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Chronology of russian contacts

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Timeline of investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign
Questions about contacts with Russian officials have led to the resignation of one top aide to President Donald Trump and cast clouds over other members of the administration.
Washington (dpa) - June 2016: Hacking of emails and other internal documents from Democratic Party organs is first reported.

July 19, 2016: Jeff Sessions, the first US senator to support political novice Trump‘s right-wing populist presidential bid, places the New York real estate tycoon‘s name into nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. He calls Trump "a warrior and a winner."
Jeff Sessions, US Minister of Justice: ""I‘m not aware of any of those activities. I did not have communications with the Russians."

October 7, 2016: 
US Homeland Security Department declares it is "confident" that the Russian government "directed" hacking of political organizations "to interfere with the US election process."

November 8, 2016:
Trump scores unexpected general election win.

November 17, 2016:
Retired US Army general Michael Flynn, former head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, named by Trump to be national security advisor, a key job in the White House that does not require Senate confirmation.

November 18, 2016: Trump names Sessions to be attorney general, requiring Senate confirmation.

December 29, 2016: Then-president Barack Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats and orders sanctions on Russian intelligence services over what Washington alleges were Moscow‘s "cyber operations aimed at the US election." The Russian government rejects the allegations and calls the sanctions "groundless and illegal."

December 29, 2016: Flynn telephones with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Later leaks from routine FBI wiretapping of Kislyak reportedly show they discussed lifting sanctions on Moscow.

January 10: Senator Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, asks Sessions in a confirmation hearing: "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?"

"I‘m not aware of any of those activities," Sessions said, noting his support for Trump‘s campaign. "I did not have communications with the Russians."

January 11: President-elect Trump concedes that hacking of Democratic Party officials during the presidential race was committed by Russia: "I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries."

January 20: Trump sworn into office as 45th US president.

February 13:
National security advisor Michael Flynn resigns after just 25 days. He admits to "inadvertently" giving then vice president-elect Mike Pence and others "incomplete information" about his December 29 communication with the Russian ambassador.

March 1: A Justice Department spokeswoman confirms media reports that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador, describing it as part of his role at the time as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

March 2: Sessions announces his recusal from Justice Department decisions on investigations related to 2016 presidential election campaigns. Democratic leaders in Congress call for Sessions to resign.

May 8: Sally Yates, a career prosecutor who was acting attorney general for 11 days after Trump took office, tells a Senate committee that she informed White House lawyers in late January that Flynn had misled Pence and others and was at risk of Russian blackmail.


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