For the last two years, we have heard non-stop that Russia may have helped President Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Two years of investigations, indictments of his closest associates, and speculation about what Trump knew (and when he knew it) have led to very real concerns that the President of the United States may be a Russian asset.

But to know the full story about Trump and his relationship with the Kremlin, we need to dig a little deeper. The Asset, a new podcast, is a deep dive into Trump’s decades-long history with the Russians, 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 the process, we will take a thorough look at the characters that make up this story and where they fit into Russia’s strategy of cultivating assets all over the world to try to answer the question of whether Trump has been compromised.

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.

The Asset is a partnership between the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Media Syndication Services, 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.

Left Photo: Getty Images/Jamie Squire. Right Photo: Getty Images/Mikhail Svetlov.


The Moscow Project is an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund dedicated to analyzing the facts behind Trump’s collusion with Russia and communicating the findings to the public.

The Moscow Project’s team employs a multi-disciplinary approach towards its work, leveraging a unique combination of experience and expertise gained on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and in private industry to examine this complex and sprawling series of events stretching back decades.

Protect the Investigation is a non-partisan initiative to educate the American people about the importance of the special counsel investigation and its findings. With an advisory board including former CIA, FBI, and State Department officials, Protect the Investigation works to keep the public appraised on the latest updates surrounding the special counsel investigation.

Ned Price of National Security Action, Max Bergmann of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center, Austin Evers of American Oversight, Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen, Vanita Gupta of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa are members of the Protect the Investigation Advisory Board.

District Productive is a podcast network and incubator on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The Productive team has decades of experience creating highly successful audio and video programs for broadcast, cable, digital and social media.