Former national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned in February, but the saga involving his and President Trump's campaign's connections to the Russian government and the controversy surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election remains. Here's a timeline of key events.
Flynn is named director of the Defense Intelligence Agency as a three-star general.
June 19, 2013
Donald Trump, then a private businessman, tweeted that the Miss Universe Pageant, which he owned, would be held that November in Moscow. He asked whether Putin would attend and whether he would become Trump's new best friend.
The White House moves to fire Flynn over his brusque management style.
The FBI informs the Democratic National Committee that a Russian-linked cyber-spy group had likely compromised its computer network.
Flynn tweets that fear of Muslims is "rational."
May 6, 2016
Trump says in a television interview that he knows Russia well. "I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago, Miss Universe contest, which was a big, big, incredible event. An incredible success," Trump said.
June 14, 2016
Russian government hackers penetrated DNC servers, according to The Washington Post. The Russian government denied the charges.
July 20, 2016
Flynn leads chants of “Lock Her Up!” at the Republican National Convention aimed at Hillary Clinton. “You know why we’re saying that? We’re saying that because if I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth of what (Clinton) did I would be in jail today.”
July 22, 2016
WikiLeaks releases private emails from DNC officials in the days leading up to the Democratic National Convention. Some of the emails showed DNC staffers favoring Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
July 27, 2016
Republican nominee Donald Trump says he doubts Russian involvement in the DNC hack. But he invites them to hack into emails Clinton had deemed personal and deleted for her official account when she was secretary of State. “I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Sept. 26, 2016
Trump, in his first debate with Clinton, continues to express skepticism about Russian involvement. “I mean it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”
Oct. 7, 2016
Government intelligence officials call out the Russians for the first time on the hacks. The director of national intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security say they have confidence that “the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including U.S. political organizations.” WikiLeaks also releases the first batch of emails from the personal account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.
Nov. 8, 2016
Trump beats Clinton in presidential election.
Nov. 18, 2016
Trump names Flynn as his national security adviser. “I am pleased that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical challenges and keep Americans safe at home and abroad,” Trump said.
Dec. 9, 2016
President Obama orders a review of foreign attempts to tamper with U.S. elections. Trump dismisses the CIA’s finding that the Russians sought to sway the election in his favor. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”
Dec. 12, 2016
Republican leaders announce that congressional committees will investigate the CIA findings.
Dec. 16, 2016
Obama says the Russian government, at the “highest levels,” initiated the hacks of emails, not voting machines. He vows to retaliate.
Dec. 28, 2016
Trump, responding to reports of impending sanctions against Russia, says, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”
Dec. 29, 2016
Obama announces the Russian sanctions, which include expelling 35 Russian diplomats and the closing of Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that had been suspected of spying. Trump insists the issue should be put to bed but agrees to meet with intelligence officials for a briefing. “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump says.
Flynn has conversations around this time with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and urges Russia not to retaliate. The call was captured on a wiretap of diplomats’ calls.
Jan. 12, 2017
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius first reports that Flynn had conversations with Kislyak.
Jan. 13, 2017
Trump press aide Sean Spicer acknowledges one call between Flynn and Kislyak but says it was for “logistical information.”
Jan. 22, 2017
Flynn is sworn in as national security adviser, a position that does not require Senate confirmation.
Jan. 26, 2017
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informs the White House counsel that Flynn lied about the nature of his calls with Kislyak and is vulnerable to blackmail.
Feb. 8, 2017
Flynn denies discussing sanctions with Russian officials in an interview with The Washington Post. A spokesman for Flynn later tries to amend Flynn’s comments, saying Flynn had “no recollection” of discussing sanctions.
Feb. 10, 2017
Trump says he’s not aware of the Post report that Flynn may have discussed sanctions but will look into it.
Feb. 13, 2017
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tells MSNBC that Trump has “full confidence” in Flynn. Hours later, Flynn resigns, saying he had “inadvertently briefed the Vice President-Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”
Feb. 14, 2017
Spicer says Trump asked Flynn to resign because of an “erosion of trust.”
Feb. 15, 2017
The New York Times reports that telephone records and intercepted calls show that "members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election."
March 16, 2017
Documents released by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, show Flynn received $33,750 from Russia's state-owned television network for a 2015 speech he made in Moscow.
March 30, 2017
Flynn's attorney Robert Kelner said Flynn would not undergo questioning regarding the Russia investigation unless he was granted protection against prosecution.
May 9, 2017
President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey.
May 10, 2017
The Senate Intelligence Committee, as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, announced it sent a subpoena to Flynn for information about communications with Russian officials.
May 17, 2017
The Justice Department taps former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump’s team knew Flynn was under investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the presidential campaign.
May 22, 2017
Flynn tells the Senate Intelligence Committee he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in declining to provide the committee documents related to its investigation into collusion between associates of Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
June 7, 2017
Former FBI director James Comey says President Trump privately requested his loyalty and later urged him to drop the investigation into Flynn. The details of his contacts with the president were released in advance of a highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
Aug. 4, 2017
The New York Times reports Mueller asked the White House for documents related to Flynn. The Times reported investigators questioned witnesses as to whether the Turkish government made secret payments to Flynn during the 2016 campaign.
Aug. 5, 2017
Russia’s former ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, denies he discussed secrets or sanctions with Flynn. The comments were made during an interview on Russian television.
Nov. 10, 2017
The Wall Street Journal reports Mueller is investigating Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr.’s attempts to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric from the United States. The Journal said the two were involved in a plan to deliver Fethullah Gulen to the Turkish government, which views Gulen as an enemy.
Nov. 23, 2017
News breaks that Flynn's lawyers told President Trump's legal team they can no longer share information about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Trump administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described the move as routine and that it would not affect the president.
Dec. 1, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller charged Flynn with lying about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The court filing, which was made public Dec. 1, states Flynn “did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to FBI agents during a Jan. 24 interview.