This is the second of a series dissecting the timeline of Trump-Russia connections that’s kept at Bill Moyers’s website. For a bit of intro, and the first subthread, click here. Some text is copied and pasted directly from the timeline, other text is paraphrased.
I found this one interesting, even though I can’t say that I was paying too much attention to it at the time. One thing to keep in mind is that these exchanges were all happening after the June 9 meeting between Trump Jr and Veselnitskaya, and after the April 2016 DNC hack. There’s a fair amount of mingling with this thread and Paul Manafort, but I’ll take on the Manafort stuff in another thread. Follow past the jump for the timeline.
July 7, 2016: Carter Page gives a speech at the New Economic School in Moscow criticizing American foreign policy, placing the blame for bad US-Russia relations on the US. Page said that he asked the campaign for permission to make the trip, but that he was doing so as a private citizen, and not a representative of the campaign.
July 16, 2016: Carter Page and J.D. Gordon meet with ambassador Kislyak.
July 18, 2016: Washington Post reports that Trump campaign worked to gut GOP’s longstanding support for Ukraine’s resistance to Russian intervention.
Summer 2016 (various dates): American intelligence intercepts conversations with senior Russian intelligence and political officials discussing using Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn to shape Trump’s position on Russia. Then CIA Director John Brennan notes suspicious contact between Russian government officials and associates of Trump’s campaign, and refers the concern to the FBI.
July 31, 2016: Trump says on ABC News that he was not involved in the platform change.
July 31, 2016: Manafort denies knowing anything about the change in the Republican platform. That afternoon, Boris Epshteyn, Trump’s Russian-born adviser, spouts the Kremlin’s party line telling CNN: “Russia did not seize Crimea. We can talk about the conflict that happened between Ukraine and the Crimea… But there was no seizure by Russia. That’s an incorrect statement, characterization, of what happened.”
Aug 6, 2016: NPR News confirms Trump campaign was involved in the platform change, and that it was one of the only things that the campaign spoke up about when the platform discussions were taking place.
Aug 17, 2016:, AP reports that Manafort secretly routed more than $2 million from Ukrainian’s pro-Russian party to two US lobbying firms.
Aug 19, 2016:. Manafort resigns from campaign.