Late 2015

Conservative

publication

hires Fusion GPS

spring 2016

Contract switches to

law firm paid by DNC,

Clinton campaign

June 2016

Fusion GPS hires

Christopher

Steele

Steele

compiles

reports on

Trump and

Russia

July and

OCT. 2016

Steele briefs

FBI agents

Nov. 2016

Trump wins

election

JAN. 10, 2017

BuzzFeed

publishes dossier

of Steele reports

Nov. 2016

Late 2015

June 2016

Conservative

publication

hires Fusion

GPS

Trump wins

election

Fusion GPS hires

Christopher

Steele

JAN. 10, 2017

spring 2016

July and

OCT. 2016

BuzzFeed

publishes

dossier of

Steele reports

Contract switches to

law firm paid by DNC,

Clinton campaign

Steele briefs

FBI agents

Steele compiles reports

on Trump and Russia

Detail below

Each icon is a report

filed by Steele to

Fusion GPS

JUNE 20, 2016

First report after Steele is hired by Fusion.

Alleges Russians have compromising

material on Trump.

JULY 5

Steele meets with

FBI agent in London.

JULY 19

Alleges Trump adviser Carter Page

met with Russian officials.

JULY 26

Describes large Russian

hacking operation.

JULY 30

Describes Russian unease

over U.S. election operation.

AUG. 10

Argues the Kremlin was pleased

with the internal divisions they

were sowing in U.S. electorate.

 

AUG. 10

Describes effort to turn

Sanders voters to Trump.

SEPT. 14

Alleges Trump paid bribes

and engaged in compromising

personal behavior.

OCT. 3

Steele briefs FBI agents in Rome.

OCT. 12

Says Putin was angry about how

the operation was progressing.

OCT. 19

Claims Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

helped connect Trump’s team and

Moscow, which Cohen has denied.

OCT. 31

Mother Jones reports on former

spy who provided memos to FBI.

NOV. 8

Trump wins the election.

DEC. 13

Steele files his final report.

Late 2015

spring 2016

July and

OCT. 2016

JAN. 10, 2017

June 2016

Nov. 2016

Contract switches to

law firm paid by DNC,

Clinton campaign

Conservative

publication hires

Fusion GPS

BuzzFeed

publishes dossier

of Steele reports

Fusion GPS hires

Christopher

Steele

Steele briefs

FBI agents

Trump wins

election

Steele compiles reports

on Trump and Russia

Detail below

JULY 19

Alleges Trump adviser

Carter Page met with

Russian officials.

AUG. 10

Argues the Kremlin

was pleased with

the internal divisions

they were sowing in

U.S. electorate.

 

OCT. 31

Mother Jones

reports on former

spy who provided

memos to FBI.

JUNE 20, 2016

First report after Steele

is hired by Fusion.

Alleges Russians

have compromising

material on Trump.

JULY 30

Describes

Russian unease

over U.S. election

operation.

OCT. 12

Says Putin was

angry about how

the operation was

progressing.

NOV. 8

Trump wins

the election.

Each icon is a report

filed by Steele to

Fusion GPS

JULY 5

Steele meets

with FBI agent

in London.

JULY 26

Describes

large Russian

hacking

operation.

AUG. 10

Describes

effort to turn

Sanders voters

to Trump.

SEPT. 14

Alleges Trump

paid bribes

and engaged

in compromising

personal behavior.

OCT. 3

Steele briefs

FBI agents

in Rome.

OCT. 19

Claims Trump lawyer

Michael Cohen helped

connect Trump’s team

and Moscow, which

Cohen has denied.

DEC. 13

Steele files

his final report.

Christopher Steele is a British former intelligence officer who was hired by the Washington research firm Fusion GPS in June 2016 to investigate Donald Trump's ties to Russia. The 17 reports he filed — collectively known as the dossier — alleged that the Russians had compromising material about Trump and that they sought to tilt the election in his favor. Trump has denied the allegations in the dossier. However, the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that the Russians engaged in an elaborate operation to swing the election to Trump.

