September 21, 2017

THE TIGHTENING NOOSE:

How the Russia probe closed in on Paul Manafort (Dave Lawler, 9/21/17, Axios)

2014

The FBI begins investigating Manafort over his consulting work in Ukraine.

As a part of that investigation, the FBI obtains a FISA warrant to wiretap Manafort, per CNN. It was discontinued at some point in 2016, and later renewed. The CNN report emerged in September, 2017.

2016

March 28: Manafort joins the Trump campaign, tasked with wrangling delegates for the convention.

Spring 2016: A new FBI investigation into Manafort is opened, relating to his business ties to foreign countries, including Russia, per the NY Times.

May 19: Manafort is promoted to campaign chairman.

June 9: Manafort attends the Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. had been told he'd receive dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government's efforts to help his father win. News of the meeting emerged in July, 2017.

July 7: Manafort reportedly sends an email to an associate of Deripaska, asking if the billionaire would like private briefings on the campaign. News of the email emerged in September, 2017.

August 12: The AP reports on secret ledgers that record $12.7 million in payments to Manafort from the Ukrainian political party, the Party of Regions.

August 19: Manafort quits the campaign, with Jared Kushner reportedly telling him if he doesn't resign immediately he'll be fired.

Late 2016: The FBI renews its wiretaps of Manafort's communications, per CNN.

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