Case 1:17-cr-00182-RDM United States of America Vs. George Papadopoulos -- Indictment and guilty plea of Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia 10/05/17
Case: 1:17-cr-00201 United States of America Vs. Paul J. Manafort Jr. and Richard W. Gates III -- Indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia 10/27/2017. Guilty Plea of Richard Gates (and Statement of the Offense) on both counts of his superseding indictment. Guilty Plea of Paul Manfort (and Statement of the Offense) for Superseding Criminal Information. Exhibits submitted by the government at the time of the guilty plea. Government’s submission in support of its breach determination voiding the plea agreement.
Case 1:17-cr-00232-RC United States v. Michael T. Flynn - Stipulation of facts in the guilty plea of Michael Flynn, Filed 12/01/17 Government’s memorandum in aid of sentencing.
Case 1:18-cr-00032-DLF United States of America v. Internet Research Agency LLC et al -- Indictment of thirteen Russian persons and three Russian organizations for violations of US law, Filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia 2/16/2018
Case 1:18-cr-00260-ABJ United States of America v. Samuel Patten -- Indictment and guilty plea of Manafort Associate and Cambridge Analytica employee Patten for acting as an unregistered agent of Ukraine. Describes Patten's attempts to find a staw buyer to help his Ukrainian client donate to Trump inaugural fund.
Case 1:18-cr-00024-DLF United States of America v. Richard Pinedo -- Stipulation of facts in the guilty plea of Richard Pinedo, who sold bank account numbers of American citizens to Russians associated with the Internet Research Agency. Filed 02/12/18
Case 1:18-cr-00031-ABJ United States of America v. Alex Van Der Zwaan Statement of charges against an associate of Rick Gates who was involved in lobbying on behalf the Putin-aligned government of Ukraine. Filed 02/20/18 Guilty Plea.
Case 1:18-cr-00218-TSC United States vs Maria Butina - press release linking to criminal complaint and supporting affidavit against Maria Butina. Indictment. And memorandum in support of pre-trial detention. Filed July 14, 2018.
Case 1:18-cr-00602-WHP United States of America vs. Michael Cohen press release linking to criminal information against Michael Cohen for charges of tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations, filed August 21, 2018 Government’s sentencing memorandum.
Case 1:18-MJ-464 United States vs Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova - press release and criminal complaint filed Sept 28, 2018
Website for the Office of the Special Counsel with links to the court documents released by that office.
Unsealed Documents in Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation (Just Security) --- Collection of the substantive documents that have been unsealed in Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation to date. This page will be continually updated as new documents are unsealed.
Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation (Lawfare) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and related matters has so far yielded a range of prosecutions and appellate litigation. Lawfare will be collecting significant documents from these lawsuits on this page as the investigation and litigation moves forward.
Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security -- October 7, 2016 statement on behalf of the US intelligence community
FBI and DHS: "GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity" -- December, 2016 declassified technical report
CIA, FBI, and NSA: "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections” -- January, 2017 declassified report (PDF)
Putin's Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security -- A minority staff report prepared for the use of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Jan 10, 2018
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - Russia Investigation - one page summary and 253 page final report published March 22, 2018 by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee. Asserts findings which are disputed in a 21 page summary and 98 page final report by the Democratic minority on the House Intelligence Committee. (Several Republican members of the committee walked back one of the findings in the one page summary. Those quotes are collected in this commentary and this article.)
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence minority report "Exposing Russia’s Effort to Sow Discord Online: The Internet Research Agency and Advertisements" published May 10, 2018, along with the release of hundreds of Russian ads from the 2016 election.
Senate Judiciary Committee - Preliminary Findings About Trump Campaign’s Effort to Obtain Incriminating Information on Secretary Clinton from Russia at Trump Tower Meeting. May 15, 2018 Relevant materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting including transcripts of testimony
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - Russian Targeting of Election Infrastructure During the 2016 Election: Summary of Initial Findings and Recommendations published May 8, 2018. Press release published May 16, 2018.
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - In-depth Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) published July 3, 2018.
Report prepared by Oxford Internet Institute for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: “The IRA, Social Media and Political Polarization in the United States, 2012-2018” Published Dec. 17, 2018. Direct link to PDF.
Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election -- March 20th, 2017 House Intelligence Committee hearing, also includes testimony from NSA Director and background material from committee members
”Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns" 10AM Session -- Senate Intelligence Committee Open Hearing, March 30th, 2017. Includes testimony of Clinton Watts. Continues with 2PM Session
Full transcript: Sally Yates and James Clapper testify on Russian election interference -- May 8th, 2017 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing
Full transcript: Acting FBI director McCabe and others testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee May 11th, 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing
CSPAN Video and transcript for testimony of former CIA Director John Brennan on Russian election interference -- May 23rd, 2017 House Intelligence Committee hearing
Full Transcript and Video: James Comey’s Testimony on Capitol Hill -- June 8th, 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, in which Comey gives his account of his interactions with Trump prior to being fired.
