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Impeachment: A Daily Podcast

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Understand the political twists, historical context, and legal stakes of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Each day, host Brian Lehrer, one of the country’s most respected audio journalists, brings you conversations with the country’s most important reporters and newsmakers as we try to make sense of it all, together. Impeachment is produced by WNYC, home to other news-making podcasts like The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway and New York Radio Hour.

Understand the political twists, historical context, and legal stakes of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Each day, host Brian Lehrer, one of the country’s most respected audio journalists, brings you conversations with the country’s most important reporters and newsmakers as we try to make sense of it all, together. Impeachment is produced by WNYC, home to other news-making podcasts like The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway and New York Radio Hour.
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Understand the political twists, historical context, and legal stakes of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Each day, host Brian Lehrer, one of the country’s most respected audio journalists, brings you conversations with the country’s most important reporters and newsmakers as we try to make sense of it all, together. Impeachment is produced by WNYC, home to other news-making podcasts like The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway and New York Radio Hour.

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Have We Had Enough Hearings?

11/21/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Today was the final day of the second week of public testimony in the impeachment probe. We heard from Fiona Hill, an aide to the now-ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton, and from David Holmes, who overheard a crucial call between Sondland and the President. Holmes testified that he could hear Trump asking whether Zelensky would begin "the investigations." After the call, Sondland told Holmes that Trump didn't care about Ukraine, only about "big...

Duration:00:22:43

Sondland: 'It was a quid pro quo'

11/20/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Today, the long awaited testimony of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, one of the so-called "three amigos" who orchestrated the unconventional foreign policy channel in Ukraine that allegedly sought politically motivated investigations of the President's rivals in exchange for much-needed military aid. Sondland's testimony has changed since his closed-door deposition earlier this month. He says that he "refreshed my recollection"...

Duration:00:24:19

Vindman: In Russia, They'd Kill Me "For Telling the Truth"

11/19/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Today, we hear public testimony from four officials, three of whom listened to the infamous July 25 Trump-Zelensky phone call. In the morning, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a top Ukraine expert at the White House and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence. Both went to their superiors with concerns about the call, in particular, President Trump's mention of a specific anti-corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his...

Duration:00:21:30

Sondland. In the Restaurant. With the Cellphone

11/18/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Over the weekend, the Intelligence Committee heard closed-door testimony from Mark Sandy, a career official in the White House Office of Management and Budget, whose staff received instructions not to release approved military aid to Ukraine until "further notice." This, ahead of the second week of public testimonies, which will feature accounts from U.S. ambassador to the E.U., Gordon Sondland, who reportedly acted as the point-man between President...

Duration:00:20:20

Trump's Business Ties In Ukraine

11/17/2019
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Enjoy for this weekend, the latest episode of Trump, Inc. from WNYC and ProPublica The impeachment inquiry focuses on whether or not there was a quid pro quo: Military aid in exchange for an investigation. But what if you look at the same events from a different vantage point? The business interests at play. This episode: How Rudy Giuliani's associates worked their connections to oust the U.S. Ambassador in Ukraine. How President Trump's personal interests came into alignment with the...

Duration:00:39:44

The First Week of Public Impeachment Hearings Just Wrapped Up. What Did We Learn?

11/16/2019
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A special call-in show reacting to, and breaking down, the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, and everything else we learned this week. Tonight's guests: Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, co-host of the podcast Trump Inc, and author of the forthcoming book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter...

Duration:00:57:21

Yovanovich is an 'Uppity Woman Who Needs to Get out of the Way'

11/15/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Public Hearings, Day 2. Ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies. Democrats say they plan to use the testimony about her ousting -- including threats and harassment -- to make an emotional appeal to the country about the human cost of the President's conduct. An Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, says that he first convinced Trump to remove Yovanovitch, contradicting Trump's claim that he didn't know Parnas. A second...

Duration:00:22:08

Here's How Impeachment Could Shape The 2020 Election

11/14/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Yesterday, the public got its first look inside an impeachment hearing. Among the revelations was the description of a phone call between Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and President Trump, after which Sondland allegedly described the Trump as more focused on the Bidens than on corruption in Ukraine. Sondland is scheduled to sit for a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Senate Republicans could be considering a change in strategy. Their...

Duration:00:25:41

Democrats Hear Damning New Evidence in Impeachment Testimony

11/13/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? The first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry were held today. Lawmakers and the public will hear the testimony of George Kent, the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau, and William Taylor, who heads the US embassy in Ukraine. Democrats hope to use these witnesses to make the case that President Trump undermined US national interests by circumventing the State department and pressuring Ukraine to...

