While Mueller’s long-awaited report may be finished, its contents are a mystery. Some anxiously await the details, some stand in support of the president, others just can’t wait for it to be over.
WASHINGTON — The Russia investigation has provided a barrage of headlines, court cases, tweets and speculation. Despite the clamor, several events stand out. Here are some milestones that have shaped the investigation.
May 17, 2017: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is appointed as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Mueller takes over days after President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.
Oct. 30, 2017: Mueller obtains indictments against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, the former chairman and deputy chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign, respectively.
Dec. 1, 2017: Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. Flynn and the ambassador discussed sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russia’s election interference.
Feb. 16, 2018: Thirteen Russians are indicted for interfering in the 2016 campaign with stolen identities, fake campaign events and social media accounts. April 9, 2018: The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan sends FBI agents to raid the home, office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer.
July 13, 2018: Twelve Russian military intelligence officers are indicted for allegedly penetrating and ransacking Democratic National Committee computer networks during the 2016 campaign, part of Moscow’s covert effort to boost Trump’s candidacy.
Nov. 7, 2018: The day after Democratic victories in midterm elections, Trump pushes out Sessions as U.S. attorney general and names Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, as a temporary replacement. Nov. 20, 2018: Trump’s legal team says it has submitted written answers to some questions from Mueller.
Jan. 25, 2019: Roger Stone, the longtime Trump political adviser, is arrested at his Florida home. Stone is indicted for allegedly lying to the House intelligence committee about his conversations involving WikiLeaks, the organization that released thousands of hacked Democratic Party emails during the campaign.
Friday: Mueller files his report with the Justice Department. It will be up to Attorney General William Barr to decide which findings are provided to Congress and made public.