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An alleged connection between the Russian Government and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign has made countless headlines over the last year. Bigger Law Firm Magazine has attempted to cover the story but just as one article is completed, a new story breaks. Therefore, BLF is launching its first ever live article. As new stories related to U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia, related hearings and investigations get released, we will post them here on our live timeline.


July 23, 2017
Regarding the new Russian sanctions bill – Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated on ABC News “The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place.” The implication being that Trump intends to sign the bill. The House and Senate struck a deal on a bill for new sanctions for Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election and aggression in Ukraine and Syria. The bill gives Congress power to review any effort by Trump administration to ease/end sanctions. ABC News / Vox / Washington Examiner

July 23, 2017
Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in investigations into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday, July 22, 2017. He is to head back to Moscow soon. Huffington Post / Reuters / CBC News

July 23, 2017

On CNN's State Of The Union, Anthony Scaramucci said the person questioning whether or not Russia attacked the U.S. was Donald Trump. Scaramucci said someone called him yesterday questioning Russia's attack on the 2016 election. When pressed, Scaramucci admitted that the person was Trump. Politicus USA / Los Angeles Times / Youtube

July 22, 2017
President Trump sent 10 tweets within two hours prior to 6:30 a.m. In response to recent stories that Trump has been asking about the power of the President to pardon people, including himself: "While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS." President Trump states Don Jr., is a quality person and transparent in response to reports about the June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer and others present to allegedly obtain dirt on HRC. Says Trump of his son: “He openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!" and “So many people are asking why isn't the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?

Those tweets were followed by one asking about HRC’s ties to Russia: What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc. And then followed by: “A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions. These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!” MSN / Twitter / 2 / 3

July 22, 2017
Aras Agalarov, the real estate magnate and amiable purveyor of high-end goods in all sizes and shapes, has emerged as a possible conduit from the Kremlin to Trump. Ike Kaveladze, who was present at Trump Jr’s., June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer, is a real estate/ finance executive working for Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russians who helped set up the meeting. MSN / Independent / CNN

July 22, 2017
President Trump’s remarks attempting to downplay U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election are “disgraceful” says former John Brennan, former CIA Director. "These types of comments are just disgraceful ... and the person who said them should be ashamed of himself." MSN / Reuters

July 22, 2017
Lawmakers reach a deal to impose sanctions on Russia for meddling in the U.S. election and for its aggression in Syria and Ukraine. The bill also outlines stiff economic penalties against North Korea and Iran. Will the bill be vetoed by the President in light of his push to have better relations with Putin and Russia? NBC News / CNN / The New York Times / Reuters

July 21, 2017

Russia’s ambassador to Washington, S. Kisylak told his Moscow superiors he discussed campaign-related matters, and policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race. This contradicts what AG Jeff Sessions said. The Washington Post / Fortune

July 20, 2017

In an interview with the New York Times, Trump threatens Robert Mueller, special counsel and warns him to stay away from Trump family finances. He says AG Jeff Session never should have recused himself from the Russian investigation. Saying: “If he was going to recuse himself he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.” The New York Times / Independent / The Boston Globe

July 20, 2017
Trump’s lawyers exploring ways to limit/undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation. They are attempting to build a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest. Trump also allegedly seeking information on president’s authority to grant pardons. The Washington Post

July 19, 2017
Bank regulators are reviewing millions of dollars in loans to President Trump’s businesses to find out if the loans may expose the bank to heightened risk. Deutsche Bank has been in contact with federal investigators about Trump accounts. Bank expects to have to provide information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia. The New York Times / CNBC / The Guardian

July 19, 2017
Financial records filed in 2016 in Cyprus show Paul Manafort in debt approximately $17 million to pro-Russian interests prior to joining Trump's election campaign. The funds appear to be owned by shell companies connected to Manafort.
The New York Times / The Hill

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort have been called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to Russia's alleged attempts to influence the election. The hearing is scheduled for July 26. Jared Kushner is also expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 24. Fox News

July 19, 2017
President Trump labels reports of his second meeting with Putin as sick and fake news. Tweets: Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is "sick." All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew! Media did not describe the event as a “secret dinner.” They accurately described it, as the Times did, as a “private conversation” that took place at a “leaders-and-spouses dinner.” MSN / CNN / FactCheck

July 19, 2017
Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., and seven others in June 2016, says she never got damaging intel about HRC and that she does not have Kremlin ties. She says she is ready to testify through lawyers or in the Senate. MSN / Fortune / RadioFreeEurope RadioLiberty / Reuters

July 18, 2017

In addition to a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin for just over two hours at the G20 in Germany, Trump later left his own seat at the dinner and sat next to Putin, talking for another hour. Putin only had his interpreter with him. MSN / Oregon Live / thestar / The Washington Post

July 18, 2017
An eighth person was revealed to have attended Don Jr’s., June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower. Ike Kaveladze’s is an American-based employee for a Russian real estate company. His name was not mentioned by Trump Jr. MSN / Chicago Tribune / Philly

