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Spring break, Passover, and Holy Week produced a relatively quiet period for the Trump-Russia Timeline. The line of the week goes to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). On Easter Sunday, he said, “The problem is that Russia is running wild, whatever we are doing is not working and the president for some reason has a hard time pushing back against Putin.”
“For some reason…” What could it possibly be?
Meanwhile, This Week’s Update Reveals…
— The burgeoning Cambridge Analytica scandal may reach Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and his unsuccessful presidential bid. After Walker dropped out of the race, several of his staffers became executives for the company.
— Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, apparently knew in August 2016 that he was dealing with a Russian who had continuing ties to Russian intelligence. (That revelation required adding a new pop-up bubble for Manafort-Gates associate Konstantin Kilimnik.)
— When Trump expelled Russian diplomats, it was more for show than for real.
— The complicit GOP-controlled Congress’ diversionary efforts to undermine the FBI and Justice Department (and thereby support Trump’s scorched-earth attack on the world’s premier law enforcement agency) continues.
— And anyone who believes that Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein have job security is not paying attention. In an April 2 tweet attacking the Department of Justice, Trump put quotation marks around “Justice.” Firing Sessions and/or Rosenstein and substituting a Trump puppet to supervise special counsel Robert Mueller remains Trump’s easiest path to gutting the Trump-Russia investigation.
Here’s a complete list of this week’s Trump-Russia Timeline updates:
LATE 2013: Bannon and the Beginning of Cambridge Analytica (revision of previous entry)
EARLY SUMMER 2014: Peter Thiel’s Palantir Connected to Cambridge Analytica
SEPT. 21, 2015: Walker Drops Out; Staffers Become Cambridge Analytica Execs
EARLY AUGUST 2016: Manafort Meets with Kilimnik
SEPTEMBER 2016: Skadden Attorney Communicates With Gates and “Person A” (revision of previous entry)
SOMETIME BETWEEN JUNE 16, 2017 and OCTOBER 27, 2017: Trump’s Lawyer Reportedly Raised Prospect of Pardons for Flynn and Manafort
MARCH 22, 2018: House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rosenstein
MAR. 26, 2018: Trump Expels Russian Diplomats, Closes Seattle Consulate, Russia Retaliates; But There’s a Catch (revision of previous entry)
MARCH 27, 2018: NRA Admits Accepting Foreign Contributions; Wyden Presses on Torshin
MARCH 27, 2018: Sens. Coons, Tillis Support Mueller
MARCH 28, 2018: Sessions Rebuffs GOP Request for Another Special Counsel, Says IG Already Investigating
APRIL 1, 2018: Graham Perplexed on Trump-Putin
APRIL 2, 2018: Trump Attacks Justice Department