A Timeline of Trump–Russia Connections

Russia and Trump

​The following are excerpts from the Lawyers for Good Government Article

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November 15, 1984

He would know what to ask the Russians for, he says. But he would rather not tip his hand publicly. “In the event anything happens with respect to me, I wouldn't want to make my opinions public,” he says. “I'd rather keep those thoughts to myself or save them for whoever else is chosen . . .”

Donald Trump as reported by the Washington Post, November 15, 1984

Trump Declares Nuclear Ambitions

Donald Trump proclaims he wants to negotiate nuclear deals with Russia. Backed by Roy Cohn, the political operative who advised Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon, Trump said “It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles. I think I know most of it anyway. You're talking about just getting updated on a situation… You know who really wants me to do this? Roy… I'd do it in a second.”  Source: Washington Post


“One thing led to another, and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government.”

Donald Trump describing meeting Ambassador Dubinin at a lunch in 1986

Trump Plans Moscow Hotel

Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin meets Donald Trump at a New York lunch. Trump would later recall how the conversation ended with him planning to build a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Trump then flew to Moscow at Dubinin’s invitation to discuss the hotel project with the Soviet tourism agency. Source: Financial TImes


“You know, I was impressed by his energetic, open approach to doing business. Such are my personal recollections going some thirty years back.”

UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on August 1, 2016 as reported by TASS

UN Ambassador Churkin Meets Trump

Recently deceased Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin first meets Donald Trump. Churkin would speak glowingly about this meeting during Trump’s campaign after Trump commented that Crimea had chosen to be a part of Russia. Source: TASS


Trump Proposes Nuclear Alliance with USSR

Trump proposes that US and Russia partner to form a single nuclear superpower to intimidate other countries into submission.

“Most of those [pre-nuclear] countries are in one form or another dominated by the US and the Soviet Union…Between those two nations you have the power to dominate any of those countries. So we should use our power of economic retaliation and they use their powers of retaliation, and between the two of us we will prevent the problem from happening. It would have been better having done something five years ago. But I believe even a country such as Pakistan would have to do something now. Five years from now they’ll laugh.”

Donald Trump speaking to Ron Rosenbaum at Club 21, New York City, 1987 Source: Slate

​January 1987

Soviet Tourism Agency Contacts Trump

Intourist, the Soviet agency for international tourism, reaches out to Donald Trump about a meeting. Trump and then-wife Ivana then flew to Moscow later that year to tour potential Trump Moscow sites and meet with economic and political advisers. Source: Washington Post

​July 1, 1987

Trump Meets with Politburo

Donald Trump travels to Russia to explore building a hotel in coordination with Politburo officials. “He met with a lot of the economic and financial advisers in the Politburo,” said Trump spokesman Dan Klores. Source: Washington Post

Moscow headquarters of ​Politburo

December 1, 1988

Trump Tries, Fails to Meet Gorbachev

Reagan and President-elect Bush meeting with Gorbachev on Governors Island, New York City, December 7, 1988

Donald Trump attempts to meet with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, reportedly to sell him on his nuclear plan. This meeting never happened. At this time, Trump also began proclaiming his presidential ambitions and taking out newspaper advertisements harshly criticizing US foreign policy. Source: Quartz


Trump Taj Mahal Declares Bankruptcy

Entrance to the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City files for bankruptcy. After one year of operation, casino was nearly $3 billion in debt, and Trump had nearly $900 million in personal liabilities. It is Trump's first of what will be 6 bankruptcy filings. Source: NY Times, Politico

March 1, 1992

Trump’s Second Major Bankruptcy

Another Trump casino, Trump’s Castle, files for bankruptcy, marking the second bankruptcy filing for Trump. Source: Politifact

November 1, 1992

Trump’s Third Major Bankruptcy

Trump Plaza and Casino in Atlantic City files for bankruptcy, having racked up $250 million in debt. It is Trump’s third bankruptcy filing. Source: Philadelphia

