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WELCOME BACK TO NBC NEWS NOW.

WELCOME BACK TO NBC NEWS NOW.

WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS.

WE’VE GOT SOME BREAKING NEWS.

THE HOUSE JUST VOTED ON A MOTION THE HOUSE JUST VOTED ON A MOTION TO TABLE ARTICLES OF TO TABLE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.

IMPEACHMENT.

JOINING ME NOW, LEGAL ANALYST, JOINING ME NOW, LEGAL ANALYST, DANNY CEVALLOS, HE’S GOING TO DANNY CEVALLOS, HE’S GOING TO BREAK ALL OF THIS DOWN.

BREAK ALL OF THIS DOWN.

TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS MAY SEEM TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THIS MAY SEEM OVERWHELMING.

OVERWHELMING.

ARTICLES OF IMPEOPLEMENTACHMENT ARTICLES OF IMPEOPLEMENTACHMENT INTRODUCED LAST NIGHT.

INTRODUCED LAST NIGHT.

VOTE TODAY.

VOTE TODAY.

RUN US THROUGH WHAT IS GOING ON RUN US THROUGH WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.

HERE.

>> THESE AREN’T THE ARTICLES OF >> THESE AREN’T THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT PEOPLE EXPECTED TO IMPEACHMENT PEOPLE EXPECTED TO BE BROUGHT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP.

BE BROUGHT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP.

AS EXPECT BED AND SEEING LIVE AS EXPECT BED AND SEEING LIVE HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US, THEY ARE GOING TO GO NOWHERE.

THEY ARE GOING TO GO NOWHERE.

YOIN READ YOIN READ WHEN YOU READ THE ARTICLES OF WHEN YOU READ THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT REPRESENTATIVE GREEN IMPEACHMENT REPRESENTATIVE GREEN IS BRINGING, YOU CAN SEE WHY.

IS BRINGING, YOU CAN SEE WHY.

HE’S ESSENTIALLY CLAIMING A HIGH HE’S ESSENTIALLY CLAIMING A HIGH MISDEMEANOR UNDER THE MISDEMEANOR UNDER THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD.

CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD.

GENERALLY, OUT — LAYING OUT GENERALLY, OUT — LAYING OUT HE’S JUST A GENERALLY BAD HE’S JUST A GENERALLY BAD PERSON.

PERSON.

BUT WHAT WE KNOW FROM THE BUT WHAT WE KNOW FROM THE HISTORY OF IMPEACHMENT IS THAT HISTORY OF IMPEACHMENT IS THAT MALADMINISTRATION, EVEN BEING A MALADMINISTRATION, EVEN BEING A BAD PERSON, HAS HISTORICALLY NOT BAD PERSON, HAS HISTORICALLY NOT BEEN ENOUGH TO RISE TO THE LEVEL BEEN ENOUGH TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

KEEPING IN MIND THAT TREASON AND KEEPING IN MIND THAT TREASON AND BRIBERY ARE THE TWO CRIMES THAT BRIBERY ARE THE TWO CRIMES THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED.

ARE SPECIFICALLY DESCRIBED.

SO, THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS SO, THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS THAT THE CRIME MUST BE SOMETHING THAT THE CRIME MUST BE SOMETHING IN THAT AREA OF TREASON AND IN THAT AREA OF TREASON AND BRIBERY.

BRIBERY.

AND JUST BEING A NASTY PERSON AND JUST BEING A NASTY PERSON ISN’T GOING TO BE ENOUGH.

ISN’T GOING TO BE ENOUGH.

>> I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HEARD >> I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE HEARD OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT AL OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT AL GREEN INTRODUCED THIS CUTBUT DID GREEN INTRODUCED THIS CUTBUT DID HAVE THE SUPPORT OF NANCY PELOSI HAVE THE SUPPORT OF NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER KEY DEMOCRATS LARGELY AND OTHER KEY DEMOCRATS LARGELY BECAUSE IT SEEMS THEY DIDN’T BECAUSE IT SEEMS THEY DIDN’T FEEL THE CASE WAS QUITE THERE.

FEEL THE CASE WAS QUITE THERE.

IS THAT.

IS THAT.

WHAT IT’S LOOKING LIKE TODAY, WHAT IT’S LOOKING LIKE TODAY, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH, THE CASE THERE’S NOT ENOUGH, THE CASE ISN’T THERE TO PERHAPS THIS COME ISN’T THERE TO PERHAPS THIS COME COULD COULD COULD COME UP DOWN THE ROAD BUT COULD COME UP DOWN THE ROAD BUT DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO BRING HIM DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO BRING HIM ON BEING A BAD PERSON, FOR ON BEING A BAD PERSON, FOR EXAMPLE.

EXAMPLE.

>> IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE.

>> IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE.

THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING AS THE THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING AS THE HOUSE VOTES.

HOUSE VOTES.

OVERDEFEAT.

OVERDEFEAT.

THIS IS GOING TO GO AWAY THIS IS GOING TO GO AWAY RELATIVE QUICKLY ALMOST ADY RELATIVE QUICKLY ALMOST ADY AFTER IT BEGAN.

AFTER IT BEGAN.

IN LIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN WAKE OF IN LIGHT, ESPECIALLY IN WAKE OF THE MUELLER REPORT, WHICH THE MUELLER REPORT, WHICH INVESTIGATED RUSSIA COLLUSION, INVESTIGATED RUSSIA COLLUSION, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, ALL OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS WERE IN TRUMP’S THOSE THINGS WERE IN TRUMP’S MIND A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH.

MIND A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH.

