The Russia Connection

The Year in Review: L'Affaire Russe

By Vanessa Sauter
Thursday, December 28, 2017, 8:00 AM

2017 is coming to a close and what a year it has been for L’Affaire Russe. To help you reflect on the year that was, here’s our coverage of L’Affaire Russe over the past 12 months.

We began the year with the Jan. 5 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on cybersecurity threats and Russian hacking. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its declassified report on “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections” the following day. Since then, there has been no shortage of developments. Here’s our commentary and analysis on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections and the subsequent questions raised about the connections between members of the Trump campaign and Russian actors:

 

Congress began sweeping investigations this year in both the House and Senate, in addition to the numerous hearings where officials testified concerning matters Russia-related.

 

Lawfare contributors walked us through the significance of relevant testimony from DOJ and FBI officials:

 

On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to “oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential elections and related matters.” Here’s our special counsel-related analysis:

 

Here is Lawfare’s analysis of the events that precipitated Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s plea deal announced on Dec. 4:

 

We have also commented on the role of the presidency and the meaning of executive privilege as investigations continued:

 

L’Affaire Russe has raised questions independent of Russian interference, and we covered them here: