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.

  • 20 minutes 15 seconds
    Impeachment 2.0

    One week after a violent mob attacked the US Capitol building, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.  

    Several Republicans joined their Democratic colleagues in arguing that the President is a clear and present danger to the country. But many House Republicans said that voting to impeach a second time will incite further division and violence in America. 

    Host Steve Kornacki talks with Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent, who was in the Capitol building on the day of the riots, about the House vote and what a Senate trial might look like after Joe Biden is sworn in as president next week. 

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    15 January 2021, 4:25 pm
  • 38 minutes 44 seconds
    Behind the Scenes

    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

    8 February 2020, 1:18 am
  • 20 minutes 31 seconds
    Not Guilty

    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.

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    6 February 2020, 4:17 am
  • 17 minutes 12 seconds
    Iowa vs Impeachment

    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.

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    4 February 2020, 1:57 am
  • 8 minutes 26 seconds
    No Witnesses, New Timeline

    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

    1 February 2020, 4:24 am
  • 9 minutes 35 seconds
    Can I Get A Witness?

    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.

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    31 January 2020, 5:32 pm
  • 21 minutes 15 seconds
    Q & A

    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: [email protected].

    For a transcript, please visit

    Follow along with the Senate trial proceedings on the NBC News Impeachment Live Blog.

    30 January 2020, 4:41 am
  • 17 minutes 24 seconds
    The Bolton Factor

    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 [email protected].

    For a transcript, please visit

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    28 January 2020, 3:19 am
  • 20 minutes 12 seconds
    Making History

    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:

    Have a question about impeachment? Email us at [email protected].

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    25 January 2020, 3:19 am
  • 16 minutes 54 seconds
    Making the Case

    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 [email protected].

    For a transcript, please visit

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    23 January 2020, 3:10 am
  • 4 minutes 52 seconds
    Bonus: Rewriting the Rules

    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 [email protected].

    For a transcript, please visit

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    22 January 2020, 12:15 am
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