BUT NOW YOU HAVE THESE SORT OF BUT NOW YOU HAVE THESE SORT OF GENERALITIES, TALKING ABOUT THE GENERALITIES, TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT JUST BEING GENERALLY PRESIDENT JUST BEING GENERALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE WITH SOME UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE WITH SOME SPECIFICS.

SPECIFICS.

BUT, AGAIN, THIS HAS BEEN TRIED BUT, AGAIN, THIS HAS BEEN TRIED IN THE PAST.

IN THE PAST.

ANDREW JOHNSON WAS ARGUABLY ANDREW JOHNSON WAS ARGUABLY IMPEACHED REALLY BECAUSE HE WAS IMPEACHED REALLY BECAUSE HE WAS APPARENTLY A REALLY, REALLY APPARENTLY A REALLY, REALLY UNLIKABLE PERSON.

UNLIKABLE PERSON.

BUT THE REASON WAS NOT BUT THE REASON WAS NOT UNLIKABILITY.

UNLIKABILITY.

IT WAS VIOLATION OF THE TENURE IT WAS VIOLATION OF THE TENURE IN OFFICE ACT.

IN OFFICE ACT.

VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL STATUTE VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL STATUTE THAT GAVE THEM THE GROUNDS TO THAT GAVE THEM THE GROUNDS TO EVEN BEGIN TO IMPEACH.

EVEN BEGIN TO IMPEACH.

THIS DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL THIS DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF JOHNSON’S IMPEACHMENT.

OF JOHNSON’S IMPEACHMENT.

>> NOW, BECAUSE THIS WENT AWAY >> NOW, BECAUSE THIS WENT AWAY SO QUICKLY TODAY, WOULD IT BE SO QUICKLY TODAY, WOULD IT BE SAFE TO ASSUME WE MIGHT NOT SEE SAFE TO ASSUME WE MIGHT NOT SEE IT AGAIN FOR A LITTLE WHILE OR IT AGAIN FOR A LITTLE WHILE OR IS THIS SOMETHING THAT PERHAPS IS THIS SOMETHING THAT PERHAPS COULD COME DOWN THE ROAD? COULD COME DOWN THE ROAD? I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK.

LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT WEEK.

THEY KNOW THE MUELLER TESTIMONY THEY KNOW THE MUELLER TESTIMONY IS COMING.

IS COMING.

COULD CERTAIN OTHER EVENTS COULD CERTAIN OTHER EVENTS PRECIPITATE MAYBE ARTICLES OF PRECIPITATE MAYBE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT BEING INTRODUCED IMPEACHMENT BEING INTRODUCED AGAIN WHEN THERE IS, PERHAPS, AGAIN WHEN THERE IS, PERHAPS, MORE TO GO ON? MORE TO GO ON? >> THE MERE FACT THAT THESE >> THE MERE FACT THAT THESE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WERE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WERE PROBABLY HOPELESS FROM THE PROBABLY HOPELESS FROM THE BEGINNING DOESN’T MEAN THEY BEGINNING DOESN’T MEAN THEY DIDN’T HAVE A PURPOSE.

DIDN’T HAVE A PURPOSE.

>> OKAY.

>> OKAY.

>> THEY MAY BE PART OF SOME >> THEY MAY BE PART OF SOME LARGER LONG-GAME CHESS STRATEGIC LARGER LONG-GAME CHESS STRATEGIC MOVES THAT PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE MOVES THAT PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE INCLUDING AL GREEN ARE PLANNING.

INCLUDING AL GREEN ARE PLANNING.

WHAT PURPOSE DID TODAY’S VOTE WHAT PURPOSE DID TODAY’S VOTE SERVE? SERVE? IT REALLY SERVED THE PURPOSE OF IT REALLY SERVED THE PURPOSE OF LAYING OUT HOW EGREGIOUS TRUMP’S LAYING OUT HOW EGREGIOUS TRUMP’S BEHAVIOR WAS ON TWITTER AND THE BEHAVIOR WAS ON TWITTER AND THE VIEW THAT THE HOUSE HAD ABOUT VIEW THAT THE HOUSE HAD ABOUT HOW EGREGIOUS THOSE TWEETS AND HOW EGREGIOUS THOSE TWEETS AND HIS COMMENTS AND HIS GENERAL HIS COMMENTS AND HIS GENERAL UNFITNESS FOR THE OFFICE.

UNFITNESS FOR THE OFFICE.

TO SOME DEGREE, THAT’S GOTTEN TO SOME DEGREE, THAT’S GOTTEN OUT IN THE PUBLIC.

OUT IN THE PUBLIC.

THAT PLUS A RESOLUTION.

THAT PLUS A RESOLUTION.

AND THAT MAY PLAY IN LATER ON TO AND THAT MAY PLAY IN LATER ON TO THE LONG GAME OF THE DEMOCRATS THE LONG GAME OF THE DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO SEE TRUMP REMOVED.

WHO WANT TO SEE TRUMP REMOVED.

>> YOU MENTIONED THE LONG GAME >> YOU MENTIONED THE LONG GAME OF THE DEMOCRATS.

OF THE DEMOCRATS.

NOW THAT THIS HAS OF IMPEACHMENT NOW THAT THIS HAS OF IMPEACHMENT AN EVENT THAT WILL BRING DOWN AN EVENT THAT WILL BRING DOWN DONALD TRUMP.

DONALD TRUMP.

IN A WAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE IN A WAY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE GENERALITIES IN THE ARTICLES OF GENERALITIES IN THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT PROPOSED NO ONE IMPEACHMENT PROPOSED NO ONE COULD HAVE REASONABLY BELIEVED COULD HAVE REASONABLY BELIEVED THIS WAS GOING TO GET MUCH.