Because key facts often emerge out-of-synch with real-time events, the ongoing flow of information can be confusing and misleading. Dissemination of deceptive information, or disinformation, occurs most frequently to hide embarrassing, impolitic, or illegal activities, or to justify actions for which no justification really exists. Officials count on the public’s short attention span to shrug off each deceptive statement, allowing themselves to get away with it, until they end up believing their own propaganda. The passage of years gives us the ability to correct the record.
Unlike standard chronologies, this timeline establishes the proper sequence of events by inserting later-revealed facts into the time-slot when they actually occurred, regardless of any real-time misrepresentations. Its chief merit is to show the actual sequence of actions taken by specific individuals on specific dates. Sources include news articles, court filings and judgments, discovery documents, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, intercepted emails, official reports, videos, social-media posts, and others, many of which were concealed when they occurred. For the purpose of this timeline, the relevant dates are not when the information first saw the light of day, but when the referenced events actually occurred. Inferences are kept to a minimum, but are drawn when the cumulative weight of facts makes them obvious.
One useful discipline a timeline imposes is to include only what is tied to a specific date and actor (though sometimes only the month is recalled). Temporal proximity gives a sense of the chaos of multiple events swirling around at a given time, without necessarily implying a causal relation. To be clear about who did or said what, we note that buildings such ‘the White House’ or ‘the Kremlin’ don’t do things; people do.
Placing events in their actual sequence suggests patterns of purpose that were left unstated by the principals, and causal relations between seemingly unrelated events. Thus the activities of Uranium One, secret Mideast diplomacy, the explosion of vague ‘about’ queries to the NSA database concerning political opponents, and an elaborate investigation into U.S. election interference all appear related when arrayed in their actual sequence of occurrence.
Re-experiencing these momentous events in their real sequence recalls the dizzying speed with which they galloped into view, to be quickly displaced by other momentous events. With this timeline we understand the origins of many revelations that appear shocking only because they seem to come out of nowhere. But they did in fact originate somewhere, in relationships, choices, and actions undertaken years earlier. Some were innocent or at least well-intentioned at the outset; with this timeline we can witness the progression into rule-bending, gray areas, sleaze, coverup, and full-time corruption.
Granted the powers of omniscient observers, we can see their predicament and appreciate how difficult it is to do the right thing while a storm is swirling about. Elaborate plans are of no avail in the thick of the moment. At such moments, this is what education, instinct, and procedure are for. Crises seem to bring out inept historical analogies, but it is the ability to fine-tune past experience to the instant situation that matters. Some common-sense of right and wrong, whether derived from religion, philosophy, secular morality, or some other source, is also critical. And, contrary to results-oriented preference, established procedures are also critical. Here we see the importance of ritual — procedure followed for unknown or forgotten reasons — as a restraint on official behavior. The many derelictions of duty documented here might serve as a reminder of the virtue of scrupulous adherance to Constitutional and legal procedure.
Perhaps this timeline will also help dispel the collective amnesia, and the tendency to tune-out, that engulfs everyone who tries to make sense of what goes on from day to day. The result will be, I hope, if not perfect transparency, at least some improved clarity.
1. Response to 9/11
2. Mass Surveillance and Monetization of U.S. Foreign Polcy
3. Islamist Detente
4. Fine-tuning Database Searches
5. Perfidious Albion Rediscovers Russian Treachery
6. The Insurance Policy
8. Trial and Error
- Response to 9/11
Oct 2001: In response to 9/11 attack, U.S. Govt authorizes spy agencies to do warrantless mass surveillance, that is, to spy on ordinary citizens without obtaining a warrant stating a reason or ‘probable cause’ of suspicion. In 2002, the first full year of operation, the total number of people in the U.S. subject to such surveillance was 500 or less. || Source
2003: Russian oligarch, aluminum magnate, and Putin associate Oleg Deripaska retains law firm Alston & Bird, where Johnathan Winer is a partner. Putin seeks major share of world uranium resources. Winer later joins State Dept, acts as conduit for dossier prepared by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.
Nov 2005: CIA veteran John Brennan appointed CEO of The Analysis Corp (TAC), whose products are pattern recognition and data mining software for U.S. Government’s terrorist watchlist database called TIPOFF.
2006: Oleg Deripaska agrees to pay $10 million annual compensation to Paul Manafort to improve Putin image in U.S. Payments continue through 2009.
June 8, 2007: DOD contracts with Dynology to help U.S. military graduate from dropping leaflets from airplanes to micro-targeting psychological warfare via social-media. Dynology, headed by Gen James Jones, develops methods of influencing groups politically according to their religion, ethnicity, demographic profile, anxiety, and personal background, and retains these algorithms for later commercial use.
Oct 25, 2007: By Executive Orders 13224 and 13382, State Department designates Qassem Soleimani and Quds Force (Iranian-trained militia) and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorists. Treasury designates IRGC-Qods Force under E.O. 13224 for providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, and Iran’s state-owned Bank Saderat as a terrorist financier. || Source
2. Mass Surveillance and Monetization of U.S. Foreign Policy
2008: Johnathan Winer joins APCO, a lobbying and political influence firm.
Jan 28, 2008: John Brennan, CEO of The Analysis Corp (TAC), gives $2,300 to Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Source: Federal campaign contribution records.
March 14, 2008: A contract employee of TAC, formerly a retired State Department employee, gains unauthorized access to the passport records of Barack Obama, John McCain, and Hillary Clinton. Neither the employee nor the motive are identified or investigated. The passport files may have contained original copies of birth certificates and records of Obama’s 1981 travel to Pakistan.
Source: State Dept Inspector General’s Report.
April 19, 2008: Police find Lt Quarles Harris Jr, 24, shot dead in a car in Northeast Washington DC. Harris had cooperated with federal investigation into March 14 breach of State Dept passport files. || Source
July 10, 2008: Congress passes Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), authorizing National Security Agency (NSA) under Section 702, operating inside the United States, to collect communications of foreigners overseas for foreign intelligence purposes without a warrant. The law (110-261) substitutes a general warrant from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for the individual warrant required by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment prohibition of ‘unreasonable searches and seizures’. Because this surveillance inevitably sweeps in domestic communications, NSA is required to minimize such collections by defining its search queries as narrowly as possible. || Source
2008: DEA launches Project Cassandra to investigate Hezbollah’s and Iran’s billion-dollar drug and weapons trafficking organization. DOJ refuses to prosecute Hezbollah’s Iran envoy Abdallah Safieddine for drug trafficking. Obama Admin refuses to designate Hezbollah a ‘significant transnational criminal organization’, due to prioritizing of nuclear deal with Iran. || Source
Oct 2008: John Brennan’s The Analysis Corporation (TAC), CGI, and Global Strategies Group consult for Illinois Sen Barack Obama on Internet influence operations.
Nov 2008: Brookings employee Igor Danchenko, later identified as the primary source for the Steele dossier, offers two Brookings co-workers that if they ‘did get a job in the government and had access to classified information, and wanted to make a little extra money’, Danchenko knew some people to whom they could speak. This offer by a possible Russian spy is reported to FBI several months later.
Source: FBI Overview of the Counterintelligence Investigation of Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source, declassified Sept 23, 2020.
2008 – 2010: Canadian mining company Uranium One seeks to ensure validity of its mining licenses in Kazakhstan, following arrest of Kazatomprom President who granted the licenses. Chairman Ian Telfer and former Ur-Asia investor Frank Giustra donate $8.65 million to Clinton Foundation. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton accompanies them to Kazakhstan.
2009: FBI begins investigation of Transport Logistics International for $2 Million bribery in and money laundering in relation to transportation of Russia’s uranium around the United States. Robert Mueller is FBI Director.
2009 – Jan 2012: Rosatom Tenex head Vadim Mikerin ‘did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire confederate and agree with other persons… to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of an article and commodity (enriched uranium) in commerce by extortion’. FBI in 2009 collects eyewitness evidence backed by documents, of money-laundering, blackmail and bribery by Russian nuclear officials, all aimed at growing Vladimir Putin’s atomic-energy business inside the United States in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mikerin pleads guilty in U.S. court in 2014 to orchestrating more than $2 million in bribe payments through shadowy accounts in Cyprus, Latvia, and Switzerland. || Source and Nov 2014 indictment
2009: Rosatom subsidiary ARMZ acquires 17% stake in Uranium One; they seek an initial Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) review.
2009: President Obama appoints former Muslim Brotherhood official Aimen Mir as CFIUS Staff Chair.
2009: FBI Director Robert Mueller and agent Andrew McCabe request assistance of Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to retrieve former FBI officer and CIA resource Robert Levinson who was captured in Iran in 2007. Deripaska spends $25 million of his own funds but fails, due to State Department backing out. || Source
May 2009 – March 2011: FBI investigates Igor Danchenko as a ‘national security threat’ because of his known contacts with Russian intelligence agents. Christopher Steele later uses Danchenko as the primary source for some or all of the ‘Steele dossier’. Presentation of Steele dossier as basis for FISA court warrant omits this fact. FBI declassifies the information about a person identified as a ‘national security threat’ being the primary source for Steele’s dossier, on Sept 23, 2020, pursuant to request of AG Barr.
Source: Letter of AG Barr Sept 23, 2020 to Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham with FBI ‘Overview of the Counterintelligence Investigation of Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source [Danchenko]’
June 10, 2009: U.S. Sec State Clinton meets with Kazakh dictator Nazarbayev to secure Uranium One’s ownership of uranium in Kazakhstan after arrest of Kazatomprom President Moukhtar Dzhakishev, the official responsible for selling the uranium mining rights to Giustra’s company. Rosatom subsidiary completes acquisition of 17 percent of Uranium One.
June 2009: Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz form Rosemount Seneca, which partners with the Thornton Group run by Devon Archer, and the Bank of China, to form Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) in China. Devon Archer is the nephew of Whitey Bulger, head of the Boston Irish mafia who received federal protection under FBI Director Robert Mueller as an informant.
Sept 15, 2009: NSA and Britain’s GCHQ agree to share data, surveillance assets, and conclusions.
Nov 27, 2009: First kickback payment by Mikerin to trucking company for transport of enriched uranium documented by FBI.
April 2010: APCO (Johnatehan Winer) executes contract with Rosatom to ‘create and promote a new image of State Atomic Energy corporation Rosatom supporting the interests of Rosatom in the USA’, and to overcome ‘existing political and trade barriers’.
June 2010: Rosatom, via ARMZ, seeks 51 percent ownership in Uranium One, which requires CFIUS approval. Uranium One Chair Telfer donates additional $250,000 to Clinton Foundation while CFIUS review pending.
June 29, 2010: Bill Clinton delivers speech at Renaissance Capital in Moscow, receives $500,000. || Source
3. Islamist Détente
August 2010: Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) declares secret U.S. alliance with Muslim Brotherhood to change governments of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. || SourceAugust 2010: IRS advises tax examiners nationwide to apply special scrutiny to Tea Party organizations applying for section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
2010: British Ex-spy Christopher Steele meets FBI agent Michael Gaeta, concerning investigation of FIFA corruption. Gaeta is in charge of investigating Russian organized crime. However, ‘Steele did not have any role in the [FIFA] investigation itself, he did not provide court testimony, and his information did not appear in any indictments, search warrants, or other court filings.’ Nevertheless Steele’s FIFA role is cited by the FBI later as grounds for his reliability on other matters.
Source: IG Report.
Oct 5, 2010: DOJ AG Eric Holder requests, and IRS sends FBI 21 disks constituting a 1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations; purpose not stated. || Source1 , Source2
Oct 8, 2010: IRS official Lois Lerner meets with DOJ Election Crimes Prosecutor about criminal prosecution of Tea Party groups for political activity contrary to their tax-exempt status.
Oct 22, 2010: State Department and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (an inter-agency committee including AG Eric Holder) unanimously approves partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russian nuclear firm Rosatom, giving Russia control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply, with holdings in four Western states. || Source
Nov 23, 2010: Sec State Hillary Clinton proposes in a staff meeting to execute a drone strike on Julian Assange in London, in order to silence Wikileaks, which had published embarrassing secret State Dept cables. She suggests that since Assange is a ‘soft target’, a drone strike would be easy. An assistant, suitably named Anne-Marie Slaughter, assesses this and other options in a followup memo on ‘legal and nonlegal strategies’ to stop Wikileaks.
Dec 22, 2010: Iranian General Qassem Soleimani allows Nuri al-Maliki to become Prime Minister of Iraq, on condition Jalal Talabani become President and that U.S. forces leave Iraq. The pro-American secular leader Ayad Alawi who had won a plurality but not a majority of parliamentary seats, is told by VP Joe Biden to abandon his effort to form a government. || Source
Jan 25, 2011: Muslim Brotherhood leads revolution against Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
Feb 2, 2011: President Obama announces U.S. support of regime change in Egypt.
Feb 2011: U.S. Treasury files civil action against Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank, Hezbolah’s central money-laundering and drug-trafficking bank, and later seize $102 million, forcing it to shut down and sell its assets without admitting wrongdoing. DOJ fails to file criminal charges, and blocks investigations into other financial institutions and individuals that DEA Cassandra agent David Asher targets for RICO case. RICO convictions enable severer penalties. One network, that of Ayman Saied Joumaa, launders $200 million/month through U.S. used car dealers shipping cars to Benin.
Feb 17, 2011: Muslim Brotherhood leads revolution in Libya.
March 2011: Secretary of State Clinton announces U.S. support for Muslim Brotherhood-led rebels in Libya, appoints Special Envoy Chris Stevens to direct US operations in Benghazi.
June 2011: IRS expands scope of special-scrutny from ‘Tea Party’ by adding search terms: patriot, government spending, government debt, taxes, making America a better place to live, education on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and challenging Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. IRS continues targeting Republican groups throughout 2012, as admitted by Lois Lerner in Congressional testimony May 10, 2013. || Source
August 14, 2011: Iran Quds Force leader Zanjani transfers 1.9 million Euros to Benghazi construction company via First Islamic Investment Bank in Labuan, Malaysia and Banque Intercontinentale Arabe in Paris. || Source
August 18, 2011: Executive Order 13583 establishes a coordinated Government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce, and launches race-conscious ‘micro-agression’ sensitivity training and indoctrination throughout the military and all agencies; resulting in the firing of almost 200 senior officers.
Oct 3, 2011: Obama Admin expands scope of permissible spying to include domestic communications of Americans through the NSA all-inclusive database. || Source
Oct 20, 2011: Muslim Brotherhood takes control of Libya.
2011: NSA discloses to FISA Court that it had misrepresented the nature of its ‘upstream’ collection activities under Section 702, and that it was actually acquiring not only communications to or from the targets of surveillance, but communications that simply mentioned certain information about them, some of which had nothing to do with the target.
