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IV. Russian Government Links To and Contacts With The Trump Campaign (Mueller Report, Nov. 2020 update)

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Release Date: 11/16/2020

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This Section describes the principal links between the Trump Campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government, including some contacts with Campaign officials or associates that have been publicly reported to involve Russian contacts.

The Office investigated whether those contacts constituted a third avenue of attempted Russian interference with or influence on the 2016 presidential election. In particular, the investigation examined whether these contacts involved or resulted in coordination or a conspiracy with the Trump Campaign and Russia, including with respect to Russia providing assistance to the Campaign in exchange for any sort of favorable treatment in the future. Based on the available information, the investigation did not establish such coordination.

Each subsection begins with an overview of the Russian contact at issue and then describes in detail the relevant facts, which are generally presented in chronological order, beginning with the early months of the Campaign and extending through the post-election, transition period.

This episode covers pages 66-173 of the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election."

IV. Russian Government Links To and Contacts With The Trump Campaign (1:13)

IV.A. Campaign Period (September 2015 – November 8, 2016) (2:27)

  1. Trump Tower Moscow Project (3:55)
    1. Trump Tower Moscow Venture with the Crocus Group (2013-2014) (5:04)
    2. Communications with I.C. Expert Investment Company and Giorgi Rtskhiladze (Summer and Fall 2015) (7:30)
    3. Letter of Intent and Contacts to Russian Government (October 2015-January 2016) (11:14) 
    4. Discussions about Russia Travel by Michael Cohen or Candidate Trump (December 2015-June 2016) (22:11) 
    1. Origins of Campaign Work (33:10)
    2. Initial Russia-Related Contacts (35:45)
    3. March 31 Foreign Policy Team Meeting (40:22)
    4. George Papadopoulos Learns That Russia Has "Dirt" in the Form of Clinton Emails (41:55)
    5. Russia-Related Communications With The Campaign (46:22)
    6. Trump Campaign Knowledge of "Dirt" (51:35)
    7. Additional George Papadopoulos Contact (53:33)
  2.  George Papadopoulos  (31:59)
    1. Background (57:16)
    2. Origins of and Early Campaign Work (1:00:22)
    3. Carter Page's July 2016 Trip To Moscow (1:02:17)
    4. Later Campaign Work and Removal from the Campaign (1:07:44)
  3.  Carter Page (56:23)
    1. CNI and Dimitri Simes Connect with the Trump Campaign (1:10:57)
    2. National Interest Hosts a Foreign Policy Speech at the Mayflower Hotel (1:13:58)
    3. Jeff Sessions's Post-Speech Interactions with CNI (1:17:41)
    4. Jared Kushner's-Continuing Contacts with Simes (1:19:40)
  4. Dimitri Simes and the Center for the National Interest (1:09:51)
    1. Setting Up the June 9 Meeting (1:24:40) 
    2. The Events of June 9, 2016 (1:32:59) 
    3. Post-June 9 Events (1:38:21)
  5. June 9, 2016 Meeting at Trump Tower (1:22:31)
    1. Ambassador Kislyak's Encounters with Senator Sessions and J.D. Gordon the Week of the RNC (1:44:44)
    2. Change to Republican Party Platform (1:46:25)
  6. Events at the Republican National Convention (1:43:33)
    1. Ambassador Kislyak Invites J.D. Gordon to Breakfast at the Ambassador's Residence (1:51:40)
    2. Senator Sessions's September 2016 Meeting with Ambassador Kislyak (1:52:28)
  7. Post-Convention Contacts with Kislyak (1:51:17)
    1. Paul Manafort's Ties to Russia and Ukraine (1:59:02) 
    2. Contacts during Paul Manafort's Time with the Trump Campaign (2:04:35) 
    3. Post-Resignation Activities (2:17:33)
  8. Paul Manafort (1:55:05)

IV.B. Post-Election and Transition-Period Contacts (2:23:57)

  1. Immediate Post-Election Activity (2:24:41) 
    1. Outreach from the Russian Government (2:25:13)
    2. High-Level Encouragement of Contacts through Alternative Channels (2:26:56)
    1. Background (2:30:25)
    2. Kirill Dmitriev's Post-Election Contacts With the Incoming Administration (2:32:41)
    3. Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev Meet in the Seychelles (2:35:52)
    4. Kirill Dmitriev's Post-Election Contact with Rick Gerson Regarding U.S. Russia Relations (2:44:10)
  2. Kirill Dmitriev's Transition-Era Outreach to the Incoming Administration (2:29:12) 
  3. Ambassador Kislyak's Meeting with Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn in Trump Tower Following the Election (2:49:32)
  4. Jared Kushner's Meeting with Sergey Gorkov (2:52:42)
  5. Petr Aven's Outreach Efforts to the Transition Team (2:57:13)
  6. Carter Page Contact with Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich (3:02:16)
    1. United Nations Vote on Israeli Settlements (3:05:03)
    2. U.S. Sanctions Against Russia (3:06:47)
  7. Contacts With and Through Michael T. Flynn (3:03:52) 

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