Welcome to the “Follow the Presidency” series that provides a month-by-month highlight of relevant events pertaining to the Trump administration. After all, knowledge is power. More importantly, the American society must never forget and certainly never normalize the behavior of the current regime.
March 1, 2017: An inquiry by the House Intelligence Committee opens into Russia’s 2016 election meddling.
Also on March 1: Jeff Sessions meeting twice with the Russian Ambassador during 2016 is confirmed by the Department of Justice.
March 2, 2017: Attorney General Sessions recuses himself from the Russian investigation.
Also on March 2: A previous meeting with the Russian Ambassador at Trump Tower involving both Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn is confirmed.
Also on March 2: Former Trump Campaign advisers admit to having met with Russians.
Also on March 2: Mr. Alex Oronov a Ukrainian-born US citizen believed responsible in setting up a secret meeting between Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian officials on a “peace plan” mysteriously dies.
March 3, 2017: Trump heads back to Florida for another weekend getaway.
March 4, 2017: President Trump wages an infamous Tweet storm accusing President Obama of illegally “tapping” him.
Also on March 4: Roger Stone tweets (and then deletes) that he had a “perfectly legal back channel” to Julian Assange (Wikileaks).
March 5, 2017: Congressman Devin Nunes agrees that Congress will investigate Trump’s claims against Obama.
March 7, 2017: Despite President Trump’s criminal accusations against Obama, Trump never contacted the FBI to investigate the allegations.
Also on March 7: Documents related to the CIA’s investigatory tools are released by Wikileaks.
Also on March 7: An associate of Congressman Nunes is selected to the National Security Council.
Also on March 7: Michael Flynn releases information of over $500,000 in payments he received as a lobbyist for a Turkish company.
March 8, 2017: Nigel Farage pays a visit to Julian Assange.
Also on March 8: The White House receives notification that by deleting social media posts, President Trump may be in violation of the Presidential Records Act.
March 9, 2017: Trump announces a desire to end Dodd-Frank economic regulations.
Also on March 9: In an interview with Fox News, Vice President Pence claims not to have known that Flynn was working as an unregistered foreign agent.
Also on March 9: Sean Spicer reports having no idea on whether Trump was involved in Farage meeting with Assange.
Also on March 9: Wikileaks threatens to leak more CIA documents.
Also on March 9: The case of Russian money laundering involving Deutsche Bank comes under investigation.
March 10, 2017: President Trump fires 46 U.S. attorneys to include Preet Bharara.
Also on March 10: A powerful Russian oligarch and Breitbart investor happen to visit the Virgin Islands–at the same time.
Also on March 10: Roger Stones admits to communicating with Guccifer 2.0 (Russian-connected hacker of DNC data).
March 11, 2017: Trump holds a meeting at his own Trump National Golf Club.
March 13, 2017: Sean Spicer claims that the media misunderstood Trump’s wiretapping tweet allegations against President Obama.
Also on March 13: Reports that the Kushner Family could receive $400 Million dollars from a property deal. However, the deal will fall apart later.
March 14, 2017: In what appears to be set-up, a copy of Trump’s Form 1040 from 2005 (containing tax information) is received by David Cay Johnston.
March 15, 2017: President Trump refuses to deny his wiretapping allegations and says:
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.”
Also on March 15: Trump holds a 2020 rally in Nashville, Tennessee.
Also on March 15: Congressman Devin Nunes publicly states that no evidence of Trump’s wiretapping claim has been found.
March 16, 2017: Sean Spicer declares that Britain’s intelligence secretly surveilled Donald Trump.
March 17, 2017: President Trump hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Also on March 17: The British intelligence agency (GCHQ) strongly denies conducting any wiretapping of Trump Tower. The British seek an apology and assurances that the allegations will be repeated. The Trump administration issues a formal apology.
March 18, 2017: President Trump declares that Germany owes back payment to NATO.
March 19, 2017: The German Defense Minister rejects Trump’s previous accusation that Germany owes money to NATO.
March 20, 2017: FBI Director James Comey testifies that the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election meddling has grown to include investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Also on March 20: Comey also add that the FBI has no evidence of Trump’s wiretapping claims.
Also on March 20: Paul Manafort gains much attention at a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
Also Trump Tweets:
James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Also on March 20: A 2020 Trump rally is held in Louisville, Kentucky.
March 21, 2017: Congressman Devin Nunes pays a secret visit to the White House to review classified information on Trump’s illegal wiretap accusations.
Also on March 21: Spicer claims Manafort had a small role in the Trump campaign.
March 22, 2017: Congressman Nunes goes to the White House to hold a news conference on Trump’s wiretap claims. Nunes also briefs President Trump.
Also on March 22: Trump asks Intelligence leaders to get Comey to back off.
March 23, 2017: The first vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is postponed. The repeal and replacement vote would face further delay.
Also on March 23: The Department of Justice objects to former acting Director Sally Yates’ testimony.
March 24, 2017: A permit to allow the Keystone pipeline construction is issued.
Also on March 24: Congressman Nunes cancels Russia hearing involving the Security Chiefs.
Also on March 27: President Trump repeals the Fair Pay, and Safe Workplaces rule. He even signs to eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, regulations on teacher preparedness, and deregulates resource management planning.
Also on March 27: Attorney General Sessions threatens to withhold funds and grants from sanctuary cities.
Also on March 27: The “failing” New York Times reports previously undisclosed meeting between Jared Kushner and a Russian banker tied to Putin.
Also Trump Tweets:
Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017
…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian "reset," praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017
*See Politifact’s analysis of the claims within the tweets.
March 28, 2017: President Trump signs to remove climate change considerations that are part of the National Environmental Policy Act. He goes on to lift restrictions on fracking while directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the Clean Power Plan.
Also on March 28: Sean Spicer denies the White House attempted to block former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying to Congress.
March 29, 2017: The head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, denies a petition to ban the pesticide Chlorpyrifos.
March 30, 2017: Trump calls FBI Director Comey to assure him that the President was not involved with Russian prostitutes. He goes on to ask Comey to help “lift the cloud” of the Trump/Russia inquiry. March 30: Congressman Nunes discloses that his new conference information pertaining to Trump’s wiretapping claims came from members of the Trump Administration.
Also on March 30: Reports indicate the information Congressman Nunes used to justify his 22 March White House press conference was provided by members of the Trump Administration.
Also on March 30: Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn asks for an immunity deal in exchange for his testimony.
Also on March 30: Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote to push a bill forward that would defund Planned Parenthood.
Also on March 30: Former FBI agent Clint Watts testifies to the mysterious deaths of numerous Russians. Watts says, “Follow the trail of dead Russians.” He also adds that President Trump had frequently used Russian propaganda during his campaign rallies.
March 31, 2017, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
Also on March 31: It is reported that Jared Kushner has a line of credit with Deutsche Bank (the money laundering bank) worth $25 Million.
Also on March 31: A lawsuit that accuses Trump of inciting violence at his 2016 rally is allowed to go forward.
The March 2017 timeline of the Trump Presidency reveals:
President Trump seems determined to roll back achievements made by Obama’s administration.
Despite many revelations that appear to show wrong-doing and further establish connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, President Trump continues to angrily deny such reports and continues to attack every news agency not named Fox News.
Congressman Devin Nunes found himself deeply involved in what appears to be an attempt to ruin the Russian investigation. This is compounded as Nunes was in charge of the House’s investigation.
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