Read story: Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flashpoint in the Russia investigation

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Steele

Pre-2016

2009

Simpson and Steele first meet

Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele are introduced by mutual friends, who know they are both interested in Russian organized crime.

2009

Steele works with FBI on FIFA probe

While working for the English Football Association, Steele assists the FBI in its investigation of corruption in FIFA, world soccer's governing body.

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Late 2015

Conservative group hires Fusion GPS

Fusion GPS, which was founded by former journalist Glenn Simpson, pictured above, is hired by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication funded by Republicans opposed to Donald Trump, and begins to examine his and his team's relationship with Russia, along with other matters.

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July 2015

Trump praises Putin

Donald Trump provides enthusiastic public praise of Vladimir Putin in response to a question put to him at a Las Vegas forum by Russian graduate student Maria Butina. “I know Putin and I’ll tell you what, we get along with Putin,” Trump says in the first of a remarkably consistent series of positive public comments about the Russian president.

Early 2016

March 21

Trump cites Page, Papadopoulos as foreign policy advisers

At a meeting with The Washington Post's editorial board, Trump names Carter Page and George Papadopoulos as two of his foreign policy advisers.

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March 28

Manafort hired by Trump campaign

Trump campaign announces it has hired Paul Manafort to lead convention efforts.

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Spring

Democrats hire Fusion GPS

Fusion GPS's contract switches to Perkins Coie, a law firm working for the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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April 26

Papadopoulos is told Russians have Clinton emails

George Papadopoulos, shown above, is told by a professor in London that the Russians have dirt on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.

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April

Democrats hacked

DNC notices it has been hacked and alerts CrowdStrike.

June

Early June

Page attends meeting on Trump's behalf

Carter Page, above, attends meeting at Blair House with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claims to be there on Trump campaign's behalf and praises Putin.

June

Steele hired by Fusion GPS

Fusion GPS hires Christopher Steele, above, and his London company, Orbis Business Intelligence, to investigate Trump's ties to Russia more fully.

June 8

DC Leaks releases Hillary for America clips and emails.

June 9

Trump campaign officials meet with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, after Trump Jr. is told she has damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father.

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June 14

The Washington Post first reports that the DNC has been hacked and that Russia is suspected.

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June 15

Guccifer 2.0 first appears online, claiming to have documents hacked from DNC.

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June to July

Guccifer 2.0 and then DC Leaks post additional documents online, including some hacked from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

June 20

First Steele report submitted

Christopher Steele completes the first of 16 pre-election reports, submitting it to Fusion GPS a few days later. The first report alleges that Russia has been cultivating Trump for five years and has compromising material from the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow. These 16 reports, plus one more written in December 2016, would come to be known as the Steele dossier.

June 20

Manafort named campaign chairman

Manafort, pictured above, is named Trump campaign chairman.

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July

July 5, 2016

FBI agent, Steele meet in London

Steele meets with an FBI agent in London to outline initial findings.

July 7, 2016

Carter Page speaks at the New Economic School in Moscow.

July 13, 2016

DC Leaks releases emails by Sarah Hamilton, an HFA advance staff member.

July 19, 2016

Report alleges Page met with Russians

Steele submits a report to Fusion GPS that alleges Carter Page met with Rosneft chief Igor Sechin and senior Kremlin official Igor Diveykin during Moscow trip. Page later denies meeting the men.

July 22, 2016

On eve of Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks posts tens of thousands of hacked emails from DNC, forcing the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz (Fla.), the party's chairman.

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Undated report

Undated report alleges 'well-developed conspiracy' between Trump associates and Russia

Report alleges "a well developed conspiracy of cooperation" between Trump associates and the Kremlin and that the recent release of internal DNC emails by WikiLeaks was undertaken in exchange for Trump sidelining Ukraine as a campaign issue and questioning the value of NATO.

