SaveSave story

Timeline: Every big move by Mueller

Chess with Russia
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe is gaining speed. Today, a federal grand jury brought new charges against President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, just hours after Rick Gates pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators.

May 17: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appoints Robert Mueller as special counsel on the Russia probe.

June 14: Mueller's probe expands to investigate President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

Oct. 30: Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner Rick Gates are indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the U.S. and money laundering.

  • The same day, Trump's former campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleads guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding his contact with Russian leadership. He later claims he misled agents to protect the president.

Dec. 1: Former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleads guilty to "willfully and knowingly [making] false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations" to the FBI regarding his conversations with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Feb. 16: Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for violating criminal laws to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election.

Feb. 20: Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan pleads guilty after being charged on Feb. 16 with lying to FBI investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates.

Feb. 22: Mueller brings 32 new financial charges, including money laundering and bank fraud, against Manafort and Gates.

Feb. 23: Mueller files additional charges against Rick Gates, who will appear in court at 2 p.m. for a plea agreement hearing.

  • Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying to investigators.
  • A federal grand jury brings a superseding indictment against Manafort, alleging he "secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States."

Editor's note: This has been updated from its original posting to include the latest moves.

Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
SaveSave story

Zuckerberg happy to testify if it is "the right thing to do”

A portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
A portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would be "happy" to testify before Congress if it was "the right thing to do," in an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall.

Why it matters: Facebook has been under the microscope lately for what Zuckerberg called earlier today the "Cambridge Analytica situation." Zuckerberg said if he as the "person...who will have the most knowledge," than he'd be the one to testify in the face of Facebook's data-collection situation.

Ina Fried 1 hour ago
SaveSave story

Zuckerberg: Facebook may have influenced election, may need to be regulated

Zuckerberg at F8 in 2017
Zuckerberg at F8 in 2017. Photo: Facebook

In a flurry of media interviews on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is willing to testify before Congress, that he can't guarantee that Russians didn't get their hands on Facebook user data and that he isn't sure Facebook shouldn't be regulated.

Why it matters: After remaining silent for several days, Mark Zuckerberg has given interviews with outlets including CNN, Wired, the New York Times and Recode. The interviews answer some, but definitely not all of the questions left unanswered by his earlier Facebook post.