This timeline lists highlights of the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as revealed in indictments, guilty pleas and the redacted Mueller report.
The timeline divides the highlights into three categories: the question of obstruction of justice, Russian contacts with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and administration, and Russian interference in the election through an “active measures” social media campaign and hacking of Democratic Party computers. The timeline also includes landmark public events for context, such as the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations and the election.
The notes here are brief summaries of the official report and court filings, and only selected events are included. The original documents are linked so the timeline can lead you to the detailed records.
About this story
The information included in the timelines comes from indictments and other court filings from the special counsel investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, as well as other investigations of people in President Trump’s orbit. This timeline focuses on what law enforcement has made public about Trump’s campaign, his political transition and his first months in office. Details about the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates related to their financial crimes involving the Ukrainian election or Michael Cohen’s tax evasion cases have been left out to keep the focus on the presidential election and the Trump administration. Photo illustrations using photos by Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (Vladimir Putin), J. Scott Applewhite/AP (Michael Cohen), Noam Galai/Getty Images (George Papadopoulos), Jacquelyn Martin/AP (Roger Stone), Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images (Michael Flynn), Oliver Contreras/Post (Donald Trump), Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images (Donald Trump Jr.), Andrew Harnik/AP (James Comey).