Democracy & Government

A Timeline: Everything We Know About Paul Manafort’s Ties to Russia

A look at the business dealings, influence and federal investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, who, along with a business associate, is the first person to be indicted in Robert Mueller's investigation.

A Timeline: Paul Manafort’s Ties to Russia

Special counsel Robert Mueller announced Monday the indictments of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business associate, Rick Gates. Manafort joined the Trump campaign on March 29, 2016. By the time he resigned as campaign manager less than five months later, Trump had secured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, and Russian efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election were well underway. Manafort departed amid allegations that he had received millions of dollars in improper payments from Ukraine’s pro-Putin former president.

NOTE: This timeline is no longer updated here as of April 2018. For the latest developments, go to our main Trump-Russia Timeline, which now appears at the Committee to Investigate Russia website.





Steven Harper

Steven J. Harper launched his acclaimed Trump-Russia Timeline on and it now appears regularly on Dan Rather’s News & Guts and Just Security, where it first appeared in December 2018. Harper is a lawyer who teaches at Northwestern University Law School, and the author of several books, including The Lawyer Bubble — A Profession in Crisis and Crossing Hoffa — A Teamster’s Story (a Chicago Tribune “Best Book of the Year”). Follow him at stevenjharper1