aside Timeline From The Website: The Moscow Project Regarding President’s Russian Saga

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President Donald Trump

Below is a timeline regarding our republican President Donald Trump’s Russian saga. This outstanding reference which I found by accident is from the website titled, The Moscow Project.

1987
Trump’s First Trip to Moscow

Trump takes his first known trip to the then-Soviet Union, visiting Moscow and Leningrad—now St. Petersburg—to explore hotel and real estate opportunities. He meets with the Soviet ambassador to the United States.

Early 1990s
Trump Organization is $3.4 Billion in Debt

Beginning in the early 1990s, The Trump Organization “was hemorrhaging money and Trump was on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars.” Trump found himself $3.4 billion in debt, $832.5 million for which he was personally liable.

Mid-1990s

Banks Refuse to Lend to Trump, Citing “The Donald Risk”

In 1995, Trump declares a $916 million loss on his income tax returns. His business interests are taking a toll on his creditworthiness, and most “[b]ankers on Wall Street became unwilling to lend him money due to what they termed ‘the Donald risk.’” He needs money, and turns to two sources: Deutsche Bank and Bayrock Group.

1998

Deutsche Bank Props Trump Up

Deutsche Bank provides Trump $125 million to renovate an office building at 40 Wall Street. More deals follow, with the bank providing or underwriting $1.3 billion to Trump entities over the next few years. More recently, Deutsche Bank has been at the center of schemes to help Russians secretly funnel money offshore. In January 2017, the bank “was hit with about $630 million in penalties … over a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme that involved its Moscow, New York and London branches.”

Early 2000s

Russia-Linked Bayrock Group Also Props Trump Up

Trump turns to a small upstart called the Bayrock Group for cash. The company—which was run by Russian immigrants with ties to the Russian mafia and headquartered in Trump Tower— begins a partnership with The Trump Organization that goes on to develop properties in Florida, Arizona, and New York, including Trump SoHo.

2005

Trump and Bayrock Find a Site For Trump Tower Moscow

Trump signs a one-year deal to explore building a Trump Tower in Moscow. Bayrock Group finds a site—an old pencil factory—but the effort fizzlesagain.

2007–2008

Russians Buy Millions in Trump Real Estate

With the help of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, dozens of Russian buyers purchase apartments in Trump properties, according to Sergei Millian, a Russian émigré who reportedly served as a broker between Russian buyers and Trump. Millian said The Trump Organization received “hundreds of millions of dollars” through deals with Russian businessmen.

2008

Trump Jr. Visits Moscow

Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. visits Moscow six times in 18 months in search of new deals, but none pan out.

Trump Sells Palm Beach Mansion to Russian Billionaire

Trump sells his Palm Beach, Florida,mansion to Russian billionaire and “Fertilizer King” Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million.

2013

Nov 09 – Trump Hosts Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow

Trump travels to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant, where he meets with numerous Russian oligarchs, including Aras Agalarov, to explore future business ventures in Russia. Video and photo evidence place Trump at the Moscow Ritz-Carlton for the filming of Emin Agalarov’s music video during that trip.

March 2016

Carter Page Announced as Trump Policy Advisor

GOP presidential primary candidate Trump introduces his campaign’s foreign policy advisory team, chaired by then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Energy industry executive Carter Page, largely unheard of in foreign policy circles, is second on the list. Politico indicates that Sessions’ chief of staff Rick Dearborn may have recruited Page.

April 2016

Manafort Has Contacts with Russian-Ukrainian Operative

Paul Manafort discusses an “array of subjects related to the presidential campaign, including the hacking of the DNC’s emails” with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian political operative with ties to Russian intelligence.

Apr 27 – Kislyak Attends Trump’s First Foreign Policy Speech

Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak is seated in the front row as Trump delivers his first major foreign policy speech.

May 2016

May 18 – U.S. Intel Finds Evidence of Election Hacking

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reports that the U.S. intelligence community has evidence of foreign spy services attempting to hack digital networks used by U.S. presidential campaigns, including the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC.

June 2016

Jun 14 – Washington Post First Reports DNC Hack

The Washington Post reports that Russian hackers have penetrated DNC databases and gained access to opposition research on Trump, as well as all internal email and chat traffic.