December 1, 1992

Trump’s Fourth Bankruptcy

Trump files for bankruptcy on his Plaza Hotel, having accumulated more than $550 million in debt. It is Trump’s fourth bankruptcy filing. Source: NY Times

October 23, 1996

Trump Applies for Trademark in Russia

Trump applies for and receives a trademark in Russia for Trump Tower. Source: NY Times

November 19, 1996

Trump Plans $250 Million Moscow Project

​Trump announces plans to invest $250 million into building two luxury residential towers in Moscow. Ultimately, these buildings were not constructed. Source NY Times

​Meanwhile Trump is at Mar-a-Lago

1996 Trump at Mar-a-Logo

May 19, 1997

“The mayor of Moscow has written a letter to Rudy Giuliani stating that they would like to make a gift of this great work by [Russian artist] Zurab [Tsereteli]. It would be my honor if we could work it out with the City of New York. I am absolutely favorably disposed toward it.”

Mark Singer, The New Yorker, May 19, 1997         Donald Trump, May 1997

Trump attempts to erect a giant bronze statue of Christopher Columbus donated by the Russian government at his West Side Yards development on the Hudson River, a seventy-five-acre tract called Riverside South. The statute was six feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Source: The New Yorker


Tillerson Meets Putin, Strike Deal

​Rex Tillerson meets Putin in 1999 on the Sakhalin island in Russia's Far East, when Exxon struck a deal with Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft. The two men have met a number of times since then, as Tillerson continued building a relationship with Putin through his business interests in Russia. Source: Business Insider


Sater Joins Bayrock

Felix Sater joined real estate firm Bayrock in 1999. The company pursued business with Trump and had offices in Trump Tower. As of 2016, a former Bayrock executive alleged the company received “unexplained” financing from Russia and Kazakhstan, including financing from a firm used by Russians “in favor with” Putin Source: Politico


Russians Buy Trump Real Estate

​Throughout the 2000s, records show Russians were buying millions of dollars of Trump-branded real estate in the U.S., according to property records reviewed by the FT. The Trump Organisation said it did not believe Russians spent more money on Trump ventures than those from other regions. Russian real estate broker Ilya Reznik told the FT that Russian could be heard everywhere in the Trump properties on the Florida coast. Source: Financial Times

May 7, 2000

Putin Takes Office

Putin at his first inauguration as president of Russia on May 7, 2000

Vladimir Putin takes office as Russian president. Source:  BBC News

November 22, 2004

Trump’s Fifth Bankruptcy  (This is getting old)

Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts files for bankruptcy, when Trump's casinos had accrued an estimated $1.8 billion in debt. Trump Taj Mahal was among the Trump properties that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004. It is Trump's fifth bankruptcy filing. Source: Politifact


Trump Gives Moscow Project to Bayrock

Donald Trump gives Felix Sater and Bayrock an exclusive deal to develop a project in Russia.

“I’d come back, pop my head into Mr. Trump’s office and tell him, you know, ‘Moving forward on the Moscow deal.' And he would say ‘All right,’” Sater said in a 2008 deposition. “I showed him photos, I showed him the site, showed him the view from the site. It’s pretty spectacular.” Source: Forbes


Manafort Promoted Putin in Ukraine

From 2005-2009, Paul Manafort received $10 million annually from Russian billionaire and aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally, in exchange for investment strategies and lobbying services on behalf of growing pro-Putin Russian parties in Ukraine.

Manfort has confirmed he worked for Deripaska, running the services through a company he registered as LOAV Ltd., instead of his consulting firm Davis Manafort. Deripaska described the nature of their business as investment consulting services now related to legal claims, however. There was a 2014 bankruptcy suit in the Cayman Islands between the two parties related to a $19 million investment in Ukrainian TV company Black Sea Cable. Through early 2016, Deripaska accused Manafort of fraud and alleged that Manafort took the money and stopped responding to communications. Source: Associated Press


Trump Applies for Russian Trademarks

From 2006-2008, Trump applies for several trademarks in Russia. These include: Trump, Trump Tower, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and Trump Home. Source NY TImes


