A meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. has made a Russian attorney and an Azerbaijani pop star household names.
- By Sharon WeinbergerSharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. Previously, she was the national security editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication's defense and intelligence coverage. Her most recent book, published in March 2017, is The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (Knopf, 2017). She was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2015-2016, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2008-2009, and she is currently a non-resident global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has also been an International Reporting Project Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Nation Institute Investigative Fellow, and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nature, Discover, BBC.com, Slate, Wired, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She was previously a senior editor at Aviation Week and a co-founding writer and editor for Wired's national security blog, Danger Room.
Details continue to emerge about the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. (joined by Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort) and an odd company of Russian players. By Trump Jr.’s own admission, he took the meeting on the promise of “dirt” on the Clinton campaign. But the actual content of the discussion remains unclear.
On this week’s first episode of The E.R., FP’s executive editor for news Sharon Weinberger is joined by Evelyn Farkas, The Intercept’s Sam Biddle, and FP’s Amie Ferris-Rotman and Jenna McLaughlin. The panel digs deeper into the widening cast of characters in the Russian collusion scandal. Were they Kremlin emissaries and does it matter?
Evelyn N. Farkas is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, president of Farkas Global Strategies, and national security analyst for NBC/MSNBC. She served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia from 2012 to 2015 and has served almost 20 years divided equally between the executive and legislative branches of government. She is the author of Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s. Follow her on Twitter: @EvelynNFarkas.
Sam Biddle is a New York-based writer and technology reporter at The Intercept. He previously worked as a senior writer at Gawker, editor of Valleywag, and a senior reporter at Gizmodo. He has contributed to The Awl, GQ, and Vice. Sam has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, VH1, Spike, Bloomberg, NPR, BBC News, and many other TV/radio programs. Follow him on Twitter: @samfbiddle.
Amie Ferris-Rotman is FP’s Moscow correspondent. She previously reported across Russia and the Soviet Union for the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Between Russia tours, she was Reuters’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter: @Amie_FR.
Jenna McLaughlin is FP’s intelligence reporter, focusing on the culture, dynamics, and events happening in the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the other 15 members of the intelligence community. Follow her on Twitter: @JennaMC_Laugh.
Sharon Weinberger is FP’s executive editor for news. She is the author of The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. Follow her on Twitter: @weinbergersa.
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