The Russia Connection

The Report, Bonus Episode: The Bodybuilder, the Son and the Turkish Plot

By Quinta Jurecic
Friday, September 13, 2019, 8:54 AM

Today, we released a bonus episode of Lawfare's narrative audio documentary, The Report, which tells the story Robert S. Mueller lays out in his famous 448-page document.

Lawfare has now finished adapting all of Volume I of Mueller's report, and you can listen to the whole story so far here. We're taking a brief hiatus as we prepare to present our adaptation of Volume II, and are providing some bonus episodes in the meantime.

Last week, we explored the strange story of Peter Smith, the Republican political operative who embarked on a bizarre mission to find Hillary Clinton's supposedly missing emails. This week, we're bringing you our favorite pieces of Mueller ephemera—the funny, mysterious and just plain weird stories from Volume I of the Mueller report that we weren't able to fit into the podcast so far. What do Olympic weightlifters and bitcoin have to do with Russian election interference? Did Donald Trump, Jr., plead the Fifth Amendment to investigators—and did Mueller consider charging the president's son with a crime? And just what was Michael Flynn up to in his work for the Turkish government?

This episode features David Priess, Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey and Scott Anderson.

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