Trump and Sater Travel Together

Trump and Felix Sater traveled extensively together and were photographed and interviewed in Denver and Loveland, Colorado, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, and New York.  Source: The Daily Beast


Trump Kids and Sater Visit Moscow

Felix Sater, Donald Jr. and Ivanka stayed at the historic Hotel National Moscow opposite the Kremlin in 2006, meeting several potential hotel partners. While Sater says that Donald Trump asked him to show his children around the city, Alan Garten, General Counsel of the Trump Organization, claims that it was a coincidence they were all there at the same time. Souces: NY Times, Forbes


Trump Discusses Building in Moscow

“It would be a nonexclusive deal, so it would not have precluded me from doing other deals in Moscow, which was very important to me.”

New York TimesDonald Trump in a deposition, 2007

In a deposition in 2007, Donald Trump declares,“we will be in Moscow at some point” while touting Russian business prospects. He discussed a deal for a Moscow-based Trump International Hotel and Tower that Bayrock had lined up with Russian investors. Source: NY TImes


Trump Gives Moscow Project to Bayrock

With repeated bankruptcies limiting his access to capital, Donald Trump joins forces with New York developer Bayrock after being approached by Russian mob-connected Felix Sater. Bayrock’s founder is former Soviet Tevfik Arif. Trump said that most of his dealings with Bayrock were through Arif, and that his son Donald and his daughter Ivanka were playing active roles in managing the project.

In 1998, Sater avoided indictment for his involvement in a money laundering scheme by cooperating with authorities against Russian organized crime.  Sources: NY Times, Financial News


Sater Secured Russian Investors for Trump

“[I would] pop my head into Mr. Trump’s office and tell him, you know, ‘Moving forward on the Moscow deal.’ And he would say, ‘ All right.’”

The Washington PostFelix Sater in a 2007 deposition

In a 2007 deposition, Bayrock executive Felix Sater testifies he has identified Russian investors for the Trump Tower Moscow project. Source: Washington Post

June 2007

Sater Describes Ties To Trump Deals

“Donald Jr. and sr [sic] are calling me to talk about us eating it. I called Ivanka and told her I was pissed about Donald throwing me under the bus to Sapir. So now the billionairs [sic] can work it out.”

ForbesEmail from Felix Sater in June 2007

​Felix Sater says he’s dealing directly with Donald Trump and his family in a dispute, as described in a June 2007 email chain between Felix Sater, Trump Organization executives (including Donald Jr. and Ivanka), Bayrock executives, and Sapir Organization executives. Sapir is a “key Trump development partner” owned by then-billionaire and Russian immigrant Tamir Sapir. Source: Forbes

August 1, 2007

Trump Overlooks Sater's Felonies

Trump SoHo files an offering plan to sell apartments. The offering plan states that no one within Bayrock, the organization Trump is affiliated with for this project, has a prior felony conviction. However, Bayrock principal Felix Sater has multiple convictions. Source: Forbes

October 15, 2007

Trump Says Putin Is “Doing a Great Job”

​Donald Trump praises Putin on CNN's Larry King Live show, and says the Russian president is “doing a great job. . . . rebuilding Russia period.” Source CNN

November 1, 2007

Trump Vodka Debuts in Moscow

Trump Super Premium Vodka was presented at the Millionaire’s Fair in Moscow. The vodka was sold in Russia through 2009. Sources: NY Times, Bloomberg

​Trump Vodka on display at the Millionaire Fair in Moscow in November 2007

December 19, 2007

Trump Claims Ignorance on Bayrock Ownership

Trump is deposed in a lawsuit two days after a New York Times background piece about Felix Sater and states that “Bayrock represented to me that he [Sater] was not a principal--[that] he's an employee.” In a later deposition Trump states, “I don't know who owns Bayrock.” Source: Forbes


Sater Describes One-on-One Trump Meetings

In a sworn deposition in 2008, Russian-born Felix Sater testifies he would pitch business ideas to Trump “just me and him” and his team “on a constant basis.”  Source: Forbes


