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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

Yovanovitch: Removal based on “unfounded” claims by people with “questionable motives”

10/11/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Fmr. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch delivers damning testimony about the Trump administration’s foreign policy. Also, New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt shares his scoop about federal prosecutors in Manhattan investigating whether Rudy Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine. Plus, Jonathan Alter and Jennifer Rubin join Ari to discuss Kevin McAleenan’s resignation from his role as acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland...

Duration:00:45:39

Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges

10/10/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rudy Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested for campaign finance violations on indictments brought by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Also, the Washington Post reports that at least four national security officials brought their concerns about Trump’s Ukraine call to a White House Lawyer. Plus, Rick Wilson and Norm Ornstein return to talk to Lawrence about the quickly changing politics of impeachment. And a group of...

Duration:00:46:56

Rpt: Trump once ordered Tillerson to help Giuliani client facing DOJ charges

10/9/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Bloomberg reports that Trump pressed Rex Tillerson to help persuade the Justice Department to drop a criminal case against one of Rudy Giuliani’s clients. Also, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris talks to Lawrence about the ongoing impeachment investigation in Congress. Plus, Ben Rhodes and Evelyn Farkas discuss Fiona Hill, Trump’s former Russia advisor, who is expected to voluntarily attend a closed-door deposition of the impeachment...

Duration:00:44:54

Pelosi to Trump: "You will be held accountable."

10/8/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times reports that the whistleblower wrote a memo describing a White House official who heard Trump’s Ukraine call as “visibly shaken by what had transpired.” Also, Laurence Tribe analyzes the validity of the White House counsel’s letter to the house deeming the impeachment investigation as unconstitutional- after Nancy Pelosi says refusal to comply with requests will be viewed as evidence of obstruction. Plus, Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne join...

Duration:00:43:17

Second whistleblower emerges on Trump & Ukraine

10/7/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lawyers for a second whistleblower say that he has “firsthand knowledge” of the Trump-Ukraine controversy that supports the original whistleblower’s claims. Also, the Washington Post reports that House Democrats are considering extreme measures to protect the identity of the first whistleblower from Trump allies in Congress. Plus, James B. Stewart joins Lawrence to discuss his new book, “Deep State,” which details what happened behind the scenes with the federal law...

Duration:00:44:16

NYT: 2nd official may blow whistle on Trump’s Ukraine dealings

10/4/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The New York Times reports that a second whistleblower may come forward about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Also, Rachel Maddow joins Lawrence to discuss her new book, “Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.” Plus, Evan McMullin and Howell Raines talk about the Republican responses to Trump’s call for China to investigate his political opponent. Michael Schmidt, Ned Price and FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub...

Duration:00:43:36

A day of smoking guns in the growing Trump impeachment investigation

10/3/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Trump calls on Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden and his family. Also, the New York Times reports that Trump’s envoys to Ukraine drafted a statement that would have committed Ukraine to pursuing Trump’s investigations. Plus, John Heilemann and Walter Shaub return to talk about the Washington Post’s new report about another whistleblower complaint allegedly involving the Trump administration. And Lawrence also covers the breaking news that happened midshow...

Duration:00:47:14

Rudy Giuliani admits he provided some documents the State Dept. IG flagged to House Committees

10/2/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rudy Giuliani confesses to providing some of the conspiracy-filled materials on Ukraine the State IG flagged to House committees. Also, Sen. Chris Murphy shares his reaction to Mike Pompeo’s admission to being on the Trump-Ukraine phone call. Plus, Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, discusses what contact the whistleblower might have had with the House Intelligence Committee before the complaint became public. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Amb. Wendy Sherman, Jonathan...

Duration:00:47:27

House Chairmen: Pompeo has conflict of interest re: Trump-Ukraine call

10/1/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight Committees send a letter to the Deputy Secretary of State saying that Mike Pompeo is a fact witness in the House impeachment inquiry and demanding that Pompeo stop interfering with witness testimony. Also, the Inspector General of the State Department requests an “urgent” Ukraine briefing with several House and Senate Committees. Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris returns...

Duration:00:47:02

New reports raise Pompeo, Barr “cover-up” questions

9/30/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), Matt Miller, and Nicholas Kristof join Lawrence to discuss new reports about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr. Plus, presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker returns to discuss how he will handle his duties if he is sworn in as a juror in Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate. And former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe talks about the intersection of the presidential campaign and impeachment heading...

