2016 Campaign: January – July

2016 – Leading up to RNC
January 2016

January 3, 2016.

  • Igor Sergun, head of the GRU, died of a coronary.  He lead the Crimean Anschluss and also in  June 2013 organized the visit of now ex-US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to Moscow.
February 2016

February 14, 2016

  • Nikita Kamayev, former director of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency connected with the athletic doping scandal, unexpectedly died, again reportedly of a heart attack. His death took place less than two weeks after the death of Vyacheslav Sinev, another former head of the same organization

Feb. 17, 2016

  • As questions about Russia swirled around Trump, he changed his story: “I have no relationship with [Putin], other than he called me a genius.”

February 26, 2016

Feb. 28, 2016

  • Sessions formally endorses Trump and becomes one of his campaign’s key surrogates.
March 2016

So at least according to Artemenko, discussions about the “peace plan” go back to the first half of 2016.
March 1, 2016

March 3, 2016

  • Trump names Sessions as chairman of his campaign’s national security advisory committee.

March 8, 2016

March 17, 2016

  • At an event hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation, Sessions discusses Trump’s foreign policy positions.  “I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam,” Sessions said. “Strategically it’s not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don’t condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that.”

March 19, 2016

March 27, 2016

March 28, 2016

March 30, 2016

April 2016

Apr 14th, 2016

  • Four Ted Cruz PACs reported to the Federal Elections Commission 118 separate transactions totaling $1,795,219.00 combined to three companies that all share the same address; 8383 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 1000 Beverly Hills, Ca 90211.
  • $129,341.00 was paid to Breitbart in 4 transactions listed as Media, Media-Prepaid and List Purchase Expense
  • Cambridge Analytica, at the same address received 89 payments totaling $1,152,144.00.
  • Robert Mercer, the principle investor in Breitbart donated the $11,500,000.00 to Cruz’s Keep The Promise I.
  • Glittering Steel, LLC expenses were listed by the campaign as Video Production costs. The 25 payments totaled $513,734.00.

Apr 14th, 2016 by August Buckley.
April 20, 2016

April 27, 2016

May 2016

Hungarian beauty queen Kata Sarka went on Kasza Taxi — kind of the eastern European version of James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” — and revealed Trump had once put his hands on her. The model then explained that Drumpf even went so far as to invite her to his hotel room, even though he’d been married to Melania Trump for about eight years at that point:

“He gave me his business card with his private number, and he told me in which hotel, which room he was staying in, and that his name is Donald Trump.”

May 6, 2016

May 18, 2016

  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reports that the U.S. intelligence community has evidence of foreign spy services attempting to hack digital networks used by U.S. presidential campaigns.
  • Included are the Democratic National Committee, or DNC, and the Democratical Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC.

May 19, 2016

  • Trump, now the presumptive GOP nominee, gives Manafort a promotion: campaign chairman and chief strategist.
  • Russia Picks Intesa for Rosneft Sale as Sanctions Hurt Market – Italy’s second-largest bank will advise Russia on the sale of 19.5 percent in the oil company worth about 700 billion rubles ($10.5 billion) now, the Economy Ministry’s press service said, confirming comments the minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, made to reporters in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Tuesday. Russian banks will also most likely participate in the deal, Ulyukayev said, without elaborating on the plans or timing.
  • The U.S. and Europe have frowned on western banks participating in Russian offerings, creating hurdles for a sovereign Eurobond sale, even though the government isn’t sanctioned and the restrictions that cover Rosneft don’t prohibit equity investment in the company. Last month, Russia chose New York-headquartered White & Case LLP to serve as a legal adviser in the sale. Rudy Guiliani, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, latterly Mayor of New York City and one-time candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States; he was a partner in the New York office of White & Case.

