Dispatch March 31, 2017

Analysis | 20 Contacts Between the Trump Campaign and Kremlin Before Trump Took Office

  • January 2017: Michael Cohen meets with Felix Sater and Andrey Artemenko to devise pro-Russia peace plan for Trump.
  • December 29, 2016: Michael Flynn held at least five calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
  • December 12, 2016: Carter Page met with an “executive from Rosneft” while in Moscow.
  • Mid-December, 2016: At Kislyak’s request, Jared Kushner met with Sergei Gorkov, the chief executive of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state owned bank.
  • Mid-December, 2016: Kisylak requested a meeting with Kushner, who sent his proxy, Avrahm Berkowitz, instead.
  • Early December, 2016: While the Obama Administration is considering sanctions against the Russian government, Flynn and Kushner hold a private meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower.
  • October 11, 2016: Donald Trump Jr. was paid “$50,001 and above” to speak at a dinner in Paris hosted by Fabien Baussart and Ronda Kassis, the founders of a Kremlin-backed think-tank that Putin nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • September 8, 2016: Jeff Sessions met with Kislyak in his D.C. Senate office.
  • August 14, 2016: Roger Stone and Russian-hacking alias Guccifer 2.0 exchanged direct messages on twitter.
  • July 20, 2016: Sessions met with Kislyak at the RNC.
  • July 20, 2016: Page and Trump advisor JD Gordon met with Kislyak at the RNC.
  • July 7, 2016: Page met with Putin confidant Igor Sechin in Moscow.
  • July 7, 2016: Page met with Putin confidant Igor Diveykin in Moscow.
  • April 2016: Manafort met with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian political operative with ties to Russian intelligence.
  • April 27, 2016: Trump met with Kislyak.
  • Date unknown, 2016: According to the Washington Post, “A series of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak began before the Nov. 8 election.”
  • December 2015: Flynn was paid $40,000 to attended an RT gala where he sat next to Vladamir Putin.