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The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.
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Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. O’Donnell convenes diverse panels of guests, including a variety of politicians and cultural voices, to offer unique viewpoints and perspective. In his signature style, O’Donnell goes into depth on the latest news developments and offers his take on the political stories driving the national conversation.

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Episodes

House Judiciary hears impeachment evidence against Trump

12/9/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News reports that Democrats are expecting to draft at least two articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Sen. Mazie Hirono joins Lawrence to discuss the next steps in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, the Justice Department Inspect General concludes that the FBI’s Russia probe was justified and not politically biased. Politico reports that the House Judiciary Committee plans to vote on articles of impeachment on Thursday. And Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul looks...

Duration:00:44:34

WAPO: Trump ignores security threat from cellphone use to hide calls from

12/6/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Phone records in the impeachment report show routine communications between President Trump and Rudy Giuliani on cellphones vulnerable to monitoring by Russian and other foreign intelligence services. The report details that the President doesn’t want to use secure landlines so he can hide evidence of calls from his own staff. Also, the House impeachment committees officially transmit their impeachment inquiry report to the House Judiciary Committee. Plus, Zerlina...

Duration:00:45:39

House Judiciary Committee to hold hearing Monday to receive impeachment evidence

12/5/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi instructs House Chairs to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss the smoking gun in the Trump impeachment inquiry. Plus, Robert Reich explains why Mitch McConnell might be “the most dangerous politician.” And Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine pushing his agenda. Rep. Peter Welch, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Mieke Eoyang, and Franklin Foer also join Lawrence O’Donnell.

Duration:00:46:38

Legal experts testify Trump committed impeachable offenses

12/4/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe breaks down the Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing. Also, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Lawrence to discuss the potential articles of impeachment and the state of the 2020 Democratic race. And Lawrence asks Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin about the next steps for the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry.

Duration:00:45:35

Impeachment report outlines presidential misconduct and obstruction of Congress

12/3/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Adam Schiff joins Lawrence to discuss his committee’s conclusions in the impeachment investigation into President Trump. Also, the impeachment report reveals phone records that show Rep. Devin Nunes communicated with Rudy Giuliani and his indicted associate, Lev Parnas. Plus, Steve Schmidt says the Republicans in Congress who continue to defend Trump’ in the Ukraine scheme are “accomplices.” And Dr. Lance Dodes returns to discuss the current state of the...

Duration:00:45:44

Schiff: Intelligence Committee to release impeachment report to public tomorrow

12/2/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Chairman Schiff says that the House Intelligence Committee will release the impeachment report tomorrow. Also, Time reporter Simon Shuster joins Lawrence to discuss his interview with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy on Trump and the war with Russia. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bill Weld talks about how the impeachment inquiry is affecting Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020 and the current state of the GOP. And former FBI lawyer Lisa Page breaks...

Duration:00:47:28

Anonymous book: Trump’s actions are “fireable offenses”

11/29/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: An anonymous “senior administration official” warns voters to not re-elect Trump. Also, James B. Stewart joins Lawrence to talk about his book "Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law.” Plus, Fintan O’Toole discusses the rise of nationalism in the United Kingdom sparked by the 2016 Brexit referendum. And Nobel Prize winning economist Esther Duflo explains how economics can solve real world problems, including income inequality, poverty and immigration. Neera...

Duration:00:45:34

A very consequential weekend for Trump impeachment case

11/27/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal discusses his new book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.” Also, Trump claims he didn’t direct Rudy Giuliani to go to Ukraine, contradicting testimony and his own call with President Zelenskiy. Plus, Michael Moore breaks down the state of the Democratic presidential race. And a new report from the United Nations warns that countries must drastically reduce their carbon emissions to prevent irreversible environmental...

Duration:00:46:51

Trump throws Giuliani under the bus with new Ukraine comments

11/26/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump denies sending Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine despite Giuliani claiming he conducted the probe on Trump’s behalf. Also, the House Judiciary Committee sets a date for the first impeachment hearing and invites Trump to participate. Plus, Ben Rhodes returns to discuss Secy. of State Mike Pompeo spreading disinformation about election interference. The anonymous “senior administration official” answers questions in an “Ask Me Anything” forum on Reddit. And Ben Rhodes...

Duration:00:46:18

Judge rejects Trump’s claim of absolute immunity to block witnesses from testifying to Congress

11/26/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: A federal judge rules that former White House Counsel Don McGahn must follow a subpoena and testify before Congress. Also, the House Intelligence Committee plans to deliver a report with all of the impeachment evidence to the Judiciary Committee shortly after Thanksgiving. Plus, federal prosecutors seek records of payments to Rudy Giuliani, as part of an active criminal investigation, according to a grand jury subpoena. And Charlie Cook talks to Ali about Michael...

