Sources: MSNBC, Reuters, New York Times, Reuters | title FBI investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian spies article In January, the FBI began an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign and associates coordinated with Russia to undermine the election.
The probe focused on whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian spies to influence the election, a claim that Trump has denied.
In the weeks that followed, the Trump administration issued several contradictory statements and statements from the president and top White House officials about whether there was collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
On April 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was not aware of any coordination between the campaign and Russian operatives.
On May 4, the White House released a statement saying it was “very clear” that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election, but it said Trump was not personally aware of it.
A week later, the Justice Department released a different statement saying Sessions had been “wrong” in his April statement, but he was “unaware of any activity on his part.”
On May 8, the New York Post reported that FBI agents were working on a dossier alleging that Trump had “repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly made overtures” to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his associates.
On June 14, President Trump said that he would not be accepting Russian election meddling allegations, but then tweeted on June 19, “The Russians are hacking our democracy and the DNC, and they have my tax returns.
Is that right?”
In early July, President Donald J. Trump Jr. emailed a WikiLeaks email that said the Russian government wanted the Democratic National Committee to provide emails from the Clinton campaign, and that the DNC was “ready to provide them to the FBI” for possible prosecution.
On July 23, Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, released emails that showed he had met with a Kremlin-linked attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and other Russian nationals in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
FuterFas told NBC News on July 24 that he had provided the information to a friend who had been a foreign policy adviser to the Trump transition team, but that the information was not used in the Trump Tower meeting.
On July 25, the House Oversight Committee released a letter from its staff members stating that Futerfias had failed to provide information to the committee about his contacts with Veselnitkaya.
On August 6, the Senate Judiciary Committee released another letter from Futerfoas, who said he had offered to provide a “full account” of his contacts in order to answer questions.
A White House official later told ABC News that Trump Jr., Kushner and Jared Kushner were told by their lawyers not to talk about the dossier until they received a response from the FBI.
On Aug. 7, President John Trump Jr..
announced he was sharing the information with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
On Sept. 2, the National Security Council released a second letter from Trump Jr that included the email that had been forwarded to him.
The letter was dated August 12 and addressed to a number of senators, including Richard Burr, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee.
Burr had asked Futerfa to share with the committee information about any meetings he had with the Russian attorney during the campaign, including a meeting with Vesnitskaya.
Burr asked Futorfa to also include “any information that could be relevant to the ongoing FBI investigation,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by ABC News.
During his first press conference, on Sept. 9, President J.D. Reid said he would have to “make some decisions” on whether to ask questions about the Russian investigation.
“I can’t get into that now,” Reid said.
“We’ll see what happens.
I can’t do it.”
In October, the Judiciary Committee announced that it would begin a probe into the Justice Dept.’s response to Futera’s July 2016 email.
The committee has also requested the FBI produce documents related to its investigation of Veselnitzkaite’s actions during the 2016 campaign, as well as any information from the Russian intelligence services regarding its efforts.