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Article II: Inside Impeachment

Article II: Inside Impeachment

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The latest developments on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 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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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

2020-02-0840:222

In this final episode, Steve Kornacki sits down with NBC News journalists to reflect on what it was like to cover the impeachment of President Donald Trump. NBC News Correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News producer covering the Senate Frank Thorp, and senior White House reporter for NBC News Shannon Pettypiece open up their reporters’ notebooks to share their favorite moments from this historic event. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Not Guilty

Not Guilty

2020-02-0621:281

Senators voted to acquit President Trump, finding him not guilty on two articles of impeachment. Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, surprised the public by voting to convict President Trump on the first article: abuse of power. He is the first Senator in history to vote against their party in favor of removing the president from office. Otherwise, the votes fell along party lines.Alex Moe, NBC News Capitol Hill Producer, recaps the final historic hours on the Senate floor and where Trump—and the American public—might go from here.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading:Senate acquits Trump on both impeachment chargesFull text: Romney's speech on why he'll vote to convict Trump of abuse of power
Iowa vs Impeachment

Iowa vs Impeachment

2020-02-0418:301

Impeachment and the race for 2020 are colliding. On Monday, House Managers and President Trump’s defense team made their final arguments for and against convicting the President. Meanwhile, the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses launched the 2020 election into the primary voting phase. The Democratic candidates – four of them US Senators – are vying for voters caught between impeachment and November's election. President Trump is trying to craft a re-election message as the impeachment trial concludes. Jon Allen, Senior Political Analyst for NBC News, joins from the road in Des Moines, Iowa. Get live updates on impeachment and election coverage at nbcnews.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading Schiff's powerful closing speech: 'Is there one among you who will say, Enough!'? NBC/WSJ poll: Country remains divided over Trump's impeachment trial 
Following four hours of debate, the Senate rejected a motion to consider more witnesses and documents by a vote of 49 to 51. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah were the only two Republicans to join their Democratic colleagues in this vote.After the failed vote on witnesses, Senators met to game out the trial’s timeline. Frank Thorp, NBC News producer covering the Senate, explains the Senate’s plans for an end to the trial that will likely result in the President Trump’s acquittal next week.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Can I Get A Witness?

Can I Get A Witness?

2020-01-3109:352

The end of the Senate impeachment trial is drawing near with an unpredictable day ahead. First, the Senate will debate for four hours on whether to call new witnesses to trial. Then, they will take a vote on the witness question. After that, Senators could put forward new motions to extend debate on the Senate floor into the days ahead, or they could move quickly to a final vote on the two articles of impeachment today.  Frank Thorp, NBC News producer covering the Senate, lays out what to expect.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Q & A

Q & A

2020-01-3021:451

On Wednesday, the Senate trial moved into a two-day question and answer period. Senators have 16 hours to ask questions of the impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team.  Democrats used their time to convince their fellow Senators to call new witnesses in the trial, like former National Security Advisor John Bolton. Republicans used their time to argue that the President’s conduct is not impeachable and that evidence should not extend beyond what was gathered by the House of Representatives. NBC News Correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell dissects the strategy from both sides. Ask host Steve Kornacki a question about the Senate trial: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Follow along with the Senate trial proceedings on the NBC News Impeachment Live Blog. 
The Bolton Factor

The Bolton Factor

2020-01-2818:183

President Trump’s legal team continued its defense in a second day of arguments, but new allegations are overshadowing the case. In the manuscript for his upcoming book, Former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleges that President Trump directed him to withhold aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden. The revelations are increasing pressure on Senate Republicans who are weighing whether to call witnesses. Shannon Pettypiece, senior White House reporter for NBC News Digital, explains how Bolton’s allegations could alter the structure and timeline of the impeachment trial.Have a question about impeachment? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingRomney, Collins say Bolton revelations strengthen case for witnesses, make them increasingly likelyTrump disputes Bolton bombshell book, tweets he 'NEVER' linked Biden investigation, Ukraine aid
Making History

Making History

2020-01-2520:101

On Friday, Democratic House managers concluded their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. Three of the seven House managers are women, and two are women of color, a first in US political history. Kasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent and Host of Kasie DC, discusses her exclusive TODAY interview with those representatives: Zoe Lofgren, Val Demings and Sylvia Garcia. Kasie also outlines the role they play in the Senate trial and how Senate politics have evolved since the last presidential impeachment. Watch Kasie’s exclusive interview here: https://www.msnbc.com/kasie-dc/watch/kasie-hunt-s-exclusive-interview-with-first-ever-female-impeachment-managers-77615173795Have a question about impeachment? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Making the Case