July 26, 2016

Report describes Russian hacking

Steele submits report describing extensive Russian government hacking operation, including coercion of criminal hackers by government agents.

July 27, 2016

Trump encourages Russia to find deleted Clinton emails

In a news conference, Trump encourages Russia to hack Clinton's emails and locate emails she deleted from her time as secretary of state.

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Late July 2016

FBI opens Papadopoulos investigation

The FBI formally opens a counterintelligence investigation of George Papadopoulos after the U.S. government is informed by Australia that Papadopoulos had bragged to an Australian in late May that he'd been told the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

July 30, 2016

Report alleges eight-year Russian effort to cultivate Trump

Steele report to Fusion GPS describes growing unease in Russia about American election operation, but says cultivation of Trump has gone on for eight years.

August

Aug. 5, 2016

Report says Kremlin split on risk of operation

A Steele report identified Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as a key figure in the DNC hack and described a split inside the Kremlin over whether the operation had grown too risky.

Aug. 8, 2016

Stone predicts additional leaks

Roger Stone, shown here, claims he has communicated with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and makes predictions about additional documents that will be released. He later says he was in touch with Assange through an intermediary.

Aug. 10, 2016

Report: Kremlin pleased with internal divisions it was sowing

A report argues the Kremlin is pleased with internal divisions it was sowing in U.S. electorate and would target educated American youth who might oppose Clinton as a vote against the establishment. It names other U.S. officials whom the Kremlin had supported, including Michael T. Flynn and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Aug. 10, 2016

Report: Russian effort to flip Sanders voters to Trump

Another report describes one goal of Kremlin effort as turning Bernie Sanders voters from Clinton to Trump but says some Trump associates were upset, believing Putin was now trying more broadly to weaken U.S. democracy.

Aug. 15, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 releases DCCC documents related to Florida primaries.

Aug. 21, 2016

Roger Stone tweets that it will "soon" be Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's "time in the barrel."

Aug. 22, 2016

Report: Manafort's alleged payments

In another report, Steele asserted that Putin met on Aug. 15 with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who confirmed to him that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had received significant kickbacks while working as a political consultant in Kiev but assured Putin that no documents existed to corroborate the payments.

September

Sept. 13, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 releases DNC documents

Sept. 14, 2016

Report says Russia may release more Clinton emails

Steele submits report to Fusion GPS alleging that Russia is considering releasing more Clinton emails after Duma elections in late September.

Sept. 14, 2016

Report: Alfa Bank closely tied with Putin

Another release that day describes a close relationship between the leadership of Alfa Bank and its executives and Putin.

Sept. 14, 2016

Report alleges that Trump paid bribes for possible business deals

Asserts that Trump paid bribes for possible business deals in St. Petersburg.

Early Fall

Steele meets with former MI6 head

Steele and his partner, Christopher Burrows, meet with Richard Dearlove, pictured above, a former head of MI6, for advice. Dearlove advises them to provide information to the UK government, with the intention that it be passed to U.S. law enforcement officials.

October

Oct. 3, 2016

Steele briefs FBI agents in Rome

At the FBI's request, Steele meets with a group of agents in Rome and offers a full debriefing on his information.

Oct. 4, 2016

Guccifer 2.0 releases DCCC documents and falsely advertises them as Clinton Foundation documents.

Oct. 7, 2016

Intelligence agencies call out Russian interference

U.S. intelligence formally declares that Russia is interfering in U.S. campaign through cyberhacks, including of the DNC, in operation ordered by senior-level officials.

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Oct. 7, 2016

Post: Trump made 'extremely lewd' comments in 'Access Hollywood' tape

A video surfaces of Trump bragging in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone.

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Oct. 7, 2016

Podesta emails released

WikiLeaks releases first batch of emails hacked from the account of Clinton chairman John Podesta. Thousands of additional Podesta emails are public each day forward until the election.