Transcript: Jeff Sessions' testimony on Trump and Russia -- June 13th, 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing
Video: Jeh Johnson testifies in House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia -- June 20, 2017 House Intelligence Committee hearing with Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
Video: Open Hearing: - Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections -- June 21, 2017 Senate Intelligence Committee. DHS and FBI Counter Intelligence acting directors of relevant divisions, state elections officials, and hacking expert Dr. J. Alex Halderman (at the 2 hour 14 minute mark) discussing the likelihood that a future cyberattack could change votes.
Statement of Jared Kushner to Congressional Committees, July 24, 2017
Prepared Statement: Bill Browder's Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, July 25th, 2017 -- explains the origin of the Magnitsky Act, which freezes the assets of Russian oligarchs deposited in Western banks and investments. Explains that Putin is highly motivated to repeal this act for both financial and political reasons. In retaliation for passage of the Magnitsky Act, Putin banned adoption of Russian children by Americans. Video is also available and includes responses to senators' questions.
Testimony of Carter Page Thursday Nov. 2, 2017 House Intelligence Committee
Testimony of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson to the House Intelligence Committee -- Nov. 8 and Nov. 14th, 2017
Contemporaneous memos written by FBI Director James Comey to document his early 2017 meetings with Trump
The Apprentice by Greg Miller — recaps the reporting of the Washington Post and others through the campaign and first years of Trump’s presidency.
Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff and David Corn — covers much of the content of this site, in book form
The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder — puts Russian “Active Measures” in the US in the context of Russian and Eastern European politics, and the “Active Measures” previously used in those countries.
House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger— Details the web of connections between Russian oligarchs and organized crime figures and Trump associates
Active Measures -- 2018 documentary film directed by Jack Bryan. Covers Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election in the context of similar interference by Russia in the 2014 election in Ukraine and the 2012 election in Georgia.
PBS Frontline: Putin's Revenge -- Tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Aired October 25th and November 1, 2017
The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: The Russians — discusses some of Trump’s most important relationships with Russian and Kazakh real estate developers in New York, in detail. Other relationships are discussed in Part 2 and Part 3.
-Resources compiled by journalists and experts-
Protect the Investigation — Protect the Investigation is a non-partisan initiative to educate the American people about the importance of the special counsel investigation and its current findings.
Committee to Investigate Russia -- Max Boot (Military Historian and Foreign Policy Analyst), James Clapper (Former Director of National Intelligence), Norman Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar), Rob Reiner (Director, Actor, and Activist) and Charles Sykes (Conservative Commentator) keep track of the latest news and frequently update timelines and profiles of key players in the story.
The Moscow Project — an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund dedicated to analyzing the facts behind Trump’s collusion with Russia and communicating the findings to the public
Congressman Eric Swalwell (House Intelligence Committee): "Protect Our Democracy" -- context for the Russia investigation in the House intelligence committee, and proposed legislation to protect future elections.
Bellingcat: UK and Europe investigations — Bellingcat uses open source and social media investigation to investigate a variety of subjects, from Mexican drug lords to conflicts being fought across the world. Bellingcat brings together contributors who specialise in open source and social media investigation, and creates guides and case studies so others may learn to do the same.
Emptywheel — Blog maintained by national security journalists which offers analysis of Russia investigation news
Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab -- covers Russian information and election interference as well as other national security related topics
Hamilton 68: Tracking Russian Influence Operations on Twitter -- Monitors the activities of 600 Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence efforts online.
Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here. (NBC) -- NBC News published its database of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has tied to "malicious activity" from Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election
Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets (FiveThirtyEight) -- Nearly 3 million tweets from accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency originally compiled by Profs. Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren of Clemson University
#TrollTracker: Twitter Troll Farm Archives: Part 1 — “On October 17, Twitter released an archive of over ten million tweets posted by accounts from 2013 through 2018. Of the total, over nine million tweets were attributable to 3,800 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, also known as Russia’s infamous St. Petersburg troll factory.” Parts 2, 3, 4. Buzzfeed report on the Twitter archives.
How closely did Russian troll rhetoric mirror Trump’s? See if you can tell the difference. (The Washington Post) — “We pulled a number of rhetorical examples from the indictment [of Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova] all allegedly written by those involved in the Russian effort — and some quotes from Trump during the campaign and his presidency. Can you tell which is which? The quiz is below.”