Dec 15, 2011: Preet Bharara and DEA Administrator announce civil suit seeking $483,142,568 from Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) and others for a money laundering scheme to finance Hezbollah through sales of U.S.-purchased used cars and resale in West Africa, in violation of International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
Dec 2011: Obama Admin grants temporary work visa to Vadim Mikerin, who had been engaged in a uranium-trucking extortion scheme in the U.S. since 2009. || Source
Jan 27, 2012: In internal meeting, VP Biden opposes U.S. raid on Bin Laden compound.
April 2012: U.S. Amb to Libya Cretz formally requests, in a cable to Sec State Clinton, more security for the Benghazi mission. In cable bearing her signature, Clinton refuses.
Source: House Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Government Reform Committees report, April 23, 2013
April 2012: Michael Horowitz appointed DOJ Inspector General after President Obama revokes authority of all agency inspectors general to require information pertinent to OIG analyss.
April 17, 2012: President Barack Obama nominates Lt Gen Flynn to be Director of DIA.
June 20, 2012: Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi wins presidency of Egypt.
2012: FISA-702(16)(17) ‘About’ (nebulous catchall) queries of NSA database are initiated. 85 percent of these are later determined by NSA audit and FISA Court judgment to have been ‘non-compliant’ with procedures to minimize inadvertant disclosure of names of unrelated people, in violation of their Constitutional Fourth-Amendment rights.
June 2012: U.S. intelligence and security officers in Benghazi and Tripoli warn their superiors, including Ambassador Stevens, that Iranian preparations for a terrorist attack on the US compound in Benghazi are in progress. Green Beret Colonel Andy Wood, head of security for Stevens, sends a cable to his commanding officer that Iranian militia group Ansar al Sharia had received funding from Iran.
July 2012: CIA/State Dept operation with Obama presidential covert action finding authorizes secret weapons smuggling operation from Benghazi Libya to ISIS forces in Syria.
July 1, 2012: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton uses unsecured personal email domain to email President Obama from Russia, contrary to law and security protocol.
July 20, 2012: Uranium One pays Podesta Group to lobby State Dept and other agencies on ‘international mining projects’. || Source
July 25, 2012: DIA chief Lt Gen Michael Flynn discovers newly developed Stinger missile is fired by Taliban at U.S. Chinook helicopter. CIA (Brennan) and State Dept (Clinton) had arranged for delivery of missile to Qatar for Libya but instead it was diverted to Taliban, according to serial number recovered from missile casing. || Source
August 12, 2012: DIA issues secret report, by Lt Gen Michael Flynn, that an Islamic State will be established in eastern Syria, led by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda.
Sept 11, 2012: Libyan terrorists attack U.S. mission in Benghazi Libya. State Dept Operations Center alerts White House Situation Room, DNI, and FBI. Sept 11, 4:05 p.m. ET State Dept. Operations Center sends alert to government emergency watch lists including White House Situation Room, DNI, and FBI. Entitled ‘US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack’, the alert reports ‘approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well’. Special Operations Forces prepare to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the attack, but is forbidden to do so by US Special Operations Command Africa.
Ansar al-Sharia claims responsibilty on Facebook and Twitter. President Obama does not convene emergency meeting of Counterterrorism Security Group, issues ‘stand down’ orders to not mount a rescue mission in response to the attack. General Carter Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, prepares a rescue mission in defiance of this order and is fired. Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans are murdered by terrorists.
Source: CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson reports
Sept 15, 2012: In talking points explaining Benghazi attack, Obama Admin removes references to Al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists, describes armed hostilities as a ‘demonstration’. CIA Director Gen David Petraeus continues to call the attack an attack, contradicting Obama talking points. FBI Dep Dir Andrew McCabe instructs subordinates not to call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing the FBI’s findings to the larger intelligence community, despite knowing the identity of the attackers.
Source: House Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Report; Rep. Ron DeSantis Dec 2017 interview of a retired FBI supervisor.
Oct 14, 2012: NSA collects more than 250 million email contact lists from free email services such as Yahoo and Gmail.
Nov 6, 2012: Obama elected to 2nd term as president.
Nov 9, 2012: CIA Dir Petraeus resigns.
2012 – 2015: Uranium One retains Podesta Group as lobbyist for fees totaling $180,000. || Source
Jan 2013: Russia’s Rosatom acquires majority control of Uranium One, with uranium mines in Kazakhstan and the United States. Frank Giustra and other Uranium One investors give $130 million to Clinton Foundation.
March 7, 2013: John Brennan confirmed as CIA Director.
March 2013: CIA awards $600 million contract to Amazon Web Services for cloud system enabling 17 intelligence agencies to share information.
March 2013: Igor Danchenko, later the source for Steele’s dossier, is charged in Greenbelt Md with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Rod Rosenstein is the prosecutor. Danchenko is released from jail on condition he undergo drug testing and ‘participate in a program of substance abuse therapy and counseling’, as well as ‘mental health counseling’.
March 28, 2013: Congress issues subpoena for Hillary Clinton’s server, after which a computer technician employed by her deletes her emails from the server.
4. Fine-tuning Database Searches
April 30, 2013: In response to DOJ and Congressional concern about groups whose primary activity is political applying for tax-exempt status, Senator John McCain’s staff director, Henry Kerner, urges top IRS officials, including director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to ‘audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous’.
May 10, 2013: IRS apologizes to Tea Party groups for having pursued malicious pretexts for prosecution. || Source
June 5, 2013: Edward Snowden reveals warrantless mass surveillance and bulk collection of phone, Internet, bank, and other records without any cause to suspect crime, by NSA and other spy agencies in the U.S. He provides evidence to Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post. NSA software called PRISM collects data directly from servers of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and others. It is later disclosed on Aug 29, 2013 that NSA pays hundreds of millions of dollars to these companies for access to their networks.
Pursuant to a top-secret memo dated Sept 15, 2009, NSA shares data, surveillance assets, and conclusions with Britain’s GCHQ, a relationship originating in WWII and maintained throughout the Cold War. The relationship enables both parties to circumvent laws limiting surveillance to domestic targets and requiring probable cause to spy on specific individuals.
Snowden is granted asylum in Russia for two months. || Source and the Intercept
June 20, 2013: IRS pays bonuses of $42,000 and $100,000 to two former IRS Commissioners who had directed IRS special scrutiny of Obama-opposition Tea Party groups.
June 20, 2013: Guardian (Greenwald) publishes Snowden secret documents with U.S. NSA rules for conducting mass surveillance that merge domestic and foreign targets, contrary to ‘minimization’ standards. || Source
June 21, 2013: Snowden documents show Britain’s GCHQ taps fiber-optic cables to collect and store global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories, and calls, and then shares the data with the NSA. GCHQ works within NSA’s Fort Meade Md HQ.
July 2, 2013: DNI Clapper apologizes for lying to Congress in March 2013 testimony.
July 3, 2013: Egyptian Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrows Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi in military coup.
July 2013: FISA Court broadens scope of secret warrantless searches from terrorism cases to those involving nuclear proliferation, cyber-attacks, and other security concerns. NYTimes Eric Lichtblau charaterizes the 11-member FISA Court’s expanded role as that of a ‘parallel Supreme Court’. || Source
July 31, 2013: Snowden reveals that low-level NSA analysts like himself could find the phone, email, and any Internet activity of anyone in the world through simple queries to a program called XKeyscore, which integrates highly focused content and metadata searches. || Source
July 31, 2013: Bradley (later Chelsea) Manning convicted of violating Espionage Act.
Aug 1, 2013: U.S. Government pays Britain’s GCHQ $155 million for use of its spying programs.
Aug 2, 2013: Telecom companies (owners of undersea cables) provide GCHQ secret unlimited access to all traffic through their undersea cables.
Aug 7, 2013: Russia extends Snowden’s period of asylum for three years.
2013 – 2015: Johnathan Winer distributes more than 100 memos from ex-spy Christopher Steele’s company, Orbis Business Intelligence, to U.S. policy-makers, on behalf of Steele’s client, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. || Source
Sept 4, 2013: James Comey becomes FBI Director, succeeding Robert Mueller.
Oct 2013: FBI officially names Steele as a Confidential Human Source (CHS), in part to compensate Steele for his assistance with the a previous investigation of FIFA. Source: Senate Intel Committee Report, V5, p 856.
Oct 2013: Amazon owner Jeff Bezos purchases Washington Post, using funds from cloud services contract awarded to Amazon by CIA in March 2013.
Nov 1, 2013: Edward Snowden reveals Britain’s GCHQ and other European spy agencies work together to conduct mass surveillance. || Source
Nov 2013: Donald Trump brings Miss Universe pageant to Moscow, collecting an estimated $3 million from the local hosts billionaire real estate tycoon Aras Agalarov and his son Emin, a pop singer. || Source
Nov 20, 2013: UK government and NSA agree to share phone, internet, and email records of UK citizens, and cooperate on evading each country’s privacy laws.
Dec 2013: Trump Organization agrees to brand an Agalarov property in Moscow, but deal stalls due to Ukraine turmoil, falling oil prices, collapse of real-estate market, and sanctions.
Jan 20, 2014: President Obama in New Yorker interview dismisses ISIS as ‘JV team’ and ‘not a direct threat to us’. ISIS leader Baghdadi later declares Caliphate in captured territory in Iraq and Syria in June 2014.
Feb 4, 2014: George Soros’ Open Society Institute sponsors riots on Maidan in Kiev, the prototype for similar operations in the United States in 2020. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland instructs U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt to have Arseniy Yatsenyuk (aka ‘Yats’) appointed Prime Minister after the soon-to-be-completed coup d’etat. When Pyatt expresses concern about EU misgivings, Nuland says ‘Fuck the EU’.
Feb 11, 2014: DIA Director Flynn testifies to Senate Armed Services Committee re Annual Threat Assessment that ISIS would ‘attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria’, contradicting President Obama’s assessment that ISIS is not a significant threat.
Feb 18, 2014: Snipers shoot and kill police officers and Soros activists to provoke insurrection in Ukraine.
Feb 22, 2014: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is ousted, flees to Russia. New U.S.-backed Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk expresses Ukraine’s intention to join NATO.
March 18, 2014: Russian Federal Assembly ratifies re-incorporation of Crimea into Russia after Crimea plebiscite.
March 2014: CIA secretly intercepts and collects communications of Congressional staff on anonymous reports of Intelligence Community abuses and on torture of prisoners through ‘routine counterintelligence monitoring of government computer systems’. Senate Intelligence and Finance Committees are two of the CIA targets. CIA Director Brennan falsely denies hacking into computer system of Senate Intelligence Committee: ‘Nothing could be further from the truth. I mean, we wouldn’t do that. I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.’ IG report later confirms CIA hacking of Senate Intelligence Committee computers. Later, Brennan apologizes. || Source ; and Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson disclosure Nov 2018 in response to Sen Grassley request.
April 2014: DEA concludes Hezbollah ‘has leveraged relationships with corrupt foreign government officials and transnational criminal actors… creating a network that can be utilized to move metric ton quantities of cocaine, launder drug proceeds on a global scale, and procure weapons and precursors for explosives.’ Hezbollah ‘has at its disposal one of the most capable networks of actors coalescing elements of transnational organized crime with terrorism in the world’. || Source , Jack Riley, DEA chief of operations.
April 13, 2014: Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business partner, joins the Board of Ukranian gas-distributor Burisma.
April 14, 2014: 276 African Christian schoolgirls are kidnapped by Boko Haram, for auction by Muslim groups as sex slaves. Obama declines to designate Boko Haram as terror group or to send Special Operations forces, encourages people to tweet about the crime on social media. Boko Haram is allied with Muslim Brotherhood, protected by Obama Admin under secret order PSD-11.
April 18, 2014: Hunter Biden, who has no energy industry experience, is appointed to the Board of Directors of Burisma.
April 22, 2014: VP Joe Biden travels to Ukraine, offers $50 million in aid to Ukranian Govt.
April 25, 2014: Chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko elected president of Ukraine.
April 28, 2014: British officials seize $23 million from the London bank accounts of Burisma’s owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, for money-laundering.
April 30, 2014: President Obama fires DIA Director Lt Gen Flynn for ‘insubordination’ following an article calling for defeat of radical Islamic terrorists. || Source
May 2014: DEA Project Cassandra officials meet in Tampa to recommend use of RICO statute against Hezbollah drug-terror-money-laundering networks. Obama rejects the recommendation, due to ongoing negotiations with Iran on a nuclear agreement. Hezbollah is removed from formal list of groups targeted by a special White House initiative into transnational organized crime, eliminating DEA authority to continue its investigation. DOJ rejects DEA proposal to investigate and prosecute Abdallah Safieddine, Hezbollah’s Iran contact and director of its international drug trafficking. Former Treasury official Katherine Bauer tells House Foreign Affairs Committee on Feb 16, 2017 that ‘under the Obama administration… these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal’. || Source
May 2014: Ukranian Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema receives $7 million bribe to stop the investigation of oligarch Burisma owner Mykola Vlochevsky and Burisma Board member Hunter Biden. Source: George Kent, then U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Charge d’Affaires, public testimony in impeachment inquiry November 14, 2019.
May 12, 2014: Burisma Advisor Vadim Pozharskyi sends email to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer requesting urgent advice on how to use their influence to stop Ukranian government interference with Burisma’s business. || Source
June 9, 2014: Islamic State captures Mosul, Iraq’s 2nd-largest city, Ramadi, Fallujah, and Tikrit. After one trillion dollars of U.S. expenditure and a decade of training, Iraqi Army flees, leaving territory, guns, rockets, humvees and other equipment and control to terrorists. This development is in line with former DAI Director Lt Gen Flynn’s Threat Assessment testimony to Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb 11, 2014. || Source
July 31, 2014: CIA Inspector General David Buckley reports CIA had broken into Senate Intelligence Committee computers. Senators call for CIA Director Brennan to resign. || Source
Sept 4, 2014: IRS reports emails of staff that had targeted Tea Party for special scrutiny were lost or destroyed due to hard drive crashes and other technical problems. || Source
Sept 25, 2014: AG Eric Holder resigns.
2014: President Obama appoints CFIUS Staff Chair Aimen Mir Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security. Mir had assisted CFIUS approval of Rosatom-owned Uranium One’s acquisition of 20 percent of American uranium resources.
August 2014: State Dept turns over 15,000 pages of documents to Congressional Benghazi committee, revealing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used private server for government email. Her mishandling of classified info on this private system becomes subject of FBI probe.
