One week ago, special counsel Robert Mueller made the first indictments in his investigation on the suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. With the investigation moving rapidly forward — not to mention the current voracious news cycle — Mueller's investigation is often not at the forefront of the media coverage given some of the more controversial stories breaking out of the Trump White House.
Now that Mueller's investigation is making leaps and bounds, a refresher on the history of the inquiry — and some of the more sordid details — seems timely.
FBI'S FIRST WARNING: Back in September 2015, the FBI reached out to the DNC, telling it that it may have been the target of a cyber attack.
MIKE FLYNN SPEECHIFIES IN RUSSIA: The future national security advisor gave a speech in Russia for the sum of $45,000. The speech was at an event celebrating the anniversary of RT, a Russian government-owned media outlet.
INTRODUCING CURIOUS GEORGE: Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos — whom the White House has called a “volunteer” — meets with a professor who has ties to the Russian government. He would later meet with a woman whom he thought was related to Russian President Vladimir Putin (he would later find out she was not).
Additionally, Paul Manafort would begin working with the Trump campaign.
THE INFAMOUS PHOTO: On March 31, Trump met with foreign policy advisers. Papadopoulos can be seen at the table. Reports allege that Papadopoulos told the group that he had connections to Putin and could arrange a meeting.
OOPS: In April 2016, the professor Papadopoulos had met with admits that he misled him in claiming that he could provide him with damning information on Hillary Clinton.
THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING: June 2016 saw Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Manafort (who was newly crowned the Trump campaign manager) meet with Russian lawyer Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who alleged that she could provide the campaign with damaging information about Clinton. For his part — and to get ahead of a New York Times story — Trump Jr. would release all the emails in question.
WIKILEAKS STRIKES: 22,000 DNC emails are released by WikiLeaks.
MANAFORT OUT: After the revelation of Paul Manafort's financial wheelings and dealings with former Ukrainian President Viktor F. Yanukovych are revealed, he is removed from his position as Trump campaign manager on August 19.
PRE-ELECTION DRAMA: Just one month before Americans cast their ballots, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it believed that Russia was involved in the publication of the DNC and Clinton campaign manager John Podesta's emails.
NOVEMBER 8, 2016: Election Day.
OBAMA MOVES AGAINST RUSSIA: In his last days as president of the United States, President Barack Obama imposes sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
PAPADOPOULOS & THE FBI (PART ONE): Papadopoulos is interviewed by the FBI on January 27, 2017. It was during this interview that he provided false statements that would ultimately lead to his arrest.
FLYNN OUT: After details of his misleading Vice President Mike Pence regarding conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, National Security Advisor Mike Flynn resigns on February 13.
PAPADOPOULOS & THE FBI (PART TWO): Trump's one-time foreign policy adviser is interviewed by the FBI for a second time. It is February 16, 2017.
SESSIONS RECUSES HIMSELF: Attorney General Jeff Sessions saves himself from any investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election on March 2. Sessions's decision came after it was revealed that he, too, had contact with Kislyak. (Trump would later say that he would not have appointed Sessions if he knew that he would later recuse himself.)
COMEY OUT: President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey over his handling of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.
INTRODUCING SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER: May 17, 2017. The Department of Justice appoints Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, to oversee the investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
THE RAID ON MANAFORT: Paul Manafort's home is raided by the FBI one day after he is interviewed by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
CURIOUS GEORGE ARRESTED: Papadopoulos is arrested at Dulles International Airport on July 27. He pleads guilty to providing false statements on October 3.
THE FIRST INDICTMENTS: On October 30, Mueller files his first indictments in his investigation. Both Manafort and Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates are charged on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States, tax evasion, and money laundering.
WHERE ARE WE NOW: The White House has stated — repeatedly — that Trump has no intentions of firing Mueller. Additionally, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently said that Congress will not interfere with the investigation.
As the likelihood of a conviction swings over the heads of Manafort and Gates, all eyes are on the two former campaign workers and if they will provide any vital, new information for Mueller's investigation — or if they even have anything to provide.
All things considered, these most recent developments could just be the beginning of the Mueller investigation gaining steam.