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The Asset

English, Political, 2 seasons, 49 episodes, 1 day, 9 hours, 7 minutes
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In 2016, Donald Trump conspired with a foreign government to become President of the United States. On July 25, 2019, with the 2020 election around the corner, he decided to do it again. The first time around, it was collusion, aiding and abetting Russia’s attack on American democracy. The second time, it was extortion, demanding the Ukrainian government manufacture dirt on Trump’s political opponents in exchange for help the country needs to fend off a Russian invasion and chart a democratic future free of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin.   To make sense of these recent events that have rocked American politics and led to very real concerns that the President of the United States may be a Russian asset, we need to dig a little deeper.  In Season 1, The Asset dives into Trump’s decades-long history with Russia, from his extensive business dealings with Russian oligarchs to his presidential campaign and the investigations that have sent some of his closest associates to prison. In Season 2, The Asset explores the backstory to Trump’s infamous phone call with the newly-elected Ukrainian President, where he demanded an investigation into a political opponent and set off a series of events leading to the impeachment inquiry. Hosted by Max Bergmann, a senior fellow and director of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and featuring expert guests, The Asset will put together the pieces of Trump’s relationship with Russia and Ukrainian extortion campaign. The Asset is a partnership between the Center for American Progress Action Fund, District Productive, and Protect the Investigation. It is produced by Paul Woodhull, a 20-year veteran media executive and president of Build Better Media, and Peter Ogburn, the executive producer of the Bill Press Show.
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We Have a Visitor

On this very special episode of The Asset, we showcase an episode of the newest podcast from the creative team that produced The Asset. Subscribe here.One Wednesday evening, a young man began the drive from Columbia SC to Charleston SC, normally a two hour drive. He arrived in 90 minutes. It would seem he was in a hurry.Before walking into the Bible Study Class, he looked down and saw what looked like a black fanny pack. It was awkwardly sitting looped to his belt on the front of his pants for all to see. He had meant to hide it before entering.Looking up, a Reverend called out, “Pastor, we have a visitor.” What was about to happen?Was this Stoppable?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/4/202440 minutes, 38 seconds
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Stoppable: Strangers Welcome

On this very special episode of The Asset, we showcase an episode of the newest podcast from the creative team that produced The Asset. Subscribe here.A nursing student drove to a town 10 minutes from his home in Southern California. He planned to visit a House of Worship as members of the congregation were gathering to celebrate a holiday. The members there proudly proclaimed “Everyone is welcome and accepted, regardless of background, knowledge, or affiliation.”As the young man approached the Center he found the doors wide open.What was about to happen?Was this Stoppable?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/26/202436 minutes, 44 seconds
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Stoppable: "Be Careful"

On this very special episode of The Asset, we showcase an episode of the newest podcast from the creative team that produced The Asset. Subscribe here.A young man from a small town in Ohio, drove overnight 500+ miles to participate in a celebration of unity. Although he had few friends back home, he was welcomed into the gathering. He had worn all the right clothes and said all the right things. When the convocation was abruptly canceled, he got back in his car to drive home...until he took a turn back towards town.What was about to happen?Was this Stoppable?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/18/202453 minutes, 57 seconds
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Stoppable: Murder/Suicide

On this very special episode of The Asset, we showcase an episode of the newest podcast from the creative team that produced The Asset. Subscribe here. An 18-year old traveled hundreds of miles from his home on a mission he kept secret from his family and best friend. A local man engaged the traveler and they talked for over an hour about history, science and culture. The young man left the scene, planning on returning the next day.What was about to happen?Was this Stoppable?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/1/202457 minutes, 51 seconds
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Stoppable

From the team that produced The Asset, District Productive presents Stoppable, the true crime podcast that explores the riveting and dramatic stories of people who become enthralled with the idea of mass killing to achieve their ends. The podcast delves into the back stories of perpetrators to solve the mystery of how and why our friends, neighbors, siblings, children, and parents turn to dark acts of extreme violence against innocent victims.In examining these cases, you will walk in the shoes of the perpetrators and travel on their journey as our team of mass-murder and terrorism experts analyze the actions of people preparing to commit atrocities. Every episode details a captivating tale of suspense and terror.In the end, you will discover why these planned tragedies did–or did not–occur.Stoppable is jointly produced by Muflehun and District Productive.Listen to Episode 1 HereSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/31/20244 minutes, 57 seconds
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Max Bergmann and Daniella Leger on Russia's History of Failure in Ukraine