Duration:00:43:53

Rpt: Trump comments to Russians prompted W.H. officials to limit access to remarks

9/27/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports that Trump told Russian officials in 2017 that he wasn’t concerned about election interference. Also, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine resigns after being named in the whistleblower complaint. Plus, Julian Barnes of the New York Times shares his latest reporting about the White House limiting access to transcripts of calls from Vladimir Putin and the Saudi royal family. And Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) discusses the impeachment investigation...

Duration:00:44:50

Whistleblower: WH tried to “lock down” records of Trump’s Ukraine call

9/26/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The impeachment investigation of Trump kicks off with acting DNI Joseph Maguire’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. Also, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner gives Lawrence his assessment of the now-unclassified whistleblower complaint. Plus, Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Sen. Amy Klobuchar discuss the investigation into the possible impeachment wrapping up as early as November. And NBC News is reporting that...

Duration:00:44:06

More House Dems come out for impeachment inquiry after reconstructed Trump-Zelenskiy call released

9/25/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Larry Pfeiffer, President Obama’s former Director of the White House Situation Room, returns to talk to Lawrence about the memo of Trump’s conversation with President Zelenskiy of Ukraine. Also, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, discusses the whistleblower report. Plus, John Heilemann and Mike Murphy analyze the condition of American politics as Trump becomes the fourth president in history to face an official...

Duration:00:46:54

Speaker Pelosi formally announces impeachment inquiry

9/24/2019
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Lawrence interviews Assistant Speaker Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and two freshmen Democrats, Rep. Abigail Spanbger (D-VA) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) about the swift movement of the House Democratic caucus toward an impeachment inquiry. Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker join Lawrence to discuss this historic day as well as the unusual bipartisan action in the Senate today around the whistleblower complaint. And Larry Pfeiffer, former Director of the...

Duration:00:48:43

Trump admits discussing political rival with Ukraine

9/23/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: House leadership calls for members-only caucus meeting to discuss impeachment inquiry. Also, Former governor and Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld reacts to a new Washington Post report that Trump ordered a hold on Ukraine military aid days before he called the Ukraine president. Plus, Republicans struggle to respond to Trump’s Ukraine phone call. And Jennifer Palmieri discusses the current state of impeachment and what might come out of the House...

Duration:00:46:29

Rpts: Trump repeatedly pressed Ukraine president to investigate Dem opponent

9/20/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Ellen Nakashima of The Washington Post shares the latest developments in news alleging that Trump asked Ukraine to look into Joe Biden’s son in July. Also, Bill Kristol and Evan McMullin return to discuss the Republican lawmakers’ silence. Plus, some Democrats renew calls for impeachment after new details emerge about whistleblower complaint. And Varshini Prakash joins Lawrence to discuss the youth-led climate strike taking place around the world. Jeremy Bash, Ned...

Duration:00:44:03

Rpt: Whistleblower complaint about Trump involves Ukraine

9/19/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The Inspector General handling the whistleblower complaint testifies to a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee. Also, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner joins Lawrence to discuss the legal battle between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress over Trump’s alleged communication with a foreign leader. And Trump sues the Manhattan district attorney over a subpoena for his tax returns. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ned Price, Evelyn Farkas, Tom...

Duration:00:48:08

WaPo: Trump’s communications with a foreign leader are part of a whistleblower complaint

9/18/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Breaking news from the Washington Post, which is reporting that President Trump’s communications with an undisclosed foreign leader included a “promise” so troubling that it triggered a whistleblower complaint. Ellen Nakashima, tone of the reporters who broke the story, joins Lawrence, along with Ben Rhodes, Ned Price, and Nicholas Kristof. Also, the evolving Trump Administration response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Plus, more on Tuesday’s impeachment...

Duration:00:46:41

House Judiciary Cmte. holds first hearing of Trump impeachment investigation

9/17/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Ex-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski buckles under the questioning of the Democratic counsel on the Judiciary Committee. Also, Sen. Amy Klobuchar returns to discuss newly revealed details about the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. Plus, it is too close to call in the Israeli elections which have been viewed as a referendum on Trump ally Benjamin Netanyahu. And Cal Perry shares the environmental impacts of natural gas flaring in Texas. Rep. Eric...

Duration:00:44:45

Book reveals new details of allegations against Kavanaugh

9/16/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly discuss their new book about investigating the allegations of sexual misconduct against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Also, Trump tweets that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” after an attack on a Saudi oil facility. Plus, New York City prosecutors subpoena 8 years of Trump’s tax returns. And Rep. Elissa Slotkin talks to Lawrence about the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors. Ambassador Wendy...

Duration:00:44:16