In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 traditional Russian wooden dolls called Matryoshka depicting US President Donald Trump, centre left and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia.The Kremlin refrained from comment Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Unbelievable Timeline of Leaks Relating to Donald Trump and Russia

See if you notice a pattern here.

July 21, 2016: Donald J. Trump becomes the Republican nominee for President.

July 29, 2016: The Washington Post and other media outlets begin speculating that Trump and the Russians are in cahoots. This comes after both Trump’s nomination and his public, on camera, not via a backchannel or intermediary encouragement that the Russians leak Clinton’s emails.

November 8, 2016: Donald J. Trump is elected President of the United States.

November 10, 2016: News reports suggest there were contacts with the Russians.

December 16, 2016: The FBI suddenly backs the CIA assessment that Russia tried to influence the American election.

December 19, 2016: The Electoral College meets and votes to make Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States.

December 20, 2016: News about Trump and his Russian connections suddenly diminishes after the Electoral College meets.

December 30, 2016: Days before Congress meets to count the Electoral College votes, suddenly there is more speculation by left-leaning reporters.

January 3, 2017: Congress convenes and counts the Electoral College votes, making the President’s election official.

January 10, 2017: As Washington gears up for the inauguration, suddenly the Russian story is back.

January 20, 2017: Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

January 21, 2017: The Russia story moves out of the headlines. Though it will continue to percolate and generate stories here and there, it does not have momentum until…

February 28, 2017: President Trump gives a very well received address to the United States Congress.

March 2, 2017: Democrats accuse Attorney General Jeff Sessions of lying about his communications with the Russian Ambassador.

After each and every major event advancing Donald Trump’s presidency, there is another leak to the media about Russia from within the intelligence community. In the run up to the Electoral College; in the run up to the inauguration; and in the aftermath of President Trump’s speech to Congress — each time he has positive headlines someone leaks information about Russia to the press.

That looks an awful lot like someone or some group is trying to delegitimize his Presidency through rumor and allegation.

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