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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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The LBJ and Lincoln Cases Against Impeachment

1/27/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? According to a New York Times scoop, in his forthcoming book, former National Security Adviser John Bolton makes the claim that President Trump told him personally that he was withholding nearly $4 million in military aid to Ukraine until President Zelensky agreed to investigate the Bidens. Bolton has said he would be willing to testify before the Senate impeachment trial, but the question of witnesses has is still uncertain, with a debate on the matter...

Duration:00:22:44

The Unmaking of 'Civic Virtue'

1/24/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? In their final day of opening arguments, the House's impeachment managers will focus on the "Obstruction of Congress" article, outlining the President's alleged efforts to hamper the House's investigation. Yesterday, while arguing that the President's activities in Ukraine constituted an abuse of power, they worked to pre-empt one of their opposition's defense strategy of bringing up Joe and Hunter Biden by laying out a case that their activities in...

Duration:00:23:49

Sen. Murphy's Unobstructed View From the Floor

1/23/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? In their second day of opening arguments, the House's impeachment managers will shift their focus from the facts of the Ukraine affair to the evidence supporting their claim that President Trump abused his power. From Davos yesterday, Trump broke the record for the most twitter activity (tweets and retweets) in a single day. Many of his posts decried the impeachment process and those helming the case against him. This, after he had made comments to the...

Duration:00:23:21

Two Questions From the First Day of Debate

1/22/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? After nearly 13 hours of debate and 11 attempts by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to secure documents and witnesses before the opening arguments begin, the rules of the Senate's impeachment trial have been approved along party lines. At the last minute, reportedly facing pressure from his caucus, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed certain key elements of his rules proposal; notably, that each side's 24-hour opening statements would be spread...

Duration:00:21:09

How Many Days in 24 Hours?

1/21/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? The Senate returns today to hear debate and then vote on a set of rules that will govern the first phase of President Trump's impeachment trial. The rules package, unveiled by Sen. Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night, would set a timeline of two 12-hour sessions for impeachment managers to make their case. Democrats balked at the rules package, saying that these extended sessions are designed to send the proceedings late into the night, where...

Duration:00:22:57

Trump's Lightning Rod Legal Team

1/20/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? President Donald Trump's defense team has added two individuals who are no strangers to the limelight: Ken Starr, who acted as independent counsel during the Clinton impeachment, and Alan Dershowitz, a frequent FOX News legal commentator and Harvard law professor. The additions suggest that the President expects the trial to play out, not only in the Senate, but in the court of public opinion as well. Senate Republican John Cornyn of Texas said on CBS's...

Duration:00:23:30

Chuck Schumer's Playbook

1/17/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Yesterday, House Democrats sent the articles of Impeachment to the Senate. Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in, and he likewise swore in the 99 out of 100 Senators present. The trial to remove or acquit President Trump has officially begun, but stands in recess until this coming Tuesday, at 1 p.m. At that point, Senators will vote on the rules for the first phase, in which the House's impeachment managers will present their case, and answer Senators'...

Duration:00:23:11

The Trial Will Be Televised, but Maybe Not That Well

1/16/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Amid a documents release from the House Intelligence Committee of Lev Parnas's correspondences, the Soviet-born, now-indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani made a media tour to give his account of the Ukraine affair, in which he played a significant role. In interviews with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Parnas said that the high-level meetings he took in Ukraine were all done at Giuliani's direction, and with an understanding that he was acting as an emissary for...

Duration:00:27:12

And The Impeachment Manager Role Goes To...

1/15/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Today, the House will vote to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's picks for impeachment managers, and send the articles to the Senate after a month-long stalemate over the form that the Senate trial will take. Pelosi chose seven Democrats, among them Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), to make the case for removing the President from office in Congress's upper house. Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas, an associate...