In a cross-over event with The Tent podcast for the the CAP Action Fund, Tent host Daniella Leger interviews The Asset host, Max Bergmann."When we think about Ukraine and how much it means to Russia and the Russian State, Putin, his entire 22 years in office, has been about trying to make Russia stronger," says Bergmann. "And the one area where he totally failed is Ukraine."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
4/11/202224 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Shadow Falls on our Democracy

In Season 1 of the Unconventional Threat-- one of our other podcasts produced in partnership with the non-partisan organization Keep Our Republic--we issued warnings last year that were unfortunately made into a reality on January 6, 2021, when Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol and attempted to overthrow the certified Presidential election results naming Joe Biden President. We now know, it served as a trial run for a nefarious plan to overthrow our democratic republic.The Future of our Nation Hangs in the Balance.And that is why we are sharing Episode 1 of Season 2 of Unconventional Threat as a bonus episode to The Asset listeners. In this episode, we document the efforts of those who seek to gain control of our government through illegal and unconstitutional methods. By working to install confederates in state, county and local offices in the midterm elections of 2022, a shadow network has created--and is currently executing--a plan to secure victory for their candidate in the 2024 Presidential election...by any means necessary.Please click  here to subscribe to this important podcast. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/30/20211 hour, 5 minutes
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Election Day Special: Too Big to Rig

President Trump on mail-in ballots: “A whole big scam.”Vice-President Joe Biden on claims of voter fraud: “He’s trying to undermine the election.”Unless we see a massive victory by either one of the candidates, both campaigns have signaled they will fight for what they believe to be the right outcome.What Americans need to know is how this battle for ballots could create an unprecedented outcome with the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, being sworn in as President of the United States on Inauguration Day.How is that even possible?Republican and Democratic scholars and advisors lead us on a Constitutional journey from November 3rd to January 20th, pointing out the legal tripwires and dates certain that may likely determine our next President.In this Election Day Special we are presenting an encore episode of the Unconventional Threat podcast.Listen to the podcast Unconventional Threatand help @defendourdemocracy2020Follow us onTwitter @UncoThreat See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/3/202033 minutes, 59 seconds
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Threats Foreign and Domestic

In this very special episode of The Asset, host Max Bergmann introduces a new podcast, Unconventional Threat from The Asset's production team, District Productive and the bi-partisan organization Keep Our Republic.This is an election year unlike any other in ways that are unsettling and dangerous.Unconventional Threat brings together exclusive interviews with newsmakers about everything that can happen between now and Inauguration Day, when it's possible we may still not have chosen a President. Journalist Peter Eisner and longtime State Department official Jonathan Winer will outline all the possibilities, including:the use of the military;uncounted ballots; andone scenario where the House of Representatives picks the next President, with each state getting just one vote, no matter who wins the popular vote or leads the Electoral College.You will hear exclusive interviews with such notable guests as:Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael ChertoffSenior Vice President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Heather ConleyChair of the House Committee on Rules Rep. Jim McGovernRanking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob MenendezAuthor of The Plot to Betray America Intelligence analyst Malcolm NanceFormer FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations, Asha RangappaAuthor of Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right Anne NelsonBased on hard reporting, facts, and Constitutional Law, this series of 10 podcasts will prepare you for a very possible Unconventional Threat and delineate the steps we can take to come together as a nation to ensure that everyone has the chance to vote, their votes are counted, and the count is respected to create our national choice for President for the next four years.Listen to the new podcast Unconventional Threat and help @defendourdemocracy2020Follow us onTwitter @UncoThreat See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/21/202049 minutes, 45 seconds
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Trump vs. Intelligence

In this bonus episode of The Asset Robert Draper, a writer at large for New York Times Magazine and the author of How the Bush Administration took America into Iraq, gives us a behind the scenes look at the Trump Administration's battles with the intelligence community.Draper chronicles how the White House has co-opted the intelligence agencies in order to further its political agenda and the devastating results it has had on our nation's global standing.Draper says, "The erosion of our credibility in the global intelligence community is a lamentable and rather stunning development."See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/20/202040 minutes
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Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference

