NBC News reporter William Arkin returns to the show to discuss Russia’s influence in American democracy and his article “Russians Target Texas Democratic Convention.” Arkin makes the case, based on his research, that Russia is in fact engaging in a broad ranging covert operation against American democracy. Arkin and Scott discuss the extent to which Russiagate mirrors the lead up to the Iraq War. Arkin then goes through the various scattered evidence that’s been collected and argues that the evidence on the whole shows clearly that the Russian government has made a targeted effort to sway American politics. Finally he lays out what he views as the major problems the United States faces in the lead up to the 2018 midterms.

William Arkin is a staff writer for NBC News and the author of “American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution” and “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.” Follow him on Twitter @d_arkin.

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