It’s tough to keep track of all the relevant events, pertinent ties, key statements, and unraveling claims.
So we’ve compiled what we know so far into the timeline below, which covers Trump’s 30-year history with Russia.
According to Trump’s spokesman, the real estate mogul had a lengthy discussion with the Soviet president about economics and hotels.
January 1989: For $200,000, Trump signs a group of Soviet cyclists for the Albany-to-Atlantic City road race, dubbed the Tour de Trump, that will take place that May.
Deripaska later calls the AP story a “malicious…lie” and says, “I have never made any commitments or contacts with the obligation or purpose to covertly promote or advance ‘Putin’s Government’ interests anywhere in the world.” September 19: Sater and the former Soviet official who founded Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, stand next to Trump at the launch party for Trump So Ho, a hotel-condominium project co-financed by Bayrock.
November 22: Trump Vodka debuts in Russia, at the Moscow Millionaire’s Fair.
Citing “US officials,” CNN reported that the bureau has gathered information suggesting coordination between Trump campaign officials and suspected Russian operatives.
Each day seems to bring a new revelation—and a new Trump administration denial or deflection.Kaveladze, who says he has worked for Crocus Group since the late 1980s, was once at the center of a US government investigation into Russian money laundering. Chuck Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee’s probe of Trump’s firing of Comey and possible collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, is “conducting a series of alternative investigations into tangential subjects,” in a way that seems to be designed “to minimize the culpability of Trump and his aides and to deflect attention from the core issues of the controversy.” July 19: The White House confirms that Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin had a second, previously undisclosed, meeting at the G-20 Summit on July 7, and it lasted “nearly an hour.” – The reports that Paul Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as million before joining Donald Trump’s campaign as chairman in March 2016.This is reflected in financial records filed in Cyprus, which show that Manafort may owe up to .9 million to a Cyprus shell company connected to Ukraine’s pro-Russia Party of Regions, and .8 million to a company in the British Virgin Islands connected to Russian aluminum magnate and Putin ally Oleg Deripaska.Also present at the event is Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin, later the Russian ambassador to the United Nations.(Churkin died in February 2017 at 64.) January 1987: Intourist, the Soviet agency for international tourism, expresses interest in meeting with Trump.1986: Donald Trump is seated next to Russian Ambassador Yuri Dubinin at a lunch organized by Leonard Lauder, the son of cosmetics scion Estée Lauder, who at the time is running her cosmetics business.