Having Trouble Keeping Up With All the Trump News? Here Are the Must-Reads

“I hope you can let this go,” the president said, according to the memo, parts of which were read to The Times by an associate of Mr. Comey’s. Mr. Trump fired the F.B.I. director last week.

For a refresher on the Comey-Trump saga, here’s a timeline of what happened leading up to Mr. Comey’s firing and how the White House’s story has changed since.

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• Writing on Twitter, President Trump declared that he had an “absolute right” to share “facts” with top Russian officials during a White House meeting.

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• The Times reported that Israel provided the classified intelligence that President Trump discussed in the Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, a current and a former American official told us.

Wednesday, May 17

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President Trump arriving at the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony in New London, Conn., on Wednesday.

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• “No politician in history, and I say with surety, has been treated worse, more unfairly.”

President Trump used his commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday to portray himself as mistreated by the news media.

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• Later in the day, the Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

While a special counsel would remain ultimately answerable to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein — and by extension, the president — he would have greater autonomy to run an investigation than a United States attorney would.

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• According to a report from McClatchy on Wednesday, during the transition, Mr. Flynn stopped a military plan developed by the Obama administration to fight against the Islamic State, a decision that aligned with the interests of Turkey. During this period, Mr. Flynn failed to disclose that Turkey paid him $500,000 to represent their interests in the United States.

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• On Wednesday evening, The Times reported that Mr. Flynn told the Trump transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for not declaring work as a lobbyist for Turkey, according to two people familiar with the case. Despite the warning, Mr. Flynn took office as national security adviser. He was fired less than a month into the job.

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James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, after being called on by President Trump at a White House ceremony in January. Mr. Comey told a friend that he had hoped Mr. Trump would not spot him at the event.

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