Presidential Beginnings (02:10)
By President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Federal Bureau of Investigations was investigating Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and Carter Page. During the first week of his administration, he stated to James Comey that he required his loyalty.
Trump Meeting (03:19)
In February 2017, Trump obtains a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Comey to discuss Flynn. Comey takes notes about the encounter, sharing his shock at the President’s attempt to influence bureau matters with Andrew McCabe.
Campaign Probe (03:27)
Comey testifies in front of Congress, confirming investigation of Russian links to the Trump campaign. Trump sees the announcement as a public and direct threat. He dictates the Comey’s termination letter, determined to stop the probe.
Justifying Comey's Dismissal (02:49)
White House counsel plans a meeting with Rod Rosenstein, who believes Comey violated bureau expectations during the 2016 campaigns. The Deputy Attorney General and Sessions create more acceptable rationale for the firing.
Conflicting Accounts of Dismissal (05:42)
Trump privately celebrates firing Comey with Russian diplomats; the event causes disturbances. Officials assert Rosenstein’s memo is the reason for termination by White House representatives; the President contradicts them in an interview.
Stabilizing Departments (02:53)
Acting Director Andrew McCabe believes Trump fired Comey to halt the Russian investigation; he informs Rosenstein of the bureau’s intent to investigate Trump for obstruction and as a national security threat. He appoints Robert Mueller as special counsel.
Internal Conflict (02:25)
Trump receives notification of Mueller’s appointment during a meeting with Sessions. He insults the Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation. Sessions intends to resign, but Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, Mike Pence and McGahn convince him otherwise.
Political Offensive Strategies (03:01)
Mueller assembles a team of prosecutors to investigate Russian interference with the 2016 elections and Trump’s possible justice obstruction. Trump tweets his innocence and calls the probe a witch hunt; those wanting to remain loyal to him adopt his terminology.
Communications Coverup? (04:13)
The “New York Times” receives information regarding a meeting with Donald Trump Junior, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Jared Kushner, and Manafort and they ask President Trump to comment. He writes a statement, declaring the event was about adoptions; emails state otherwise.
Mueller's Results (06:22)
Trump’s lawyers worry he has added to the obstruction case by lying about his son’s meeting with Veselnitskaya. Campaign aides and advisors are indicted or plead guilty to numerous charges. Michael Cohen’s office is raided; Trump calls his investigation a disgrace.
Bipartisan Issue? (02:48)
Trump hires Rudy Giuliani as his attorney; he launches an attack on the Mueller investigation. Trump attacks democrats at rallies and on Twitter; he actively works to degrade public confidence in Intelligence bureaus and the justice department.
Attempt to Prove Bias (03:13)
House republicans rally behind Trump, targeting a bureau agent removed from Mueller’s team for private texts critical of the president. Peter Strzok testifies that his personal opinions did not affect his work; a justice department inspection report supports his assertions.
Split Screen News (02:48)
Trump takes his first presidential visit to the United Kingdom, meeting with the Queen of England. Simultaneously, Rosenstein announces the indictment of Russian operatives for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 elections.
Helsinki Summit 2018 (03:28)
Trump has a one-on-one summit with Putin; they hold a press conference afterward. Trump blames the Mueller investigation, stupidity, and foolishness for the decline in relations with Russia. He appears to side with Putin's denial over U.S. intelligence findings.
Investigation Results (02:06)
Manafort and Cohen are found guilty and sentenced to prison; Roger Stone is arrested and indicted. Democrats take control of the House, prompting new investigations. Mueller’s probe results in 199 criminal charges; his final report does not site the President’s guilt or exoneration.
Credits: The Mueller Investigation (01:01)
Credits: The Mueller Investigation
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