Max Bergmann, the Executive Director of the Moscow Project speaks with historian and author David Shimer about the alarming and disturbing pattern of electoral interference in American politics by Russia.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/24/202052 minutes, 47 seconds
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Exclusive Interview with Senator Mark Warner

The Moscow Project Executive Director Max Bergmann sits down with Senator Mark Warner, Vice-Chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence, for an exclusive interview on the committee's report of Russian Active Measures, Campaigns, and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/17/202023 minutes, 49 seconds
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Made To Fail

In this special episode of The Asset, we are showcasing a new podcast from our friends at the Sixteen Thirty Fund: Made to Fail.From health care, to unemployment insurance, to exercising the right to vote, COVID-19 has affected every part of American life. Sky-high unemployment. Vulnerable elections. Unrest in American cities. But what’s happening in our country is something much bigger than a pandemic. Something that’s been in the works for a long, long, time. The pandemic has pulled back the curtain on the conservative policies that time and time again, have failed the people they were supposed to protect. Made to Fail travels the country to tell the story of how conservative ideology has gutted the safety net, corrupted our institutions, and made government unaccountable to the people. As we confront an unprecedented era of economic uncertainty, amidst a health crisis and a national reckoning on race, the question is…how can we find the way out?https://www.madetofail.org/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/19/202044 minutes, 8 seconds
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Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem, and Russia's Remaking of the West

Max Bergmann interviews The Guardian's Luke Harding about how Russia has sought to undermine the West by interfering and corrupting the politics of the US, UK, and other Western countries. Harding discusses his interviews with Christopher Steele, new revelations about Russian interference in the United Kingdom, his reaction to the Mueller report, and how Russia will seek to interfere in the 2020 election. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
8/18/202052 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Michael Flynn Story

In this very special episode of The Asset, Max Bergmann brings us the back story of Michael Flynn's rise within the Trump adminstration and breaks down why Donald Trump can never let Flynn be incarcerated.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
5/8/202032 minutes, 33 seconds
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BONUS-The Truth about Vladmir Putin's Reign of International Terror

Russian investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan risk their lives every day to expose the truth about Vladamir Putin's murder sprees around the world, including in the United States and Great Britain. In wide-ranging exclusive interview with Max Bergmann, the host of The Asset podcast, Soldatov and Borogan explain how and why Putin orders international assassinations and the reason there are little to no consequences for the Russian leader.To hear the full interview, please subscribe to our Patreon page. https://www.patreon.com/posts/34596098/editSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
3/5/202020 minutes, 40 seconds
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BONUS-Donald Trump's First Impeachment Trial

Now that Donald Trump's first Impeachment Trial has wrapped up, Max Bergmann and Peter Ogburn discuss what was lost and gained in the trial and the path forward to saving our democracy.To hear the full episode and all of our unedited interviews,please subscribe to our Patreon Page.https://www.patreon.com/posts/34081678See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
2/16/202011 minutes, 29 seconds
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What's Next?

Max Bergmann, the host of the Asset Podcast, assesses the Impeachment Trial to date and handicaps what's ahead, as the end of Donald Trump's trial before the Senate looms.To hear the full episode, become a Patreon subscriber. https://www.patreon.com/posts/33614330See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
1/31/202014 minutes, 3 seconds
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BONUS-"Follow the Trail of Dead Russians" Part 2

"Follow the Trail of Dead Russians" was the advice given by national security expert Clint Watts when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In this excerpt from our Patreon page, Max Bergmann continues down the mysterious trail that crosses the globe and is littered with the dead bodies of Russian diplomats, businessmen, and gangsters.To listen to the full episode please subscribe to our Patreon Page here:See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/5/201913 minutes, 53 seconds
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BONUS-"Follow the Trail of Dead Russians"

"Follow the Trail of Dead Russians" was the advice given by national security expert Clint Watts when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In this excerpt from our Patreon page, Max Bergmann leads us down the mysterious trail that crosses the globe and is littered with the dead bodies of Russian diplomats, businessmen, and gangsters.To listen to the full episode please subscribe to our Patreon Page here:https://www.patreon.com/posts/32059046See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
12/3/201913 minutes, 7 seconds
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BONUS-Excerpt of The Asset's Exclusive Interview with Calder Walton, general editor of the Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence: What You Need to Know About Russian Spying

