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Biden urges investigation into Trump Ukraine call

March 2014: Joe Biden is de facto special envoy to Ukraine, crisis-hit by Russia’s shock annexation of the Crimea the previous month

April 2014: Hunter Biden joins the board of Burisma Holdings, one of Ukraine’s largest natural gas firms. The same month its owner, Mykola Zlochevsky, has $23 million in London bank accounts frozen by British authorities on suspicion of money-laundering. Biden had been discharged from the Navy for testing positive for cocaine in February

January 2015: British court releases the money after office of the Ukrainian prosecutor general, Vitaly Yarema, tells Zlochevsky there is no case against him.  In September the Obama-administration ambassador to Kiev rails against the new prosecutor-general, Viktor Shokin, for the move and demands a misconduct investigation into his office. 

May 2016: Joe Biden, having made repeated trips to Ukraine demanding the removal of Shokin for failing to investigate corruption, a message carried with the backing of the IMF, threatens to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees if the prosecutor is not removed; the prosecutor is fired

March 20, 2019: Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer publishes Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, alleging misconduct by Joe and Hunter Biden

April: On an unknown date, Hunter Biden leaves board of Burisma. He had received as much as $50,000 a month

April 25: Joe Biden officially enters race for the presidency 

May 1: A New York Times report highlights Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. The next day, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney tweets: ‘Biden conflicts are too apparent to be ignored and should be investigated quickly and expeditiously. But the more important question is how deep and how high did the alleged Ukraine conspiracy go?’

May 7: The career diplomat serving as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled. Separately, Bloomberg reports that the Burisma investigation had been shelved in 2014, before Shokin was prosecutor, and that there were no demands by the U.S. for it to be closed

May 20: Volodymyr Zelensky is sworn in as president of Ukraine 

June: Rudy Giuliani meets an official from the Ukraine prosecutor general’s office in Paris, he tells the Wall Street Journal. The date is unknown

Early July: $250 million of military aid from U.S. to Ukraine is secretly put on ice despite having been approved by Congress, the New York Times reports 

July 1: Hunter Biden tells the New Yorker he is a recovering drug addict and that father discussed Burisma with him just once. ‘Dad said, “I hope you know what you are doing,” and I said, “I do.”‘

July 24: Robert Mueller testifies to Congress

July 25: Donald Trump calls Ukraine’s president Zelensky. He pressures him eight times to investigate Hunter Biden and co-operate with Giuliani. The two are due to meet on September 2 in Poland at a commemoration of the Nazi invasion in 1939

July 27: Kurt Volker, the State Department’s special envoy for peace between Ukraine and Russian visits Kiev and meets Zelensky. He tells reporter the country needs ‘the rule of law’

August 3: Giuliani meets Andriy Yermak, an ally of Zelensky in or near Madrid, and tweets from Santa Cruz del Retamar, 40 miles from Madrid. He asked Volker to set up the meeting, which he did, and then briefed the State Department on it but said he was acting ‘in a personal capacity’

August 12: The Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Michael Atkinson, receives a complaint from a ‘member of the intelligence community’ – someone working for one of 17 agencies which include the CIA and FBI, but not the White House or Congress

August 15: Dan Coats serves his final day as Director of National Intelligence, and is replaced by in an acting capacity by Joseph Maguire

August 20: Trump says it would be ‘appropriate’ for Russia to rejoin the G7 

August 26: Atkinson transmits the complaint to Maguire, which he has to do by law if he has found it ‘urgent’ and ‘credible’

August 28: Politico reveals the $250 million military aide is on ice 

September 2 (Labor Day): Mike Pence, standing in for Trump on the Polish trip, tells Zelensky he and Trump have ‘great concerns about issues of corruption in Ukraine.’ Legal deadline for Maguire to transmit the complaint to Congress expires

September 3: Bipartisan group of senators write to Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director as well as chief of staff, demanding military aid is unfrozen

September 9: Inspector General writes to the House and Senate Intelligence committees telling them that he has received a complaint from a member of the intelligence community – but not what it is

Same day: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees – all Democratic led – announce investigation into whether Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate the Bidens in his July 25 call, and used military aid as leverage

September 10: House Intel Committee chair Adam Schiff writes to Maguire demanding information on the complaint

September 12: Trump administration withdraws hold on $250 military aid 

September 13: Maguire writes unclassified letter to the intel committees saying the complaint does not need to be disclosed because it did not ‘concern allegations of conduct by a member of the Intelligence Community or involve an intelligence activity under the DNI’s supervision.’ He also says that the DNI ‘lacks unilateral authority’ to allow the complaint to go to Congress

September 13, evening: Schiff subpoenas Maguire to testify. Democrat says that the DNI’s office has refused to rule out that it involves Trump, and that it is about an ‘area of active investigation by the committee.’

September 17: Maguire’s general counsel writes to Schiff and tells him two key things. The first is that the complaint ‘concerned conduct by someone outside the Intelligence Community and did not relate to any intelligence activity under the DNI’s supervision.’ That means the DNI is saying it isn’t a matter for the inspector general at all. The second is that it ‘involves confidential and potentially privileged matters relating to the interests of other stakeholders within the Executive Branch.’ And he says that the conclusion was reached after consultation with the Department of Justice, which is led by Attorney General Bill Barr.

September 17: Atkinson writes to Schiff saying he and Maguire are ‘at an impasse’ over the complaint. Calling the complaint ‘credible’ and ‘urgent,’ he says the IG’s view is that it does concern ‘an intelligence activity’ inside his remit – but that the DNI’s decision that it does not binds his hands. He says he has asked to be allowed to tell Congress ‘the basic subject matter’ of the complaint but been told not to

September 18: Schiff writes to Maguire, saying he will accept his testimony on September 26. The complaint is revealed to be about ‘Trump’s communications with a foreign leader.’

September 19, 9a.m.: Atkinson meets the House Intel committee behind closed doors. He tells them that the complaint is definitely within his jurisdiction but not what it is

September 19, 10.47a.m.: Trump tweets a denial of wrongdoing, saying: ‘…is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially “heavily populated” call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!’

September 19, 9pm: Rudy Giuliani admits to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. He claims he was acting as Trump’s attorney but the president did not know in advance

September 20, 10am: Trump tweets confirmation that the complaint is about Ukraine and in the Oval Office publicly denies wrongdoing saying: ‘It doesn’t matter what I discussed.’ He says: ‘Someone should look into Joe Biden.’

September 20, 4pm: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press say ‘former’ officials tell them that Trump pressured Zelensky eight times. The White House Counsel is revealed to have advised on keeping the complaint from Congress

September 20, 6.30pm: Joe Biden calls it ‘clear-cut corruption’ and demands a transcript of the call to Zelensky is published  

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