Sater, Trump to Build in Moscow

In a 2008 deposition, Felix Sater stated that he told investors he would help build Trump Towers in the US and across the former Soviet bloc. “I can build a Trump Tower, because of my relationship with Trump,” he said. Trump gave Sater the green light to explore projects in Moscow and the US. Source: Washington Post


Manafort Partners With Ukrainian Tycoon

In 2008, Paul Manafort partnered with Ukrainian energy tycoon Dmitry Firtash to develop Bulgari Tower, a 65-story Manhattan luxury apartment building, on the site of the Drake Hotel. The project fell through due to the economic recession, however.

Initially, the pair met in the early 2000s when Manafort was a political consultant for Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych, whom Firtash supported. Source: Washington Post


Trump Sells Mansion to Russian Oligarch

ed for the sale of Trump's Florida mansion to Dmitry Rybolovlev

​During the summer of 2008, Trump makes significant money when he sells a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 million to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Trump had purchased the home at a bankruptcy auction less than four years earlier for $41.4 million. At the time, the sale to Rybolovlev is regarded as the most expensive residential property sale in U.S. history. Source: Washington Post  


Trump Pitches Russian Reality TV Show

Trump tries and fails to start reality TV show in St. Petersburg starring a Russian mixed martial arts fighter. Source: NY Times


Trump: Putin ‘Much Better’ Than Bush

"By the way, I really like Vladi­mir Putin. . . . I respect him. He does his job well."

Donald Trump to Chayka

​In an interview with Russian-language magazine Chayka, Trump praises Putin while debuting a New York City condominium project catering in part to Russian buyers. “...[Putin] does his job well. Much better than our [President George W.] Bush,” Trump says. Source: Washington Post

January 28, 2008

Sater Confirms Bayrock Ownership

“On Thursday Julius told iStar that I have a large economic interest in Bayrock....He then proceed [sic] to tell me to resign quickly and do the family trust thing on Monday the latest...”

ForbesEmail From Felix Sater in January 2008 about his status as Bayrock principal

Felix Sater was a real estate development partner with Trump through his role as a Bayrock principal. A 2008 e-mail from Sater states, “I am starting to get hyper sensitive to being involved as [a Bayrock] principal directly.” Sater was concerned banks would default on Bayrock projects in light of his association as a principal due to his criminal background.

The publication by Bayrock’s attorney of his status as a principal to investors during this period spurred him to plan a family trust that gave him an option to later purchase 30 percent of Bayrock. Sources: Forbes, E-mail from Sater published by Forbes

June 20, 2008  -   

September 15, 2008

Trump Jr. Talks Plans to Build in Russia

At a “Real Estate in Russia” conference, Donald Trump, Jr. states the Trump Organization plans to build in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi. Source: NY TImes

Trump Jr. Talks Russian Investors

“And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble,” Donald Trump, Jr. says at a conference. Source: eTurbo News


Trump Tied to Russian Real Estate Clients

“Our common acquaintances engaged in the organization of his trip to Russia in the “Millionaire Fair” in 2007. Then Trump invited me as the head of the Russian- American Chamber of Commerce (RACC) on horse races “Gulf Stream” in Miami. Later we met in his office in New York, where he introduced me to his right hand [Trump lawyer] Michael Cohen. . . . Then to me he was signed to a contract for the promotion in Russia and the CIS one of the real estate projects. You could say I was their exclusive broker. Then, in 2007-2008, the Russians bought dozens of apartments in buildings Trump in the US.”

