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"Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump" is the final book in Seth Abramson’s Proof series following "Proof of Collusion" and "Proof of Conspiracy," both national bestsellers.

"Proof of Corruption" looks to connect the dots between worldwide headlines to create a comprehensive history and analysis of the Trump administration. The book is a searing indictment of Trump’s brazen behavior in office and the dire consequences for the world.

Seth Abramson is a former criminal defense attorney and criminal investigator who teaches journalism and legal advocacy at the University of New Hampshire. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is a political columnist at Newsweek and the author.

The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan join us this morning to discuss their new book: "Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath."

"Trump on Trial" offers a narrative of what happened and why as Donald Trump faced only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, fueled by fresh reporting from Washington and beyond.

Drawing on the combined efforts of their Post colleagues and their own reporting, Sullivan and Jordan reveal the actions and motivations of the central figures caught up in the explosive events.

Stephen Gottlieb: Kangaroo Court For Whitewash

Jan 28, 2020

Republicans charge Democrats with trying to impeach Trump since the day he took office, never mentioning that Trump announced his intention to violate the Constitution’s prohibition on foreign corrupt influence, the emoluments clause, from day one. Democrats were apparently supposed to do their patriotic duty by lying down and rolling over. Now we’re involved in a trial of exactly what the clause prohibited – foreign corrupt influence, that affected our handling of national defense, and may have affected much more. Foreign corrupt influence is serious.

Bryan Griffin: Good Government Needs Renewal

Jan 23, 2020

As the Senate hosts the President’s impeachment trial, I think back to the process that brought us here.


For the fourth time in American history, congress has started impeachment proceedings against the president. However, this is not a new or particularly American experience.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we open up history class to look at the past, present and future of impeachment.

We’ll also look at the advantages and the academic future of being bilingual.

Some lawmakers have criticized the White House for moving ahead with the killing of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani without consulting Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York’s 18th District.

President Donald Trump’s military actions in Iran have pushed his impeachment out of the headlines. In today’s Congressional Corner, WAMC’s Alan Chartock speaks with Tim Vercellotti of the Western New England University poll.

Hank Greenberg: The Oath

Jan 2, 2020

“I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of President Donald John Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.''

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy discusses issues out of Washington as he returns to Vermont
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy spoke to reporters Thursday at the Burlington International Airport as he returned to Vermont from Washington.  Most of the discussion focused on the recently passed 2020 appropriations agreement and the pending impeachment trial.

While the U.S. House Rules Committee worked Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s floor vote on the articles of impeachment, House members were determining how they will vote. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch will support the impeachment of President Trump. The Democrat held a telephone Town Hall Monday evening to explain why and take questions from constituents.

12/19/19 Panel

Dec 19, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Siena College Professor of Comparative Politics Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI and Director of the RPI-IBM Artificial Intelligence research collaboration Jim Hendler.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district was in the national spotlight during the impeachment hearings when she challenged Intelligence Committee Chair Democrat Adam Schiff. The conservative base has been enamored with her steadfast support of President Donald Trump and insistence that the hearings have not produced evidence of impeachable offenses. She’s discussed her interchanges with the Democratic committee chair extensively during national interviews. Stefanik spoke this morning with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the witness testimony. She says she prepared for the hearings by attending and reviewing the depositions.

The Impeachment Hearings On WAMC

Nov 19, 2019
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The House’s impeachment hearings will be carried live on WAMC starting at the following times:

9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21

America was polarized even before impeachment.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

11/14/19 Panel

Nov 14, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports upcoming public hearings in the House's impeachment proceedings involving President Trump.

The White House, Washington D.C.

If there is an impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, there will be a lot of unknowns as the process moves forward. That’s according to Michael Zeldin, a former senior Justice Department official and assistant attorney general who has provided legal analysis on television for 23 years. 

James Reston, Jr., took leave from teaching during the summer of 1973 to witness the Senate Watergate Committee hearings as he worked with his coauthor on what became the first full-length book to advocate for Richard Nixon's impeachment.

During the following summer, he returned to Washington, DC, to witness the final act of the impeachment drama, attending the Watergate trials, Supreme Court deliberations over executive privilege, and House Judiciary Committee hearings to consider and eventually vote on articles of impeachment.

When he arrived in Washington, he decided to keep a diary. His new book, “The Impeachment Diary,” is his contemporaneous account of those heady, uncertain times: when a president, having been investigated by a special counsel and Congress, was called to account for acts contrary to his oath and office, and fundamental questions about the Constitution were engaged.

The White House, Washington D.C.

A new poll shows growing support for the impeachment inquiry underway in Washington, but support for the actual impeachment of the president is not quite as strong. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a town hall last Tuesday night in Dutchess County, at the Clinton Town Hall. A number of questions focused on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced September 24. Delgado, of New York’s 19th District, came out in favor of impeachment proceedings hours before Pelosi’s announcement.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to keep current and former State Department employees from providing testimony in the House's impeachment inquiry. 

Antonio Delgado declares victory.
Allison Dunne

With an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump apparently on the way, a number of representatives across the Northeast have been outlining their stances. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, two Democrats in the Hudson Valley back the effort formally for the first time.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that Wednesday's election in Israel was too close to call, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his chief rival showing enough support to win. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston, and reports of easing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. After President Trump agreed to delay his next tariff increase on China for two weeks, China purchased its first large order of American soybeans in months. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses reports that House Democrats intend to expand their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a roundtable discussion Monday on gun violence. She says she will be thinking about all the input and what can be done in the House. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the chair of the House Appropriations Committee about this and more.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller answers questions from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at July's hearing.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently testified before the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And two Democratic New York Congressmen from the Hudson Valley are providing their takes on whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a shooting at a California food festival that left four people dead on Sunday, including the gunman. 

Congressman Peter Welch

On Thursday, Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch announced he now supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he didn’t make the decision lightly. He held a public forum at the Statehouse Monday evening to hear what Vermonters think.  Most who commented agreed with him.

Rep. Peter Welch
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Vermont’s sole Congressman now supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Democrat Peter Welch told reporters on a conference call Thursday that he did not make the decision lightly, but believes the president has established a clear pattern that disregards the Constitution.