Nov 19, 2014: Johnathan Winer writes in a memo: ‘Toria [Victoria Nuland] and Paul [Jones], Three reports from Orbis. The man behind them and Orbis, Chris Steele (as previously mentioned, former MI6 Russia expert, and a trusted friend of mine) is in DC next couple of days. If you’d like to meet with him, let me know and I can put it together.’
Source: Judicial Watch FOIA request
Dec 2014: Ukranian Prosecutor’s investigation of Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky and Hunter Biden ends suddenly, following payment of $7 million bribe to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Vitaly Yarema, to ‘shut the case against Zlochevsky’.
Source: Testimony of former U.S. Ukranian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires George Kent to Senate
Jan 2015: Obama Admin warns Iran of imminent assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani near Damascus by Israel, enabling Soleimani to escape. Quds Force continues attacking U.S. soldiers with roadside bombs (IEDs), until Soleimani is killed by drone in 2018. || Source , Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
Feb 15, 2015: Sandler Foundation executes contract to pay $7,000/month to Podesta Group. Herb and Marion Sandler had sold a bank they owned that specialized in adjustable-rate mortgages, for a $2.6 billion profit. The buyer, Wachovia Bank, having over-estimated the value of the mortgages, goes bankrupt shortly thereafter. John Podesta becomes Clinton campaign manager in late 2015. || Source
2015: Dennis Montgomery gathers 47 hard drives of evidence of NSA/CIA spying on prominent business people such as Donald Trump, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, FISA judges, and others, tries to alert Senate Judiciary Committee and FBI, is rebuffed.
March 2015: Susan Rice orders spy agencies to produce ‘detailed spreadsheets’ of legal phone calls Donald Trump and his aides made during presidential campaign, including intercepted phone calls to persons ‘unmasked’, that is, non-targeted individuals incidentally identified in investigations. The unmasked names are provided to CIA Director John Brennan and DNI James Clapper. Ben Rhodes assists Rice in these illegal operations. || Source and former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.
March 2, 2015: NY Times reports that Sec of State Hillary Clinton uses a secret, personal server, instead of the official State Dept server, for email communications.
March 21, 2015: Clinton associates delete thousands of emails that were under subpoena. || Source
March 31, 2015: Clinton IT specialist Paul Combetta realizes he had not deleted all of Clinton’s emails, uses BleachBit software to do so.
2015: More than 50 intelligence analysts complain that their reports on ISIS and al-Qaeda are altered by senior officials in order to support misleading administration narratives. || Source
Summer 2015: FBI warns DNC about alleged Russian hacking. DNC ignores the warning.
Sept 2015: FBI informant and real-estate advisor Felix Sater contacts Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen to propose Trump Tower project in Moscow. Sater is an FBI informant under a 1998 plea agreement with U.S. Attorney Andrew Weissman, in exchange for leniency on convictions for assault (stabbing a man in the face with a margarita glass) and racketeering. || Source
Sept 25, 2015: DOD Office of Net Assessment (ONA) awards $245,000 contract to longtime CIA informant Stephen Halper.
Oct 28, 2015: Trump Organization signs letter of intent, brokered by Felix Sater, to brand an office and residential tower in Moscow, to be built by local developer Andrey Rozov. Sater proposes obtaining funding from Arkady and Boris Rotenberg who are under U.S. Treasury-imposed sanctions since 2014, but fails to obtain commitment. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen cancels proposed deal in Dec 2015. Sater also seeks funds from Genbank and VTB Bank, both of which are also under U.S. Treasury-imposed sanctions, though again nothing materializes.
Late 2015: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe gives $675,000 to the political campaign of Jill McCabe, wife of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe is in charge of investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private server for classified communications.
Nov 2015: FBI conducts nebulous ‘about’ searches on Americans whose names ‘incidentally’ appear in searches of counterintelligence targets, fails to use minimization safeguards designed to protect people’s privacy from unconstitutional searches and seizures, and allows private contractors such as Fusion GPS access to raw surveillance information.
Source: FISA Court ruling of April 2017: ‘The FBI had disclosed raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information,…to private contractors. ‘Private contractors had access to raw FISA information on FBI storage systems. Contractors had access to raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to the FBI’s requests…. The Court is concerned about the FBI’s apparent disregard of minimization rules and whether the FBI may be engaging in similar disclosures of raw Section 702 information that have not been reported.’
Nov 13, 2015: President Obama declares ISIS ‘contained’. || Source
Nov 13, 2015: ISIS executes a series of terror attacks in Paris, killing 130 people.
Dec 2015: Dennis Montgomery, the CIA contractor who built a mass surveillance tool in 2003, delivers 47 computer hard drives of illegally-harvested surveillance data to DOJ (Holder) and FBI under two limited immunity agreements.
Dec 8, 2015: New York Times article reports that Ukranian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin is investigating Burisma holdings and oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, who received five billion dollars from Government of Ukraine.
Dec 10, 2015: Former DIA Dir Lt Gen Michael Flynn, speaks at RT event in Moscow, is paid $45,000. Putin is seated at same table.
Dec 15, 2015: President Obama issues Executive Order placing hand-picked members of the Senior Executive Service in key positions throughout Federal agencies, including:
Department of the Air Force – 182; Department of Labor – 200; Department of State – 204; Department of Transportation – 231; Department of Interior – 258; Department of the Army – 261; Department of the Navy – 326 Department of Veterans Affairs – 357; Department of Agriculture – 361; Department of Commerce – 425; Department of the Treasury – 458; Department of Health & Human Services – 468; Department of Defense – 478; Department of Energy – 490; Department of Homeland Security – 639.
5. Perfidious Albion Rediscovers Russian Treachery
Dec 2015: UK GCHQ notes what it deems suspicious interactions between Trump associates and known or suspected Russian agents, and informs CIA of these. The intelligence agencies of Estonia, Poland, Germany, and Australia do likewise. || Source1 , Source2 , Source3 , Source4 , Source5Dec 21, 2015: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko invites Donald Trump to Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, by message from Mira Duma to Ivanka Trump. After much back-and-forth between assistants during the next several months, Trump declines repeated invitations, and communications on this matter end with no response by him.
Early 2016: NSA compliance officer alerts Director Admiral Mike Rogers to a significant uptick in FISA-702(17) ‘About’ (nebulous catchall) queries using the FBI/NSA database that holds all metadata records on every form of electronic communication.
Jan 2016: Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III tells Senate Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees that emails beyond the ‘Top Secret’ level passed through Sec Clinton’s unsecured personal server. He receives word from Clinton campaign that he will be fired if she wins election.
Jan 4, 2016: John Podesta emails Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, ‘Look forward to working with you to elect the first woman President of the United States’. Sandberg replies she is ‘thrilled’ by Clinton’s progress toward this goal. SF Mortgage billionaire Herb Sandler gives $4.4 million to Clinton campaign. || Source1 , Source2 , FEC records.
Jan 15, 2016: Intelligence community Inspector General Charles McCullough tells members of Congress that several dozen additional classified emails, including some with a higher classification than top secret, regarding highly sensitive programs, are found in former Sec Clinton’s private records.
Jan 17, 2016: President Obama announces final agreement on nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama Admin removes DEA Cassandra Task Force authority to continue investigating Hezbollah drug and weapon networks, moves supervisory agent Jack Kelly and other senior agents to other positions. Ten years of information on Hezbollah connections to Syrian, Venezuelan, and other officials, and on the extent of cocaine entering the United States, are lost, due to prioritizing of nuclear agreement with Iran. || Source
Jan 22, 2016: United States pays $1.7 billion in cash to Iran. The payment is converted to Euros and Swiss Francs by Dutch and Swiss central banks and delivered on pallets in three tranches on Jan 17, Jan 22, and Feb 5, via Iranian cargo planes. U.S. Treasury Dept says cash is necessitated to avoid U.S. sanctions specified in Section 560.204 of Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. || Source
Jan 29, 2016: John Giacalone, who had developed the case on Hillary Clinton violating laws on safeguarding classified information, retires. FBI Director Comey declines to refer the case to DOJ for prosecution and promotes Andrew McCabe to FBI Deputy Director, in place of Giacalone. Clinton associate Terry McAuliffe had given $675,000 to Virginia State Senate campaign of Andrew McCabe’s wife Jill in late 2015 (she lost, but kept some of the campaign funds).
Feb 2, 2016: Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin obtains a court order to seize oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky’s property to recoup theft of government funds during Yanukovich tenure. Zlochevsky lives in Switzerland with five billion dollars he looted from Ukraine, but still owns gas-distribution company Burisma.
Feb 2, 2016: Zlochevsky’s home is raided and his assets are seized.
Feb 11, 2016: VP Biden calls Ukranian President Poroshenko Feb 11, 18, and 19.
Feb 21, 2016: Burisma’s lobbyist contacts requests meeting with State Department, adding in writing ‘by the way, did I mention Hunter Biden’s on our board?’
March 9, 2016: Admiral Mike Rogers initiates a full compliance audit for the period of November 1, 2015, through May 1, 2016. The audit shows 85 percent of those queries were ‘non-compliant’ with requirements to minimize the scope of queries, meaning they were unlawful. Source: 99-page judgment by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.
March 2016: CIA engages mysterious Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, a longtime Western intelligence asset, to entice newly appointed Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. CIA’s purpose is to implant incriminating Russia-collusion materials in Trump campaign via Papadopoulos. Mifsud, through former associates of Papadopoulos, invites Papadopoulos to Rome. Papadopoulos, in London for a conference, accepts the invitation as a chance for a three-day holiday in Rome before returning to Washington. Misfud tells him that he (Mifsud) had just met with Russian sources in Moscow who had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails’.
March 2016: Nellie Ohr applies for ham radio license to route information from husband Assistant AG Bruce Ohr to Christopher Steele outside NSA electronic monitoring.
March 2016: Fusion GPS approaches Perkins Coie, the law firm for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, seeking employment.
March 22, 2016: VP Biden calls Ukranian President Poroshenko, asks for prosecutor general Shokin to be fired.
March 31, 2016: In Kiev, VP Joe Biden tells Ukraine President Poroshenko ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor [Viktor Shokin] is not fired, you’re not getting the money [one billion dollars in U.S. aid]’. Shokin is investigating illicit payments by Burisma to VP Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. || Source: Council on Foreign Relations conference.
March 31, 2016: Ukranian Prosecutor Viktor Shokin is fired.
April 17, 2015: Burisma Board advisor Vadym Pozharskyi sends email to Hunter Biden: ‘Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure.’ || Source
April 18, 2016: NSA Admiral Mike Rogers stops all 702(17) “about query” requests, and blocks all FBI contractor access to the NSA database.
April 19, 2016: Mary Jacoby, wife of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, visits the White House. The Clinton Campaign and DNC then hire Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research, with a Russian emphasis. Fusion GPS then hires Nellie Ohr who specializes in Russian-centric counterintelligence. Nellie Ohr then contacts MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write a Russian Dossier. Nellie Ohr and her husband FBI ADAG Bruce Ohr remain back-channel contacts for Steele after the former British spy is disqualified by the FBI as a trusted source in Nov 2016.
April 25-26, 2016: Obama post-presidential organization OFA pays $98,047 to Perkins Coie law firm for ‘legal services’, for Fusion GPS payments to Christopher Steele for his dossier.
April 26, 2016: Joseph Mifsud tells Papadopoulos during a meeting in London that Russian government had access to Clinton emails with embarrassing or incriminating information.
April 2016: Clinton campaign hires Fusion GPS, using law firm Perkins Coie (Marc Elias, a Perkins Coie partner and general counsel for both the campaign and DNC) to transfer funds. May 3-4 2016: Texas Sen Ted Cruz drops out of the Republican primary on May 3. Ohio Gov John Kasich drops out of the next day, leaving Trump as the only GOP candidate.
May 4, 2016: Donald Trump locks up Republican nomination.
May 6, 2016: DNC contracts with cyber-security firm CrowdStrike (CEO Dmitri Alperovitch), which ‘determines’ there were two breaches and names the culprits behind them – Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear – claimed by CrowdStrike to be Russian elite hacker units of FSB and GRU, respectively. However, forensics experts note that a hack always leaves traces of its network route, which the NSA would certainly know about if it existed.
May 10, 2016: Papadopoulos meets Australian diplomat Alexander Downer at London’s Kensington Wine Room, tells him Russia may have Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails. ‘According to Papadopoulos’s account, Mifsud alleged that the Russians had “thousands of emails’ on Clinton.’ || Source
May 2016: Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie finalize contract. ‘Mark Elias told Fusion GPS to report only to him, so Fusion GPS’s communications could be solely with a lawyer and thus covered by attorney-client privilege, where the clients, in this case, were the DNC and the Clinton Campaign.’ Steele says that he was hired in preparation for Clinton to challenge 2016 presidential election results, based on evidence to be gathered on Trump-Russia collusion. Source: Senate Intel Report, V5, p 858, and Aug 2, 2018 declaration in defamation lawsuit brought by AlfaBank owners.
May 16, 2016: FBI Director Comey begins preparing announcement of Clinton exoneration before questioning witnesses or obtaining evidence. At White House Meeting with President Obama and others, Peter Strzok persuades Comey to substitute ‘extreme carelessness’ for ‘gross negligence’ as description of Clinton behavior, as the latter phrase has criminal significance.
May 21, 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich reportedly transfers 44,053 DNC emails and 17,761 DNC attachments to Wikileaks director Gavin MacFadyen. MacFayden dies of lung cancer Oct 22, 2016.
May 2016: DOD Office of Net Assessment (ONA) pays Steven Halper $411,575 for surveillance of Trump campaign officials Carter Page and George Papadopolus. Source: Matt Taibbi email@example.com, Steven P. Schrage, PhD, Aug 9, 2020 article.
June 7, 2016: Democrat Party nominates Hillary Clinton.
June 2016: DOJ, FBI arrange meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr, Manafort, and Kushner with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, a possible national security risk, to justify counterintelligence investigation of Trump. GCHQ begins surveillance of Trump Jr, Manafort, and Kushner, working from NSA Fort Mead Md offices. This surveillance is not illegal if done by GCHQ, even from U.S. offices.
June 2016: Fusion GPS hires former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his London-based firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.
June 2016: DNC staffer Seth Rich contacts Wikileaks, offers an extensive sample of DNC emails, sets up DropBox account with password. Rich says ‘I want money’. He also informs some unidentified people that he is in contact with Wikileaks, and writes ‘I also shared this box with a couple of friends, so if anything happens to me, it’s not going to solve your problems’. Soon after, Wikileaks gets the password. || Source: Audio of Seymour Hersh telephone conversation with Ed Butowsky, 2017, based on secretly obtained FBI cyber-unit analysis of Seth Rich computer.
