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16 Mar 2017 – Flynn was paid by Russia’s top cybersecurity firm while he still had top-secret security clearance

Retired Gen. Michael Flynn was paid $11,250 by Russia’s top cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky, in 2015, according to new documents obtained and published by the Congressional Oversight Committee on Thursday. Flynn was also paid $11,250 by the Russian charter cargo airline Volga-Dnepr Airlines, according to the documents. Flynn was paid for his work with both companies

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07 Mar 2017 – Trump personally met with Russian ambassador during campaign

Trump personally met with the Russian ambassador on April 27, 2016, prior to a major foreign policy speech. The Wall Street Journal, in a report that was little-noticed at the time but was recently picked up by AMERICABlog News, reported the meeting last year. A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met

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03 Mar 2017 – Donald Trump tweets photo of Democrat Chuck Schumer with Vladimir Putin, Schumer replies: I’ll talk about my Putin meeting, will you?

  We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite! pic.twitter.com/Ik3yqjHzsA — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2017 Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your

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02 Mar 2017 – Jeff Sessions recuses himself from all Trump campaign-related investigations

Under growing pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike, Attorney General Jeff Sessions agreed Thursday to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. His action followed revelations he twice met with the Russian ambassador and didn’t say so when pressed by Congress. Sessions rejected any suggestion that he tried to

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01 Mar 2017 – Sessions spoke twice with Russian ambassador during Trump’s presidential campaign, Justice officials say

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. One of the meetings was a private conversation

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27 Feb 2017 – Trump’s pick for commerce secretary shares a business circle with Putin associates

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his commerce secretary, has been the top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties and investors who made their fortunes under Russian President Vladimir Putin. There’s no indication of any questionable behavior by Ross, but his partners in the bank are

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27 Feb 2017 – Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides’ contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations Intelligence officials from the Obama administration said it’s rare for the CIA director

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24 Feb 2017 – Fox News’ Shepard Smith: ‘CNN’s reporting was not fake news’

Trump Track Note : while this story isn’t a direct action taken by Trump or his administration, and the source is Entertainment Weekly, I feel Fox News defending CNN’s reporting is a worthwhile story for this site.  As President Donald Trump continued his attack on “fake news” Friday by blocking certain news organizations from an off-camera

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23 Feb 2017 – FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after

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23 Feb 2017 – Trump wants to expand U.S. nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also complained about Russian deployment of a cruise missile in violation of an

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16 Feb 2017 – Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and former U.S. officials said. The Jan. 24

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14 Feb 2017 – Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. … Mr. Manafort added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m

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13 Feb 2017 – Flynn Resigns Amid Russia Controversy

11:04 p.m. National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.  / Flynn’s departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president’s senior team of advisers. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout

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13 Feb 2017 – Trump is ‘evaluating situation’ about Flynn, spokesman says

The White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive personnel matter, said Flynn now says he may have discussed sanctions, but cannot be 100% certain. Despite the intense speculation about Flynn’s future, no questions about Flynn were asked during the news conference Monday between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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09 Feb 2017 – Trump paused a call with Putin to make an aide explain a nuclear arms treaty

Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was. Trump then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration. Trump also talked about his own popularity. – Vox https://archive.is/8i1lt

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15 Jan 2017 – Trump’s first foreign trip as president will be to meet Putin

“The U.K. newspaper said Trump and his team told British officials that their first foreign trip would be a summit in Iceland with Putin within weeks of his inauguration. Iceland has not been formally contacted about such an event” – The Hill https://archive.is/4uEtL  

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13 Jan 2017 – Trump aide in frequent contact with Russian envoy

President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official said Friday. After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29,

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