Presidential obstruction of justice: The case of Donald J. Trump (2nd Edition) (The Brookings Institution) -- Detailed accounting of the facts relating to the investigations of President Trump and his actions in relation to those investigations.
Considering collusion: A primer on potential crimes (The Brookings Institution) — The specific “collusion” crimes that may be implicated by any coordinated efforts between the president or his campaign aides and Russian operatives
Diana Pilipenko and Talia Dessel (Center for American Progress): “Following the Money: Trump and Russia-Linked Transactions From the Campaign to the Presidential Inauguration” — “What is known of Russia’s use of financial resources to help elect President Trump—and his own willingness to violate campaign finance laws—raises serious questions about many still-unexplained transactions executed during the campaign and the postelection transition period.” - Dec. 17, 2018
Marshall Cohen and Tal Yellin (CNN): "The Many Paths from Trump to Russia" -- interactive diagram mapping the personal and financial connections between Russia and members of Trump's team
Bonnie Berkowitz, Denise Lu and Julie Vitkovskaya (Washington Post): "Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests" -- another interactive Trump-Russia diagram
Darren Samuelsohn, Sarah Frostenson, and Jeremy C.F. Lin: "The 332 people connected to the Russia probes" (Politico) -- gives individual names as well as general categories
(Axios): “Everyone caught up in the Trump investigations” — List of people convicted, charged, or interviewed in the Russia investigation, along with a timeline of key events, as of 11/29/2018
Andrew Prokop (Vox): “All of Robert Mueller’s indictments and plea deals in the Russia investigation so far”— Details the 33 people and three companies charged as of 11/29/2018
Phillip Bump (Washington Post): “The lies that Mueller has already documented” — List of 15 specific false or allegedly false claims made by seven different people that have been uncovered over the course of Mueller’s investigation as of 11/20/2018
Youjin Shin and Reuben Fischer-Baum (Washington Post): “The many contradictions in Trump’s relationship with Russia” — A look at Trump’s shifting positions in four areas: His relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his stance on Russian election interference, his knowledge about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting and his business interests in Russia.
Ryan Goodman (Just Security): “Perjury Chart: Trump Associates’ Lies, False, or Misleading Statements on Russia to Federal Authorities”— Includes incidents which appear to be perjury based on what is publicly known, but which had not resulted in charges as of Dec. 3rd, 2018
Garrett M Graff (Wired): "A Complete Guide to All 17 (Known) Trump and Russia Investigations" — “Donald Trump faces a legal assault unlike anything previously seen by any president—at least 17 distinct court cases stemming from at least seven different sets of prosecutors and investigators. (That total does not count any congressional inquiries, nor does it include any other inquiries into other administration officials unrelated to Russia.)” Dec. 17, 2018
-Summaries of key developments by journalists-
Max Bergmann, Sam Berger, and Jeremy Venook, (The Moscow Project): "A Case Study In Collusion: The Hack and Release of Emails"
Joe Uchill (The Hill): "Five reasons the intel community believes Russia interfered in election" -- summary of the evidence for Russian involvement in hacking of DNC and John Podesta
Kate Brannen (Just Security): "Getting to the Bottom of the Trump Tower Meeting"
Massimo Calabresi (TIme Magazine): "Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America" -- Goals and methods of the social media component Russian active measures campaign
Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, and Scott Shane (New York Times): "The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S." -- details about how the DNC hacking was discovered
John Sipher (Just Security): "The Public Needs a Lesson in Russian Strategic Deception: It’s What You Want to Hear" -- "Unlike Russia’s fake news and disinformation efforts designed to confuse or meet tactical ends, strategic deception is designed to build a believable and consistent narrative [...] play to preconceived notions, and tell an adversary something it is desperate to know."
Sonam Sheth and Natasha Bertrand (Business Insider): "Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election” High level overview and summary of what was known about the active measures campaign as of Jul. 16, 2017
Jim VandeHei (Axios): “What we now know about Trump and Russia” — Short list of key facts as of Dec. 9, 2018.
Terri Gross interviews journalist Luke Harding (NPR): "Fresh Air" -- Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'"
John Harwood (CNBC): "Trump's embrace of Russia: The evidence on public display already paints a jarring picture" -- Long before running for president, Trump relied on Russian money. Trump consistently defends Russia and attacks U.S. officials investigating Russia.
Natasha Bertrand (The Atlantic): “Trump’s Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime” — Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and the FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.
Sean Illing interviewing Timothy Snyder (Vox): "How Russia pioneered “fake news” -- "This, Snyder argues, is how Russian oligarchs in the Putin era control citizens: They cultivate enough chaos so people become cynical about public life and, eventually, about truth itself. In the 2010s, Russia began to deploy these techniques abroad as a means of destabilizing Western countries."
