February 28, 2018:
- White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, Trump’s longest-serving aide, announces her resignation.More ⇢
- NBC News reports that Special Counsel Mueller’s team is asking witnesses whether Donald Trump knew that Democratic emails were stolen before the public knew, and if he was aware of WikiLeaks’ plans to publish them. Mueller’s team has also reportedly asked about the relationship between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.More ⇢
February 27, 2018: White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks, is interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee, where she initially declines to answer questions about the transition period between the election and inauguration, but later “opened up,” according to Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.). Hicks stays silent about her time in the White House, but notably tells House investigators that her work for the President occasionally required her to tell white lies.
February 23, 2018: Rick Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy and lying to federal investigators in the special counsel inquiry.This makes him the third associate of President Trump to strike a cooperation agreement with Robert Mueller. More ⇢
February 22, 2018: A federal grand jury approves new charges from special counsel Mueller against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, accusing them of lying about their business incomes to banks in order to obtain $20 million in loans. Last October, Mueller charged the Trump campaign aides with 12 counts regarding their work for a pro-Russia Ukraine political group, but now face a new indictment with 32 counts of financial, tax and bank fraud charges.
February 21, 2018: Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating if Paul Manafort entered a quid pro quo relationship with Stephen Calk by offering a job at the White House for $16 million in home loans. Calk is the president of Federal Savings Bank and was a member of then-candidate Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. Manafort received three loans in December 2016 and January 2017 from Federal Savings Bank, which were questioned by bank officials. At least one official is operating with investigators. More ⇢
February 20, 2018: Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer who is the son-in-law of a Russian oligarch named in the “Steele dossier,” pleads guilty to lying to investigators in special counsel Mueller’s probe regarding his communications with former Trump campaign aide, Rick Gates. More ⇢
February 16, 2018: Special counsel Robert Mueller indicates 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election. The indictments are the first tied directly to Russian interference in the election and allege that some of the Russians traveled to U.S. under false pretenses to collect intelligence and to “reach significant number of Americans for purposes of interfering with the US political system, including the presidential election of 2016.”More ⇢
February 13, 2018: At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats, DNI Dan Coats states the U.S. is “under attack” on the cybersecurity front. Coats says that Russia is likely to continue their cyberattacks on the United States by “using elections as opportunities to undermine democracy, sow discord and undermine our values.” FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers also speak at the hearing.More ⇢
February 6, 2018: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tells Fox News that Russia is already attempting to influence the 2018 midterm elections and that it will be difficult to “pre-empt” the meddling. “I don’t know that I would say we are better prepared, because the Russians will adapt, as well. The point is, if it’s their intention to interfere, they are going to find ways to do that,” Tillerson says. More ⇢
February 2, 2018: The Republican House Intelligence memo is released to the public. The memo alleges abuse of surveillance power by the FBI.More ⇢
February 1, 2018: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), demands that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) remove Rep. Nunes (R-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee.More ⇢