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  • The House Intelligence Committee held the first open hearings in the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and the top diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor appeared before Congress for more than five hours of questioning.
    Geoff Bennett, White House Correspondent for NBC News, recaps what the public learned from the televised hearings, and how Democrats and Republicans argued their message to voters on impeachment.
    Questions about this stage of the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.
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  • Three witnesses will testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week, in the first nationally televised hearings of the impeachment inquiry. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are approaching the hearings with distinct strategies on how best to capture the attention of the American public. 
    MSNBC Washington Correspondent Garrett Haake discusses what to look for in this week’s hearings and whether public testimony could be a game-changer for the course of the inquiry. 
    Questions about this stage in the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For live coverage and latest news this week, visit the NBC News Impeachment Live Blog.
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  • As President Trump’s second-in-command, Vice President Mike Pence could become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry. The first staffer from his office, special advisor Jennifer Williams, testified before Congress on Thursday. Pence has spoken with the Ukranian president Volodymyr Zelensky over the phone multiple times and met with him in early September. But Pence continues to avoid specific questions about his knowledge of events surrounding the hold up of aid to Ukraine. 
    NBC Political Reporter Vaughn Hillyard walks through what we know about Pence's involvement in the events at the center of the impeachment inquiry. 
    Questions about this stage in the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • President Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong even as more detailed evidence against him emerges. Without a unified defense to rally around, Republican lawmakers are arguing a few different cases for why Trump should not be removed from office. 
    Jon Allen, political reporter for NBC News digital, lays out the rationale behind the different Republican arguments against impeachment. Plus, a look at how Republican strategy could shift if impeachment reaches the Senate. 
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • The House of Representatives released transcripts from two witness depositions on Monday officially moving the impeachment inquiry into a public phase. The transcripts, which are hundreds of pages long, detail the accounts of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State Ambassador Michael McKinley. 
    Geoff Bennett, White House Correspondent for NBC News, discusses the full testimony and what their release means for where the inquiry is headed next. More transcripts are expected to be made public tomorrow. 
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • After another momentous week in the impeachment inquiry, Kristen Welker, White House Correspondent for NBC News, recaps events in Washington. Witnesses from the White House and State Department provided corroborating evidence against the president. But on Thursday, a House vote to move the inquiry forward fell completely along party lines. As Democrats move the inquiry into a public phase, will the evidence be enough to overcome political partisanship?  
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
    Further Reading:  

    National security official tells Congress he tried to add edits to White House memo about Trump Ukraine call

    2 State Department witnesses offer insight into extent of Ukraine discussions

    Ex-White House aide testifies of Ukraine call concerns, possible quid pro quo

    John Bolton invited to testify in House impeachment inquiry 


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  • The House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a resolution proposing next steps in the impeachment process - the first time the House will take a vote on the inquiry so far. The resolution formalizes the continuing inquiry, outlines the role of the White House, and opens the next phase to the public. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists it is not designed to authorize the inquiry, since the Constitution doesn't require a formal vote. 
    Kelly O’Donnell, White House Correspondent for NBC News, reviews the resolution text and the political calculations of Democrats and Republicans moving forward with the inquiry.  
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
    Further Reading:  

    House to vote on resolution laying out next steps in impeachment inquiry

    Read the full text of the House resolution on the impeachment process


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  • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, testified about two incidents he reported, including what he heard on the July 25 phone call. 
    Rebecca Shabad, Congressional Reporter for NBC News Digital, details Vindman’s testimony and whether it undermines the prior testimony of Gordon Sondland.  
     Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
    Further Reading
    Top Democrats alarmed over Vindman's testimony on Trump-Ukraine call

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  • On Monday, Charles Kupperman, President Trump's former deputy national security adviser, failed to appear for his deposition in the House impeachment inquiry. After receiving a Congressional subpoena on Friday, Kupperman was told not to show up by White House lawyers who invoked “constitutional immunity.” That same day, Kupperman filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to determine whether he is required to testify.  
    Garrett Haake, MSNBC Washington Correspondent, discusses the options Congress has when a witness defies a subpoena and how Kupperman’s response could affect the potential testimony of John Bolton. 
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
    Further reading:

    Trump national security official asks judge whether he has to testify in impeachment probe 

    Ex-Trump deputy national security adviser Kupperman a no-show for impeachment testimony


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  • As evidence mounts against President Donald Trump, Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are attempting to undermine proceedings by criticizing the House process.   
    This week, McConnell co-sponsored a resolution, alongside Senator Lindsey Graham, claiming the inquiry denies President Trump "basic fairness and due process.” McConnell is careful, however, when confronted with allegations about the President’s conduct with Ukraine. 
    Frank Thorp V, Producer and Off-Air Congressional Reporter for NBC News, breaks down McConnell’s impeachment strategy and what options he may have if the inquiry comes to a Senate trial. 
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.
    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
    Further reading: 
    Graham unveils measure slamming impeachment inquiry

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  • In testimony on Tuesday, Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, described what he saw as a high-stakes decision by President Trump to withhold $391 million in aid to Ukraine. Dan De Luce, national security and global affairs reporter for the NBC News investigative unit, recounts Taylor’s opening statement and whether it support the theory of a “quid pro quo.” 
    And, NBC Justice Correspondent Pete Williams joins Steve Kornacki to answer a listener question on what happens if a witness lies to Congress.
    Have questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    Further reading:   

    ‘Never Trump’ Republican to represent Bill Taylor, diplomat at center of impeachment inquiry

    House Democrats look for paper trail on blocked military aid to Ukraine


    For a transcript, please visit https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • Bill Taylor, the current US Ambassador to Ukraine, is set to appear before the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs Committees on Tuesday. Taylor is likely to be asked about his concerns about a possible Trump-Ukraine quid pro quo. "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," Taylor wrote in a September text message exchange. 
    Leigh Ann Caldwell explains why Taylor’s deposition could be a lynchpin for House investigators. Our guest host, Carrie Dann, fills in for Steve Kornacki. 
    Questions about the impeachment inquiry? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com. 
    For transcripts and further reading, check out https://www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • Seven witnesses have now appeared before Congressional committees to share what they know about the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. But why is so much of this process behind closed doors? Will the public ever learn what was said? Julia Ainsley, NBC News Correspondent covering the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, explains the political calculation behind the Democrats’ decision to conduct most of their inquiry in private.
    Questions about the impeachment process? Email us at articletwopodcast@gmail.com.
    For a transcript please visit www.nbcnews.com/articletwo.
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  • The latest developments in the impeachment inquiry: what’s happening now in Washington and why it matters for the rest of the country. Powered by NBC News journalists. Hosted by Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent - NBC News and MSNBC. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with bonus episodes for breaking news.
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