George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump, was the first person to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He pled guilty to one count of lying to federal investigators. The below is all public knowledge, but I haven’t seen it collected anywhere, so I’m posting it here for reference.
Early March: George Papadopoulos agrees to come on board as a member of the Trump campaign. At this time, he is living in London, England.
March 6th: Sam Clovis, the national co-chair of the Trump campaign and current nominee for Under Secretary of Agriculture, tells Papadopoulos that a primary focus of the campaign is improving American relations with Russia.
March 14th: While traveling in Italy, Papadopoulos meets Professor Joseph Mifsud, the head of the London Aacademy of Diplomacy. Mifsud has previously claimed to have had private meetings with Vladimir Putin, although this has not been confirmed. It has been confirmed that he does know Alexander Yakovenko, Russian ambassador in London. Mifsud was interested in Papadopoulos because of his Trump relationship; Papadopoulos is interested in Mifsud because of his Russia connections.
March 21st: Washington Post interviews Trump, who describes his team. Trump includes Papadopoulos: “George Papadopoulos, he’s an oil and energy consultant. Excellent guy.”
March 24th: Papadopoulos has lunch with Mifsud in London, along with a woman falsely claiming to be ‘Putin’s niece’. He sends an email to Trump campaign “officials”, with the subject line “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin”:
“I just finished a very productive lunch with a good friend of mine, Professor Joseph Mifsud. — who introduced me to both Putin’s niece and the Russian Ambassador in London [Alexander Yakovenko] — who also acts as the Deputy Foreign Minister. The topic of the lunch was to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss U.S.-Russia ties under President Trump. They are keen to host us in a ‘neutral’ city, or directly in Moscow. They said the leadership, including Putin, is ready to meet with us and Mr. Trump, should there be interest. Waiting for everyone’s thoughts on moving forward with this very important issue.” (The woman in question was not actually Putin’s niece.)
At this time, Sam Clovis writes an email saying, “We thought we probably should not go forward with any meeting with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies.” However, this may have been selectively quoted. Sam Clovis replies that he would “work it through the campaign”, but that no commitments should be made right now. He adds, “Great work”.
March 31st: There is a meeting of the Trump national security team, including Trump, Papadopoulos, J.D. Gordon, Jeff Sessions, and numerous other campaign staff. Trump posts a photo of the meeting to Twitter. Papadopoulos says to the entire meeting, including Trump and Sessions, that he has connections to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin.
At this meeting, Trump says that the US should not support arming Ukraine against Russian-backed rebels. Based on this statement by Trump, J.D. Gordon later successfully pushes for pro-Ukraine language to be removed from the GOP platform at the Republican National Convention.
Early April: Papadopoulos sends more emails to the Trump foreign policy team, regarding his contacts with “the Russians” and his “outreach to Russia”.
April 7th: During a visit to Israel, Papadopoulos gives a foreign policy speech. He discusses Trump’s friendliness with Russia, saying that Trump sees Putin as a “responsible actor” and “potential partner”. In the speech, he says that Trump believes that the US should ally with Russia against China, and should work together to fight Islamic extremism.
April 10th: Papadopoulos emails ‘Putin’s niece’, saying he is “Donald Trump’s advisor”. He says, “we met with Professor Mifsud in London. The reason for my message is because Professor Mifsud sent an email that you tried contacting me. It would be a pleasure to meet again. If not, we should have a call and discuss some things.”
April 11th: ‘Putin’s niece’ replies that she was “now back in St. Petersburg”, but would be “very pleased to support your initiatives between our two countries and of course I would be very pleased to meet you again.”. Papadopoulos replies to her and Mifsud that “I think a good step would be for me to meet with the Russian Ambassador in London [Yakovenko] sometime this month. I’d like to discuss with him, or anyone else you recommend, about a potential foreign policy trip to Russia.” Mifsud replies, “This is already been agreed. I am flying to Moscow on the 18th for a Valdai meeting, plus meetings at the Duma.”