RIASergei Millian

​Belarus-American Sergei Millian, head of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce and a real estate agent in Florida claims to have known Trump since 2007. The Russian-American Chamber of Commerce said in 2009 it had signed formal agreements with The Trump Organization to service Russian real estate clients, but the Trump Organization denied that Trump had any such relationship with Millian. As late as 2016, Millian told a Russian media outlet that he had been in contact with Trump and his aides. Sources: RIA Russia, Financial TImes

February 17, 2009

Trump Files 6th Bankruptcy

Trump Entertainment Resorts files for bankruptcy after missing a $53.1 million bond interest payment in December 2008. It is Trump's sixth bankruptcy filing. Sources: CNN, Politifact

October 14, 2009

Manafort Alleged to Have Laundered $75K

Ukrainian journalist and lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko produces documents allegedly showing Paul Manafort used offshore accounts in 2009 to launder payments from Russian-backed, ex-Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions totaling $750,000. The offshore accounts were located in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

Leshchenko released a copy of an invoice on letterhead from Manafort’s Alexandria, VA-based consulting company in the amount of $750,000 for the sale of 501 computers to a Belize-based company. The invoice, dated Oct. 14, 2009, matches an identical amount made on the same day in the Party of Regions “black ledger” next to Manafort’s name. Leshchenko alleges that Manafort falsified the invoice to legitimize the $750,000 payment to himself.

Manafort previously denied receiving millions in secret payments from the Party of Regions, for whom he worked for nearly a decade. Such payments were detailed in a previously disclosed “black ledger” slush fund belonging to the party. Source: Washington Post


Sater Works for Trump

The phone number listed on Felix Sater's Trump Organization business card previously belonged to a lawyer in Trump's general counsel's office

Around 2010, Felix Sater becomes a “Senior Advisor to Donald Trump” and is given an email address, business cards, and an office with the Trump Organization. Sources: Forbes, Politico


Tillerson Signs Deal with Russia

Rex Tillerson signs another deal with Rosneft for a lucrative $3.2 billion oil deal that would give Exxon permission to develop offshore oil fields in the Russian Arctic in exchange for Rosneft getting stakes in a number of Exxon's US-based projects. Source: Business Insider

November 2011

Russia, Kazakhstan Finance Trump Soho

The Trump family in 2010 at Trump SoHo ribbon-cutting ceremony

Trump settles Soho lawsuit agreeing to refund 90% of deposits. A separate lawsuit claimed that Trump SoHo was developed with the undisclosed involvement of convicted felons and financing from questionable sources in Russia and Kazakhstan. Source: NY TImes

May 7, 2012

Putin's Third Inauguration

Vladimir Putin begins his second nonconsecutive term as the president of Russia and is inaugurated for the third time. Source: NY TImes

Flynn Meets With Russian Intelligence Leaders

In 2013, Michael Flynn traveled to Russia to build a relationship with members of Russia’s intelligence agency, G.R.U. The trip earned him criticism by the American intelligence community. Following this trip Flynn hoped to invite G.R.U. members to the U.S., but was advised against it. During this period, Russia had annexed Crimea and there was fighting between Russian and Ukraine troops. Source: The New Yorker


Tillerson Awarded Russian 'Friendship' Medal

Rex Tillerson was honored by Russia with the "Order of Friendship" award following deals signed between Exxon and Russian-owned oil company Rosneft. The award was established in 1994 by then-president Boris Yeltsin and has been awarded to various Americans. Sources: Washington Post, New York Daily News

June 20, 2013

Trump Plans Miss Universe in Moscow

Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?

June 19, 2013Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump


​In anticipation of attending the Miss Universe Pageant, which he owns, Trump tweets: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?” While at the pageant, Trump says, “I have plans for the establishment of business in Russia. Now, I am in talks with several Russian companies to establish this skyscraper.” Source: Moyers and Company

October 17, 2013

Trump: “I know the Russians Very Well”

Discussing the Sochi Olympics with David Letterman on his show, Trump says, “I've done a lot of business with the Russians. I know the Russians very well.”  Video on Letterman

November 9, 2013

Trump Deals in Moscow

Trump reaches deal with Aras Agalarov, an oligarch serving as a Putin liaison, to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. During the same trip, Trump received payment from Agalarov and other investors for their part in the Miss Universe pageant. Trump would later brag that “almost all of the oligarchs were in the room.”  Source: Washington Post

November 11, 2013

Trump Hints at Trump Tower Moscow

@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!

