 – The White House states that Trump wanted to fire Comey since day one. Meanwhile, Trump meets with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and tells him that Comey was a “nut job” and that firing him had relieved “great pressure” from him. During that same meeting he revealed highly classified information provided by allies countries to the Russians.

May 11, 2017 – Trump tells NBC that he decided to fire Comey over the “russia thing.”

May 15, 2017 – Robert Mueller becomes the special counsel.

July 11, 2017 – WikiLeaks tells Don Jr that he should release his own emails on the meetings he had with Russians in Trump Tower (see the What is going on with Don Jr for more information on that).

July 27, 2017 – Papadopoulos is arrested at Dulles Airport. And during that summer he met “with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions.” He became a proactive cooperator, which likely meant he wore a wire.

Oct 5, 2017 – Papadopoulos pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

October 30, 2017 – The Papadopoulos plea is unsealed on the same day that Chairman Manafort and Gates were indicted by Mueller.

  3 comments for “Seriously, What Is Going On?

  1. Steph
    November 16, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Absolutely excellent work, unbelievably good. Thank you!

  2. Jacob Miller
    November 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I am so grateful this has been made. It’s very well constructed and relatively easy to follow but I’ve had to listen to it 3 times to not miss anything. I just wish this show was able to put out more content. Even if they were 10 minute shorts with little editing just to stay up on important things that might slip through the cracks.

  3. Matthew
    January 2, 2018 at 12:15 am

    That was an excellent timeline. Very descriptive. It’s shocking to think that all that you’d need AT LEAST a half hour just to explain what happened, not even going into an analytical detail!

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