Background Briefing with Ian Masters Russia Files

Aired 07/19/2017

James Goldgeier – Trump’s Second Meeting With Putin Without Notes and an Interpreter

July 19, 2017 began with the revelation that Donald Trump held an hour-long second meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 meeting that the White House did not mention at which there was only a Russian interpreter and no notes were taken leaving the U.S. Government to rely on whatever…


Aired 07/18/2017

James Kirchick – Why Have Republicans Sold Their Souls to Russia?

July 18, 2017 continued with an examination of the reasons why Trump and the Republicans have sold their souls to Russia following a recent poll that finds 48% of Republicans see nothing wrong with Donald Trump Junior’s meeting with Russian operatives offering help to elect Trump and damage his opponent. James…


Aired 07/18/2017

Michael Carpenter – Why Does Trump Persist With Deals on Putin’s Terms?

Ian began July 18, 2017 with an attempt to understand why Donald Trump persisted in trying to make deals favorable to Russia on Putin’s terms, and spoke with Dr. Michael Carpenter, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense with responsibility for Russia who served as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President…


Aired 07/17/2017

Alexander Klimburg – The Weaponization of Information and the Darkening Web

On July 17, 2017 Ian spoke with Alexander Klimburg, a program director at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies about his new book, “The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace”. He joined us to discuss the weaponization of information and the global struggle over the future of the Internet with democracies…


Aired 07/16/2017

Peter Stone – An Investigation Into the Kushner-Run Trump Digital Operation

Then on July 16, 2107 Ian spoke with Peter Stone, a special correspondent for McClatchy DC Bureau about his latest article co-authored with Greg Gordon “Trump-Russia investigations probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation”. We investigated Kushner’s relationship with the right wing billionaire Mercers and Jared’s use of their social media data mining company…