Jun 15 – Trump Defends Putin: “It Was the DNC”

A day after The Washington Postbreaks the news that the DNC has been hacked, allegedly by Russian spies, Trump’s team issues a statement: “We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader.”

Jun 15 – Guccifer 2.0 Admits He’s Behind WikiLeaks

A hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 says he gave the hacked emails to WikiLeaks and published some himself.

Jun 17 – U.S. Expels Two Russian Diplomats

The United States expels two Russian diplomats in retaliation for an attack on an American diplomat in Moscow.

July 2016

Jul 07 – Carter Page Visits Moscow

Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page gives a speech at the New Economic School in Moscow and meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin confidants Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin, according to U.S. intelligence reports .

Jul 20 – Trump Campaign Officials Meet with Kislyak at Republican Convention

Sen. Sessions, identified as a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, keynotes a luncheon in Cleveland co-hosted by the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. State Department. He meets with Russian Ambassador to the United States Kislyakfollowing his remarks. Carter Page and Trump adviser J.D. Gordon also meet with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 22 – WikiLeaks Begins Publishing DNC Emails

WikiLeaks begins publishing the first in a series of thousands of stolen DNC emails.

Jul 25 – FBI Announces Investigation into DNC Hack

The FBI announces an investigation into the DNC hack.

Jul 26 – Intel Officials: “High Confidence of Russian Involvement”

American intelligence officials tell the White House they have “high confidence” that Russia is behind the DNC breach.

Jul 26 – Trump Asks Russia to Interfere in Election

At a press conference in Florida, Trump urges Russia to hack Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

Jul 29 – DCCC Announces It’s Also Been Hacked

The DCCC announces it too has been hacked—later confirmed by the same Russia actors behind the DNC breach. The Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 subsequently releases stolen DCCC documents. targeting House races in several states including Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Late July: FBI Launches Investigation of Russian Interference in the Election
August 2016
Aug 08 – Stone Admits He’s in Contact with Julian Assange

Roger Stone admits for the first time that he is in contact with Julian Assange.

Aug 12 – Guccifer 2.0 Thanks Stone

Guccifer 2.0 releases personal information about Democratic candidates. Hours later, Guccier 2.0 tweets a thank you to Stone.

Aug 17 – Trump Has First Intel Briefing

Trump receives the first of several classified briefings by intelligence agencies that included information about the hacking incidents, including “direct links” between Russian President Putin’s government and the hacks and email leaks. Clinton and Trump are entitled to these briefings as the major party presidential nominees.

Aug 19 – Manafort Resigns as Trump Campaign Chair Amid Scandal

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns amid controversy over his Russia ties—particularly his past lobbying work for pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarchs.

Aug 21 – Stone Predicts Podesta Emails

Trump ally Roger Stone, who has close ties to WikiLeaks and Russia, predicts WikiLeaks’ release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails on Twitter: “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.”

Aug 24 – Assange Refuses to Criticize Trump

Assange says WikiLeaks will not be releasing info on Trump.

Aug 29 – First Reid Letter: FBI Must Investigate Russian Election Interference

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sends a letter to FBI Director James Comey voicing concern over Russian interference in the election and asking Comey to open an FBI investigation.

September 2016

“Gang of 12” Recieves Intel Briefings

The “Gang of 12”—Senate, House, and congressional intelligence committee leaders—receive briefings from the intelligence community about Russian interference in the election, at which point Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voices doubts about the intelligence presented.

Sep 08 – Sessions and Kislyak Meet Again

Sen. Sessions meets again with Ambassador Kislyak in his D.C. Senate office.

Sep 08 – Trump Defends Putin: “Democrats Putting [Emails] Out”

In an interview with the Russian government-backed RT cable channel, Trump says it was “probably unlikely” Putin was behind the hacks. Instead, he claims: “I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out. Who knows, but I think it’s pretty unlikely.” Later, at the Commander-in-Chief Forum, Trump declares that Vladimir Putin has been “a leader far more” than President Barack Obama.

