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Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election


Added 04-18-19 03:10:02am EST - “Here is a timeline of significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Timeline: Big moments in Mueller investigation of Russian meddling...”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - Here is a timeline of significant developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Moscow.

May 17 - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to look into any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and people associated with Republican Trump’s campaign. The appointment follows Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9. Days later, Trump attributed the dismissal to “this Russia thing.”

June 15 - Mueller is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports.

Oct. 30 - Veteran Republican political operative and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who worked for the campaign for five pivotal months in 2016, is indicted on charges of conspiracy against the United States and money laundering, as is his business partner Rick Gates, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

- Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials.

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