Max Bergmann, host of the Asset Podcast, sits down with Calder Walton, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and general editor of the Cambridge History of Espionage and Intelligence, to discuss the long legacy of Russian espionage in the United States and the consistent pattern of current efforts by Russia to disrupt American politics and damage the standing of the United States around the world.To hear the entire interview, please subscribe to our Patreon page.https://www.patreon.com/posts/31876080See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/26/201911 minutes, 22 seconds
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BONUS - This Week in Impeachment: November 25, 2019

Producer Peter Ogburn sits down with host Max Bergmann to find out what happened This Week in Impeachment. We discuss the stunning testimonies of Fiona Hill and David Holmes as well as the madcap antics of Devon Nunes and Gordon Sondland. To hear the full 40-minute roundup, sign up at https://www.patreon.com/assetpodcastSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/25/201912 minutes, 33 seconds
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BONUS - This Week In Impeachment: November 15

Producer Peter Ogburn sits down with host Max Bergmann to find out what happened This Week in Impeachment. We discuss the testimony of Ambassador Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. To get the FULL episode, go to our Patreon page at Patreon.com/assetpodcast where we talk more about how the Republicans will continue to shelter Trump, Maria Yovanovitch and the conviction of Roger Stone.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
11/16/20199 minutes, 38 seconds
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Excerpt of The Asset's Exclusive Interview with The Atlantic's Franklin Foer: What You Need to Know About Ukraine

In order to fully understand the impeachment inquiry, the United States' relationship with Ukraine, and how "All roads lead to Putin," you must first understand the recent turbulent history of the region.Max sits down with Franklin Foer, a staff writer for The Atlantic magazine and a longtime journalist covering Trump and Russia. In this exclusive interview with The Asset, Foer delves into Ukrainian politics and the oversized role Paul Manafort played in their elections before transitioning to the Trump campaign.To hear the full interview, subscribe to our Patreon pagehttps://www.patreon.com/posts/assets-exclusive-30912523See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/22/201914 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Ukraine Affair

On July 25, Trump had a phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky, the recently-elected president of Ukraine. According to notes on the conversation released by the White House, Trump asked Zelensky to do him a “favor” by investigating two conspiracy theories, one claiming that Ukrainian government officials conspired with the Clinton campaign in 2016 and the other alleging that former Vice President (and Democratic presidential candidate) Joe Biden improperly intervened in a Ukrainian investigation into a company on whose board his son Hunter sat. The call was part of an effort going back more than a year to pressure Ukraine into acting in Trump’s political interests. Public reporting of Trump’s efforts to pressure foreign governments to investigate his rivals has captivated the public and led House Democrats to open formal impeachment proceedings against the President. To break down how we got here, The Asset’s Max Bergmann sat down with the team at The Tent podcast to discuss the Trump team’s longstanding ties to Ukraine, that July 25th phone call, what’s next for the impeachment inquiry, and what this means for U.S. foreign policy.Just a little taste of what's to come in The Asset Season 2! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/10/201935 minutes, 20 seconds
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Excerpt of The Asset's Exclusive Interview with Journalist and Author Luke Harding

Donald Trump's deep and complicated relationship with Russia goes back to the 1980's with his trip to the Soviet Union. In this excerpt of our exclusive interview with journalist and author Luke Harding, who was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief from 2007 to 2011, we dive into the stories swirling around Donald Trump of assassinations, sketchy real-estate deals, money laundering, hacking and Russian espionage...and Paul Manafort's connection to the Ukraine.To hear the full interview, subscribe to our Patreon pagehttps://www.patreon.com/posts/29158985See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
10/1/201913 minutes, 36 seconds
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Excerpt of The Asset's Exclusive Interview with former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa

As an FBI Special Agent, Asha Rangappa specialized in counter intelligence investigations, pursuing threats to our nation's security. In that role, Rangappa tracked down assets of foreign governments and neutralized those threats. She also flipped foreign nationals into becoming assets of the United States government. In this trailer to our Patreon post of the full 45-minute interview with Rangappa, the former agent lays down the groundwork to analyze Donald Trump's role in the Russian interference in the 2016 election.To hear the full interview, subscribe to our Patreon pagehttps://www.patreon.com/posts/29901493See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
9/20/201912 minutes, 1 second