Scott Shane and Mark Mazetti (New York Times): “The Plot to Subvert an Election” — collects details revealed over two years about the Russian social media influence campaign, and efforts to recruit Trump-linked figures
Simon Shuster (Time Magazine): “How Putin's Oligarchs Got Inside the Trump Team” — It is oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska, wielding extraordinary wealth and global connections, who may have played the most important role in the Russian influence campaign.
(The Moscow Project): “How recent developments impact our understanding of the Russia investigation” — Summarizes the revelations of the week of Nov. 23rd - Nov 30th, 2018, during which Michael Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress, a draft plea agreement for Jerome Corsi was leaked to the press, and the Special Counsel’s office announced that Paul Manafort was in breach of his plea agreement.
Sarah Grant, Chuck Rosenberg (Lawfare): “The Steele Dossier: A Retrospective” — “The dossier holds up well over time, and none of it, to our knowledge, has been disproven. But much of the reporting simply remains uncorroborated, at least by the yardstick we are using.”
Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish (New York Times): “From Criminal Convictions to Ethical Lapses: The Range of Misconduct in Trump’s Orbit” - summarizes scandals not directly related to Russia probe (from Sept 1st, 2018)
David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick (The New York Times): “Trump’s Corruption: The Definitive List” — another summary of non-Russia-related corruption (from Oct. 28, 2018). See also “Trump’s Lies: The Definitive List” (from June 23rd, 2017) and“Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List” (from Jan 15, 2018)
David A. Fahrenthold, Matt Zapotosky and Seung Min Kim (Washington Post): "Mounting legal threats surround Trump as nearly every organization he has led is under investigation" — Trump’s presidential administration, private company, 2016 campaign, inaugural committee, and charity are all under investigation. (Dec. 15, 2018)
Alan Cullison and Brett Forrest (The Wall Street Journal): Timeline of 30 years of interest by Mr. Trump in establishing a foothold in Russia and nearby Ukraine. The push involved more than 20 separate developments.
Lisa Desjardins (PBS Newshour): "The giant timeline of everything Russia, Trump and the investigations" --Click on the image to zoom in on dates and characters. For a more in-depth look at individual cells, check out the spreadsheet.
Matthew Nussbaum (Politico): "The definitive Trump-Russia timeline of events" -- starts in 2013, shows events in increments of days during the campaign
Hannah Levintova (Mother Jones): "The Long, Twisted, and Bizzarre history of the Trump-Russia Scandal" -- timeline of events, starting in the 1980s
Phillip Bump (Washington Post): "A (so far) complete timeline of the investigation into Trump and Russia" -- places information about interactions between the Trump team and Russia in chronological order
"Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details" (NBC News) -- places information in order of publication
Miles Parks and Tamara Keith (NPR): "Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?" -- includes recording of Aleksandr Dugin promoting Trump and questioning the legitimacy of the Democratic primary on March 4th, 2016
Josh Marshall (Talking Points Memo): "Look At The Timeline" -- What the Trump campaign was doing while the Russians were hacking the DNC and Podesta e-mail accounts
Meg Kelly (Washington Post): "All the known times the Trump campaign met with Russians" -- "a comprehensive timeline [...] detailing which members of the campaign met with Russians during the campaign as well as internal discussions about those meetings. "
Karen Yourish, Larry Buchanan and Derek Watkins (New York Times): “A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath” — reveals how parallel threads — contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, Russian hacking and social media fraud — often crossed during the election.
Meg Kelly (Washington Post): “The president’s misleading statements on Trump Tower Moscow: A timeline” — Because the president’s business and political worlds are intertwined, as a reader service, the Fact Checker compiled a timeline of what happened, what the president knew and what he said publicly about contact between his staff and Russia.
-Link collections and resources assembled by interested amateurs-
Amy Siskind's Weekly List -- "Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember." Includes Russia news as well as other worrying signs of democratic deconsolidation. A searchable index is available.
Chris LaMay-West: From Russia, With Love -- fairly comprehensive summary of what is known, infrequently updated
Raul Gutierrez: "Trump's Russian Connections, a Handy Timeline" -- in reverse chronological order
Thomas Wood: "RussiaGate" -- Very long Google Docs file with many links
A Timeline: Russia and President Trump -- Trump/Russia connections in chronological order starting in 1979
Trump, Russia, and the House of Representatives -- a PDF assembled to summarize the evidence for collusion linked from this site and the need for an investigation, and inform representatives in the House about what they can and should do to protect that investigation.