Duration:00:28:01

How to Write an Article of Impeachment

11/12/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Republicans in the House will meet this evening to strategize ahead of tomorrow's open hearings, which will be the first time in the impeachment probe that the public hears directly from those involved. In a last minute lineup-change on Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), one of the President's staunchest defenders in Congress, was appointed to the House Intelligence Committee, which has jurisdiction over the hearings. White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney,...

Duration:00:20:52

The Prehistory of the Ukraine Scandal

11/11/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? The White House could release the transcript of another call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that took place in April, months before the July 25 phone call at the center of the probe. A transcript of the closed-door testimony of Fiona Hill reveals details about a July 10 meeting at which Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told Zelensky aides that a White House meeting was contingent upon Ukraine launching "certain...

Duration:00:23:57

Before Public Testimony, a Look Behind the Closed Doors

11/8/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is expected to defy a congressional subpoena on Friday. He's the latest in a long line of White House staffers to do so. A federal judge is expected to rule next month on whether Congress can demand testimony from staffers who have been ordered by the White House to withhold it. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich may have given incorrect testimony in her closed-door deposition last month. The issue at hand is...

Duration:00:22:14

All The Presidents' Lawyers' Lawyers

11/7/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? On Thursday, two witnesses are scheduled to testify before House committees in the impeachment probe: an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton. The aide, Jennifer Williams, was on the Trump-Zelensky call, and has said through a lawyer that she would testify if subpoenaed. Bolton, who left his post in September over rifts with President Trump and Rudy Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine, is reportedly reluctant to...

Duration:00:21:36

The Case Against Impeachment

11/6/2019
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Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent. On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch. More to come. November 6, 2019 Where are we on impeachment today? Lawmakers in the House announced Wednesday morning that they would begin public impeachment hearings next week, starting with William Taylor, George Kent and...

Duration:00:23:21

It's Only Tuesday: A Rundown of Everything That Already Happened This Week

11/5/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? On Tuesday, House investigators are expected to produce transcripts from the closed-door testimony of Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, former US special envoy to Ukraine. These are the second round of transcripts the public will see, following the release on Monday afternoon of two others. The Monday transcripts added little substance, but much detail to what was learned from those testimonies through press leaks....

Duration:00:21:55

Jurors Listen Impartially. Are Senators Up To The Task?

11/4/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? On Monday, four Trump administration officials defied House Intelligence committee subpoenas in the impeachment probe. Among them was National Security Council lawyer John Eisenberg, who reportedly moved the partial transcript of the Trump-Zelensky call into a highly classified server, and instructed the NSC's Ukraine director Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman not to discuss the call. Officials from the Office of Management and Budget — responsible for the hold...

Duration:00:25:20

Will Televised Hearings Be Too Real for the Reality TV President?

11/1/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? In a near-perfect split along party lines, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted Thursday morning to formalize the rules of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Although the vote was not required, and does little more than set the probe's procedures going forward, it is seen as a bellweather on the overall question of impeachment. In the wake of the vote, some Representatives appear concerned about how that recorded vote will play for them...

Duration:00:20:24

A Deeply Divided House Vote

10/31/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? On Thursday morning, the House discussed and then voted on a resolution to formalize the rules for the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The resolution would give ranking Republican members of the relevant committees the right to call their own witnesses, lays out rules and timetables for public hearings and otherwise aims to ensure that due process is built in to the proceedings. Republicans have accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of tainting the...

Duration:00:19:36

'It's as Bad as You Think,' Says Congressman Inside Impeachment Hearings

10/30/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, testified before Congress for ten hours on Tuesday, and told impeachment investigators that he filed internal complaints about the president’s Ukraine dealings twice, out of concern that it could undermine national security. According to the New York Times, Vindman also testified that aspects of the Trump-Zelensky phone call had been left out of the final transcript (he...

Duration:00:17:15

Sen. Murphy: 'We Will Have a Trial in the Senate'

10/29/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? The House will vote this week to formalize the ongoing impeachment inquiry, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Monday evening, signaling a new phase in the proceedings which is likely to include public testimony. National Security Council staffer in charge of Ukraine, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who listened in on the Trump-Zelensky call, testified before House committees Tuesday morning. Vidman is expected to testify that that he reported...

Duration:00:25:55