July 18-21: Sessions meets with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak twice on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
September: Sessions meets again with Kislyak at his Senate office sometime during the month.
of Putin's move.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
"They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia," Pence says.
January 23: Spicer, now the White House press secretary, reiterates that Flynn told him sanctions were not discussed in the calls.
The message is delivered by acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce Trump's controversial travel ban barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
" On the same day, reports surface of the Justice Department's warning to the administration regarding Flynn.
On call w/ reporters, Kremlin spox. denies reports of sanctions discussions w/ Flynn: ‘We have already said there haven’t been any.'' - @CNN— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) February 13, 2017
As the reports emerge, Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway tells MSNBC that Flynn "does enjoy the full confidence of the President," but around an hour later, Spicer says Trump is "evaluating the situation."
Page confirms in an MSNBC interview that he met with Kislyak in Cleveland. Page tells CNN in a statement that he would not comment on any meetings and "never did anything improper" with regard to Russia.
"There could be some convergence of interest when it comes to the defeat of the Islamic State and al Qaeda, and perhaps stopping the bloodshed in Syria as an overall objective as well," he said.
March 5: Trump's senior aide Jared Kushner and ousted adviser Michael Flynn met with the Russian ambassador to the United States at a time when the Trump administration's relationship with the Russians was under close scrutiny, a senior administration official says.
The US intelligence community has long assessed RT to be a propaganda tool of the Kremlin, writing in its January report on Russian interference in the US election that the organization had participated in disinformation campaigns aimed at the US.