June 10, 2016: DNC tells employees its computer system has been hacked by Russia but refuses to let FBI examine its systems.
June 12, 2016: Julian Assange announces WikiLeaks has documents pertinent to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and would publish them.
June 14, 2016: Crowdstrike announces without evidence that it had found malware on DNC servers and that Russians had planted it. FBI claims its request for access to DNC servers was denied. CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry later testifies FBI never requested access to DNC servers for forensic or any other analysis.
June 15, 2017: Guccifer 2.0 first appears, claims responsibility for ‘hack’ of DNC server, and claims to be a WikiLeaks source. Guccifer’s posted documents bear traces of ‘false-flag’ markings as edits with Russian (Cryllic) text, and are traceable back to DNC.
June 17, 2016: Washington Post writes ‘Inside Trump’s Financial Ties to Russia and His Unusual Flattery of Vladimir Putin’.
June 20, 2016: Steele delivers first memo of his dossier to Fusion GPS, alleging Trump used prostitutes during a visit to Moscow in 2013 and that the Kremlin was blackmailing him with the evidence. The memo also alleges that the Trump campaign was engaged in a well-orchestrated collusion campaign with Russian operatives. Steele relies in part on ‘an article posted on July 28, 2009, on CNN iReport’. CNN iReport is an unmoderated compendium of random individual comments. || Source: 2019 Steele court deposition.
June 2016 FBI Agent Peter Strzok meets with Steele to review his research.
June 22, 2016: WikiLeaks begins publishing emails from Clinton campaign and DNC.
June 27, 2016: Bill Clinton meets with AG Loretta Lynch on Lynch’s plane at Phoenix Airport (the ‘tarmac meeting’), to request decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton for diversion of classified information to an unsecured private server. Lynch’s agreement is secured, according to allegations, by promise of continuation as AG or a Supreme Court nomination.
June 2016: DOJ FISA request denied.
Late June 2016: DCLeaks website begins publishing DNC emails.
July 5, 2016: 1,976 megabytes of data are downloaded from DNC server in 87 seconds, yielding a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second, according to forensic tests done by VIPS. Fastest on-line transfer speeds obtainable are 11 megabytes per second, indicating DNC server not ‘hacked’ by Russia or by anyone. || Source1 , Source2
July 5, 2016: Steele and Simpson approach FBI. Steele provides a preview of his dossier, including the ‘pee tape’ story, to FBI agent Mike Gaeta. Meeting in London to discuss his anti-Trump Russia research, Steele tells Gaeta the dossier’s ‘ultimate client were (sic) the leadership of the Clinton presidential campaign.’ Steele explains ‘the FBI officer he met had cleared his lines with the Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland.’
[Source: British Justice Mark Warby’s July 2020 ruling against Steele.]
Gaeta later testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee ‘I’ve seen crazy source-related stuff in 20 years in New York and this was one of the craziest’. || Source: page 900 of the fifth and final volume of the Senate committee’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
July 5, 2016: FBI Director Comey announces Hillary Clinton will not be charged with violating USC Section 793 (f) for having ‘removed from its proper place of custody’ classified information, because her ‘extreme carelessness’ was not intended to cause harm. The statute penalizes ‘gross negligence’ regardless of intent. Comey’s assumption of DOJ prosecutorial authority is later cited in a letter by Rod Rosenstein as one cause for his dismissal on May 9, 2017. || Source
July 10, 2016: DNC employee Seth Rich shot in back twice and killed in Washington DC, no money or valuables taken; the murder remains unsolved. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn later (Aug 5, 2020) requests assistance of English courts in making Assange’s testimony available on whether such contact had occurred prior to Seth Rich’s death. Assange says in interview on Dutch TV that ‘our sources take great risks’ but that Wikileaks never reveals sources. || Sources: U.S. NY Southern District Court Case 1:18-cv-02223-GBD-SN Document 173 Filed 08/05/20; Assange interview
July 12, 2016: Cambridge conference closes with a session including Halper, Dearlove, and Page.
July 2016: Stefan Halper meets with Trump advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos on pretext of seeking their advice, but actually to gather information to justify FBI investigation of them and anyone they communicated with, including Trump.
July 19, 2016: Steele delivers his dossier to FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok. Seeking to distribute his dossier widely, sometime after this Steele also gives it to State Dept Foreign Affairs Policy Board member and Brookings president Strobe Talbott, a longtime Clinton associate.
Source re Talbott: Aug 1, 2018 Court filing by Steel in U.K. defending against defamation suit by AlfaBank owners.
July 20, 2016: Fusion GPS contacts FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team with allegations claiming Russian ties with Trump and aides.
July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks publishes 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from DNC, including emails from seven key DNC Staff members. The DNC emails range from Jan 2015 to May 25, 2016. Julian Assange denies source is Russian: ‘We can say, we have said, repeatedly … that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party’.
July 23, 2016: FBI Director Comey launches Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
July 26, 2016: Candidate Clinton approves a plan to stir up a scandal against Donald Trump by accusing him of ties to Russian President Putin and alleging collusion with Russian Government to hack DNC communications. CIA Dir Brennan later briefs President Obama ‘and other senior national security officials’ on this intel, including ‘alleged approval by Hillary Clinton of July 26, 2016 of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services’. Source: CIA Director Brennan handwritten notes declassified Oct 7, 2020 and Sept 17, 2016 CIA memo advising FBI Dir Comey and Asst Dir Strzok of Clinton’s plan; letter from CIA Dir John Ratcliffe Sept 29, 2020 to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham.
July 30, 2016: DOJ official Bruce Ohr and wife Nellie meet with Steele at Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Ohr reports meeting to FBI Deputy Director McCabe.
July 31, 2016: FBI Director Comey opens a counterintelligence investigation, called ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, initially due to information on Papadopoulos’s early knowledge of Russians having damaging material on Clinton.
Late July 2016: CIA director John Brennan convenes a group of officials from the CIA, NSA and FBI to investigate Russian interference.
Summer 2016: Comey tells Obama about FBI’s Trump-Russia invetigation.
Aug 2016: GCHQ Director Hannigan informs U.S. CIA Director Brennan of ‘suspicious interactions’.
Aug 2016: FBI official Peter Strzok texts Lisa Page about ‘insurance policy’ they discussed in McCabe’s office.
Aug 2016: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier resigns, stating ‘The criminal justice system in this city is broken. It is beyond broken’. DC Police clueless about Seth Rich murder.
Aug 2, 2016: Paul Manafort meets in New York with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukranian businessman with alleged ties to Russian intelligence; Kilimnik proposes a ‘peace plan’ involving Russian annexation of Eastern Ukraine.
Aug 5, 2016: Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell claims ‘Mr Putin had recruited Mr Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation’.
Aug 5, 2016: Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell writes in New York Times ‘Mr Putin had recruited Mr Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.’ Clinton campaign releases ad claiming Trump is in league with Putin, echoing CIA/FBI/Fusion GPS assertions.
Aug 6, 2016: FBI opens sub-case probe into Michael Flynn under Crossfire Hurricane umbrella.
Aug. 8, 2016: FBI attorney Lisa Page texts her paramour, FBI’s head of Counterespionage Peter Strzok,'[Trump is] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!’ Strzok replies,’No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.’
Aug 9, 2016: Rice, Haines, Monaco, Clapper, Brennan, Lynch, Comey begin ‘Secret Circle’ meetings on Russian ‘threat’; NSA’s Rogers excluded. || Source
August 9, 2016: WikiLeaks announces $20,000 reward for information on murder of Seth Rich.
Aug 2016: Comey informs Obama, Clapper, Brennan, Rogers, Rice at a meeting in the WH Situation Room that the FBI is investigating whether any U.S. person ‘had worked with Russians in their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election’. ‘Comey stated that after he provided this information, no one in the Situation Room responded or followed up with any questions.’
Source and IG Report, Footnote 194.
Rice later testifies under oath to Senate Intelligence Committee ‘We were not informed by Director Comey or the Attorney General that there was an active investigation of anybody in the Trump orbit.’
Aug 15, 2016: Peter Strzok sends a text message to DOJ Lawyer Lisa Page describing the ‘insurance policy’, in case Hillary Clinton loses election. ‘I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. …It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.’
Aug 17, 2016: FBI secretly uses intelligence briefing to surveil candidate Trump and Michael Flynn for FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation. FBI sends two agents to two-hour meeting with Trump and Flynn to assess Flynn’s mannerisms as baseline for further investigation of Flynn later.
Aug 25, 2016: CIA Director John Brennan briefs Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid about possible links between Trump associates and Russian operatives. Brennan ‘indicates that unnamed advisers to Mr. Trump might be working with the Russians to interfere in the election.’
August 27, 2016: Reid writes a letter to Comey detailing his concern about the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia, citing former CIA Deputy Director Morell’s Aug 5 claim that Trump is ‘an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation’. Brennan uses Reid’s letter to motivate Comey to open an investigation into the Trump campaign.
Sept 2016: Brennan briefs top House and Senate leaders of both parties on evidence derived from GCHQ of possible Kremlin efforts to help Trump win the presidency.
Sept 2016: Steele provides his dossier to State Dept Johnathan Winer. Winer serves as Steele’s distributor in State Dept and to multiple consulting firms. Winer distills the dossier into a two-page summary for Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Nuland notifies Secretary of State John Kerry. Winer also meets wth Sidney Blumenthal, who provides notes (the ‘second dossier’) by Clinton associate Cody Shearer with similar assertions. || Source
Sept 2016: FBI agents show up unannounced at Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s residence in New York, ask him whether Paul Manafort, his former partner, had served as a link to Putin during his time as Trump’s campaign chairman. Deripaska says he is ‘no friend of Manafort’ due to their dispute involving work in Ukraine, but that it is incredible that Russian authorities would rely on Manafort for anything, since he has been working for Ukraine for seven years. Deripaska tells the FBI agents ‘You are trying to create something out of nothing’. Deripaska thinks FBI is trying to get him to connect Manafort with Putin. FBI agents ask Deripaska to contact them if he finds out anything about Manafort working as Russian agent. || Source (NY Times).
Sept 2016: MI6 advises FBI Christopher Steele is ‘honest and persistent but sometimes showed questionable judgment in pursuing targets that others viewed as a waste of time’. Source: IG Horowitz Report.
Sept 2, 2016: Lisa Page texts Peter Strzok that ‘Potus [Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing’.
Sept 2, 2016: Halper emails Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos, offering him $3,000 and airfare to London to deliver a paper about energy issues in Turkey, Israel and Cyprus.
Sept 17, 2016: CIA sends written referral to FBI Dir Comey and Asst Dir Strzok of Candidate Clinton’s July 26 approval of a plan to vilify Donald Trump by tieing him to ‘Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server’. Source: CIA memo declassified Oct 7, 2020, published on Scribd.
Sept (mid to late Sept) 2016: FBI provides intel to Christopher Steele in a meeting in Rome, from ‘an internal Trump campaign source,… a human source within the Trump campaign’. This source may be Stephen Halper, an American in London with extensive CIA experience. Halper elicits Trump campaign info from Papadopolous and Page, whom he invites to conferences. DOD Office of Net Assessment pays Halper $411,000 in 2016 – 17. || Source1 , Source2
Sept 23, 2016: Yahoo News publishes an article by Michael Isikoff about Carter Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow, based on information provided by Geoffrey Steele. Steele does not disclose these unauthorized media contacts to the FBI. || Source1 , Source2 , Source3
Sept 29, 2016: OFA, Obama’s post-presidential organization, pays exactly $700,000 to Perkins Coie law firm for ‘legal services’. Total paid during 2016 is nearly $800,000. The law firm pays an undisclosed amount to Fusion GPS for false allegations obtained from Igor Danchenko in Steele’s dossier. || Source , FEC records.
Oct 3, 2016: Meeting in Rome for nearly three hours, FBI provides highly classified information on the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation to private contractor Steele. Info to Steele includes details of cases against Page, Papadopoulos, Manafort, and Flynn, and secret communications from Australian Government. Steele briefs Fusion GPS’ Simpson on this info. Source and IG Report.
Oct. 7, 2016: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Department of Homeland Security issue statement that ‘The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from’ the DNC. ‘We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.’ || Source
Oct 11, 2016: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec meets with Steele to hear his description of Russian election-interference operations. Kavalec writes Steele’s client ‘is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8’, indicating the purpose is political. Steele says ‘those recruited were paid out of the Russian Consulate in Miami’, according to her meeting notes. Kavalec, noting there has never been a Russian Consulate in Miami, and other fanciful statements, assesses Steele’s credibility as unreliable.
Oct 12, 2016: FBI field office in New York, reports to FBI counter-intelligence chief Strzok and Deputy Director McCabe that they find some of Hillary Clinton’s missing classified emails on Anthony Weiner’s computer, pursuant to a warrant issued in Sept 2016. (Weiner was the husband of Hillary Clinton adviser and confidante Huma Abedin. Weiner had resigned as Congressional Representative due to his repeated ‘sexting’ of teenage girls.)
Oct 13, 2016: Kavalec reports her negative assessment of Steele’s credibility in an email to FBI and other agencies.
Oct 14, 2016: Melissa Hodgman, wife of FBI’s Peter Strzok, is promoted to deputy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division.
Oct 2016: Steele meets with FBI officials Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr, who offer to pay him to continue his investigation of Trump.
Oct 19, 2016: Steele writes his last memo for dossier provided to FBI. The FBI authorizes payment of $50,000 to Steele. Fusion GPS had paid Steele $160,000.
Oct. 21, 2016: DOJ and FBI apply for FISA warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page. FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates sign the application. The FISA Court approves, based on ‘new’ evidence consisting of Steele’s dossier and a Yahoo article by Michael Isikoff based on the Steele dossier. FBI omits mention of the DNC funding of the Steele dossier. FBI’s first FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page granted by FISA Judge Contreras, based on fraudulent unverified allegations in the Steele dossier. FBI asserts Steele’s ‘reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings’ and the FBI has determined him to be ‘reliable’, though FBI had not attempted any verification of its own. FISA Court relies on FBI misrepresentations in granting this warrant to spy, and in granting three renewals on Jan 12, April 7, June 29, 2017.
Source: DOJ IG Horowitz Report, FISA Court judgment by Judge Rosemary Collyer, and Source
Oct 24, 2016: Benjamin Wittes, confidante of FBI Director James Comey and editor-in-chief of the blog Lawfare, writes of the need for an ‘insurance policy’ in case Trump wins.
Oct 2016: DOJ (Yates?) informs Comey Steele ‘had been paid to develop opposition research’ by Clinton campaign and DNC.
Oct 24, 2016: Rogers verbally informs FISA Court of his findings re violation of minimization (‘About’ nebulous catchall queries) requirements.