Making the Case

2020-01-2317:442

It’s day one of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Over the course of many hours, House Managers argued their case for the removal of the President and the need for witnesses and documents. They are making these arguments to the American public, but also to the 100 Senators who are acting as jurors in this trial. Steve Kornacki is joined by Frank Thorp, NBC News producer covering the Senate, to talk about the Republican Senators who may be persuaded to side with the Democrats when it comes to the question of witnesses. Have a question about the Senate trial or something else impeachment-related? Email our host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading  Trump's Senate impeachment trial: What happened on Day 2 Read the full text: McConnell's revised rules for Trump's Senate impeachment trial 
On Tuesday, the Senate impeachment trial began in earnest, with hours of debate over how it should be run. Steve Kornacki explains the last-minute changes made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who amended his own set of rules in response to pressure from moderate Republican Senators. Have a question about the Senate trial or something else impeachment-related? Email our host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingMcConnell makes last-minute, handwritten changes to Trump impeachment trial rules Trump's defense: Read the full text of the legal brief ahead of Senate impeachment trial 
Lev Parnas Speaks

Lev Parnas Speaks

2020-01-1724:144

The Senate trial is officially underway, with the Chief Justice and members of the Senate sworn in this week.But in a last-minute addition to the evidence, an associate of Rudy Giuliani gave the House of Representatives documents that shed new light on the Ukrainian pressure campaign. Parnas, who is out on bond on federal campaign finance charges, also spoke publicly this week for the first time about his involvement in the scheme.Josh Lederman, national political reporter for NBC News, explains what we learned from Parnas, the credibility of his allegations, and how this new information could influence the Senate trial.Have a question about the Senate trial or something else impeachment-related? Email our host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingKey things we learned from Lev Parnas' revealing MSNBC interviewGiuliani associate Parnas says Trump 'knew exactly what was going onIndicted Giuliani associate Parnas says Trump ordered Ukraine ambassador's firing several times before recall
Special Delivery

Special Delivery

2020-01-1618:38

It’s official. Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named the seven house managers and transmitted two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of justice, to the Senate. It is still unclear whether the trial, which is set to begin next week, will include witness testimony. Steve Kornacki talks to Alex Moe, NBC News Capitol Hill Producer, about the historic week day in Washington and the Senate’s next move.  Have a question about this stage of impeachment? Ask our host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading Who are the House's 7 impeachment managers? House votes to send impeachment articles to Senate, Pelosi names trial managers McConnell says he expects Trump impeachment trial to start next Tuesday 
End of an Impasse

End of an Impasse

2020-01-1418:102

After a weeks-long standoff, the House of Representatives appears ready to move forward on impeachment. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly preparing to appoint impeachment managers and send the articles to the Senate as early as this week.  MSNBC Washington Correspondent Garrett Haake lays out what to expect from a Senate trial and weighs whether the delay tactic used by House Democrats helped their case.Have a question about this stage of impeachment? Ask our host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingWhen will Trump's Senate trial start and how long will it last? The picture begins to take shapeNo impeachment witnesses against Trump? Some argue Democrats might be better off
After a weeks-long standoff with Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues she plans on holding a vote on the house managers next week before sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts will govern the proceedings.  NBC Justice Correspondent Pete Williams joins Steve Kornacki to talk about the Chief Justice’s role and recalls his time covering former Chief Justice William Rehnquist during the Clinton Senate trial. Have a question about this stage of impeachment? Ask our host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading:  Pomp, circumstance and silence: How a Senate presidential impeachment trial works
Like It’s 1999

Like It’s 1999

2020-01-0825:453

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has the votes to proceed with a Senate trial, but the House has yet to transmit the articles. So today, while our current impeachment process is on hold, we’re going back in time, to 1999.  Former Florida Congressman Bill McCollum served as one of 13 house managers during Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. McCollum talks about his role during the trial, the political fallout of being a house manager, and what he thinks about the impeachment proceedings today. Have a question about this stage of impeachment? Ask our host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.For live coverage and latest news this week, visit the NBC News Impeachment Live Blog: Further Reading: McConnell has the GOP votes for Trump’s trial now. That doesn’t mean he’ll have them later.Pelosi not ready to send articles of impeachment, but she could be ‘soon’ 
Impeachment and War

