Media companies published a record number of Trump-Russia stories last week, according to SocialFlow's study on 300+ news publishers on Facebook. The number of people who actually saw those stories on Facebook was second only to when BuzzFeed published an unverified Trump dossier in January.More people liked or commented on Trump-Russia stories right after Michael Flynn was fired, but the reach during that time was not as high, meaning fewer people saw the story.

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Data: SocialFlow; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

Key dates:

July 27: U.S. intelligence accuse Russians of orchestrating the DNC hacks.

November 9: The election. January 11: Buzzfeed publishes the dossier on Trump's contacts with Russia. February 14: Michael Flynn is fired. Feb 24: There are reports about the White House asking senior intelligence officials to combat stories about Trump associates' contacts with Russia. Feb 27: House members agree on how to go about the Russian probe. March 2-5: There are reports of more contacts between Russians and Trump campaign staff March 20: Comey confirms FBI investigating Trump contacts with Russia March 31: Trump tweets: "Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!" April 7: Trump breaks from Russia in launching an attack on Syria in response to their use of chemical weapons on Syria. May 8: Trump fires James Comey. May 10: Trump meets with Russian officials. May 15th-18th: Trump's leak of confidential information to Russian diplomats, Comey's memo, Flynn working to benefit Turkey.

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