Sep 26 – First Presidential Debate: “Somebody Sitting on Their Bed That Weighs 400 Pounds”

During the first presidential debate, Trump questions intelligence community findings that Russia broke into the DNC: “I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. [Clinton’s] saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t—maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”

October 2016

Oct 03 – Stone’s Implies He Has a Backchannel with WikiLeaks

Roger Stone pronounces on Twitter: “I have total confidence that @wikileaks and my hero Julian Assange will educate the American people soon.”

Oct 07 – Intel Officials: “Russian Government Directed Hacks”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper release a unanimous assessment on behalf of the intelligence community that formally accuses the Russian government of stealing and leaking emails from the DNC and other U.S. political organizations. Their statement says that the leaked emails “are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”

Oct 07 – WikiLeaks Releases Podesta Emails Hours After “Access Hollywood” Tapes Released

The “Access Hollywood” tape of Trump sexually harassing a woman is released. Hours later, WikiLeaks begins posting Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s stolen emails.

Oct 10 – Second Presidential Debate: “Maybe There is No Hacking”

During the second presidential debate, Trump questions whether any hacking had occurred, saying “maybe there is no hacking.” He adds, “They always blame Russia, and the reason they blame Russia is because they think they are trying to tarnish me with Russia.”

Oct 11 – Trump Jr. Visits Paris

Less than one month before the election, Donald Trump Jr. is paid more than $50,000 to speak at a private dinner in Paris hosted by the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, a Kremlin-backed think tank nominated by Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oct 20 – Third Presidential Debate: “No idea whether it is Russia”

During the third presidential debate, Trump again questions whether hacking had occurred, saying “our country” has “no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else.”

Oct 30 – Second Reid Letter: Comey Sitting on “Explosive Information”

Sen. Reid sends another letter to FBI Director Comey about his handling of the Clinton email probe, in which he criticizes Comey for unfairly sitting on “explosive information about close ties and coordination between Trump his top advisors, and the Russian government.”

November 2016

Dec 07 – Trump Defends Putin: Could Be “Guy In His Home in New Jersey”

In an interview with TIME after the election, President-elect Trump reiterates, “It could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”

Dec 09 – Intel Officials: “Russia Was Trying To Help Trump Win”

According to The Washington Post, a secret CIA assessment concludes that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the explicit aim of helping Trump win the presidency, rather than just sowing chaos in the American electoral process. This was reported to be a “consensus” view of the intelligence community. President Obama directs the intelligence community to conduct a thorough review of what happened during the election. The Trump transition team responds with a statement that reads: “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”

Dec 29 – Obama Orders Russian Hacking Review

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security release a report, “GRIZZLY STEPPE — Russian Malicious Cyber Activity,” that provides technical details regarding the tools and infrastructure used by the Russian civilian and military intelligence services—known as the RIS—to compromise and exploit networks and endpoints associated with the U.S. election, as well as a range of U.S. government, political, and private-sector entities.

Dec 29 – Obama Announces New Russia Sanctions

President Obama imposes new sanctions on Russia and ejects 35 Russian diplomats from the United States. The measures are aimed at punishing Russia’s state-sponsored political hackers and deterring further meddling in U.S. elections. Later in the day, Trump writes in a statement: “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”

Dec 29 – Flynn Has Five Calls with Kislyak

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn holds five phone calls with Ambassador Kislyak. According to three sources, the “calls occurred between the time the Russian embassy was told about U.S. sanctions and the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had decided against reprisals.”

Dec 30 – Putin Doesn’t Retaliate for Sanctions

Putin announces that he will not retaliate in response to the new sanctions. Trump praises Putin’s decision: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” According to The Washington Post, Putin’s “muted response—which took [Obama administration] White House officials by surprise—raised some officials’ suspicions that Moscow may have been promised a reprieve, and triggered a search by U.S. spy agencies for clues.”

Dec 31 – Trump Defends Putin: “It Could Be Someone Else”

Trump again doubts the intelligence agencies in a news conference in Florida: “I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation.” Trump also says he will reveal something about the hacking incidents on Tuesday or Wednesday of that week.

January 2017

Jan 03 – Trump Defends Putin: “Intel briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed”

Trump tweets: “The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” NBC News reports the briefing had always been scheduled for Friday.

Jan 04 – Trump Defends Assange: “Why Was DNC So careless?”

