WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign and his family had several contacts with intermediaries for the Russian government during the 2016 campaign and the presidential transition. Those contacts are now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Here are some key dates:
— June 2015: Donald Trump announces his candidacy for U.S. president as a Republican.
— September 2015: The FBI contacts the Democratic National Committee’s IT help desk, cautioning that at least one of its computers has been compromised by Russian hackers. A technician scans the system but fails to find evidence of the intrusion.
— March 2016: George Papadopoulos is named one of five foreign policy advisers to the Trump campaign and meets with people associated with the Russian government amid discussions to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
— March 19, 2016: John Podesta, chairman of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, clicks on a malicious link sent to his personal email account. He later learns this gave hackers access to his account. The U.S. intelligence community and data from cybersecurity firms have tied the hack of Podesta’s emails to Russia.
— March 31, 2016: Papadopoulos attends a meeting of the campaign national security advisers. Then-candidate Trump and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions attend the meeting. Papadopoulos tells the group he has “connections” that could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.
— April 26, 2016: Papadopoulos meets with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London, who tells him that the Russians had obtained “dirt” on Clinton, including thousands of emails.
— April 27, 2016: Papadopoulos emails a senior policy adviser in the Trump campaign, saying: “Have some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right.” The New York Times has identified the senior policy adviser as Stephen Miller, who is now a top White House aide.
Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News