Oct 26, 2016: Rogers presents written findings of his audit formally to FISA Court, which had been unaware of the query violations until then.
Oct 28, 2016: FBI Director Comey notifies Congress that he is reopening Clinton probe due to Clinton emails found on Anthony Wiener laptop several weeks earlier.
Oct 28, 2016: Perkins Coie pays $365,275 to Fusion GPS, paying a total of $1,024,408 to Fusion GPS between May 24, 2016 and Dec 28, 2016.
Source: Bank records requested by House Intel Committee unsealed by DC District Judge Richard Leon Nov 21, 2017.
Oct 30, 2016: FBI finds 650,000 Clinton emails on computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, apparently ‘synched’ from estranged wife and Hillary assistant Huma Abedin’s computer. FBI fails to coordinate separate investigations of Clinton Foundation financial crimes and Clinton misappropriation of classified material (a felony), stopping disclosure and audit.
Oct 31, 2016: An article in Mother Jones by David Corn refers to Steele’s providing FBI with ‘memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump.’ Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid sends a public letter to FBI Director Comey urging release of these memos Steele had written.
November 1, 2016: Steele admits to FBI handler that he had spoken to the reporter who wrote the October 31 article, contrary to FBI Confidential Human Source (CHS) rules.
Nov 6, 2016: FBI Director Comey tells Congress that Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner computer do not change earlier conclusion that she should not be charged, because there is no evidence of ‘intention’ to compromise national security.
Late Oct or early Nov 2016: Washington Post publishes article alleging CIA gave ‘eyes-only’ information to President Obama detailing specific instructions from Russian President Putin to disrupt the U.S. election to damage Clinton’s candidacy and assist in the election of Trump; this information allegedly drawn from sources close to President Putin. Mary Jacoby surmises that her husband, Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, and not CIA spies in the Kremlin, is the actual source of the CIA ‘information’.
Nov 8, 2016: Donald Trump elected President.
6. The Insurance Policy
Nov 17, 2016: FBI terminates Steele for revealing his FBI relationship to reporters. Steele continues to provide information to FBI through DOJ Attorney Bruce Ohr. Ohr meets FBI on 13 occasions between Nov 17, 2016 and May 15, 2017. Source: DOJ IG Horowitz Report, p 7.
Nov 17, 2016: NSA Dir Adm Mike Rogers meets with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in NY, informs him of FBI and DOJ surveillance of his email and phone communications.
Nov 18, 2016: Trump appoints Michael Flynn National Security Adviser.
Nov 2016: Steele gives copies of his dossier to longtime Clinton friend Strobe Talbot to convey to top State Department officials. Additional information from a foreign source, previously unpublished, is suppliled to Steele by State Dept staff, probably Johnathan Winer. Source: Letter of Senator Grassley to DAG Rosenstein 2018.2.5, referring Steele for potential violation of 18 U.S.C.§1001.
Nov 18, 2016: Arizona Sen. John McCain and a former assistant, David Kramer, are told about the existence of the dossier by an associate of Steele’s, former British diplomat Sir Andrew Wood.
Nov. 28, 2016: Sen McCain associate David Kramer flies to London to meet Christopher Steele for a briefing on the anti-Trump research. Afterward, Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson gives Sen McCain a copy of the dossier.
Dec 5, 2016: FBI analysts recognize it is not a ‘logical investigative step’ to seek General Flynn’s financial records and that ‘this is a nightmare’. Source: District Court filing in Criminal Action No. 17-232-EGS, Sept 24, 2020
Dec 6, 2019: President Obama orders CIA Dir Brennan to prepare an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) integrating the views of all 17 intelligence agencies on Trump-Russia collusion, to be completed before President-Elect Trump’s inauguration Jan 20, 2017. Washington Post, New York Times, and other media report ICA findings three days later.
Dec 9, 2016: McCain provides a copy of the Steele dossier to FBI Director James Comey during a meeting at the latter’s office. McCain had received the dossier from his aide David Kramer, who had received it from Fusion GPS owner Glenn Simpson. This route of transmission informs McCain the dossier is opposition research and not official intelligence. Former British Ambassador to Russia Andrew Wood, urged by his friend Christopher Steele, had advised McCain in early Dec 2016 of the contents of the dossier.
Dec 9, 2016: Washington Post (Entous-Nakashima-Miller) writes ‘CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system’. New York Times (Sanger-Shane) writes ‘American intelligence agencies have concluded with ‘high confidence’ that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump’.
Dec 9, 2016: CIA tells Congress that they believe the Russians hacked the DNC to help defeat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Dec 10, 2016: An associate of Republican Sen John McCain gives BuzzFeed a copy of the Steele dossier.
Dec 12, 2016: Intelligence professionals dispute claim that DNC was ‘hacked’, as electronic signature missing; physical transmittal more likely. || Source
Dec 2016: President Obama finalizes with Executive Order 12333 rules opening raw, unedited information feeds collected by the National Security Agency to all of the 16 other agencies in the Intelligence Community before any privacy protections are implemented, giving 17 spy agencies unimpeded access to all Americans’ private information, regardless of whether they are suspected of anything.
Dec 14, 2016: NBC broadcasts ‘Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News’. New York Times and Washington Post publish similar stories.
Dec 14, 2016: House Permanent Special Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) Chair Rep Devin Nunes responds to media stories by requesting asking CIA Dir Brennan ‘to clarify press reports that the CIA has a new assessment that it has not shared with us. The Committee is deeply concerned that intransigence in sharing intelligence with Congress can enable the manipulation of intelligence for political purposes’. ICA appears to include only CIA, FBI, NSA, DNI, not all 17 intelligence agencies. || Source
Late Dec 2016: ICA completed, concludes with ‘high confidence’ that Russian Govt interfered with 2016 election to assist Trump.
Dec 28, 2016: President Obama signs Executive Order 13757 applying aditional sanctions to Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Dec 28, 2016: National Security Advisor-designate Michael Flynn talks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak by telephone. The FBI wiretaps and records these conversations. FBI and other spy agencies perform 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans during 2016.
Dec 30, 2016: Russian President Putin announces Russia would not retaliate against the sanctions imposed by President Obama.
Dec 31, 2016: Ambassador Kislyak calls Flynn to advise him Russia will not retaliate against Obama’s recent sanctions.
Jan 2, 2017: Wikileaks’ Assange says he guarantees emails did not come from Russia; that Obama administration is trying to undermine Trump
Jan 3, 2017: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, ‘You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.’
Early Jan 2017: FBI renews FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page. FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates again sign the application. Britain’s national security adviser sends letter to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice and NSA-designate Flynn, disavowing former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy. Flynn later states he does not remember this letter.
Jan 2017: Clinton campaign manager and lobbyist John Podesta meets with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson to consider further anti-Trump research. Podesta later (Oct 2017) tells Senate Intel Committee he knows nothing about an arrangement to pay for anti-Trump research, despite his role as Clinton campaign manager and DNC fund-raiser.
Jan 4, 2017: FBI Washington field office issues official Closing Memoranum, closes its investigation of Michael Flynn, finds ‘no derogatory information’ on Flynn, and no basis to ‘predicate further investigative efforts’ into whether Flynn was being directed and controlled by a foreign power (Russia) in a manner that threatened U.S. national security or violated FARA or its related statutes. || Source: Memorandum disclosed in April 2020 pursuant to Flynn attorney Sidney Powell’s requests for all exculpatory information required under Brady rules, and U.S. Attorney Jensen’s response providing it.
Jan 5, 2017: Comey testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee that DNC refused multiple requests to examine their servers after Russian-hacking allegations. Separately, DNC denies having refused requests to examine server, claims FBI never made any such requests.
Jan 5, 2017: Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Obama, Biden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice meet in Oval Office to consider what to disclose to President-Elect Trump, and what to withhold. They must appear to cooperate with the transition while not disclosing that Trump has been and still is the actual target of FBI investigation. All those in this Oval Office meeting being subject to embarrasing exposure and possible prosecution — for fraudulent allegations Trump was involved in a treasonous plot to collude with Russia, based on one fabricated DNC-funded dossier — they discuss what must be done to prevent discovery by the incoming administration.
Comey advises removing Flynn, who as National Security Adviser would review the FBI’s illegal Russia collusion investigation. Comey cautions against alerting Flynn, and advises not discussing Russia with him, on the grounds that Flynn is a national security risk due to his many conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. While Comey does not indicate how he intends to remove Flynn, handwritten notes by FBI agent Priestap suggest ‘getting him to lie’ (which would be a crime). Biden asks whether the Logan Act could be used, apparently unaware it is only applicable to private citizens and since enactment in 1799 has never been used successfully. Obama instructs those present to inform incoming Trump Administration, while excluding information about previous and continuing secret espionage against Trump.
Strzok texts ‘Don’t do it yet [meaning don’t close the Flynn case]’. Having been informed by Strzok that the FBI case against Flynn is not officially closed despite finding ‘no derogatory information’, Comey keeps the investigation open. Strzok texts that this mistake is ‘serendipitously good’ and ‘our utter incompetence actually helps us’. Texts between unidentified FBI agents: ‘people here are scrambling for info to support certain things and its a mad house’. ‘[J]esus, [T]rump was right. [S]till not put together… why do we do this to ourselves. [W]hat is wrong with these people[?]?’ || Source
Jan 6, 2017: CIA Director Brennan releases declassified version of Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) ordered by President Obama on Dec 6, 2016. While purporting to be the consensus of 17 intelligence agencies on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign to rig the 2016 election, only CIA, FBI, and DNI efforts are included. NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers dissents from the ICA conclusion. The ICA report concludes ‘Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him’. To protect ‘sources and methods’, proof is not supplied. Conclusions echo those provided by Brennan to Washington Post, New York Times, and NBC during the Dec 9 – 14, 2016 period. Later, on Aug 19, 2018, Brennan states on TV he had no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump as of the date he left CIA.
Jan 6, 2017: Comey, Clapper, Brennan and Mike Rogers meet President-elect Trump in Trump Tower to brief him on the Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian election interference. The ICA consists of conclusions and inferences without specifications of overt acts by identifiable individuals. Separately, as planned, Comey asks for a one-on-one briefing with President-elect. Comey tells Trump of the ‘salacious’ Clinton-fabricated allegations, such as the hiring of Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel that former President Obama had slept in. DNI Dir Clapper had previously briefed Jake Tapper of CNN on these fabrications. Comey’s briefing omits any mention of the origin of the Steele dossier as DNC-paid opposition research (implying that it was an official intelligence report), and also omits its use to obtain FISA warrants, implying that Trump is not an object of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation. Comey also conceals from Trump the fact that National Security Adviser-designate Flynn is under FBI investigation. Surveillance of Trump staff continues under active (undisclosed) FISA warrant authorizations. || Source
Jan 6, 2017: Comey reports in a memo to Clapper ‘I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands. I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook’. Comey’s briefing of Trump supplies the news hook.
Jan 7, 2017: Clapper and two other Obama administration officials request Flynn unmasking (access to Flynn’s communications incidentally retreived by FISA-authorized spying on Flynn’s associates in the Trump campaign).
Jan 7, 2017: FBI interviews Steele’s primary sub-source, Igor Danchenko, who disavows much of the Russia collusion evidence attributed to him in the dossier. FBI omits this disavowal in its FISA warrant applications. ‘The government did not disclose that Steele himself had undercut the reliability’ of his own source, telling the FBI he was a ‘boaster’ and an ‘egoist’ and ‘may engage in some embellishment.’ Source: FISC Chief Judge James Boasberg order.
Jan 10, 2017: CNN reports Comey’s Jan 6 briefing of Trump on Steele dossier. Citing that reporting as justification, BuzzFeed publishes the Steele dossier. Many FBI agents and analysts purchase taxpayer-funded professional liability insurance to defend probable lawsuits on their illegal activities. || Source
Jan 11, 2017: UN Ambassador Samantha Power makes another Flynn unmasking request.
Jan 12, 2017: FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign, signed by Comey and Yates, reauthorized for 90 days.
Jan 12, 2017: Obama administration finalizes new rules under Executive Order 12333 allowing NSA to distribute raw intel to other U.S. intel agencies without normal privacy protections, removing longstanding restrictions on access to contents of phone calls and email, including bulk collection of satellite transmissions, communications between foreigners as they cross network switches in the United States, and messages acquired overseas or provided by allies. Source1 , Source2 , Source3
Jan 12, 2017: Vice President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew request Flynn unmasking in intelligence communications.
Jan 12, 2017: Washington Post, David Ignatius, publishes information leaked either by Obama Admin officials or by Stephen Halper, about phone calls between Russian Ambassador Kislyak and General Flynn. The article mentions the Logan Act, a 1799 law prohibiting private individuals from discussing foreign policy with foreign governments. The Logan Act has never been successfully used and is inapplicable to Flynn as a designated public official.
Jan 2017: Assistant Director of FBI Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap writes handwritten note for meeting to plan an ‘ambush interview’ with Flynn: ‘What is our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?’ Source: document disclosed in April 2020, in response to Flynn attorney Powell’s request for Brady-required exculpatory material.
Jan 15 2017: VP Pence on CBS Face the Nation, in response to question ‘Did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?’ states ‘Of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.’ Transcript
Jan 15, 2017: Bob Woodward calls Steele dossier ‘garbage’. || Source
Jan 19, 2017: State Dept European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland sends classified materials on Russia investigation to Senators Warner, Corker, and Cardin. Transmittal message ‘We made the deadline!’ indicates urgency to provide information on Russian election-interference, anti-EU, and anti-NATO activities in Europe, before Trump is to be inaugrurated as President the following day. || Source
Jan 20, 2017: Susan Rice writes a memo to herself about Obama ‘continuing to do everything by the book’ with regard to the Flynn investigation. The word ‘continuing’ suggests Obama had already known about the FBI plan to ‘get Flynn to lie’.
Jan 20, 2017: Donald Trump inaugurated as 45th President of the United States.
Jan 20, 2017: Wikileaks raises previous reward for information on murder of Seth Rich to $130,000.
Jan 22, 2017: Michael Flynn sworn in as National Security Adviser.
Jan 2017: FBI agent’s handwritten note on purpose of interviewing Flynn ‘to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired’. Source: DOJ documents released to Flynn defense attorney Powell.
Jan 2017: FBI Dir Comey places mole in White House, cybersecurity expert Anthony Ferrante, who retains FBI employment ‘reserve’ status, to report any incriminating info on President Trump to FBI. || Source
Jan 23, 2017: Washington Post writes, based on an FBI leak, ‘FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicit’ and ‘Although Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were listened to, Flynn himself is not the active target of an investigation, U.S. officials said’. This reassures Flynn he is not under investigation, so that when interviewed by FBI the following day at the White House, he does not suspect an ambush.