November 11, 2013Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

Trump tweets to Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov about the prior weekend at the Miss Universe events in Moscow and hints at Trump Tower in Moscow.


Exxon Increases Russian Holdings

In a deal led by Rex Tillerson, Exxon boosts its Russian holdings to 63.7 million acres from 11.4 million. By way of comparison, during this period Exxon held rights to 14.6 million acres in the U.S., which was at that time its largest exploration prospect. Source: Bloomberg


Russians Fund Trump Golf Courses

During a golf outing with sports writer James Dodson at the Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, NC, in 2014, Eric Trump said, “Well, we don’t rely on American banks [to fund Trump golf courses]. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Source: Fox News

March 6, 2014

Trump Praises Putin

On the same day President Obama signs an executive order imposing sanctions on Russia for its unlawful annexation of Crimea, Trump praises Putin during a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “You know, I was in Moscow a couple of months ago. I own the Miss Universe Pageant and they treated me so great. Putin even sent me a present, a beautiful present,” he said.Sources: US News and World Report, Moyers and Company

April 2014

Obama Fires Flynn

It is announced that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be no longer be head of the Defense Intelligence Agency beginning Summer 2014. Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2014

Trump: Putin Does Not Respect U.S.

At a National Press Club luncheon where he was a guest of honor, Trump was asked what he would do if dealing with Putin. See Video

He said, “Well, in negotiation, the primary thing that you have to do is to get the other side to respect you. And President Putin does not respect, or like, President Obama. So you have a problem. I’m not sure that’s a problem that's easily solvable, there’s a dislike. But Russia does not respect our country any longer. They see that we’ve been greatly weakened both militarily and otherwise. And he certainly does not respect President Obama. So, what I would do would be, as an example, I own the Miss Universe. I was in Russia, I was in Moscow recently, and I spoke indirectly and directly with President Putin, who could not have been nicer. And we had a tremendous success. The show was live from Moscow and we had a tremendous success there. And it was amazing. But to do well, you have to get the other side to respect you, and he does not respect our president, which is very sad.” Sources: National Press Club, Financial Times

March 6, 2015

Trump Casino Fined by Treasury

The US Treasury fines Trump Taj Mahal $10 million, the largest penalty ever against a casino, for “significant, long standing anti-money laundering violations.” Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

August 11, 2015

Alleged Money Laundering on Trump Projects

A New York court unseals a lawsuit filed on behalf of the state of New York against Bayrock, Felix Sater and others. It alleges that the group sought to evade taxation and hide its true foreign ownership by laundering as much as $250 million in profits on Trump projects.

The attorneys behind the suit tell Forbes that new information leads them to believe that Trump participated in the schemes and lied about his involvement. Source: Forbes

August 19, 2015

Flynn Paid by Russian Cargo Airline

Michael Flynn received payment for unknown services from the Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which had been suspended as a UN-approved vendor after an investigation revealed they had bribed officials. Source: Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

September 29, 2015

Trump Praises Putin

Donald Trump tells Bill O'Reilly of Fox News: “I will tell you in terms of leadership [Putin] is getting an ‘A’ and our president is not doing so well.” Source: CBS News

Video of Trump on Fox News

October 20, 2015

Flynn Paid by Top Russian Cybersecurity Firm

Michael Flynn received a $11,250 payment from Kaspersky Government Security Solutions, a Russia-based subsidiary of Kaspersky labs. At the time, the firm had been described as “the foremost researcher uncovering Western spyware for the past several years." Source: Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Letter of March 16, 2017

November 10, 2015

Trump Knows Putin “Very Well”

Trump says, during the fourth GOP presidential debate, that he got to know Putin when they were on 60 Minutes together. Source: Moyers and Company, NBC News

​However Trump and Putin where not on 60 Minutes "together"

Trump and Putin did not meet in a "green room" for the show, which does not have the typical off-stage waiting area for guests that a talk show has.