April 12th: A reply from ‘Putin’s niece’ says: “I have already alerted my personal links to our conversation and your request. The Embassy in London is very much aware of this. As mentioned we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr. Trump. The Russian Federation would love to welcome him once his candidature would be officially announced.”
April 13th: Steele dossier source, businessman, and former Russian government translator Sergei Millian tells Russian media that he actively communicates with Trump and “his assistants”, most recently a few days before. Millian says that Trump “will be able to agree on how to resolve political conflicts, agree on Syria and Ukraine”. Millian was confirmed to be in touch with Papadopoulos, and was one of his 240 Facebook friends.
April 18th: Professor Mifsud emails Papadopoulos and Ivan Timofeev, director at the Russian International Affairs Council. Timofeev previously worked for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“I had a long conversation in Moscow with my dear friend about a possible meeting between the two of you. Ivan Timofeev is ready to meet with you in London (or USA or Moscow). I am putting the two of you in touch to discuss when and where this potential meeting can actually take place.”
Papadopoulos replies that he will “try and come to Moscow”, and sets up a Skype call with Timofeev. Timofeev tells Papadopoulos about his Russian government connections.
April 19th: Mifsud speaks at the Valdai Club in Moscow, a Russian think tank with close ties to Putin. Mifsud reportedly attended the Valdai Club every year since 2014, an event which Putin “usually visits”.
April 22nd: Timofeev thanks Papadopoulos “for an extensive talk”, and proposes “to meet in London or Moscow”. Papadopoulos suggests that “we set one up here in London with the Ambassador [Yakovenko] as well to discuss a process moving forward.”
April 25th: Papadopoulos emails an unidentified “Senior Policy Advisor” for the Trump campaign, saying: “The Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to meet him when he is ready. The advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in ‘neutral’ cities.”
Late April: Unpublished emails and Skype conversations between Timofeev and Papadopoulos. They discuss setting “the groundwork” for a “potential” meeting between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
April 26th: Papadopoulos and Mifsud have breakfast at a London hotel, where Mifsud describes his trip to Moscow and his connections to Russian officials. Mifsud tells Papadopoulos that, on his trip on the 18th, he learned that Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, including “thousands of emails”.
April 27th: Another email from Papadopoulos to the “Senior Policy Advisor” says, “I have some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right.” He also emails campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, asking “to discuss Russia’s interest in hosting Mr. Trump. Have been receiving a lot of calls over the last month about Putin wanting to host him and the team when the time is right.”
April 27th: Trump holds an event at the Mayflower hotel, meeting Russian Ambassador Kislyak giving a foreign policy speech. He says in his speech, “We desire to live peacefully and in friendship with Russia…we are not bound to be adversaries. We should seek common ground based on shared interests…an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia is possible..[I hope to] make a deal under my administration that’s great for America but also good for Russia.”
April 29th: Papadopoulos emails ‘Putin’s niece’. He says, “I am now in the process of seeing if we will come to Russia. Do you recommend I get in touch with a minister or embassy person in Washington or London to begin organizing the trip?” She replies, “I think it would be better to discuss this question with Professor Mifsud.” He responds, “Ok. I called him.”
April 30th: Papadopoulos thanks Mifsud for his “critical help” in arranging Russian meetings, saying “it’s history making if it happens”.
May 4th: Timofeev emails Papadopoulos, saying he had “just talked to my colleagues from the [Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. [They are] open for cooperation. One of the options is to make a meeting for you at the North America Desk, if you are in Moscow.” Papadopoulos replies that he is “glad the [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] is interested”.
Papadopoulos forwards these emails to Corey Lewandowski. He asks Lewandowski, “What do you think? Is this something we want to move forward with?” To another campaign official, he writes: “Regarding the forwarded message, Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss.”
May 5th: Clovis has a phone call with Papadopoulos, who forwards him the Timofeev email from May 4th.
May 8th: Timofeev emails Papadopoulos and Mifsud, about putting him in touch with the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs head of the US desk”.