Jan 23, 2017: UK GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan suddenly resigns. Hannigan had shared reports supporting the Russia-collusion narrative with U.S. spy agencies.
Jan 24, 2017: Noticing the case against Flynn is not formally closed, and it is therefore unnecessary to open a new case, Comey on his own initiative and without notifying his nominal superior at DOJ (Acting AG Sally Yates), sends Peter Strzok and Joseph Pientka to the White House for an ambush interview of Flynn about his phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak, despite the fact these calls are unrelated to the previous case against Flynn. Comey does not ask White House Counsel because, as he later explains, he ‘thought he could get away with it’ since the new Administration was not yet organized. Flynn, reassured based on previous day’s Washington Post article that he is not the target of an FBI investigation, answers questions in an unguarded way.
Jan 25, 2017: DOJ Chief Counsel James Baker, FBI Priestap, and other officials meet to consider options for removing Flynn. They reject Logan Act as inapplicable. Baker asks ‘how could you prosecute Flynn for lying to FBI officials when there was no underlying crime because the contact with Kislyak was normal’. They settle on stirring up a conflict with VP Pence over Pence’s assurances on Jan 15 CBS-TV interview that there had been no contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians.
Jan 26, 2017: DOJ Yates reinforces this narrative to White House Counsel McGahn by conflating Flynn’s official contacts with Kislyak as normal transition planning, and campaign-type contacts (which had not occurred), implying these activities undercut VP Pence’s TV assurances. When McGahn asks her whether Flynn should be fired, Yates responds ‘that’s not our call’.
Jan 30, 2017: Trump fires Acting AG Sally Yates for refusing to follow the president’s Executive Order limiting travel from certain terror-prone countries.
Jan 30, 2017: Attorney Mark Zaid, who later represents impeachment source Eric Ciaramella, writes on Twitter that ‘#coup has started. First of many steps. #rebellion. #impeachment will follow’.
Jan 30, 2017: Internal DOJ document by FBI exonerates Michael Flynn of being ‘an agent of Russia’; concealed until DOJ compelled by Court order to produce it for Flynn defense in Sept 2019. Source: Flynn Defense attorney Sidney Powell case filing 17-232-EGS Sept 11, 2019.
Jan 31, 2017: Former FBI analyst and Feinstein staffer Daniel Jones incorporates Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP) as advised by Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson, to reinforce Steele dossier allegations, obtain similar accusations against President Trump, and distribute them to media, Congress, and FBI. Later he registers it as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with tax-exempt status due to its claim of being nonpartisan. || Source
Feb 3, 2017: CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella and Sean Misko, both seconded to NSC, are overheard at the first NSC staff meeting openly discussing their plan to ‘take out the president’. ‘They weren’t just bent on subverting his agenda, they were plotting to actually have him removed from office’. Misko: ‘Yeah, we need to do everything we can to take out the president.’ A military staffer seconded to NSC: ‘They meant removing him from office by any means necessary’. Military staffer, alarmed, reports Ciaramella-Misko remarks to his superiors, but nothing comes of it. || Source
Feb 9, 2017: DNI Clapper calls Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, tells him ‘take the kill shot’ on Flynn, using wiretapped Flynn-Kislyak call records. Washington Post publishes leak accusing Flynn of collusion with Russia in his calls and meetings with Ambassador Kislyak regarding sanctions: ‘National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say’. Source for ‘kill shot’: DNI staff in car with Clapper during call to Ignatius, noted in Flynn defense attorney Sidney Powell’s deposition.
Feb 2017: FBI Flynn case agent William Barnett tells unit chief that he wants to be removed from the case, because the Flynn investigation ‘is problematic and could result in an IG investigation’. Source: Interview of William Barnett conducted Sept 17, 2020 by U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen
Feb 10, 2017: Clinton campaign manager and fund-raiser John Podesta meets secretly with Fusion GPS principals Glenn Simpson and Peter Frtisch, who are seeking funding to continue their investigation of President Trump and alleged Russia collusion. Clinton foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan and Feinstein aide Daniel Jones, who had recently started TDIP) also participate in the meeting. Simpson asks Podesta to verify Fusion GPS’s bona fides with donors and funding sources whom Podesta knows. TDIP hires Fusion GPS and Steele to update and expand the Steele dossier. Assisted by Podesta, TDIP raises more than seven million dollars during 2017, including one million dollars from George Soros, $2.1 million from Tom Steyer, and other payments from undisbursed Clinton campaign funds. Its operating methods closely track those developed by Simpson and Steele in 2016, simultaneously notifying media, Congressional committees, and FBI of ‘research’ supporting the Russia collusion narrative. Source1 , Source2 , Podesta testimony to House Intel Committee Dec 4, 2017.
Feb 10, 2017: FBI agent Strzok changes official records, called ‘302 notes’, of Flynn interview to indicate discussion of sanctions with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, when in fact no such discussion had occurred. Source: Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 129-2 Filed 10/24/19
Feb 13, 2017: Flynn is fired as National Security Adviser, removing him from a position where he could investigate the Obama Admin’s espionage operations against Trump.
Feb 15, 2017: Page, Strzok, and McCabe revise FBI agent Pientka’s ‘302’ Notes purportedly made during the Jan 24 Strzok / Pientka interview with Flynn, to conform with the charge that Flynn lied to FBI agents in Jan 24 White House interview.
March 1, 2017: Washington Post writes ‘Sessions Spoke Twice To Russian Envoy: Revelation contradicts his testimony at confirmation hearing’. (One meeting was brief and inconsequential, the other was as Senator.)
March 2, 2017: AG Jeff Sessions recuses self from Russia investigation, per advice of ADAG Dana Boente. This forecloses the possibility that as AG Sessions would investigate Obama Admin operations against Trump. Both Flynn and Sessions, the two officials with the greatest responsibility to uncover illegal spying operations by FBI, CIA, and others, are thus removed, leaving a future Special Counsel effectively unsupervised.
March 2, 2017: Clear Force, Jim Jones (former NSA Dir) publish patent US2017/0061345 A1 to electronically monitor employee behavior by coordinating legal, financial, and social media databases, using AI to identify anomalous behavior.
March 4, 2017: Trump tweets ‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’
March 15, 2017: Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morrel, a supporter of Clinton’s, casts doubt on the dossier and Steele’s sourcing.
March 15, 2017: FBI Director Comey testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee that FBI agents did believe Michael Flynn did not lie to them.
March 16, 2017: Former SSCI Feinstein staffer and former FBI agent Daniel Jones describes Fusion GPS as a ‘shadow media organization helping the government’, funded by a ‘group of Silicon Valley billionaires and George Soros’. Jones raises $50 million to continue paying Fusion GPS and Steele after Trump’s inauguration, distributing a daily Russia-collusion briefing paper to Congress, ‘resistors’ in Trump Admin, and media. Steele wishes to have an official written bipartisan invitation to testify to Senate Intel Committee. SSCI Vice Chair Sen Warner, in order to keep all communications with Steele ‘off the record’, texts lobbyist Adam Waldman, an intermediary for Steele in London, ‘we want to do this right private in London don’t want to send letter yet cuz if we can’t get agreement wud rather not have paper trail’. Waldman texts back ‘[I will] see if I can convince him [Steele] to speak w you directly. At the moment he seems spooked. No pun intended.’
March 16, 2017: Dan Coats confirmed as DNI, replacing James Clapper.
March 17, 2017: SSCI Vice-Chair Sen Mark Warner tells SSCI Security Director James Wolfe to give copies of Secret-classified Carter Page FISA warrant application to media.
March 20, 2017: FBI director Comey confirms to Congress that FBI is investigating President Trump, blames Priestap for previous failure to notify Congress as required by law. Comey claims to have known early on in the investigation that it was Vladimir Putin’s intention to help the Trump campaign, due to his [Putin’s] hatred for Hillary Clinton. Comey also tells Congress there is ‘salacious and unverified’ material in the Fusion GPS dossier used by FBI, in part, to obtain Carter Page wiretap. (Under FBI ‘Woods Procedures’, only facts carefully verified by the FBI may be offered as evidence to obtain FISA warrants.)
March 22, 2017: House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes demands that CIA, FBI and NSA disclose nature of unlawful surveillance he had discovered. || Source
Early April, 2017: A third FBI wiretap on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page is approved. FBI Director James Comey and Acting AG Dana Boente sign the application. CIA Director Mike Pompeo may or may not be aware of this application or its approval.
April 3, 2017: Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice reveals in an interview, despite earlier denials, that she had requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials. The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan, and Rice deputy Ben Rhodes. || Source
April 7, 2017: President Trump, advised by attorney McGahn, signs executive order 13787 enabling the third-ranking DOJ official (Dana Boente at the time) to sign FISA application renewals. The Carter Page FISA application renewal, based on the same fraudulent Steele dossier as the earlier ones, facilitates the FBI’s continued spying on the Trump Administration.
April 10, 2017: FBI Strzok text to Lisa Page: need to speak ‘about a media leak strategy with DOJ’.
April 17, 2017: In response to concerns in Washington about Russian social-media influence efforts, Facebook’s Alex Stamos investigates occurrences of fake news, targeted data collection, false amplifiers on its site, and reports actions the company is taking to combat these. Senator Mark Warner later visits Facebook in person to press for evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
April 25, 2017: Christopher Steele, in a UK court proceeding, admits the dossier is ‘unverified’ and says he is ‘shocked’ it was ever made public.
April 25, 2017: Adam Waldman in London texts SSCI Vice-Chair Sen Warner, ‘I just talked to Chris [Steele] again. I can’t convince him to do a call first. He is under a lot of duress FYI. He said Dan Jones [former SSCI Feinstein staff, current distributor of Russia-collution newsletter] is coming to see you. I suggest you explain to Dan why a call is the necessary first step rather than a letter from your perspective.’
Spring 2017: Chief FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer finds that the Obama administration had been abusing the NSA FISA 702 database since President Obama’s re-election in 2012, by failing to minimize queries to the NSA database, ‘unmasking’ persons incidentally identified, and allowing their names and personal information (phone contacts, email, texts, banking and any other electronic information) to be provided to private contractors.
April 26, 2017: Rod Rosenstein is appointed as new Deputy AG.
April 26, 2017: A declassified top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court report reveals that 85 percent of the searches conducted by FBI, CIA, and NSA consist of nebulous ‘about’ data requests impermissible according to legal minimization requirements. The FISA Court report also reveals that FBI provides raw surveillance data to outside contractors such as Fusion GPS without supervising whose privacy is violated. Unsupervised outside contractors may have engaged in political spying on Trump campaign workers, in violation of law.
April 28, 2017: NSA has decided that its Section 702 foreign intelligence surveillance activities will no longer include any upstream internet communications that are solely ‘about a foreign intelligence target. Instead, this surveillance will now be limited to only those communications that are directly ‘to’ or ‘from’ a foreign intelligence target. These changes are designed to retain the upstream collection that provides the greatest value to national security while reducing the likelihood that NSA will acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with one of the Agency’s foreign intelligence targets. In addition, as part of this curtailment, NSA will delete the vast majority of previously acquired upstream internet communications as soon as practicable. || Source
May 2017: NSC staffer Rich Higgins writes and circulates memo on political warfare aimed at de-stabilizing and ousting the Trump presidency and disenfranching Trump’s constituency. He had also sought to declassify PSD-11, the secret blueprint for Obama’s alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. || Source
May 3, 2017: FBI Dir Comey in Senate testimoney refuses to rule out anyone, ‘including the president’ as a target of criminal investigation.
May 9, 2017: Trump fires FBI Director Comey, based on memo from Rosenstein re ‘Restoring public confidence in the FBI’. Rosenstein writes: ‘The FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department…. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do…. the goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference. The goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecution, then allow a federal prosecutor who exercises authority delegated by the Attorney General to make a prosecutorial decision, and then – if prosecution is warranted – let the judge and jury determine the facts. We sometimes release information about closed investigations in appropriate ways, but the FBI does not do it sua sponte’. FBI mole Anthony Ferrante leaves joint WH/FBI employment to work for BuzzFeed, which had published the unverified Steele dossier in Jan 2017.
May 9, 2017: Andrew McCabe, as FBI Director upon the firing of Director Comey, immediately orders criminal obstruction and counter-intelligence investigation of President Trump, with the objective of having an ongoing invetigation that would be ‘difficult to quash without raising scrutiny’. CNN reports top FBI officials open investigation because Trump ‘needed to be reined in’. McCabe informally surveys Trump Cabinet concerning willingness to declare Trump medically or mentally unfit, to force him from the Presidency under the 25th Amendment. Acting AG Rosenstein volunteers to ‘wear a wire’ to entrap President Trump into statements demonstrating mental incapacity.
Source: CBS 60 Minutes TV interview Feb 2019.
May 16, 2017: NY Times publishes Comey memo to self that he leaked to NY Times, claiming President Trump asked him to drop investigation of Flynn. The accusation of improper presidential influence on an FBI investigation prompts calls for appointment of an independent Special Counsel to investigate Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
May 16, 2017: Rosenstein suggests to McCabe that he (Rosenstein) secretly record President Trump. Rosenstein denies the report.
May 17, 2017: Deputy AG Rosenstein appoints Mueller as Special Counsel under 28 CFR §600.8(c) to take over a pre-existing counterintelligence investiation, despite statutory limitation of Special Counsel appointments to criminal investigations.
May 2017: FBI’s Flynn investigation becomes part of Special Counsel probe. Flynn case agent William Barnett informs Special Counsel team, including former Clinton Foundation attorney Jeannie Rhee, that there is ‘no evidence of a crime’ committed by Flynn.
May 2017: FBI reports about 50,000 Strzok-Page text messages between Dec 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 are missing, either because they were deleted or due to technical flaws in the FBI collection process. FBI Inspector General Horowitz later reports recovery of the missing messages. || Source
June 19, 2017: FBI Attorney Clinesmith falsifies a CIA memo to add that Carter Page was ‘not a source’ when in fact he had been a trusted CIA source; for the purpose of justifying a continuing FBI investigation of Page and any Trump campaign associates of his.
June 2017: Special Counsel team interviews Dep NSA KT McFarland on communications between Trump and Flynn during transition, with particular reference to the Flynn-Kislyak calls. SC team tries to prevent FBI Flynn case agent William Barnett from participating in McFarland interview. Barnett threatens to report this to Inspector General, believes Special Counsel iss ‘trying to get McFarland to change her story to fit the Trump collusion theory’. Barnett: ‘There was always someone at SCO who claimed to have a lead on information that would prove the collusion only to have the information be a dead end’. Source: U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen interview of FBI Flynn case agent William Barnett on Sept 17, 2020.