Duration:00:12:01

Let Lev Speak

1/14/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? In a closed-door meeting with her caucus on Tuesday morning, Nancy Pelosi announced that a vote on impeachment managers would take place on Wednesday, although she did not name her picks for the role. The Russian GRU, a government intelligence agency, has apparently hacked into the Ukrainian energy company that Trump pushed President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate. It's not clear whether any documents were stolen, but the cybersecurity firm that...

Duration:00:23:03

America's Next Top Impeachment Managers

1/13/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Tomorrow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold her weekly meeting with Democratic representatives. There, she's expected to discuss her thinking around who will make the case for impeachment in the Senate. After a nearly month-long delay, Pelosi announced on Friday that she would be transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate some time this week. Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet provided a draft of the rules under which the Senate...

Duration:00:21:53

Pelosi Under Pressure

1/10/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Amid speculation that the House would send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate today after a weeks-long strategic delay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that there would not be a vote on the matter this week. But pressure to move on the articles has been mounting. Republicans in the Senate have floated one measure that could circumvent the hold, and another dismissing the articles outright if the hold had continued. From her own caucus, some Senate...

Duration:00:17:07

The Chief Justice Hates Politics. He's About to Step Right in It

1/9/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Nancy Pelosi said she would transmit the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate "soon," with her colleagues reportedly saying they expect movement before the end of the week. This, after pressure and press clippings from Democrats in the Senate who said, in so many words: Let's get this show on the road. A spate of Republican senators have aligned behind Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell, saying they want to get the trial underway, and decide on critical...

Duration:00:26:36

Cracks Show in Impeachment Stalemate

1/8/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Three key swing-state Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have come out in support of Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to hear arguments on the House's articles of impeachment before deciding on witnesses. That means that there are enough votes in the Senate to begin the process after weeks of delay. The hold came from Nancy Pelosi, who wanted assurances that the trial would be thorough and...

Duration:00:19:20

What's Bolton up To?

1/7/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? John Bolton, who resigned as Trump's national security adviser in part over the Ukraine affair, said yesterday that he would testify in a Senate trial, if subpoenaed to do so. His announcement comes after he declined to voluntarily appear before the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, where Democrats hoped to hear what he meant when he called the administration's activities, "whatever drug deal [Gordon] Sondland and [Mick] Mulvaney are...

Duration:00:18:40

Iran and Impeachment

1/6/2020
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Where are we on impeachment today? Congress comes back from its holiday recess to the impeachment stalemate over what form the Senate trial will take. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she would not transmit the two Articles of Impeachment without assurances that the Senate's proceedings would be "fair." The rules of the Senate trial would likely impact Pelosi's choice of Impeachment Managers to make the House's case before the upper chamber. Republicans say the Speaker is trying to...

Duration:00:22:48

Prudence and Prejudice

12/31/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer renewed his call for former national security adviser John Bolton and White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify in the Senate impeachment trial after The New York Times published a new investigation into the White House's effort to withhold aid to Ukraine. Senators Schumer and McConnell remain in disagreement over the terms of the trial: While the Dems want to decide on witnesses before the trial...

Duration:00:19:17

Did Trump Just Commit Another Impeachable Offense?

12/30/2019
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Where are we on impeachment today? On Christmas Eve Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the first Republican Senator to say that impeachment should be more than a test of party loyalty. She told reporters she was "disturbed" by Senator Mitch McConnell's pledge to "coordinate" with the White House on the impeachment trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not made any new moves to send over articles of impeachment to the Senate, but the war of the witnesses, and who will be called to...

Duration:00:18:46

2019 Impeachment News Quiz

12/27/2019
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Today, a break from the breaking news. We tested local listeners on how closely they've been paying attention to the finer details of the impeachment probe into President Trump. How do you stack up? Listen to find out!

Duration:00:20:36

You Be the Pundit

12/24/2019
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On this special holiday episode, we turned the podcast over to you, and asked: How do you think the impeachment process should end, and how do you predict it will?

Duration:00:17:02