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The latest developments on the impeachment inquiry. What's happening in Washington and why it matters for the nation. Powered by NBC News journalists. Hosted by Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent. New episodes Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with bonus episodes for breaking news.
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Bonus: The Articles

Bonus: The Articles

2019-12-1000:14:28

The House Judiciary Committee officially charged President Donald Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors on Tuesday. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.NBC News Political Reporter Jon Allen dissects the substance and strategy behind each charge.Further ReadingRead the articles of impeachment against President Donald TrumpHouse leaders unveil two articles of impeachment, accusing Trump of 'high crimes and misdemeanors'
Grilling the Lawyers

Grilling the Lawyers

2019-12-1000:20:242

Lawyers for the Democratic and Republican sides of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees presented the evidence gathered so far in front of the House Judiciary Committee. NBC News Correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell discusses how each side argued their cases for and against impeachment and how they held up under cross-examination. Have a question about this stage of the impeachment inquiry? Send a question to host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
The Drafting Board

The Drafting Board

2019-12-0700:18:571

The House Judiciary Committee is drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The Constitution limits grounds of impeachment to treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Which ones will the Democrats choose to move forward with, and why?  Heidi Przybyla, NBC News Correspondent covering politics and government, explores the potential scope of the charges as Democrats prepare to bring them to the full House for a vote. Have a question about this stage of the impeachment inquiry? Send a question to host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading Pelosi announces full speed ahead with articles of impeachment against Trump 
Impeachment 101

Impeachment 101

2019-12-0500:20:451

Four constitutional law experts testified in the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing in the inquiry on Wednesday, treating lawmakers and the public to a lesson on impeachment. Guest Josh Lederman, national political reporter for NBC News, walks through how Democrats and Republicans used their witnesses to argue the constitutional case for and against impeaching President Donald Trump. Want to ask host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment? Send an email to articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Bonus: The Report

Bonus: The Report

2019-12-0300:05:48

The House Intelligence Committee released a 300-page report on Tuesday summarizing the evidence gathered so far in the impeachment inquiry. Host Steve Kornacki explains the conclusions the report draws and new information it presents. Following a vote on the report Tuesday evening, the document will go to the Judiciary Committee, which holds its first public hearing with expert witnesses on Wednesday.  For a digital version of the report’s preface and executive summary, as well as a link to the full report pdf, click here. To read the full report, click here. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
There are three big developments to watch this week as the impeachment inquiry moves into a new phase. Alex Moe, NBC News Capitol Hill Producer and Reporter, explains what you need to know. After two weeks of public hearings, the House Intelligence Committee is passing off a report of their findings to the House Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee takes over with a public hearing of its own, with legal experts as the witnesses. Meanwhile, the White House says President Trump will not participate in Wednesday’s hearing. Ask host Steve Kornacki a question about the impeachment inquiry: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingHouse Intelligence Committee to vote on impeachment report It’s Nadler’s turn to take on Trump. Again. 
We've Got Mail

We've Got Mail

2019-11-2700:18:05

Host Steve Kornacki opens up the mailbag to answer your questions about the impeachment inquiry. Julia Ainsley, NBC News Correspondent covering the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, answers listener voicemails and emails about the aid to Ukraine, the role of the President’s personal lawyer, and whether the public might hear from the president in the inquiry. Plus, Steve answers a question about Republican support for Nixon during Watergate. Want to ask host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment? Send an email to articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Mike Pompeo was tapped to rebuild the State Department after Rex Tillerson’s firing in 2018, but is now being drawn closer to events at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Last week EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that Secretary of State Pompeo was “looped in” on the Ukrainian pressure campaign. Pompeo was also one of the people on the July 25th phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelenskiy. Dan De Luce, national security and global affairs reporter for the investigative unit at NBC News, explains Pompeo's evolution from State Department savior to a figure who was directly involved in the shadow foreign policy channel in Ukraine. Ask our host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading Documents released to ethics group show Giuliani, Pompeo contacts before Ukraine ambassador ousted Sondland testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms deal with Ukraine
The Groundwork

The Groundwork

2019-11-2200:18:49

After two weeks of public hearings, lawmakers are determining next steps in the impeachment inquiry. Democrats are moving towards formalizing articles of impeachment, which would likely pass, barring a few exceptions. Meanwhile, Republicans are planning for the possibility of a trial in the Senate. Political Reporter for NBC News Jonathan Allen walks through how the politics of impeachment are changing as the inquiry moves to the next phase. Ask our host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment: articletwopodcast@gmail.com.   For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading As Democrats move toward a pre-Christmas vote, they still find a wall of Republican loyalists at President Donald Trump’s side. 
In what is expected to be the final day of open testimony, Fiona Hill, the former top Russia expert for the White House, and David Holmes, senior diplomat at the US Embassy in Ukraine, discussed their concerns about the involvement of Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland and the President himself in US foreign policy toward Ukraine. Dr. Hill also made a point to criticize the false narrative embraced by Republicans that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election. Garrett Haake, MSNBC Washington Correspondent, talks about what else we learned from Hill and Holmes, and what’s next in the inquiry. Ask our host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading What we learned from Fiona Hill and David Holmes’ impeachment testimony 
Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and donor to President Trump, confirmed the existence of a quid pro quo on Wednesday. Sondland is the only witness so far who spoke directly to the President about the issues at the center of the probe. Over many hours of testimony, Sondland revealed the extent to which Trump’s inner circle was involved and outlined the President's direct involvement in the pressure campaign. Kelly O’Donnell, White House Correspondent for NBC News, discusses how Democrats and Republicans each tried to use Sondland’s testimony to fuel their arguments around impeachment. Ask host Steve Kornacki a question about the impeachment inquiry: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
On the third day of public hearings, two witnesses sat side-by-side in one of the most intense House sessions to date. Jennifer Williams, special advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, were both on the now famous July 25th phone call. NBC News Correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell reports on Williams’ and Vindman’s responses to what they heard. Two more witnesses – Kurt Volker and Tim Morrison – testified Tuesday afternoon. Stay tuned for Wednesday’s episode to learn about their testimony. Ask host Steve Kornacki a question about the impeachment inquiry: articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Dug In

