Here is another long thread presented by Seth Abramson, lawyer who follows this closely. He breaks down the House Committee Intelligence Report with a timeline.
"THREAD) There are bombshell revelations deeply damaging to Trump in the just-released HPSCI report written by Trump’s allies and agents in the House. This thread discusses them via a deep dive into the timeline of events the GOP now seeks to obscure. Hope you’ll read and share.
It’s now clear that Trump NatSec chief Jeff Sessions received—with Trump—the US intelligence community’s August 17, 2016 briefing calling Russia a “threat.” 22 days later, Sessions secretly met with the Russian ambassador. No other Armed Services Senator met with Kislyak in 2016.
Sessions’ testimony confirms he discussed Ukraine (sanctions) with Kislyak in his secret meeting of September 8, 2016—the one he lied to Congress about. But we didn’t know until now that the intelligence community had told him 22 days earlier that Russia was an active threat.
So Trump’s top national security advisor was told Russia was an active threat against the US and almost immediately thereafter set up a secret meeting with the Russians, which he later lied about under oath. During the secret meeting he discussed sanctions policy with Russia.
George Papadopoulous told a major Greek newspaper, Kathimerini, that he had a private meeting with Trump before he was named to Trump’s NatSec team on March 21, 2016. We now know, thanks to the HPSCI report, that Papadopoulos was already on the team by March 14—a critical date.
Trump choosing Papadopoulos to be the only member of his new NatSec team he personally vouched for bolsters Papadopoulos’ claim that a pre-March 21, 2016 meeting occurred between Trump and Papadopoulos—but that fact now presents a major (in fact bombshell-level) danger for Trump.
If the Trump-Papadopoulos one-on-one meeting happened after March 14, 2016 but before March 21, the chances are extremely high that Papadopoulos told Trump that he had made contact with a Kremlin agent—Joseph Mifsud—and that this is why Trump personally praised him on March 21.
We already know Papadopoulos was willing and eager to talk with Trump and the NatSec team about his contact with Russia; after several members of the team lied to the press about it, it was revealed that Papadopoulos did in fact make this revelation to the team on March 31, 2016.
We know that Trump exhibited no surprise when he “learned” on March 31, 2016 that Papadopoulos had made contact with the Russians. That, along with the other evidence, suggests a meeting between the two men between March 14 and March 21 had already given Trump this information.
That the HPSCI report says a top Trump aide praised Papadopoulos—right after his Mifsud meeting—for making contact with Russia further suggests the information was passed on to Trump. So Trump knew of contact between his campaign and Russia earlier than anyone has ever reported."