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Timeline: Every big move by Mueller

Chess with Russia
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

A new defendant has been named in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe — Konstantin Kilimnik, a former aide to Manafort who has been suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence and worked for Manafort's company overseeing its office in Kiev. Mueller also brought new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The latest: The charges against both Manafort and Kilimnik include conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges in an alleged attempt to influence other's testimonies. Mueller also brought charges including conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and lying to authorities against Manafort.

2017

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.

2018

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 and an unidentified individual, labeled "Person A" in court documents.

Feb. 22: Mueller files 32 new financial charges, including money laundering and bank fraud, against Manafort and Gates in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Feb. 23: Rick Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying to investigators.

March 15: Manafort's lawyers file a motion to dismiss Mueller's D.C. indictment.

March 27: Paul Manafort's legal team files a motion to dismiss Mueller's Virginia indictment.

April 3: Alex van der Zwaan is sentenced to 30 days in prison and $20,000 in fines for lying to FBI investigators. The decision marks the first sentencing in Mueller's probe.

June 8: New charges have been brought by special counsel Robert Mueller against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik — a former aide to Manafort who has been suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence and worked for Manafort's company and oversaw its office in Kiev.

  • The charges against both Manafort and Kilimnik include conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges in an alleged attempt to influence other's testimonies. Mueller also brought charges, including conspiracy to launder money, acting as an unregistered foreign agent and lying to authorities, against Manafort.

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