THE TIMELINE FOR THE TRUMP ADMIN. – THINGS TO INVESTIGATE – PART 2 OF 3

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Washington (CNN) – This is a timeline of what is known about President Donald Trump’s actions regarding the Russia investigation — from conversations and comments, to tweets and meetings. CNN has reported that special counsel Robert Mueller plans to interview three top intelligence officials about their interactions with Trump as part of the early stages of what could become an obstruction investigation. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday night that Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.
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April 11, 2017:  In an interview with Fox News, Trump says “it’s not too late” for him to fire Comey, but that he has confidence in him. Trump goes on to criticize Comey for clearing Hillary Clinton.
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May 2, 2017:  Trump attacks Comey on Twitter, saying he gave Clinton a “free pass.” Trump also says that the Russia story is “phony” and an excuse used by the Democrats to justify their election loss.
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May 8, 2017:  Trump meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They discuss firing Comey.
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May 9, 2017:  After receiving a recommendation from Rosenstein, Sessions sends a letter to Trump recommending that he dismiss Comey. Later that day, Trump fires Comey. In his letter of dismissal, Trump says he was acting on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein, whose decision was based on Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton email investigation in 2016. Trump also says, “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”
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May 9-10, 2017:  In interviews, top White House officials including Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and Sarah Sanders, insist that Trump only decided to fire Comey after receiving Rosenstein’s recommendation and that Comey’s firing had nothing to do with the Russia investigation.
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May 10, 2017:  During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Trump says Comey was “crazy” and “a real nutjob.” He also tells them, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” according to The New York Times.
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May 11, 2017:  In an interview, Trump says he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s recommendation, and that he was thinking about “this Russia thing” while deciding to fire Comey. He told NBC News: “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats.”
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May 12, 2017:  In a tweet, Trump threatens Comey and suggests he might have recordings, saying: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press.” On the same day, Trump tweets that the collusion investigation is a “witch hunt.”
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May 17, 2017:  Rosenstein appoints former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials.

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