In fact, they weren't even on the same continent. Trump was interviewed by CBS's Scott Pelley in his New York City penthouse for the season premiere of the hour-long docu-series, while Charlie Rose travelled to Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin. Source: Time

December 10, 2015

Michael Flynn Dines with Putin

​Michael Flynn attends a dinner honoring the Kremlin-aligned English language media company RT, where he sits near Putin. Flynn made a paid appearance on the network. Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein attended the dinner as well and sat three seats to Putin’s left. Source: Washington Post

December 10, 2015

Flynn Paid by Russian Media Company RT

A letter released by congressional investigators in March 2017 shows that Michael Flynn received previously undisclosed payments from various companies linked to Russian security interests in 2015. Among these companies was state-funded media company Russia Today (“RT"), a cybersecurity firm, and a cargo airline implicated in a UN bribery scheme. Flynn spoke at the RT Gala in Moscow around Dec. 10, 2015. Source" Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform march 16, 2017 letter.

December 14, 2015

NRA Meets Putin's Deputy Prime Minister

The National Rifle Association, one of Donald Trump’s largest allies, sent a 30-person delegation to Russia to meet with Putin’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, who serves as head of Russia’s defense industry. The NRA claims that Rogozin, also chairman of the Russian Shooting Federation, provided a tour of the Federation's offices and they discussed a shooting tournament. This trip occurred the same week as Michael Flynn’s dinner with Putin.

Rogozin is well-known in Russia and the U.S. as the “radical” former leader of the ultra-right Rodina (“Motherland” in Russian) Party. In March 2014, the U.S. sanctioned him in retaliation for the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Source: The Daily Beast 

December 17, 2015

Putin Praises Trump

Putin praises Trump to ABC News, calling him “talented” and “colorful.” He also said that Trump was “absolutely the leader in the American presidential race."

Putin further acknowledged that Russia welcomed relations between Russia and the U.S. under Trump.

“How can Russia not welcome that? We welcome that," Putin said. Source:  ABC News

December 20, 2015

Trump Basks In Putin’s Praise

Before any ballots are cast in the primary election, Trump declares praise he has received from Putin is a “great honor” and rejects allegations that Putin had killed journalists and other political opponents. Source: Washington Post

Trump Campaign Russian Contacts

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence and government officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. Source: New York Times

February 17, 2016

Trump Denies Relationship With Putin

“I have no relationship with [Putin], other than he called me a genius.”

C-SPANDonald Trump at a campaign rally, Walterboro, South Carolina, February 17, 2016

​At a campaign rally in Walterboro, South Carolina, Trump denies having a relationship with Putin. Sources: C-Span, Moyers and Company

February 26, 2016

Flynn is Advising Trump Campaign

Reuters reports that Michael Flynn is advising the Trump campaign. Source: Washington Post

March 2016

Carter Page Named a Trump Foreign-Policy Adviser

Donald Trump named Carter Page, an American investment banker whose business deals with Russia and its state-run gas company, as one of his foreign-policy advisers, after which Page's inbox filled up with positive notes from Russian contacts. Source: Bloomberg

April 2016

Trump, Sessions and Kislyak Meet

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump met Sergey Kislyak in April 2016 at a VIP reception at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. with approximately two dozen guests in attendance. The event was a cocktail meet-and-greet, followed by a foreign policy speech delivered by Trump. Kislyak sat in the front row and Trump called for improved Russia-U.S. relations. Huffington Post

June 1, 2016

Release of Russian Collected Information About Trump

“The former spy says he concluded that the information he had collected on Trump was ‘sufficiently serious’ to share with the FBI.”

Mother Jones

An unnamed former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned to research Trump’s dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of Trump, later switched to a client allied with Democrats. He came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”

His first memo to the FBI stated: “[The] Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.” It maintained that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.” It claimed that Russian intelligence had “compromised” Trump during his visits to Moscow and could “blackmail him.” The former spy said FBI responded with “shock and horror.” Source: Mother Jones

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