When filming was going on in DC Bay had shot a scene of a "CNN reporter" reporting about the US congress exiling the autobots. But there seemed to be more then just that. 'CNN Reporter': Congress exiles Autobots 'Its been a remarkable series of events at the capitol. After the UN's defiant gesture of support, Congress was pushed to react, calling for an emergency vote of it's own. Just moments ago, legislation was passed exiling the autobots from US soil. Meaning the US military alliance with them is officially over. The country however remains at it's highest level of alert and says it's prepared to fight." Which means that the Autobots are exiled soon after the decepticons invasion shown by the government's statement that the country remains at its highest level of alert and says its prepared to fight. "From here, the fight will be your own" -Optimus to Sam before exile. "You may loose faith in us, but never in yourselves."-Wasn't there a rumor of Optimus speaking to the US congress? If its true perhaps pro autobot senators give them a forum to try to convince the other senators not to exile them. If the rumor is true optimus could be giving one of his glaring "Your screwed if we leave" mantras. However this is a rumor I'm just remembering from memory. Also back to DC (ignore the crappy music) in the first shot you see Mirage, Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Nest saving a bunch of people running from decepticons. which tells me the decepticons attack DC when the autobots are there to influence the public and the government that the bots are the cause of their invasion and is the reason for the emergency vote the next day which looks like morning in the CNN reporter video.