Oct. 12, 2016

Report says Russians fear their efforts are failing

Steele submits a report to Fusion GPS saying that Russia is having "buyer's remorse" with best Clinton information already released, worried it is not having enough effect.

Oct. 18, 2016

Another Steele report on Page

Steele tells Fusion GPS again that Carter Page met with Sechin and emphasizes importance of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to Kremlin-Trump relationship.

Oct. 19, 2016

Report details Cohen role

This document provides more details of Cohen's role, alleging that he had been assigned task of cleaning up the operation from the Trump side.

Oct. 20, 2016

Steele report on Cohen travel

Steele report alleges Michael Cohen went to Prague to coordinate the relationship with Russia, a claim Cohen has repeatedly denied.

Oct. 21, 2016

Surveillance court judge approves wiretap of Page

A federal judge approves a secret warrant allowing for surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page. The warrant application includes material provided to the FBI by Steele.

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Oct. 28, 2016

Comey announcement on Clinton investigation

FBI Director James B. Comey tells Congress that agents are examaining additional emails that appear connected to Clinton, essentially announcing that the investigation of Clinton's private email server has been reopened.

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Oct. 31, 2016

Mother Jones report on 'former intelligence officer'

Mother Jones reports that a "former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence" had provided his research memos to the FBI "in recent months."

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Oct. 31, 2016

New York Times publishes story saying that the FBI did not see a “clear link” between Trump and Russia. The story angers Simpson and Steele. Simpson later tells Senate Judiciary Committee interviewers that Steele stopped cooperating with the FBI after the Times report.

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November

Nov. 8, 2016

Donald Trump is elected president.

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Nov. 18, 2016

McCain briefed on Steele dossier by former U.K. ambassador to Russia

Sen. John McCain attends Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, where he is told about Steele's work by Sir Andrew Wood, a Britsh former ambassador to Russia, shown here. He asks that his longtime adviser, David Kramer, get a copy of the dossier for him to review.

Nov. 28, 2016

Steele meets with McCain confidant

Steele and David Kramer meet in Surrey, England, according to British court document.

December

Dec. 9, 2016

McCain passes dossier to Comey

Having received material from Kramer, McCain meets with Comey and gives him the dossier.

Dec. 11, 2016

McCain and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) call for select committee to investigate Russian cyber activities during the election.

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Dec. 13, 2016

Steele completes last report

Steele completes the last of 17 reports that would later become known as the dossier. The final report offers more details about an alleged trip Michael Cohen took to Prague to organize hacks, with claims Trump paid hackers. Cohen later denies the allegations.

2017

Jan. 6, 2017

U.S. intelligence chiefs brief President-elect Trump on findings that Russia interfered in election; afterward, Comey provides Trump a two-page synopsis of the dossier, describing parts of it as salacious and unverified.

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Jan. 10, 2017

Collection of Steele reports published

BuzzFeed publishes what would come to be known as the Steele dossier: the 17 reports detailed above in which Steele alleges ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Jan. 12, 2017

Steele goes into hiding

Steele and his family go in to hiding after a Wall Street Journal story identifies him as author of the dossier.

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January 2017

FBI agents interview former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos in Chicago about his contacts with Russia-connected people during the campaign.

March 2017

Page is interviewed by FBI agents who pressed him on claims from the dossier, including that he was part of a “well developed conspiracy of cooperation” between Trump and the Kremlin.

May 17, 2017

Following the firing of Comey as FBI director, the Justice Department appoints special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate whether the Trump campaign had links to Russia

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September 2017

Mueller agents interview Steele

Steele is interviewed over two days in London by investigators working for Mueller.

2018

January 5, 2018

Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) ask the Justice Department to investigate Steele for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the media before the election.

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Feb. 2, 2018

Nunes memo flags Steele bias

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) releases a memo accusing the FBI of not properly alerting a federal judge that Steele was being paid by the Clinton campaign while incorporating his research into a warrant to monitor former adviser Carter Page in 2016.

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