May 27, 2016

June 2016
  • The FBI seeks warrant from a FISA court to monitor Russian banks. The application which named Trump, is rejected.
  • The FBI petitions again in July and is again rejected.
  • Fusion GPS, a Washington research firm run by former journalists, hires Christopher Steele, a respected former MI6 officer who once served in Moscow, to gather opposition material on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Steele reportedly paid 200,000 pounds for his work.
  • Robert Mercer had donated $13.5 million to Ted Cruz’s super PAC, $2 million to John R. Bolton’s super PAC, and $668,000 directly to the Republican National Committee. Since 2006, Mercer has donated about $34.9 million to federal campaigns
  • In early June, as the primaries in both parties were winding down, Clinton turned her fire to Trump. In a speech that marked her pivot toward the general election, she mocked Trump for saying so many nice things about Putin.”Now I will leave it to psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants,” Clinton said in San Diego on June 2. “I just wonder how anyone could be so wrong about who America’s real friends are. Because it matters. If you don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with, men like Putin will eat your lunch.”

June 1, 2016

  • LinkedIn breach is back from the dead—on its four-year anniversary, no less. If you had a LinkedIn account in 2012, there’s a 98 percent chance your password has been cracked. Second data dump lets hackers be 6 times better cracking future dumps.

June 3, 2016

Donald Trump Jr. received the now notorious emailfrom a man linked to a Russian real estate developer whom the Trumps had partnered with on the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow. He offered to connect the Trump campaign with people who could supply official Russian documents that would incriminate Clinton. The offer was said to be part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

The exchange is reprinted below:

June 3, 2016, 10:36 AM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump Jr.
Good morning
Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting.
The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.
This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.
What do you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly?
I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send to you first.
Rob Goldstone

June 3, 2016, 10:53 am

From: Donald Trump Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
 Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?

June 6, 2016, 12:40 PM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
Hi Don
Let me know when you are free to talk with Emin by phone about this
Hillary info – you had mentioned early this week so wanted to try to schedule a time and day
Best to you and family
Rob Goldstone

June 6, 2016, 3:03 PM

From: Donald Trump Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
Rob could we speak now?

June 6, 2016, 3:37 PM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump Jr.
Let me track him down in Moscow
What number he could call?

June 6, 2016, 3:38 PM

From: Donald Trump, Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
My cell                thanks

June 6, 2016, 3:43 PM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
Ok he’s on stage in Moscow but should be off within 20 Minutes so I am sure can call

June 6, 2016, 4:38 PM

From: Donald Trump, Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
Rob thanks for the help.

June 7, 2016, 4:20 PM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
Hope all is well
Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and The Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday.
I believe you are aware of the meeting – and so wondered if 3pm or later on Thursday works for you?
I assume it would be at your office.
Rob Goldstone

June 7, 2016, 5:16 PM

From: Donald Trump, Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
How about 3 at our offices? Thanks rob appreciate you helping set it up.

June 7, 2016, 5:19 PM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
Perfect…I won’t sit in on the meeting, but will bring them at 3pm and introduce you etc.
I will send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later today.

June 7, 2016, 6:14 PM

From: Donald Trump, Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
Great. It will likely be Paul Manafort (campaign boss) my brother in law and me. 725 Fifth Ave 25th floor.


In a speech to his supporters that night at the end of the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, candidate Trump said , “I am going to give a major speech on, probably Monday of next week, and we are going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons,” Trump said. “I think you are going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.”


June 8, 2016, 10:34 AM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
Good morning
Would it be possible to move tomorrow meeting to 4pm as the Russian attorney is in court until 3 i was just informed

June 8, 2016, 11:15 AM

From: Donald Trump, Jr. To: Rob Goldstone
Yes Rob I could do that unless they wanted to do 3 today instead… just let me know and ill lock it in either way.


June 8, 2016, 11:18 AM

From: Rob Goldstone To: Donald Trump, Jr.
They can’t do today as she hasn’t landed yet from Moscow 4pm is great tomorrow.

June 8, 2016, 12:03 PM

From: Donald Trump, Jr.
To: Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort
Meeting got moved to 4 tomorrow at my offices.

(The above exchange is reprinted in annotated format at http://www.npr.org/2017/07/11/536670194/donald-trump-jr-s-emails-about-meeting-with-russian-lawyer-annotated HIGHLY recommended reading.)

