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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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It Is about Ukraine. It Isn’t About Ukraine.

12/6/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? President Trump and his legal team have until the end of the day to decide whether to participate in the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearings. The committee has scheduled its second hearing for Monday, when the staff lawyers for both parties and from both impeachment committees will testify about their findings. Senator Lindsay Graham rebuked a push by a House member of his own party to have Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff testify...

Duration:00:21:45

Trump: 'I can do whatever I want.' Pelosi: “No.”

12/5/2019
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If the president won't let key witnesses testify, how can Democrats satisfy Republicans' calls for more evidence? Where are we on impeachment today? This morning, Nancy Pelosi formally asked the Judiciary Committee to draft and approve articles of impeachment, the final steps before the matter is brought to a full vote of the House of Representatives. Yesterday, after the Judiciary hearing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff met with the chamber's Democrats for a pep-talk of sorts,...

Duration:00:22:32

3 out of 4 Legal Scholars Agree, Trump Deserves It

12/4/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? The impeachment inquiry entered a new phase today with the first hearing by the House Judiciary Committee, a panel that is more partisan than the Intelligence Committee, and more prone to theatrics. Three constitutional scholars summoned by Democrats testified that President Trump’s conduct toward Ukraine rises to the level of impeachment, while the one summoned by the Republicans said the call for impeachment was premature. On today’s episode: Professor...

Duration:00:25:27

Judiciary: Like Intel Hearings 'on Steroids'

12/3/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? In advance of the Democrats' Intelligence Committee report, republicans released their own summary of evidence which they say clears the President of wrongdoing. Democrats are expected to release their report today. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are reportedly holding a "mock hearing" in advance of tomorrow's testimony by constitutional scholars. Tomorrow's testimony marks a hand-off from the Intelligence Committee, which was tasked with seeking...

Duration:00:21:54

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Your Holiday Witness Wishlist

12/2/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Intelligence Committee Democrats submitted a report of the impeachment probe's findings for review to committee members. The committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow to approve the report before sending it to the Judiciary Committee, which will take center stage in the next phases of the inquiry. The White House has said it will not be sending witnesses to appear in the upcoming Judiciary hearings. The committee will hear testimony on Wednesday from...

Duration:00:25:46

The Big Picture: What Impeachment Means for Democracy

11/29/2019
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On this special extended episode of Impeachment, we set aside the granular details of the current probe, and take a big-picture look at the role of impeachment in our democracy. On Today's Show: Mary Frances Berry, professor of constitutional, legal and African American history at the University of Pennsylvania, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the author of twelve books including, History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging...

Duration:00:45:36

A Case from the Right for More Witnesses

11/27/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? The House Judiciary Committee, which will ultimately be responsible for drafting and approving articles of impeachment, has scheduled its first hearings. On Wednesday, they will hear testimony from constitutional experts to determine the definition of an "impeachable offense." According to new reporting, President Trump was briefed about the whistleblower's complaint in late August, nearly two weeks before he decided to release the military aid to Ukraine....

Duration:00:23:31

"He said, 'Yeah, I'd Do It Again'"

11/26/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Yesterday evening, a federal judge ruled that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena to testify about the 10 instances outlined in the Mueller Report in which President Trump may have obstructed justice. In the decision, US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote of the Justice Department's argument, "there are few, if any, well-formulated justifications for categorically excusing current and former senior-level...

Duration:00:26:49

'Like Watergate in Reverse'

11/25/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Following the second week of public testimonies, the Washington Post has reported that the White House had launched a secret effort to justify the hold on military aid to Ukraine, weeks after President Trump had ordered it. Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani arrested and charged with campaign finance violations, claims that Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican in the House Intelligence Committee and a stalwart Trump ally, traveled to Vienna in 2018,...

Duration:00:24:54

Did Two Weeks of Testimony Change Anyone's Mind?

11/22/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a televised town hall on the impeachment proceedings, scheduled for Dec. 5 and moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper. She declined to lay out further details on the timeline of the probe, instead saying that it would be up to the committees running the investigation. The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its second week of public testimony, and, once it deems its work complete, it will pass the baton to the...

Duration:00:23:18

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