Dug In

2019-11-1800:14:14

Televised hearings will continue this week in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. But as the drama unfolds in Washington, the rest of the country is watching from the sidelines. NBC News political reporter Vaughn Hillyard talked to voters in Wisconsin and Georgia to find out what people outside of the Beltway really think about impeachment. Want to ask host Steve Kornacki a question about impeachment? Send an email to articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
In this special episode, host Steve Kornacki interviews Tom Brokaw, who went to Washington as NBC News White House Correspondent in the summer of 1973, a year before Richard Nixon resigned the presidency. Brokaw discusses his time covering the fall of President Nixon and the parallels to today, as the nation watches the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump unfold. Tom Brokaw is a Senior Correspondent for NBC and the author of a new book, The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate. Key Figures H.R. “Bob” Haldeman - White House Chief of Staff, 1969 - 1973 John Erlichman - White House Domestic Affairs Advisor, 1969 - 1973 John Mitchell - US Attorney General, 1969 - 1972 Howard Baker - Republican Senator from Tennessee Pat Buchanan – Special Assistant to President Nixon Al Haig - White House Chief of Staff, 1973 - 1974 For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified Friday in the second round of public hearings. Yovanovitch spoke to her career in foreign service, which ended abruptly when President Trump recalled her from her post in May. During the hearing, the President criticized Yovanovitch’s service, prompting House Intelligence Committee Chair to suggest there was possible witness intimidation at play. Guest Josh Lederman, national political reporter for NBC News, recounts Friday’s testimony and describes the case each party is making to voters at this stage in the inquiry. Ask host Steve Kornacki your impeachment question by sending an email to  articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
The House Intelligence Committee held the first open hearings in the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and the top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor appeared before Congress for more than five hours of questioning. Geoff Bennett, White House Correspondent for NBC News, recaps what the public learned from the televised hearings, and how Democrats and Republicans argued their message to voters on impeachment.Questions about this stage of the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Battle Lines

Battle Lines

2019-11-1100:21:22

Three witnesses will testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week, in the first nationally televised hearings of the impeachment inquiry. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are approaching the hearings with distinct strategies on how best to capture the attention of the American public. MSNBC Washington Correspondent Garrett Haake discusses what to look for in this week’s hearings and whether public testimony could be a game-changer for the course of the inquiry. Questions about this stage in the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For live coverage and latest news this week, visit the NBC News Impeachment Live Blog.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
What About Pence?

What About Pence?

2019-11-0800:19:04

As President Trump’s second-in-command, Vice President Mike Pence could become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry. The first staffer from his office, special advisor Jennifer Williams, testified before Congress on Thursday. Pence has spoken with the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky over the phone multiple times and met with him in early September. But Pence continues to avoid specific questions about his knowledge of events surrounding the hold up of aid to Ukraine. NBC Political Reporter Vaughn Hillyard walks through what we know about Pence's involvement in the events at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Questions about this stage in the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
The Best Defense

The Best Defense

2019-11-0600:20:40

President Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong even as more detailed evidence against him emerges. Without a unified defense to rally around, Republican lawmakers are arguing a few different cases for why Trump should not be removed from office. Jon Allen, political reporter for NBC News digital, lays out the rationale behind the different Republican arguments against impeachment. Plus, a look at how Republican strategy could shift if impeachment reaches the Senate.Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
The First Transcripts

The First Transcripts

2019-11-0400:13:03

The House of Representatives released transcripts from two witness depositions on Monday officially moving the impeachment inquiry into a public phase. The transcripts, which are hundreds of pages long, detail the accounts of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State Ambassador Michael McKinley. Geoff Bennett, White House Correspondent for NBC News, discusses the full testimony and what their release means for where the inquiry is headed next. More transcripts are expected to be made public tomorrow. Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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Penny Pincher

glad it is you Steve who is bringing impeachment to America, you have a way of making it easy to understand

Dec 9th
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Henry Saporito

I wish Trump were no more the president of USA right now!

Dec 7th
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John Reed

Whoops I didn't realize this was from MSNBC. D/t unfair treatment and a blackout of Bernie I will find my Impeachment news elsewhere. Corruption has consequences.

Dec 6th
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John Reed

Whoops I downloaded not realizing this was a MSNBC product. So d/t unfair treatment and blackout of Bernie I will find my Impeachment news elsewhere.

Dec 6th
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#Royalebleu

excellent podcast

Nov 30th
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John Dugan

Interesting, Steve, thanks. Looking forward to upcoming shows.

Oct 19th
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