Republicans and Democrats remain split over what may or may not have occurred during the 2016 election.
Many on the left are convinced that Trump somehow colluded with Russia since has some ties with some shady Russians.
Many on the right see some the possibility that the Obama administration tried to rig the election first by exonerating Hillary Clinton from her email scandal, spying on the Trump campaign, and then trying to undermine the Trump administration with efforts during the transition.
There is an interesting sequence of events that has occurred that everyone should consider. I thought I would present this timeline without any commentary. It’s up to the readers to decide what may have really happened. The one piece of advice I will convey is to keep track of the names, as some appear more than once and at curious times.
Oh, I should also note that ALL of this information is in the public domain. You can find interviews, documents, videos, etc.
March 2015 – It is publicly disclosed that Hillary Clinton used a private computer server at her home for email communication while she was Secretary of State. The issue is that if there was any classified information held on that server, it would be a felony.
March 4, 2015 – House committee investigating Benghazi subpoenas Clinton’s emails
March 27, 2015- Trey Gowdy indicates that Clinton deleted over 30,000 emails from her server, and the server was wiped clean
April 2015 – Clinton announces run for president
June 2015 – Donald Trump announces his run for President
August 2015 – Clinton server turned over to Justice Department
Fall 2015 – Fusion GPS hired by Paul Singer backed Washington Free Beacon, a right leaning website, to collect dirt on Trump
January 2016 – Intelligence Community Inspector General indicates that some emails on Clinton’s server were marked classified, some of which which were marked “Top Secret.”
March 2016 – Fusion GPS reaches out to law firm Perkins Coie to continue its work on digging up dirt on Trump.
March 2016 – Trump hires lobbyist and political operative Paul Manafort to lead delegate effort in campaign
April 2016 – Perkins Coie, hires Fusion GPS on behalf of Democratic National Committee and Clinton Campaign to continue work on finding dirt on Trump.
Spring 2016 – Fusion GPS hires Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 agent, to investigate Trump
April 2016 – President Obama defends Clinton, suggests she just acted carelessly and did nothing illegal.
May 2016 – Trump wins enough delegates to seal GOP nomination for President
May 2016 – Wife of DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, hired by Fusion GPS to handle opposition research involving Trump campaign
May 2016 – Trump campaign aid George Papadopoulos meets Australia’s top diplomat in UK, Alexander Downer and suggests that the Russians have political dirt on Clinton.
June 2016 – Christopher Steele begins compiling Trump dossier
June 3, 2016 – Rob Goldstone, on behalf of Emin Agalarov, indicates that a Russian government official told Agalarov’s father to reach out to Trump, as he has damaging information on Clinton.
June 7, 2016 – Goldstone reaches out again, and indicates that Agalorov wants Trump, Jr to meet with a Russian government attorney
June 9, 2016 – Fusion GPS partner Glenn Simpson meets with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya
June 9, 2016 – Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort meet with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
June 10, 2016 – Glenn Simpson meets again with Natalia Veselnitskaya
June 27, 2016 – Bill Clinton meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on tarmac at Phoenix Airport
June 30, 2016 – Lynch indicates she will accept findings of FBI in Clinton email investigation
July 2, 2016 – FBI interviews Hillary Clinton. The lead agent handling the interview is Peter Strzok.
July 5, 2016 – FBI Director James Comey announces Clinton will not be charged in email investigations, says she acted with “extreme carelessness.”
July 2016 – Trump wins official GOP nomination for President
July 2016 – Clinton wins official Democrat nomination for President
June and July 2016 – DNC emails leaked by DCLeaks and Wikileaks
July 2016 – The FBI begins investigating Trump campaign, according to Comey’s March 20, 2017 Congressional testimony
July 2016 – FBI applies for FISA warrant to investigate Trump campaign, denied
August 2016 – Trump fires Paul Manafort from campaign team
October 2016 – FBI applies for new FISA warrant to investigate Trump campaign, approved
October 20, 2016 – NSA director, Admiral Mike Rogers is briefed by the NSA compliance officer of unlawful FISA 702 “About Queries”
October 26, 2016 – Admiral Rogers appears before full FISA court assembly and informs the court of FISA 702(17) violations
October 2016 – head of DOJ, National Security Division, John Carlin, resigns. Carlin was responsible for FISA application
October and November 2016 – DOJ Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr has undisclosed meetings with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson
October 27, 2016 – Comey indicates re-opening of Clinton email investigation based upon emails discovered on computer of Huma Abedin and estranged husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner
November 4, 2016 – Comey again closes Clinton email investigation
November 8-9, 2016 – Presidential election – Trump declared winner
November 17, 2016 – Admiral Rogers, without disclosing to DNI James Clapper, his boss, travels to NYC to meet with Trump in Trump Tower
November 18, 2016 – Trump moves transition team to Trump Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ
November 19, 2016 – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recommend President Obama fire Admiral Rogers
January 2017 – General Michael Flynn, who is to be Trump’s National Security Adviser, is interviewed by FBI concerning meetings with Russian nationals. FBI agent Peter Strzok leads the interview.