The Special Counsel’s leadership is so certain that Trump had directed Flynn to call Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., that they assume all testimony to the contrary is false. Special Counsel attorneys are frustrated that K.T. McFarland, the incoming deputy National Security Advisor, doesn’t support their theory. ‘Mueller describes McFarland as the ‘key to everything’ because McFarland was the link between Trump, who was at Mar-a-Lago with McFarland, and Flynn, who was in the Dominican Republic on vacation, when [REDACTED] were made,’ the report of Barnett’s interview says. Because of Barnett’s contrary views, members of Mueller’s team even tried to prevent him from participating in interviews with McFarland, leading Barnett to threaten to go to the Inspector General.
During a proffer interview with McFarland, the special counsel team asks no follow-up or clarifying questions, which ‘perplexed’ Barnett. He begins asking direct questions, trying to get facts directly from the subject of the interview. He asks if she knew things for a fact or if she is merely speculating. He asks if she passed information from Trump to Flynn. These direct questions and their clear answers undercut their theory of the case led Special Counsel Attorney Andrew Goldstein to call a time-out and caution Barnett against asking them.
June 22, 2017: Christopher Steele asks Bruce Ohr by email ‘any news on re-engagement yet?’, reference to Steele’s possible employment of Special Counsel staff.
Late June, 2017: FBI obtains a fourth FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page through late Sept 2017. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein sign the renewal application. Eric Ciaramella, who had objected to the new ‘America first’ direction at NSC, returns to NSC.
July 2, 2017: Klaus Eberwein, a Haitian official who was scheduled to testify about the Clinton Foundation’s theft of five billion dollars from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, is found dead in Miami, of a gunshot wound to the head. The death is ruled a suicide.
July 18, 2017: Rosenstein signs third continuation of FISA warrant enabling Mueller to investigate almost anyone in the Trump campaign and Administration.
July 20, 2017: Facebook, having investigated political ad purchases, announces ‘we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election’.
July 21, 2017: National Security Advisor McMaster fires Higgins and others appointed by previous National Security Advisor Lt Gen Michael Flynn. Through Donald Trump Jr, the Higgins memo reaches President Trump, who is reportedly ‘furious’ that Higgins was fired. McMaster also fires Deputy National Security Advisor K T McFarland and Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who oppose the Iran nuclear deal, and revokes Adam Lovinger’s security clearance.
July 24, 2017: Consortium of Intelligence Professionals (VIPS) reports that there is no forensic or other evidence that Russians hacked DNC, and that the data must have been copied to an external storage device. || Source
July 27, 2017: After IG Horowitz flags bias by Peter Strzok evidenced in text messages with DOJ attorney Lisa Page. Mueller fires Strzok from SC staff, thereby removing Strzok from scope of IG Horowitz’s review.
July 27, 2017: Washington DC Police cancel meeting with House investigators looking into unsolved murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.
July 28, 2017: Judicial Watch files lawsuits seeking information on communications between FBI Dep Dir Andrew McCabe and Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe, who gave $675,000 to Jill McCabe for her political campaign, and on related ethical issues. || Source
Aug 2, 2017: Christopher Wray is named FBI Director.
Aug 2017: In meeting at Ecuadorian Embassy in London with U.S. Rep Dana Rohrbacker, Julian Assange says he can prove the DNC emails held by Wikileaks did not come from Russia. Since this contradicts the Russia-collusion narrative, FBI launches investigation of Assange in Dec 2017, resulting in an indictment on March 6, 2018.
Aug 6, 2017: After being dismissed for unauthorized media contacts, Christopher Steele again seeks employment with SC Mueller to update his dossier. He writes to ADAG Bruce Ohr, ‘Whenever convenient, I would like a chat, there’s a lot going on and we are frustrated with how long this re-engagement with the Bureau and Mueller is taking. Anything you could do to accelerate the process would be much appreciated.’ Mueller needs Steele’s continued affirmation of his dossier to continue his investigation, absent other supporting info. || Source
Early Aug 2017: Facebook identifies more than 3,000 ads, costing $100,000, addressing social and political issues that ran in the United States between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency of Russia. Facebook contacts Senator Warner to report its findings.
Aug 10, 2017: D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, in response to Judicial Watch lawsuit, orders State Dept to supply communications between Sec Clinton and staff Abedin, Mills, and Sullivan from official state.gov email accounts, related to 2012 Benghazi attack.
Aug 22, 2017: To date in 2017, OFA pays Perkins Coie $174,725. || Source
Aug 22, 2017: Glenn Simpson testifies to Senate Judicary Committee that FBI provided intel to Christopher Steele in a meeting in Rome in mid to late Sept 2016, from ‘an internal Trump campaign source’. || Source
Oct 10, 2017: Brookings publishes scenario for impeachment of President Trump on obstruction of justice charges.
Oct 17, 2017: With expiration of the last FISA warrant on Carter Page, legal authority for surveillance of Trump campaign associates ends.
Oct 20, 2017: Acting AG Rosenstein expands SC Mueller investigatory authority from Flynn, Papadopoulus, Page, Manafort to include Flynn’s son for ‘jointly undertaken activity’ re Turkish lobbying. This provides Mueller with additional material to coerce a guilty plea from Flynn. || Source
Oct 24 2017: Washington Post admits Steele dossier is opposition research, not an official intelligence document, and publishes record of DNC payments to Perkins Coie law firm for ‘legal and compliance consulting’ enabling client-confidentiality cover.
Nov 3, 2017: Adam Waldman, lawyer for Oleg Deripaska, describes Fusion GPS as a ‘shadow media organization helping the government’, funded by a ‘group of Silicon Valley billionaires and George Soros’ in testimony to Senate Intel Committee.
Nov 5, 2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller charges Flynn lied to FBI official Peter Strzok about contacts with Russian ambassador Kislyak during presidential transition.
Nov 6, 2017: Trump attorney John Dowd emails Dep AG Rod Rosenstein, ‘We all now know that the entire Russian drama was and is a complete concoction by the Clinton DNC buying a phony dossier with laundered money by law firms and cut outs with Fusion GPS and former WSJ reporter Glenn Simpson to nullify the results of the Presidential election…. Why are Fusion GPS and Simpson in Court trying to cover up their payments to reporters to push all the Dossier lies? Who were these reporters? How much did they get paid?’ Dowd requests DOJ amicus brief to protect public interest in disclosure of payments.
Nov 9, 2017: Wall Street Journal editorial calls Steele dossier ‘one of the dirtiest political tricks in U.S. history’.
Nov 18, 2017: Christopher Steele, seeking to bolster credibility of his dossier, again writes to Bruce Ohr seeking employment with Special Counsel Mueller.
Nov 30, 2017: Michael Flynn, under threat of prosecution of his son, bankrupted by the Covington Burling law firm, falsely accused of lying to the FBI, pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI in regard to contacts with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Judge Rudy Contreras, a personal friend of Peter Strzok who had interviewed Flynn, receives the plea. Contreras had previously approved FISA warrants based on false allegations in the Steele dossier.
Dec 1, 2017: Judge Rudolph Contreras, a friend of FBI official Peter Strzok, advises Flynn to cooperate with prosecutors, and presides over hearing where Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI in violation of Section 1001. Flynn is also influenced by Special Counsel Mueller’s threat to prosecute Flynn’s son and give them both ‘the Manafort treatment’ (solitary confinement).
Dec 5, 2017: Crowdstrike President Shawn Henry informs House Intelligence Committee in closed session that Crowdstrike has no evidence that alleged Russian hackers stole any data from DNC, and that FBI never requested access to the physical servers for forensic analysis or any other purpose. Henry states ‘as it relates to the DNC, we have indicators that data was exfiltrated. We do not have concrete evidence that data was exfiltrated from the DNC’. Concealment of this knowledge enables persistence of false belief that the DNC breach is the result of Russian hacking, rather than insider transfer. Shawn Henry repeats in May 7, 2020 testimony that Crowdstrike has no evidence of Russian hacking.
Dec 7, 2017: ADAG Bruce Ohr, who was the primary go-between for Fusion GPS (Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele even after Steele is disqualified as a trusted FBI source), in their dealings with DOJ, is demoted.
Dec 11, 2017: Fox News reveals Bruce Ohr’s wife Nellie was hired by Fusion GPS to create opposition research against Trump.
Dec 23, 2017: McCabe announces retirement, hoping to stay until March 2018 for full retirement benefits.
Dec 2017: FBI Deputy Director McCabe testifies to the House Intelligence Committee that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.
Dec 2017: On a single day in Dec, FBI conducts over 6,800 U.S. person queries using Social Security Numbers. Source: FISA Court ruling Oct 2018. FBI conducts 3.1 million warrantless searches during 2017, according to FISA Court judgment in Oct 2018.
Jan 11, 2018: Document dump reveals FBI not only paid Fusion GPS but also allowed the private firm to submit FISA ‘About Inquiries’. || Source
Jan 29, 2018: FBI Director Christopher Wray fires Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for falsifying FISA applications, collecting political contributions for his wife from an ally of Hillary Clinton who is the subject of an FBI investigation, among other derelictions of duty noted in Insprector General’s Report.
Feb 2, 2018: Former CIA Director Brennan joins NBC News as Senior National Security and Intelligence Analyst.
Feb 2, 2018: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes says investigation of Brennan is warranted by inconsistencies regarding reliance on Steele dossier and a Yahoo article with information from Steele as the only basis for investigating Trump and associates. || Source
March 5, 2018: Recently retired NSA Director Mike Rogers sends classified letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Adm Rogers informs Committee that a two-page summary of the dossier was ‘added’ as an ‘appendix to the ICA draft’, and that consideration of that appendix was ‘part of the overall ICA review/approval process’. This contradicts CIA Director Brennan’s earlier testimony that the Steele dossier formed ‘no part’ of the ICA conclusions. || Source
March 5, 2018: Special Counsel Mueller admits to Trump lawyer John Dowd that there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion to influence the 2016 presidential election, but suggests Trump’s firing of Comey is obstruction of justice. Dowd explains Comey was fired for mishandling the Clinton email investigation and for violations of FBI rules.
March 6, 2018: Julian Assange is indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion (18 USC 371) by grand jury in Eastern Dist Virginia, based on FBI investigation started Dec 2017. Indictment is sealed pending completion of Mueller investigation in April 2019.
March 12, 2018: HPSCI releases result of 14-month investigation into Trump/Russia: finds no ‘no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy’.
March 16, 2018: On the basis of IG Report of misconduct by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, AG Sessions fires him for lying under oath several times and making unauthorized disclosures to news media.
April 18, 2018: Congress sends criminal referrals to Justice Department for James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
April 2018: Treasury freezes all U.S. assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and his aluminum company, under authority of Executive Order (E.O.) 13661 and E.O. 13662, authorities codified by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), as well as E.O. 13582. ‘Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering, and has been accused of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and racketeering. There are also allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman, and had links to a Russian organized crime group.’ Deripaska offers to testify without immunity from prosecution regarding these allegations, but Senator Warner blocks Deripaska testimony, claiming the purported immunity condition is unacceptable. In PBS April 16, 2019 interview, Deripaska says it is ‘absurd’ to suggest Russian Government would rely on Manafort for anything.
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May 2018: Maltese professor and CIA asset Joseph Mifsud, on the run, meets lawyer Stephen Roh in Zurich to record deposition. (Prosecutor John Durham later obtains Mifsud’s recorded deposition.)
May 17, 2018: Atlantic Council (Gen James Jones, Chairman) and Facebook form partnership to censor election-related disinformation, ‘inauthentic behavior’, and potentially inflammatory material by selectively removing accounts so identified, to restore the integrity of elections worldwide.
Aug 2018: Former FBI contractor and cybersecurity specialist Dennis Nathan Cain delivers documents on Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to DOJ Inspector General Horowitz staff. While seated in a pew of a church near the White House, Cain hands a double-sealed envelope containing a flash drive with the documents to the IG official. Cain alleges then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate Clinton Foundation criminal activity (receipt of a $130 million donation) related to Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One in 2013. An IG official personally hand-delivers the documents to House and Senate intelligence committees.
Aug 7, 2018: Google, Apple, and Facebook all remove Alex Jones and Infowars from their websites at the same time, possibly coordinated by Senator Mark Warner. || Source
Aug 10, 2018: FBI fires Peter Strzok, central figure in FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of candidate and President Trump, suppression of criminal evidence in Clinton email case, falsification of FISA warrant applications, unauthorized circulation of Steele dossier to media, ambush interview of Lt Gen Flynn, and related activities. Strzok firing indicates SC Mueller has nothing further to investigate.
Aug 15, 2018: Former CIA Dir Brennan’s security clearance is revoked.
Aug 19, 2018: Brennan states on TV he had no evidence of Russian collusion with Trump as of the date he left CIA.
Aug 30, 2018: Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and four other security clearances revoked.
Nov 6, 2018: Democrats obtain House majority, enabling impeachment of President Trump, while Republicans retain Senate majority, ensuring acquittal on impeachment charges.
Nov 7, 2018: AG Sessions resigns.
Nov 15, 2018: Federal magistrate Stephanie Gallagher in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore signs order authorizing FBI raid on home of Dennis Nathan Cain to recover ‘stolen federal property’.
Nov 19, 2018: 16 FBI agents raid Maryland home of Dennis Nathan Cain in search of documents he had previously delivered to IG Horowitz. Cain produces copies of documents he delivered to IG Horowitz, but FBI continues searching and removes work equipment without explanation.
Nov 30, 2018: Sen Grassley writes to FBI Dir Wray, asking whether FBI was aware Cain’s disclosures to the DOJ IG were lawful and protected under Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA). || Source
Dec 8, 2018: President Trump nominates William Barr Attorney General.
Dec 12, 2018: In UK court, Christopher Steele states Fusion GPS clients were DNC and Clinton campaign. ‘Perkins Coie LLP [engaged Fusion GPS] to provide legal advice on the potential impact of Russian involvement on the legal validity of the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election. Based on that advice, parties such as the Democratic National Committee and HFACC Inc. (also known as ‘Hillary for America’) could consider steps they would be legally entitled to take to challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.’ || Source , and British High Court Filing Aug 2, 2018, Claim No. HQ18M01646.
Dec 18, 2018: Yahoo reporter Michael Isikoff, one of the first to publicize the Steele dossier, states that this dossier which stimulated investigation of Trump for collusion with Russia lacks evidence and ‘some of the more sensational allegations will never be proven and are likely false’. || Source
Dec 18, 2018: Flynn appears with his Covington Burling attorneys for sentencing after cooperating with government investigations. District Judge Sullivan berates him for unspecified crimes, for ‘selling out his country’, threatens jail time, then asks whether he would like to postpone sentencing. Flynn agrees.