Trump sides with Julian Assange and Russia over U.S. intelligence, tweeting: “Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!”

Jan 06 – Intel Community Briefs Trump and Releases Report

The heads of the National Security Agency, FBI, CIA, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence brief Trump on the hacks for two hours in Trump Tower. The intelligence community leaders give Trump a report in which they confirm that Putin directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Clinton the presidency and installing him in the Oval Office. Soon after leaving the meeting, the intelligence officials release an unclassified version of the report.

In a phone interview with The New York Times three hours before the briefing, Trump calls the response to Russian hacking nothing more than a “political witch hunt” carried out by his adversaries. After the briefing, Trump releases a statement: “While Russia, China, other countries, other groups and people are constantly trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our government institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democratic National Committee, there was no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.” At 11:00 that night, Trump took to Twitter, blaming Democrats for the cyberattacks: “Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had strong defense!”

Jan 10 – Sessions Lies During Confirmation Hearing

Sen. Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, lies during his confirmation hearing about his contacts with Russian officials, as later reported by The Washington Post. Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak on at least two separate occasions during the campaign.

Jan 10 – BuzzFeed News Releases Dossier

CNN reports that the intelligence community recently briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump on allegations that Russian operatives had compromising personal and financial information on Trump. The allegations were based in part on unverified memos compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele , which were later published by BuzzFeed. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the allegations that Russia tried to influence the elections were “reminiscent of a witch-hunt.”

Jan 13 – Trump: “If Russia is Really Helping Us, Why Would Anybody Have Sanctions?”

Trump tells The Wall Street Journal that he is considering lifting sanctions on Russia. Kellyanne Conway, now a senior White House aide, reaffirms this stance two weeks later, in advance of Trump’s first official phone call with Putin.

Jan 19 – The New York Times: Investigation Widens

The New York Times reports that American intelligence agencies are analyzing intercepted Russian communications and financial statements as part of an ongoing investigation into President-elect Trump; his associates, including Flynn; and Russian officials.

Jan 20 – Inauguration Day
Jan 27 – Ex-KGB Officer Found Dead

Oleg Erovinkin—a former executive of Russian oil company Rosneft and intelligence agent for the KGB and its successor, the FSB—is found dead in the trunk of his car in Moscow. Erovinkin, described as a key liaison between Rosneft chief Igor Sechin and President Putin, was suspected of helping Christopher Steele compile his 35-page dossier.

February 2017

Feb 08 – Flynn Lies About Sanctions

In an interview, former national security adviser Flynn denies discussing sanctions with Kislyak. A day later, The Washington Post catches Flynn in his lie, reporting that Flynn did in fact discuss sanctions with Ambassador Kislyak before Trump took office.

Feb 13 – Flynn Resigns

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway says, “General Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president.” Minutes later, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tells reporters that Trump is “evaluating the situation” around Flynn. Later that evening, Flynn resigns.

Feb 24 – FBI Refuses to Deny Allegations of Trump’s Russia Ties

CNN reports that,“The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports” about Trump associates and Russia.

March 2017

Mar 01 – European Intel Have Evidence of Contacts Between Trump and Russian Officials

The New York Times reports that the British and Dutch governments have evidence of additional meetings in European cities between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign. U.S. intelligence agencies also separately intercepted communications between Russian officials talking about their meetings with the Trump campaign. The Washington Post reports that now-Attorney General Sessions lied about his contacts with Russian officials during his confirmation hearing.

Mar 20 – FBI Announces Investigation of Trump

Testifying before Congress, FBI Director Comey says: “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

 This is the link where I found “The Moscow Project: The Moscow Project… – Democratic Underground 3/21/17

2 comments

  1. Very good information, but did I just not see mention of the Comey email bomb thrown at Mz. Clinton? I’ll go back in a little while and read this once more to see if I simply missed it! Once again you have provided more information that is needed to understand the scope of the problem that is hanging over our country at this time. I’m starting to think you have the same sleep habits that I do, or you could not devote so much time and effort to this cause! 😉

  2. Dear Crustyolemothman,

    This timeline is solely focused on DT’S connections to Russia. But it is a useful reference.

    Thanks for the gracious feedback.

    Ciao, Gronda

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