A graphic that shows you more than you’ll ever need to know about the Mueller investigation.

The PBS NewsHour made a comprehensive spreadsheet of every major event concerning the Russia investigation. Spreadsheets are always straightforward and useful; however, after years of data, the NewsHour timeline has quickly become difficult to parse. I’ve created a simple tool that helps place all 450+ events onto a single, easy-to-read page.

Here is a link to the website:

Or try this less-flattering domain:

Events are divided into three parts: (1) circles represent events that occur on a single date (2) inline rectangles represent events with unknown dates or events that occur over multiple days, and (3) events that are longer than two months are listed as squares below the yearly heading. A user can hover to see the event summary, and click to see the supporting news article.

The graphic relies heavily on hovering, meaning that on mobile devices it isn’t very effective.

As of now, the NewsHour’s last entry was March 24, 2019; however, given the recent release of the Mueller report, previous unknown dates will likely soon be updated. Thankfully, the web app can quickly be updated as the NewsHour’s spreadsheet changes. Source code is available here, and the NewsHour’s spreadsheet is available here.


Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to email me. See more projects on my website.

Kevin McElwee 🏳️‍🌈

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Machine learning engineer and data journalist in DC. Learn about me and my projects at kevinrmcelwee.ml

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