Jan 11, 2019: New York Times publishes online headline on FBI’s May 2017 investigation: ‘F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia’. Ninth paragraph reveals ‘No evidence has emerged publicly that Mr. Trump was secretly in contact with or took direction from Russian government officials’. || Source
Feb 15, 2019: Senate Intel Committee reaches bipartisan agreement that there is no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
March 2019: IMF pays Ecuadorian Govt $4.2 billion.
March 22, 2019: Mueller concludes in final report ‘investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities’.
March 25, 2019: Brennan says ‘Well, I don’t know if I received bad information but I suspected there was more than there actually was. I am relieved that it’s been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election. I think that is good news for the country.’
March 28, 2019: McCabe fired, forced to leave FBI before his official retirement.
April 10, 2019: Attorney General William Barr testifies to Senate that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had been spied upon by U.S. intelligence agencies. He says ‘the question was whether it [the spying] was adequately predicated’ (had any factual basis).
April 11, 2019: Mueller investigation ends. Ecuador President Lenin Moreno revokes Assange’s asylum. U.K. police forcibly drag Julian Assange from Ecuadorian Embassy where he had taken refuge since 2012. He is arrested for skipping bail in 2012 and held for possible extradition to the U.S. on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. || Source1 , Source2
April 12, 2019: Hunter Biden brings water-damaged MacBook computer to repair shop in Wilmington Delaware, but fails to pick it up or pay repair bill after 90 days. Repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac, unable to reach Biden, takes possession of computer, reviews contents, advises FBI.
April 18, 2019: Mueller releases 448-page report, finds no Trump-Russia collusion: ‘the evidence was not sufficient to charge that any member of the Trump Campaign conspired with representatives of the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.’ Report states unequivocally: ‘Beginning in March 2016, units of the Russian Federation’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (GRU) hacked the computers and email accounts of organizations, employees, and volunteers supporting the Clinton Campaign, including the email account of campaign chairman John Podesta. Starting in April 2016, the GRU hacked into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).’ Proof that the DNC emails in Wikileaks’ possession did NOT come from Russia, as promised by Julian Assange’s Aug 2017 statement to Rep Dana Rohrbacker, would contradict the Mueller report’s assertions. Source: Mueller report, p 9 and p 36, respectively.
April 21, 2019: Volodymyr Zelensky elected President of Ukraine.
April 22, 2019: President Trump calls newly elected Ukraine President Zelensky to congratulate him and to promise U.S. support.
April 2019: Hunter Biden resigns from Burisma Board.
May 11, 2019: DAG Rod Rosenstein, who had appointed SC Mueller, resigns.
May 13, 2019: 13 May. AG Barr appoints U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to review FBI’s counterintelligence investigations in context of 2016 election.
May 23, 2019: AG Barr requests de-classification. President Trump’s de-classification order authorizes AG Barr to have unrestricted access to DOE documents re Uranium One and CFIUS, Treasury documents re Clinton Foundation, State Dept, and Intelligence Community documents re 2016 election.
May 31, 2019: AG Barr in interview with CBS states ‘I had a lot of questions about what was going on. I assumed I’d get answers when I went in and I have not gotten answers that are satisfactory, and in fact probably have more questions, and that some of the facts that—that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.’
8. Trial and Error
July 24, 2019: Former SC Robert Mueller testifies to Congress that Russian Govt interfered in 2016 election to support Trump, despite lack of evidence of collusion with Trump campaign in his report.
July 25, 2019: President Trump calls Ukraine President Zelensky to congratulate him on winning an absolute majority in Parliament. He asks Zelensky to ‘find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I would like to have the Attorney General call you or your people and I would like to get to the bottom of it.’ Zelensky responds ‘we are hoping very much that Mr Giuliani will be able to travel to Ukraine and we will meet once he comes to Ukraine’, implying that he does not trust DOJ. Trump then describes Giuliani as ‘highly respected’ and ‘very capable’, adding ‘There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it … It sounds horrible to me.’ Zelensky replied the issue is ‘making sure to restore the honesty, so we will take care of that and will work on the investigation of the case’.
July 26, 2019: Ukraine-born NSC staff Lt Col Alexander Vindman provides details of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky to anti-Trump CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella.
July 26, 2019: House Intel Committee Chair Schiff hires former NSC staffer Sean Misko to direct impeachment investigation of Trump. Misko and Eric Ciaramella were close friends at NSC where both plotted to ‘take the president out (remove him from office)’. Misko coaches Ciarmella on filing a complaint about President Trump’s policy toward Ukraine.
Aug 2019: Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson revises ‘Disclosure of Urgent Concern’ (‘whistleblowing’) form to eliminate requirement for first-hand information, and allow hearsay, rumor, gossip to become the basis of such complaints. Sean Misko joins Rep Schiff’s staff. || Source
Aug 12, 2019: Following a plan CIA-NSC staffer Eric Ciaramella had discussed with friend and NSC associate Sean Misko on Feb 3, 2017 to ‘take out the president’, Ciaramella anonymously files complaint, the first instance with the new form allowing hearsay. Ciaramella’s complaint objects to President Trump’s policy toward Ukraine, alleging improper ‘quid pro quo’ of Biden investigation for U.S. aid. Since Ciaramella had not directly heard either of the Trump-Zelensky calls, his knowledge came either from Lt Col Alexander Vindman, who was permitted to listen-in on the calls, or a wiretap.
Sept 11, 2019: U.S. District Court, Washington DC, orders Federal Government to produce for Michael Flynn’s defense all material required by Brady v Maryland requested by counsel Sidney Powell. This includes (among many other items) a letter delivered by British Embassy to incoming National Security team after Donald Trump’s election, and to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice, ‘which apparently disavows former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy’; ‘all payments, notes, memos, correspondence, and instructions by and between the FBI, CIA, or DOD with Stefan Halper — going back as far as 2014 — regarding Michael Flynn’; ‘all transcripts, recordings, notes, correspondence, and 302s of any interactions with human sources or ‘OCONUS lures’ tasked against Mr. Flynn since he left DIA in 2014′; ‘unredacted copies of all memos created by or other communications from James Comey that mention or deal with any investigation, surveillance, FISA applications, interviews, or use of a confidential human source or ‘OCONUS lures’ (double agents outside contiguous United States) against Mr. Flynn’; ‘an internal DOJ document dated January 30, 2017, in which the FBI exonerated Mr. Flynn of being ‘an agent of Russia”; ‘all information that underlies the several FISA applications, including any information showing that any of the assertions in the applications were false, unverified, or unverifiable’; ‘recordings, notes, and memoranda by any and all persons who participated in the planning session for the interview of Mr. Flynn, at which it was decided that the agents would not inform him that it was an actual interview or that he was under investigation — so as to keep him ‘relaxed”.
Sept 24, 2019: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launches impeachment hearings.
Sept 26, 2019: Ciaramella complaint is released to public. Rep Adam Schiff quotes President Trump as having said to Ukraine President Zelensky, ‘I want you to make up dirt on my political opponent, understand?… I’m going to put you with the attorney general of the United States, my attorney general Bill Barr… And I’m gonna put you in touch with Rudy, you’re gonna love him, trust me… You know what I’m asking, so I’m only going to say this a few more times, in a few more ways. And by the way don’t call me again. I’ll call you when you’ve done what I’ve asked.’ Schiff later qualifies the summary as a paraphrase, not exact words.
Oct 24, 2019: Durham investigation which started as administrative review changes to a criminal investigation with subpoena power.
Oct 25, 2019: Flynn files a motion to dismiss the case against him due to prosecutorial misconduct, including legally baseless threats to himself and his son. Among other claims, Flynn says prosecutors failed to turn over exculpatory material tending to show his innocence. ECF Nos. 151, 160.
Oct 29, 2019: Lt Col and NSC staff Vindman testifies to HPSCI and two other committees about the April 22 Trump-Zelensky phone call: ‘I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.’ Since call transcript does not indicate a ‘demand’, and Trump, Zelensky, Pompeo, and Pence affirm there was no demand, Rep Ratcliffe asks Vindman the origin of his opinion that a ‘demand’ was made. Vindman’s response: ‘I didn’t parse the words all that clearly…. I just wrote it the way I kind of felt it.’
Nov 15, 2019: President Trump releases transcript of April 21, 2019 call with Ukraine President Zelensky. Rep Devin Nunes reads transcript aloud in impeachment hearings.
Nov 17, 2019: First case of SARS-CoV2 identified in Wuhan, China.
Dec 9, 2019: FBI seizes water-damaged MacBook Pro (Serial # FVFXC2MMHV29) brought to computer Wilmington repair shop April 2019, but never picked up. An April 17, 2015 email from Burisma Advisor Vadim Pozharskyi to Hunter Biden is recovered from the computer.
Dec 18, 2019: House Democrats vote to impeach President Trump, but delay sending Articles of Impeachment to Senate.
Dec. 19, 2019: An investigation by Inspector General Michael Horowitz finds FBI and Justice Department officials falsified documents, and failed to verify assertions in the Steele dossier while falsely claiming they had done so, in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Trump associate Carter Page.
Dec 30, 2019: Ai Fen, a top director at Wuhan Central Hospital, posts information on WeChat about the new virus. She is reprimanded for doing so and told not to spread information about it.
Dec 31, 2019: Taiwan implements border control and quarantine measures ‘based on the assumption that human-to-human transmission was in fact occurring’, warns WHO of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. || Source: Frank Chen, “WHO ‘Refused to Act’ on Taiwan’s Virus Alert.” Asia Times, Mar 27, 2020,
Jan 1, 2020: Wuhan Public Security Bureau brings in for questioning eight doctors who had posted information about the illness on WeChat. An official at the Hubei Provincial Health Commission orders labs, which had already determined that the novel virus was similar to SARS, to stop testing samples and to destroy existing samples.
Jan 2, 2020: U.S. kills Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani in drone strike near Baghdad Airport. Soleimani, the foremost confidante of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei, was the architect of the Iranian takeover of Iraq, of the roadside bombs (IEDs) that killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers, and of attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq.
Jan 2, 2020: Chinese researchers map the new coronavirus’ complete genetic information, release genome info Jan 9, 2020.
Jan 3, 2020: China’s National Health Commission (NHC) orders institutions not to publish any information related to the unknown disease and orders labs to transfer any samples they had to designated testing institutions or destroy them. Dr. Li is forced by Wuhan Public Security Bureau to sign letter admitting ‘making false comments’ that ‘severely disturbed the social order’.
Jan 4, 2020: Hong Kong U Infection Center head Dr. Ho Pak-leung publicly warns human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV2 likely.
Jan 9, 2020: CCP denies human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV2.
Jan 12, 2020: CCP closes Shanghai lab which had published SARS-CoV-2 genome. Labs analyzing the pathogen are instructed to destroy samples, a health center that had published the virus’s genome sequence is temporarily shut down the following day, and doctors are prevented from submitting case information to the country’s infectious disease tracking network. WHO says no human-to-human transmission.
Jan 13, 2020: First known SARS-CoV-2 case outside China reported in Thailand.
Jan 15, 2020: The patient who becomes the first confirmed U.S. case leaves Wuhan and arrives in the U.S., carrying the coronavirus.
Jan 15, 2020: House delivers Articles of Impeachment (abuse of power and obstruction of Congress) to Senate. House Democrats had approved impeachment Dec 18, 2019.
Jan 16, 2020: Flynn files another motion to withdraw his guilty plea, based on disclosures of additional exculpatory material related to FBI’s ambush interview, post-interview alternation of purportedly contemporaeous ‘302’ notes, and other evidence of DOJ entrapment.
Jan 23, 2020: Wuhan and three other cities are put on lockdown. About one million people leave the city without being screened for the illness. China bans further domestic travel from Wuhan and Hubei Province, while keeping international flights on normal schedule.
Jan 30, 2020: Sen Rand Paul submits question to Senate impeachment trial, ‘Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Sean Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together?’ Chief Justice Roberts, presiding at the Senate impeachment trial, rules the question out of order.
Jan 31, 2020: U.S. imposes ban on travel from China.
Feb 5, 2020: Senate acquits President of both impeachment charges, abuse of power by 52 – 48 vote, obstruction of Congress 53 – 47.
Feb 7, 2020: Lt Col Alexander Vindman, who testified that he disagreed with President Trump’s Ukraine policy, is removed from White House NSC detail and transferred to Army. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who testified to his belief that President Trump had improperly conditioned aid to Ukraine on a corruption investigation, is fired, with immediate effect.
April 24, 2020: Government provides four pages of long-withheld Brady (exculpatory) material.
April 29, 2020: An FBI memo by Bill Priestap asking whether the goal with Flynn is to ‘get him to lie’, or ‘get him fired’, is revealed.
May 7, 2020: Federal prosecutor Van Grack withdraws from Flynn case. U.S. Attorney files Motion to Dismiss criminal case against Flynn. D.C. U.S. Attorney explains Jensen’s review had uncovered new evidence and DOJ no longer believes Flynn’s Jan 24, 2017 statements to the FBI agents — even if they were false — were material. The purportedly false statements were not material under Section 1001, the government explains, because there was no valid investigative purpose for questioning Flynn about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
June 24, 2020: DC Circuit Court of Appeals orders District Court Judge Sullivan to sign DOJ Motion to Dismiss all charges against Michael Flynn.
Aug 2020: Wilmington computer repair shop owner delivers copy of Hunter Biden hard drive to Giuliani associate Robert Costello. Stephen Bannon arranges for New York Post to publish contents.
Aug 5, 2020: U.S. District Judge Sarah Netburn requests testimony of Belmarsh (U.K.) Prisoner Julian Assange on any contacts between Seth Rich and Wikileaks prior to Rich’s murder in July 2016.
Aug 18, 2020: FBI Attorney Clinesmith pleads guilty to altering a CIA memo by adding the phrase ‘not a source’ in reference to Carter Page, in order to conceal the fact that Page had previously cooperated with the CIA.
Sept 3, 2020: Pelosis purchase between $500,000 and $1M of the stock of Crowdstrike, the firm that failed to find evidence of hacking of DNC servers. CrowdStrike’s valuation increases from $1 billion in 2017 to $6.7 billion after going public in 2019, and $31.37 billion in 2020. Annual revenue is $481 million in 2020. || Source
Oct 10, 2020: New York Post publishes April 17, 2015 email from Burisma Advisor Vadim Pozharskyi to Hunter Biden ‘Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together’. Twitter and Facebook censor the Post story, which quickly makes it one of the most widely-read stories in circulation.