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.

August 17, 2017
Trump and his entourage have been at ease with Russian mobsters and gray-zone inhabitants for decades. Don’t miss the forest for the trees. The best known evidence is the June 9th meeting that was an episode in the long-running saga of Trump’s friendly and mutually beneficial relations with Russian criminals. Moyers & Company

August 15, 2017

Russian money trail leads right through Donald Trump’s Soho downtown Manhattan project. A series of e-mails reveals new details. Vanity Fair / The Stern Facts / Bloomberg

August 14, 2017
Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in 2016, an adviser sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership - Including Putin. George Papadopoulos says his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity according to internal campaign emails. Although the idea was rejected a more senior campaign official later set up the July 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Don Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, etc. The Washington Post / Washington Examiner / Progressive Post Daily

August 11, 2017
Lawmakers want to speak with President Trump’s former personal secretary regarding her connection to a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year. Congressional lawmakers want to know what Rhona Graff knows about the controversial meeting. Her name came up in correspondence between Mark Goldstone and Don Trump Jr. Said Goldstein to Don Jr. in an email: "I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.” MSN / Vanity Fair

August 9, 2017
FBI agents raided Paul Manafort’s home last month without advance warning the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.

They sought documents as part of the probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. MSN / CNBC / CNN

August 8, 2017
Trump’s private texts to Mueller may be construed as intimidation says legal expert. The texts are unusual, but could be the basis of an obstruction of justice accusation. Jimmy Gurulé, a law professor at Notre Dame University and a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General under the first president Bush, said the texts leave the president vulnerable, legally speaking, because these could be construed as intimidation. Anything Trump tells him could be used against him in the Russia collusion investigation and could be construed as an attempt to influence the probe. MSN / CNN

August 8, 2017
Trump campaign turns over thousands of documents to special counsel Mueller’s Russia probe. The campaign handed over 20,000 pages of documents on Aug. 2; Manafort provided about 400 pages while Trump Jr. gave about 250 pages. MSN

August 8, 2017
Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller have been talking privately. MSN / USA Today

August 7, 2017
Special Counsel Mueller is deepening the investigation and widening the Russia interference and collusion allegations. This is not fake news. MSN / Philly / Vox

August 5, 2017
The legal net around Donald Trump is getting tighter. This week a grand jury was empaneled in Washington and set up just a few hundred yards from the White House. All signs point to Special Counsel R. Mueller planning to use it extensively to issue subpoenas and indictments. The inquiry is widening and Mueller is investigating possible crimes committed inside the District of Columbia. The Guardian / CNN

August 3, 2017

Two Senate Judiciary Committee members, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, are moving to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s job by putting forth new legislation aiming to ensure the integrity of current and future independent investigations. The bill would apply retroactively to May 17, 2017 — the day Mueller was appointed. Time / CNN / CNBC / CTV News

August 3, 2017
Grand jury subpoenas issued in connection with the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others. Reuters

August 3, 2017
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections. The Wall Street Journal / MarketWatch / The Globe and Mail

August 3, 2017
Trump signed legislation imposing new limits on his ability to lift sanctions against Russia. Russia protested saying the signing was showing "total weakness." The law is regarded as a significant surrender to congressional efforts to limit Trump’s discretion handling relations with Moscow. MSN / Los Angeles Times / The Telegraph

August 3, 2017
Donald Trump blames Congress for the poor relationship with Russia – tweeting “Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low." Twitter / The Hill / The New York Times / The Wall Street Journal / USA Today

August 2, 2017
The Center for American Progress (CAP) is preparing to publish a report alleging that President Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. The report is to be released today, Wednesday, August 2, 2017. "We're ... trying to convey that it's time to stop beating around the bush on Trump's collusion with Russia. There is a mountain of evidence that Trump and his associates colluded with Russia and it's time to start saying so," Adam Jentleson, a senior strategic adviser for CAP. The report is due to be released to key offices in Congress. MSN / The Hill

August 2, 2017
Trump signs Russian sanctions bill imposing sanctions and limiting his own authority to lift them. Trump says US will carry out the law but with reservations about its impact and the constitutionality of some provisions. The bill has escalated tensions with the Russian government, with Putin ordering retaliation against the American embassy there.
The New York Times / Bloomberg / BBC

August 1, 2017
Trump grudgingly accepted sanctions on Russia. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he and Trump did not believe the new sanctions would "be helpful to our efforts" on diplomacy with Russia. Trump has until Aug. 9 to sign the bill, or veto it, or it automatically becomes law. MSN / Reuters / Global News

July 30, 2017
Vladimir Putin is ejecting 755 U.S diplomats by the end of the month. Putin had earlier signaled he’d retaliate against a bill the U.S. Congress passed increasing sanctions against Russia for interfering in the U.S. election and its illegal invasion of Crimea. MSN / Independent / CNN / The Guardian

July 29, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is accused of violating federal sanctions by using information provided by Russia to convince Congress to overturn sanction. Financier Bill Browder filed a complaint with the Office of Foreign Assets Control stating Rohrabacher and staffer Paul Behrends, violated Magnitsky Act by using intel gathered from a sanctioned Russian official and using it to attempt to change the Act. Behrends was fired.
Los Angeles Times / Business Insider / AOL

July 28, 2017
Don Trump Jr’s., meeting with Russian entities in 2016 was a quid pro quo meeting to repeal the Magnitsky Act and its sanctions in return for a “sizable offer” to the campaign. Bill Browder, a financier for one of the largest foreign investment firms in Russia, CEO and founder of Hermitage Capital Management said while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 27, 2017. CBS News

July 28, 2017
USA Today investigation reveals since election, Trump’s businesses have sold 30 luxury condos and oceanfront lots for approximately $33 million to secretive shell companies, which can hide the identities of buyers/partners in the deals. These details may be revealed as special counsel Robert Mueller broadens his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded. USA Today / Morning Consult

July 27, 2017
US Senate passed new Russian sanctions with a vote of 98-2. President Trump has 10 days to sign or veto.
CNN / Reuters / BBC

July 27, 2017
The Russian sanctions bill may be vetoed by President Trump. MSN / CNN / CNN / The Hill

July 25, 2017
Donald Trump tweeted: "Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!" Twitter

July 25, 2017
The House votes to advance new financial sanctions against key U.S. adversaries, such as Russia and limit President Trump’s ability to waive many of them. The Washington Post / Houston Chronicle / The Atlantic

July 25, 2017
Evidence has shown the Russian government hacked and influenced the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Further evidence has shown the Trump campaign team, including Jared Kushner, became increasingly more attentive to high-level Russians asking for meeting and/or offering information. The New Yorker / Political Wire

July 24, 2017
Donald Trump tweeted: "Sleazy Adam Schiff, the totally biased Congressman looking into "Russia," spends all of his time on television pushing the Dem loss excuse!" Twitter

"So why aren't the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?" Twitter

"After 1 year of investigation with Zero evidence being found, Chuck Schumer just stated that "Democrats should blame ourselves,not Russia." Twitter

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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