Timeline: how we got from Flynn’s firing to a special prosecutor

The seismic firing of FBI Director James Comey and the revelations that followed show that his interactions – and ultimately, his firing – appear to be tied to the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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The retired lieutenant general, who resigned in February, is believed to be at the center of various ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties and possible collusion with the Russian government during the presidential campaign.

Newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller has been charged with investigating the dealings between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Here is a timeline of the various revelations relating to Flynn and Comey.

Dec. 25, 2016: Flynn texts the Russian ambassador

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White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn walks down the White House colonnade on the way to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump’s joint news conference at the White House, Feb. 10, 2017.

Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak exchanged holiday greetings over texts, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Dec. 29, 2016: Sanctions added and a follow up call

Firing back at alleged Russian efforts to influence the election, the Obama administration announced it was expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and placing sanctions on five Russia entities.

The Russian ambassador sent Flynn a text message asking whether they could talk over the phone. Flynn accepted the invitation and the two spoke by phone that day, according to Spicer.

Flynn and Kislyak’s call “centered around the logistics of setting up a call with the president of Russia and the president-elect after he was sworn in,” Spicer said, adding, “They exchanged logistical information on how to initiate and schedule that call. That was it. Plain and simple.”

Spicer stressed to ABC News that Flynn and Kislyak did not discuss the sanctions.

Jan. 15, 2017: Pence says what Flynn told him

In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence said that Flynn told him that conversation centered around “Christmas wishes” and “sympathy for the loss of life in the airplane crash that took place” Dec. 25.

“It was strictly coincidental that…

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