Duration:00:45:37

Impeachment inquiry begins next stage as Intelligence Committee prepares to compile report

11/22/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump continues to push debunked Ukraine conspiracy theories as the House Intelligence Committee begins writing its report in the impeachment investigation. Also, the lawyer for indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas claims he has “hard evidence” of Trump’s wrongdoing. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Tim Miller return to discuss John Bolton’s claims that the White House blocked access to his Twitter account after he resigned. And the State Department releases Ukraine...

Duration:00:49:22

Key witnesses tie Trump’s personal agenda to Ukraine pressure

11/21/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Fiona Hill and David Holmes’ testimony ties Trump’s personal agenda to the Ukraine pressure campaign. Also, Laurence Tribe returns to talk to Lawrence about how Amb. Gordon Sondland’s testimony implicated Trump and top White House administration officials. Plus, Trump talks impeachment with potential Republican jurors Mitt Romney and Susan Collins. And Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar discusses the conclusion of this week’s impeachment hearings...

Duration:00:47:25

Democratic presidential primary debate, November 20, 2019

11/21/2019
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Cory Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, and Tom Steyer engage in the fifth 2020 Democratic primary debate for the presidential nomination.

Duration:02:10:26

State Dept. aide testifies he heard Trump call with Sondland the day after 7/25 Trump-Zelenskiy call

11/15/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes testifies he heard Trump ask Gordon Sondland if Ukraine was “going to do the investigation,” referring to Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rival. Also, Glenn Kirschner, Mieke Eoyang, and Fmr. Amb. Wendy Sherman return to discuss the impact of David Holmes’ testimony on the impeachment investigation. Plus, Laurence Tribe reacts to Trump live-tweeting his own impeachment hearing and attacking Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony. And Trump’s...

Duration:00:42:18

Pelosi accuses Trump of “obstructing” firsthand witnesses from testifying in impeachment inquiry

11/14/2019
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Joy Reid fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell tonight on The Last Word: Republicans complain there aren’t firsthand witnesses in the impeachment hearing but it is President Trump who is blocking the testimony his defenders are asking for. Public testimony continues tomorrow with former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s appearance as well as a closed-door deposition from the aide who overheard the phone call in the Kyiv restaurant between Donald Trump and Gordon Sondland. The Trump...

Duration:00:45:27

First day of impeachment hearings ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

11/13/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump's top envoy to Ukraine, William Taylor, reveals new details about a phone call that happened a day after the president spoke with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, which led to the impeachment inquiry. Also, Rep. Peter Welch and Neal Katyal return to discuss possible perjury jeopardy for Gordon Sondland. Plus, John Brennan explains the national security risks in the actions at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. And Howell Raines and Eugene Robinson talk to...

Duration:00:47:37

House Dems hone in on bribery as possible impeachment charge

11/12/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff claims there is a case for impeaching Trump for bribery. Also, Stephanie Ruhle joins Ari to discuss John Bolton revealing damaging information about Trump ahead of the first public impeachment hearings. Plus, Andrew Prokop and Glenn Kirschner talk about Rick Gates’s testimony, which contrasts with the written answers Trump submitted to Robert Mueller about WikiLeaks. And Malcolm Nance returns to talk to Ari about how Russia...

Duration:00:44:19

Pentagon Official: Ukrainians knew about Ukraine aid freeze before public reports

11/11/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: According to the recently released transcript of Laura Cooper’s deposition testimony to impeachment investigators, Ukrainian officials apparently knew that Trump was withholding military aid to them before the hold was made public in news reports. Also, Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit challenging a congressional subpoena for testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, Republicans submitted their witness list for the public impeachment...

Duration:00:45:15

Key impeachment witnesses testify Ukraine quid pro quo was coordinated by Acting Chief of Staff Mulvaney

11/8/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Newly released transcripts from two key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry detail the “explicit” push by the Trump administration to investigate Trump’s political rivals in exchange for military aid. Also, Dan Friedman and Natasha Bertrand join Ali to discuss Steve Bannon testifying that Trump’s 2016 campaign considered Roger Stone as the “access point” to WikiLeaks. Plus, Republicans are struggling to prepare their strategy to defend Trump in the impeachment...

Duration:00:44:32

State Dept. official: Rudy Giuliani spread ‘campaign of lies’

11/7/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: George Kent, a senior State Department official, told House impeachment investigators that Trump "wanted nothing less than President Zelenskiy to go to microphone and say investigations, Biden, and Clinton" and that that happened in part because of lies from Rudy Giuliani about Ukraine and the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the New York Times reports that Ukraine’s president almost gave in to Trump’s demands. Plus, Evelyn Farkas and...

Duration:00:37:49