January 5, 2017 – Trump nominates Senator Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence
January 2017 – DOJ Office of Inspector General opens investigation into FBI handling of Clinton email investigation
February 2017 – General Mike Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, resigns amid allegations regarding his Russian contacts
March 4, 2017 – In interview on Meet The Press, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denies knowledge of FISA warrant involving Trump team.
March 4, 2017 – Trump tweets “is it legal for a sitting president to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
March 16, 2017 – Dan Coats confirmed as Director of National Intelligence
March 20, 2017 – Comey testifies before House Intelligence Committee. Indicates that Trump team had been under investigation since July 2016. Comey is asked about the protocol for informing appropriate authorities about sensitive investigations He indicates that the DOJ (White House), Director of National Intelligence (James Clapper) and Congress are updated quarterly. In this case, he indicates that DOJ was notified immediately when investigation was open. Comey ALSO indicates that Congressional members known as Gang of 8 (House Speaker Ryan, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and respective heads of intelligence committees Nunes, Schiff, Feinstein and Burr) was not informed of the investigation until “recently.” Comey does not reveal when he notified DNI Clapper.
March 22, 2017 – Head of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes holds press conference to reveal that he has reviewed disturbing information regarding the incidental surveillance of the Trump transition team and the unmasking of names of people involved in Trump transition team.
April 2017 – Nunes recuses himself from Trump Russia probe
May 2017 – Trump fires FBI Director James Comey
May 2017 – Comey leaks memos of conversations with Trump regarding Michael Flynn and Russia collusion investigation
May 2017 – Robert Mueller hired as Special Counsel to investigate possible Trump-Russia collusion and obstruction of justice
June 2017 – Comey testifies before Congress regarding investigation into Trump campaign and transition
August 2017 – Fusion GPS partner Glenn Simpson testifies in front of Senate Judiciary Committee
August 2017 – FBI agent Peter Strzok steps away from Mueller team investigating Trump-Russia collusion.
October 2017 – Trump campaign aide George Papadopolous pleads guilty to lying to FBI about nature and timing of contacts with foreign nationals who were connected to senior Russian government officials.
October 30, 2017 – Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates for dealings unrelated to 2016 election campaign…these include money laundering, failure to register as an agent for a foreign principal, etc.
November 2017 – Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI
November 2017 – Fusion GPS partner Glenn Simpson testifies before House Intelligence Committee
December 2017 – Head of House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, who had recused himself from Trump Russia probe, cleared by Ethics Committee, resumes his position in investigation.
December 6, 2017 – Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr is demoted as a result of previous undisclosed contacts in October 2016 with Fusion GPS partner Glenn Simpson and with author of Trump Dossier, Christopher Steele. This information comes from the Inspector General.
December 12, 2017 – Text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and another DOJ employee, Lisa Page released by Office of Inspector General, and indicate significant bias against Trump. Text messages also potentially implicate Deputy Director of FBI Andrew McCabe of bias against Trump. Text messages mention “insurance policy” about Trump election.
December 2017 – McCabe makes known is intent to retire from FBI in March, at which time he’ll be able to collect full pension.
January 2018 – Testimony of Fusion GPS partner Glenn Simpson before Senate Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee is released to public. The transcript form the Senate committee was released unilaterally by Senator Dianne Feinstein, while the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the transcript. The testimonies reveal many of the relationships Trump has had with various Russians with ties to Russian government officials.
January 2018 – DOJ releases FISA documents demanded by Devin Nunes for months to House Intelligence Committee
January 17, 2018 – It is reported that the FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of tens of millions of dollars of Australian tax payer money by the Clinton Foundation dating back to 2006. This is reported by an Australian investigative journalist, who also implicates Alexander Downer. Downer was the Australian diplomat who met with George Papadopoulos in London where Papadopoulos suggested the Russians had dirt on Clinton.
January 17-18, 2018 – House Intelligence Committee votes along party lines to release a four page memo written by chairman Devin Nunes to release the memo to the entire House of Representatives. Republicans who’ve read the memo are demanding that it be released to the public at large. The memo reportedly describes the use of the Trump dossier put together by Christopher Steele in obtaining a FISA warrant to allow surveillance of the Trump team by the DOJ/FBI and other FISA abuses by the DOJ/FBI and potentially the CIA.
January 2018 – New text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest that former Attorney General Lynch knew before Comey’s July 2016 announcement exonerating Clinton that she would be exonerated.
January 21, 2018 – DOJ reveals that all text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page between December 2016 and May 2017 have disappeared.