July 17, 2017
Russian lobbyist, with possible current ties to Russian counterintelligence says documents showing Democrats were taking dirty money were left at meeting in June 2016. Don Jr. did not mention this allegation. Daily Mail

July 17, 2017
U.S. Secret Service denied President Trump’s suggestion that his personal lawyer vetted a meeting between the Don Jr. and Russian nationals in 2016. Secret Service says Don Jr. was not under protection when the meeting took place and thus the U.S. Secret Service would not have screened anyone he met with then. The meeting included Don Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. Reuters / The Gazette

July 14, 2017
NBC news reported that a former Soviet counter-intelligence officer, with possible current ties to Russian intelligence, now a lobbyist, participated in a 2016 meeting with senior aides to President Donald Trump, including Don Jr., Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer. Reuters / Daily Mail

July 14, 2017
Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's son, Don Trump Jr. Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press. Akhmetshin was in the Soviet military in a counterintelligence unit but was never formally trained as a spy. Trump Jr. did not disclose Akhmetshin's presence. MSN

July 12, 2017
Jared Kushner under fire for his role in Donald Trump Jr. meeting and not disclosing it on various security clearance forms. CNN / Deadline

July 12, 2017

Trump Jr. email chain between himself, Paul Manafort and Kushner indicates attempt to collude with Russians in meeting with a Russian lawyer to get information on Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. says: “Someone sent me an email. I can't help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly." Sean Hannity, tells Fox News: "I didn't know if there was any credibility, I didn't know if there was anything behind it, I can't vouch for the information." CNN / Deadline

July 11, 2017
Trump Jr. releases his statement and the full email chain between all parties involved in setting up the meeting with the Russian lawyer and those who attended. Twitter / Deadline

July 10, 2017
Information reveals Trump Jr. asked Kushner and Manafort to the meeting with Russian lawyer to get opposition research on Clinton. Trump Jr. says it was a nothing meeting and Russian sanctions not discussed. Adoptions are tied to sanctions for human rights abuses due to Magnitsky Act (2012). The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
Trump Jr. admits he met with Kremlin-tied attorney in June 2016 who was pitching opposition research on Hillary Clinton. White House reacts defiantly and calls Trump Jr. a “quality person” and applauds him for his “transparency.” Trump Jr. says Candidate Donald Trump knew nothing about Russian meeting, yet three close campaign associates attended it. The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
Trump Jr. on CNN's “State of the Union” vigorously says that rumors about Russians helping Trump are all “lies.” Called rumors “disgusting” and “so phony.” The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
Sean Spicer asked at a February 2017 news conference if the president’s denials about Russian contact and meddling still stood. Spicer could not answer the question. Said Flynn had contact. The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
Vice President Pence says on Fox News on January 15, 2016 there was no campaign contact with Russian meddlers or the Kremlin. The same day on “Face the Nation” when asked about Russian meddling or campaign contact Pence says, “Of course not.” The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
On CBS “Face the Nation” Kellyanne Conway states in December 2016 there was absolutely no campaign contact with Russians or any meddling. The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
On Nov 11, 2016 White House Director of Strategic Communications, Hope Hicks, denies Trump associates met with Russians. Says it never happened and that there was, ". . . no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign." The Washington Post / NBC News

July 10, 2017
Candidate Donald Trump flatly denied, in January, contact between his associates and Russia during campaign. When asked again by ABC and CNN, again he said “No.” The Washington Post / NBC News

July 9, 2017
Trump Jr. stated in March that he had never held any setup meetings with Russians while campaigning in any way, shape or form. Turns out meeting with Russian lawyer was set up to discuss Clinton's emails. The Washington Post / NBC News

July 8, 2017
Trump Jr. says meeting with Russian lawyer about Russian adoptions and not the campaign. There was no follow-up. This statement contradicted July 9, 2017. The Washington Post / NBC News

November 4, 2016
Candidate Trump again refers to Wikileaks while in Ohio: “Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks.” NBC News

October 31, 2016
On the hustings, Candidate Trump says “This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove.” NBC News

October 7, 2016
WikiLeaks releases John Podesta’s emails. NBC News

October 7, 2016
Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence states Russia is interfering in the 2016 election. NBC News

October 4, 2016

Julian Assange of Wikileaks says they are publishing 2016 campaign emails. NBC News

August 4, 2016
On “Meet the Press," then CIA Director John Brennan said he told his Russian counterpart that, ". . . if you go down this road, it's going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy.” NBC News

July 27, 2016
Trump asks Russia: “If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing” NBC News

July 25, 2016
Democratic convention begins. NBC News

July 22, 2016
Stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released by Wikileaks. NBC News

July 21, 2016
Trump gives acceptance speech at GOP convention. NBC News

July 18, 2016
First day of GOP convention Trump campaign changed Republican platform to make sure it was not calling to give weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian, rebel forces. NBC News

June 9, 2016
Trump tweets about Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails and how everyone would like to read them. NBC News

June 9, 2016
Trump Jr., Kushner and former campaign chair Manafort meet Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. NBC News

June 7, 2016
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton presumptive party nominees. NBC News

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Kerrie Spencer is a staff contributor to Bigger Law Firm Magazine.

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