DemDaily: Flynn First
December 1, 2017
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn became the first senior White House official and fourth person connected to the Trump campaign, to fall victim to the Special Counsel's investigation -- but most assuredly not the last.
Flynn pled guilty in federal court today to one count of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last December.
The Descent of Michael Flynn: The Timeline
|FEB: Flynn joins the Trump Campaign as Advisor
|NOV 8: Trump Wins Presidential Election
|NOV 10: President Obama warns Trump about Michael Flynn
|NOV 18: Flynn named Trump's National Security Advisor
|DEC 1: Flynn and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner meet with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower.
|DEC 22: Flynn asks Kislyak to postpone a United Nations vote
|DEC 29: President Obama announces new sanctions against Russia as punishment for 2016 election interference
|DEC 29: On advice of senior transition team official at Mar-a-Lago (Jared Kushner), Flynn asks Kislyak/Russia to not retaliate with sanctions of their own.
|DEC 30: Russia President Vladimir Putin says he won't retaliate against new US Sanctions. Receives Trump's praise.
|JAN 12: Washington Post reports Flynn-Kislyak conversations. Possible violation of Logan Act barring unauthorized citizens from contact with foreign governments.
|JAN 15: Vice President-elect Pence denies any wrongdoing by Flynn on Face The Nation
|JAN 20: President Trump Inaugurated
|JAN 22: Flynn sworn in as National Security Advisor
|JAN 24: Flynn lies to FBI Investigators about his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak
|JAN 26: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warns WH Flynn was lying about calls with Kislyak
|JAN 30: President Trump fires Yates after she refused to defend initial travel ban
|FEB 13: Flynn resigns after admitting to misleading VP Pence about calls with Kislyak
|FEB 14: In an Oval Office meeting, Trump tells Comey he hopes that he can "let go" of an investigation into Flynn.
|MARCH 20: FBI confirms probe into ties between Russia and Trump Campaign
|MAY 9: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey
|AUG 3: Special Counsel Bob Mueller convenes Grand Jury
|NOV 30: The FBI files charges against Flynn
In addition to the current charges, Flynn is being investigated into his illegal $530,000+ lobbying contract with allies of the Turkish government.
Flynn also verified he is cooperating with the far-reaching Special Counsel's investigation into the Russia-Trump Campaign connection.
At least seven other people close to Trump met or corresponded with Russian officials or representatives during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition, including: Donald Trump, Jr, son-in-law
Jared Kushner, former Campaign Chair Paul Manafort, campaign advisor Carter Page, campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Sources: New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, AP