Impeachment and War

2020-01-0619:201

The House of Representatives still hasn’t sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Now, Congress faces another major decision. After President Trump authorized a strike to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani late last week, Democrats are presenting a new resolution to limit the president’s war powers. Mark Murray, senior political editor, discusses how Congress is balancing impeachment and the threat of a war with Iran. Have a question about this stage of impeachment? Ask our host Steve Kornacki: articletwopodcast@gmail.com. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further Reading Trump's trial: Lawmakers return to D.C., and here's where things stand Pelosi announces war powers resolution as tensions with Iran escalate 
The President’s Oath

The President’s Oath

2020-01-0322:461

Every President of the United States must swear to a 35-word oath, promising to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Special guest and MSNBC Contributor Chuck Rosenberg joins Steve Kornacki to discuss the founders’ intent behind that oath and what happens when it's put to the test. Chuck Rosenberg served as a career federal prosecutor and later as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He has also served in senior positions at the Department of Justice for two Attorneys General, in the Federal Bureau of Investigation under two directors, and as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Chuck is also the host of an MSNBC podcast, The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg. For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
Awaiting a Senate Trial

Awaiting a Senate Trial

2019-12-3117:561

The impeachment process is in limbo as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to delay sending the articles to the Senate. Demcratic leaders say they want to ensure a fair process in the Senate. So what will this trial look like?Guest host Julia Ainsley, NBC News Correspondent covering the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, talks to Frank Thorp, NBC News producer and reporter covering the Senate, about the rules governing a Senate trial and what to expect from this next phase in the impeachment process.Want to ask a question about the impeachment? Email host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingDemocratic defector? Sen. Doug Jones could break with his party to back Trump at Senate trial
Rudy's Helpers

Rudy's Helpers

2019-12-2318:297

President Trump's impeachment hasn’t stopped his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, from trying to defend his client. While impeachment proceedings were underway, Giuliani travelled to Hungary and Ukraine where he met with former Ukranian officials. Giuliani says they can provide information that will exonerate Trump, but much of that information is based on conspiracy theories.Dan De Luce, national security and global affairs reporter for the investigative unit at NBC News, explains the cast of characters working with Giuliani overseas.Want to ask a question about the impeachment? Email host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingRudy's helpers: A guide to the controversial figures assisting Giuliani in UkraineInside Giuliani's new push to flip the script on Trump's impeachment
Standoff

Standoff

2019-12-2016:564

Lawmakers are home for the holidays, but the House of Representatives has some unfinished business. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is delaying next steps in the impeachment process. Pelosi says she won’t name impeachment managers or transmit the articles to the Senate until she knows more about Senator Mitch McConnell’s trial.Beth Fouhy, guest host and senior politics editor for NBC News and MSNBC, talks with Garrett Haake, MSNBC Washington Correspondent about the Speaker’s strategy and how this standoff affects the impeachment timeline. Want to ask a question about this phase of impeachment? Email host Steve Kornacki at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.Further ReadingPelosi says House will wait to send impeachment articles to Senate for clarity on rulesMcConnell declares 'impasse' in talks with Democrats over Trump trial in Senate 
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Jose Cubilette

both for sale or do for over Krugerville for djrirud

Feb 18th
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Deborah White

I have Jury Duty in two weeks. I'm confident that I would NOT be chosen (voted out) as a juror if I stated (voted NO), I DON'T NEED TO HEAR FROM ANY WITNESSES DURING THE TRIAL IN ORDER TO MAKE MY DECISION ABOUT THE DEFENDENT'S GUILT OR INNOCENCE. I'm confident that I would be dismissed as a juror who's incapable, not interested in doing my expected, sworn duty fairly. (Without witnesses the Senate Impeachment Trial is unfair & not representative of the peoples' basic American principles & undermines the integrity upon which Our Country was founded.) Deborah White

Jan 30th
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#Royalebleu

hope this ends soon

Jan 28th
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#Royalebleu

thanks for your explanations

Jan 15th
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#Royalebleu

#recommend

Jan 5th
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#Royalebleu

waiting for more facts

Dec 25th
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karsa orlong

I've never seen so many grown people cry so much over a despicable person. waaa waaa waaa...coup...farce...sham... they should be ashamed.

Dec 20th
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Klintorious

Trump did nothing wrong. The Stalinist Show Trial in the House has sealed the Democrat’s fate in 2020

Dec 20th
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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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