May 13th: Professor Mifsud emails Papadopoulous with “an update” on “their recent conversations”. He says “We will continue to liaise through you with the Russian counterparts in terms of what is needed for a high level meeting of Mr. Trump with the Russian Federation.”
May 14th: Papadopoulos emails Lewandowski, saying “the Russian government has also relayed to me that they are interested in hosting Mr. Trump.”
May 21st: Papadopoulos emails Paul Manafort, shortly to become Trump’s campaign manager, with the subject “Request from Russia to meet Mr. Trump.” He includes the May 4th email from Timofeev, and adds “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss.” Manafort forwards the Papadopoulos email to his deputy Rick Gates, adding: “Let’s discuss. We need someone to communicate that [Donald Trump] is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”
Late May: Further emails and Skype calls between Timofeev and Papadopoulos.
June 1st: Papadopoulos emails Lewandowski again, asking about Russia. Lewandowski refers him to Clovis, who is “running point”. Papadopoulos then emails Clovis, subject line “Re: Messages from Russia”, saying “I have the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking me if Mr. Trump is interested in visiting Russia at some point. Wanted to pass this info along to you for you to decide what’s best to do with it and what message I should send (or to ignore).”
June 14th: The Washington Post reports that Russian hackers have penetrated Democratic National Committee servers. This is the first public news that Russian hackers are targeting the 2016 US election.
June 19th: After more emails and Skype conversations with Timofeev, Papadopoulos emails Lewandowski, with the subject “New message from Russia”. Papadopoulos says, “The Russian ministry of foreign affairs messaged and said that if Mr. Trump is unable to make it to Russia, if a campaign rep (me or someone else) can make it for meetings? I am willing to make the trip off the record if it’s in the interest of Mr. Trump and the campaign to meet specific people.”
July 14th: Email from Papadopoulos to Timofeev proposes “a meeting for August or September in the UK (London) with me and my national chairman [Paul Manafort], and maybe one other foreign policy advisor and you, members of President Putin’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold a day of consultations and to meet one another. It has been approved from our side.”
July 15th: Facebook message from Papadopoulos to Timofeev says “We can chat on this, this weekend if you can’t tonight.” Timofeev replies with a ‘thumbs up’.
July 21st: Another Facebook message, saying “How are things Ivan [Timofeev]? Keep an eye on the speech tonight. Should be good.”
July 22nd: Another Facebook message to Timofeev, asking whether Timofeev knew an unidentified ‘particular individual’. He said, “if you know any background of him that is noteworthy before I see him, kindly send my way.”
Late July: Trump’s national security team disbands, after having never been paid. However, Papadopoulos stays on with the Trump campaign.
August 15th: After further conversations about “off-the-record” Russian meetings, Clovis emails Papadopoulos, saying “I would encourage you” and another foreign policy advisor (possibly Carter Page?) “to make the trip [to Russia], if it is feasible.” Papadopoulos did not actually visit Russia. Carter Page is confirmed to have met Papadopoulos multiple times, but he may or may not be the “advisor” mentioned here.
October 1st: Papadopoulos sends Professor Mifsud an article from Interfax.com, a Russian news website, via Facebook message.
November 8th: Campaign ends, Trump elected President of the United States.
January 27th, 2017: Papadopoulos is interviewed by the FBI, lies about key facts.
February 16th: Interviewed by the FBI again.
February 17th: Papadopoulos deletes his twelve-year-old Facebook account to hide suspicious communications, immediately opens another one.
July 27th: Federal agents arrest Papadopoulos at Dulles Airport.
July 28th: Indictment filed against Papadopoulos under seal, charging false statements and obstruction.
October 5th: Papadopoulos pleads guilty to one count, admits lies, agrees to be a “proactive cooperator”.
October 25th: On Twitter, Papadopoulos posts a photo of him in London wearing a suit, with the hashtag “#business”.
October 30th: Indictment, arrest, and cooperation revealed publicly.