Skip to comments.Reconstructing the Russian Trump Dossier Story: A Timeline
Posted on 01/13/2017 4:58:05 AM PST by Fedora
September 2005: Bill Clinton visits Kazakhstan with Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra on a visit arranged by Siberian nuclear physicist Sergei Kurzin, a former employee of Marc Rich who traveled Russia scouting investment opportunities for Rich; Giustra makes a deal to acquire uranium assets through shell company UrAsia, to be transferred through a merger with South African/Canadian company Uranium One in February 2007; Senator Hillary Clinton applies pressure to Kazakh officials to approve the deal; Giustra subsequently gives $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation, the first of several large donations; Uranium One will begin buying uranium assets in the U.S., putting in on track to control half of U.S. uranium output by 2015
2009-2012: Uranium One chairman Ian Tefler begins funneling an eventual $2.35 million to Clinton Foundation through the Fernwood Foundation, a Canadian entity, and through the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative; the Clinton Foundation fails to disclose this in its tax records; Uranium One associates Robert Disbrow, Paul Reynolds, and Frank Holmes also make multi-million dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation
June 2009: Russias state nuclear energy agency Rosatom, which operates in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and Myanmar, begins buying stakes in Uranium One, reflecting a 2006 $10 billion decision to increase Russian uranium production 600 percent
December 2009: Rosatoms chief lays out plan to Russian government officials to begin acquiring uranium outside Russia; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meanwhile negotiating the 123 Agreement with the Russian government allowing U.S. and Russian firms to cooperate in development of civilian nuclear energy
March 2010: Secretary Clinton meets with Putin in Moscow to discuss pressuring Iran, but Putin proposes completing a civil nuclear power station, prompting Clinton to object to the mixed message this would send Iran; however, Clinton and Putin agree on New START nuclear talks and commercial opportunities in areas such as civilian nuclear power
May 2010: Obama administration submits US-Russian Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement to Congress; weeks later, Rosatom announces decision to seek majority share in Uranium One; meanwhile on May 21, 2010, Canadian investment company Salida Capital cosponsors a Bill Clinton speech in Calgary; Salida subsequently moves into the Ukranian market in partnership with an adviser to Energy Ministery Yuri Boyko, who helps create a trading company Putin uses to control Ukranian natural gas trade
July 2010: Secretary Clinton visits Ukraine
October 2010: Russian majority share purchase of Uranium One is approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a body that includes Secretary Clinton
2011: A Salida Capital is identified in a Rosatom annual report as a wholly-owned subsidiary; when contacted, Canadas Salida Capital refuses to discuss whether this is the same company
January 2011: Congress approves 123 Agreement
June 2011: FBI arrests members of a Russian spy ring which has targeted a leading fundraiser for and friend of Hillary Clinton; Bill Clinton receives $500,000 for speaking in Moscow to an event for Renaissance Capital (RenCap), a firm registered in Cyprus with former Russian intelligence officers on staff; Clinton also meets with Putin
2013: Rosatom announces plans to take 100 percent control of Uranium One; in fall 2013, Rosatom passes operational control of Bushehr nuclear reactor to Iran; Uranium One attempts to buy uranium mine in Arizona but the Navajo Nation objects
November 2013: Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych refuses to sign free trade agreement with EU, triggering protests linked to CIA-backed groups funded by George Soros
February 2014: Ukranian revolution ousts Yanukovych
March 2014: Russia occupies Crimea
March to June 2015: Obama administration, the UK, France, Russia, and China work out nuclear deal with Iran
Spring 2015: Hackers target DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa, who was doing opposition research on Donald Trump; Chalupas emails will later be released by Wikileaks
Summer 2015: Hacker COZY BEAR infiltrates DNC network
July 2015: Koch brothers screen Republican Presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker; they also decide not to support Trump
September 2015: A wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump hires Fusion GPS to do opposition research on Trump; Fusion GPS hires former MI6 agent Christopher Steeles firm Orbis Business Intelligence
Late February 2016: Clinton team meets to discuss Donald Trumps February 20 win in South Carolina and February 23 win in Nevada; most of team does not see Trump as a threat but Bill Clinton insists that Mr. Trump clearly had a keen sense of the electorates mood and that only a concerted campaign portraying him as dangerous and bigoted would win what both Clintons believe will be a close November election.