June 9, 2016

“The Meeting” happened at Trump Tower as planned — with Donald Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, who is now a top White House adviser, all in attendance. Those also in attendance included Natalia Veselnitskaya –  a Russian lawyer, a Russian-American lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin,  at least one language interpreter and Ike Kaveladze, Vice President at Crocus International, representative of the Agalarov family.

Trump Jr. told Sean Hannity on Fox News that the Russians didn’t deliver what they promised in the meeting. “It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame,” Trump Jr. said.

( Ed. note: Junior has provided 4, or perhaps now 5 different accounts of who attended, what the subjects of the meeting ostensibly were, none of which make sense given the known objective facts. Both Natalia Veselnitskaya –  a Russian lawyer, a Russian-American lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin, have been regularly pushing for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, sanctions put in place to curb Russian money-laundering and human rights abuses. The “adoption” subject refers to Putin’s retaliation against the Magnitsky sanctions by banning the adoption of Russian children by US citizens. So, talking “adoption” IS talking sanctions, a quid pro quo unto it’s own self. Not to mention that in Goldstone’s FIRST email he specifically siad that the offer was for compromising information and documents about Hillary Clinton. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

June 9, 2016

June 14, 2016

June 15, 2016:

  • A day after The Washington Post breaks the news that the DNC has been hacked, allegedly by Russian spies, Trump’s team issues a statement:  “We believe it was the DNC that did the ‘hacking’ as a way to distract from the many issues facing their deeply flawed candidate and failed party leader.”
  • A hacker calling himself Guccifer 2.0 says he gave the hacked emails to WikiLeaks and published some himself.

June 17, 2016

June 19, 2016

June 20, 2016

  • The Steele dossier begins to circulate in Washington making multiple allegations. It continues to be updated through Dec. The FBI gets a portion of the document in July. Steele reports that Russian intelligence has videotapes of “perverted conduct” of Trump and prostitutes recorded in a Moscow hotel suite in 2013 during Miss Universe pageant. Trump’s behavior in Russia has  “compromised him sufficiently to blackmail him.” Steele reports that Russian authorities have been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for years and he has accepted a regular flow of intelligence on his Democratic rivals.
July 2016

July 7, 2016

July 11, 2016

July 18, 2016

  • The Washington Post reported that the Trump campaign worked behind the scenes ahead of the Republican Convention on a plank of the 2016 Party Platform that gutted the GOP’s longstanding support for Ukrainians’ popular resistance to Russia’s 2014 intervention.
  • This was notable, NPR reported, because Trump’s people didn’t ask for much else on the platform.(Obama was also against providing weapons to Ukraine on the grounds that it would escalate the conflict, but many Republicans were in favor of it.)
  • Amid rising suspicion, Trump tweets, “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.”
  • On the first day of the Republican National Convention, the Heritage Foundation hosted a panel conversation addressing European relations that was attended by a number of ambassadors. “Much of the discussion focused on Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and Georgia,” moderator Victor Ashe later wrote, adding that “[s]everal ambassadors asked for names of people who might impact foreign policy under Trump.” This appears to be the event after which Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak approached Sessions as part of a small group of foreign dignitaries. Sessions, The Post reports, “then spoke individually to some of the ambassadors, including Kislyak.”
July 19, 2016
  • In his intelligence report, Christopher Steele tells of a meeting between Donald Trump foreign affairs adviser Carter Page and Igor Sechin, the head of Russian state oil company Rosneft and a “Putin close associate and US-sanctioned individual” —that is, someone personally blacklisted by the U.S. government.
  • Sechin “raised with Page the issues of future bilateral energy cooperation and prospects for an associated move to lift Ukraine-related Western sanctions against Russia.”
  • Page reacted positively to the discussions, Steele reports. According to Steele, Page also met Igor Divyekin, an internal affairs official with a background in intelligence, who warns Page that Moscow had kompromat on Trump

(Steele dossier, p. 9).
July 20, 2016

July 21, 2016

  • Trump accepts the Republican nomination.