The Report, Episode Five: Russian Overtures

By Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittes
Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:26 AM

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

This is the story of three men associated with the Trump campaign: George Papadopoulos, Carter Page and Paul Manafort. 

Episode 1 covers the Russian social media campaign and the activities of the Internet Research Agency. Episode 2 focuses on the Russian hacking operation; the stealing of documents and emails from the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and figures associated with the Clinton campaign; and the leaks of the stolen materials timed to affect the U.S. election. Episode 3 covers the Trump campaign’s involvement in the distribution of hacked materials. Episode 4 tells the story of two Trump Towers—one in Moscow, which Donald Trump sought to build even as he was denying having any business in Russia, and one in New York, where Russian representatives showed up promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. 

In the fifth episode, we tell the stories of three key characters in Volume I of the Mueller report. The first is George Papadoupolos, a foreign policy adviser who is told by a professor with ties to Moscow that the Russians have “thousands of emails” belonging to Hillary Clinton. The second is Carter Page, another campaign adviser—one with a history of engagement with Russian agents,  who travels to Moscow during the campaign to give speeches. The third is Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, who is passing polling data to Russian oligarchs through a business associate in Ukraine.

This episode features Mark Mazzetti, James Baker, Rosalind Helderman and Franklin Foer.

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