February 25, 2016: Anti-Defamation League, previously involved in bribing Clinton to pardon Marc Rich, issues press release calling on Trump to disavow ex-KKK leader David Duke
February 28, 2016: CNNs Jake Tapper, interviewing Trump, cites the ADLs press release and calls upon Trump to disavow Duke; when Trump says this is the first hes heard of the story and he wants to check it out for himself before responding, Tapper continues insisting that he answer; press subsequently reports that Trump failed to disavow Duke
April 2016: Hacker FANCY BEAR infiltrates DNC network, targets Trump opposition research; FBI notifies DNC of breach
May 9, 2016: Judge Andrew Napolitano says Russia has 20,000 of Clintons emails they are debating releasing
May 2016: NATO deploys missile defense to Romania and Poland over Russian objections
June 12, 2016: Wikileaks Julian Assange announces he has information to indict Hillary Clinton
June 14, 2016: Hack of DNC is publicly disclosed, attributed to Russia; Washington Post reports that Russian hackers targeted information on Trump; Russia denies responsibility
July 2016: Steele shares his Russian Trump dossier with an FBI contact he knows from the FIFA corruption investigation
July 5, 2016: FBI announces it will not recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton
June 15, 2016: Guccifer 2.0 claims responsibility for DNC hack
June 16-17, 2016: Wikileaks uploads and releases insurance file
July 18-21, 2016: Donald Trump selected as Republican Presidential candidate; Steele begins shopping his opposition research to Hillary Clinton; NATO summit agrees to deploy rotating battalions of troops to Eastern Europe to ease anxieties about Russia
July 22, 2016: Wikileaks releases 20,000 DNC emails, the first of several document dumps
July 25-28, 2016: Hillary Clinton selected as Democratic Presidential candidate
July 25, 2016: FBI announces it will investigate hack
July 30, 2016: Russian officials report being hacked
September 9, 2016: Donald Trump interview with Larry King appears on RT America, affiliated with Russian state broadcaster RT; Trump says he did interview as favor for King and CNN never told him the interview would appear on Russian TV
September 20, 2016: Hillary Clinton visits Ukraine, vows to defend its borders
October 2016: Steele, frustrated that FBI does not seem to be seriously investigating his dossier, cuts off contact with Bureau
October 28, 2016: FBI announces reopening of Hillary Clinton investigation
October 31, 2016: On eve of the election as an October Surprise, Plamegate figure David Corn--who previously published the Romney 47 percent story to influence the 2012 election--publishes description of Russian Trump Dossier in Mother Jones; bloggers immediately recognize elements of the story as derived partly from fanfiction passed on to Rick Wilson, an associate of Evan McMullin, an ex-CIA officer who began campaigning against Trump in August 2016
November 4, 2016: Newsweek senior editor Kurt Eichenwald publishes sotry titled Why Vladimir Putin Is Backing Donald Trump, asserting that Russians hacked German elections and Brexit vote and is now backing Trump
November 6, 2016: FBI announces it has not changed conclusions in Hillary Clinton investigation
November 8, 2016: Donald Trump is elected President, defeating Hillary Clinton; Clinton fails to appear for her concession speech, subsequently blames FBI and Russia for her loss; her supporters start calling for a recount
December 2016: Christopher Steele gives dossier to John McCain, who gives it to FBI
December 14, 2016: U.S. announces plans to send 4,000 troops to Poland in show of strength to Russia
December 27, 2016: US abstains from vetoing UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
January 1, 2017: New York Times reports that over the past several months U.S. Special Forces troops have been quietly deployed to the Baltic states to bolster resolve of troops anxious about Russia
Week of January 1 to 7 2017: Obama and Biden receive briefing that covers Russian Trump Dossier; Trump later receives the same briefing
January 6, 2017: U.S. intelligence community releases declassified report on Russian interference in American election, which spotlights alleged pro-Trump bias in RT
January 10, 2017: BuzzFeed publishes Russian Trump Dossier; CNN reports on the story
January 11, 2017: McMullin insists in Business Insider interview that CIA would not have included dossier in Presidential briefing if it was not taken seriously
January 12, 2017: Joe Biden says he and Obama did not take the dossier seriously and did not ask the intelligence community to investigate it; C-SPAN broadcast interrupted by RT broadcast
Events in Turkey should be included in the timeline, too.
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Thanks Fedora for the research help.
I wonder if the alleged (certainly as strong an allegation as any of these against Trump!) plane crash of SoS Hillary on a secret trip to Iran in 2012 would fit in on this list. The crash where Job Price was allegedly killed.
Are you implying, or thinking, that the Koch brothers commissioned this opposition research initially?
I’m trying to identify who the “wealthy Republican donor who strongly opposed Mr. Trump” (September 2015) is and one of the Koch brothers is the first idea that comes to mind. I’m open to other ideas on who this might be—I haven’t seen anyone discuss it yet, unless I missed something on one of the threads discussing Fusion GPS.
Thank you as well!
I think the Koch Brothers had various cards on table which were strongly and marginally effective. For whatever reason, they left this on the table and refused to use for the primary, or the general election. The fakeness on this scale is fairly high, so you’d have to question yourself and the ultimate purpose.
The only thing missing is the actual 4chan/Rick Wilson element. The original “fan fiction” was passed to Rick Wilson well before the election, either in late 2015 or early 2016 IIRC. Your first mention of it is in Oct 2016, when you mention that bloggers recognize pieces of the 4chan FanFic in Mother Jones’ description of the Russian dossier. That mention kind of comes out of nowhere, leaving folks wondering what that was all about.
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The information is available, and it wasn’t the Koch brothers.
With the 4chan material being created for a specific target. Good ol wealthy Mitt Romney was the first to come into my mind. His hatred for Trump would make this MO more likely. The Koch Bro’s do not have a reason.
Yes, I’m still trying to nail down the dates on the original 4chan/Rick Wilson fanfiction creation. I’ve usually seen screenshots of the original threads, along with some archived discussions, but haven’t waded through them enough yet to nail down the specifics. The October date is based on the screenshots I’ve seen, where late October/early November discussions are noted. If they gave it to McMullin, they had to have given it to him after August 8, 2016, when he began his campaign; but the fanfiction could have been created well before that. If someone else has this info it’d be very useful.
Thank you. I saw another thread on that one last night and am pondering that angle.
Thanks; sounds like I have more homework to do. . .