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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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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

Republican defenses break down during impeachment hearings

11/20/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: On the third day of impeachment hearings, the Republican "hearsay" defense fell apart, as the Intelligence Committee heard from two first hand witnesses who listened to Trump's call with the president of Ukraine. Also, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks to Lawrence about some of the stunning moments of today’s impeachment hearing. Plus, fact-checking Tim Morrison’s answers about moving the Trump-Zelenskiy call transcript....

Duration:00:47:05

House Intelligence Committee releases David Holmes deposition

11/18/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: David Holmes’ deposition details the Trump-Sondland phone call he overheard at a restaurant in Kyiv. Also, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson writes a letter to House Republicans in response to a request for information about Ukraine. Plus, Jim Messina returns to talk to Lawrence about Trump’s failed bid to help a Republican win in Louisiana this past weekend. And Elizabeth Drew, who wrote the book on Nixon’s impeachment, shares her insight into the current state of...

Duration:00:46:17

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

Top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine ties Trump to quid pro quo

11/6/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Impeachment investigators release the deposition of Bill Taylor, in which Taylor testified that military aid to Ukraine was tied to demands that the country launch political investigations to help Donald Trump. Also, Barbara McQuade and Mieke Eoyang return to talk about Gordon Sondland changing his testimony and admitting to quid pro quo. Plus, the Washington Post reports that Donald Trump wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference declaring...

Duration:00:44:57

NBC News: Democrat Andy Beshear is apparent winner in the Kentucky governor race

11/5/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Democrat Andy Beshear defeats Trump-backed Matt Bevin for Kentucky governor. Also, Virginia Democrats take control of the state house and senate for the first time in more than two decades. Plus, David Frum and Jonathan Allen join Lawrence to discuss how tonight’s loss in Kentucky could be ominous for Republican senators ahead of a likely impeachment trial. Steve Kornacki, Vaughn Hillyard, Sam Stein, Steve McMahon, Neera Tanden, Ben Self, and Larry Sabato also join...

Duration:00:51:00

Lawrence: No defense of Trump from Republicans in newly released impeachment depositions

11/4/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: In the first batch of transcripts released from the impeachment investigation depositions, House Republicans make no attempt to defend Trump and fail to undermine the expert witnesses who testified. Also, Laurence Tribe discusses the legal consequences of impeachment inquiry witnesses skipping scheduled depositions. Plus, a federal appeals court in New York ruled that Trump must turn over 8 years of tax returns. And Michael McFaul and Chuck Rosenberg return to talk...

Duration:00:44:01

New witnesses called to testify before impeachment committees

11/1/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: A top White House lawyer at the center of the Trump-Ukraine scandal is subpoenaed to testify in the impeachment inquiry while Energy Secretary Rick Perry becomes the first member of Trump’s Cabinet to be asked to appear before the House. Also, Jennifer Rubin and EJ Dionne return to discuss the Republicans who continue to dodge questions about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Plus, Beto O’Rourke drops out of the 2020 presidential race while the remaining Democratic...

Duration:00:45:32

Party Lines

11/1/2019
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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...

Duration:00:21:08

House votes 232-196 to advance impeachment inquiry

10/31/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The House passed a resolution approving procedures for its impeachment inquiry of Trump, opening a new and public phase of the investigation. Also, Neal Katyal returns to discuss what happened in two different federal courts today regarding Congressional subpoenas in the impeachment investigation. Plus, Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld joins Lawrence to talk about the House’s vote on impeachment as well as his primary campaign against Trump. And Joyce...

Duration:00:43:41

Democrats invite John Bolton to testify in impeachment probe

10/30/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: House Democrats leading Trump’s impeachment inquiry invite John Bolton to testify behind closed doors, but Bolton’s lawyer says that Bolton will not appear voluntarily. Also, Rep. Peter Welch talks about the possibility of Gordon Sondland perjuring himself. Plus, John Heilemann joins Lawrence to discuss Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s testimony to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. And NBC News reports that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick...

Duration:00:46:31

Vindman testified that memo of July 25th call omitted Trump talking about Biden to Zelensky

10/29/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies that one ellipsis in the Trump-Ukraine call memo was Trump talking to Zelensky about Joe Biden. Also, Democrats move to try and keep Republicans from outing the whistleblower in closed-door depositions. Plus, Jennifer Rubin and Evan McMullin return to discuss the Republicans’ increasing fear of losing the House, Senate, and White House in 2020. And House Democrats unveil the resolution detailing the next steps in Trump’s...

Duration:00:44:48

Top WH Ukraine expert who heard Trump's Ukraine call voiced his concerns to superiors

10/28/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman plans to tell House impeachment investigators that he heard Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals, a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior. Also, Rep. Eric Swalwell looks ahead to the upcoming House vote that will establish the next public phase of Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Plus, Brett McGurk and Malcolm Nance return to discuss...

Duration:00:45:37

Judge orders DOJ to hand over Mueller docs to Dems

10/25/2019
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Katy Tur fills in for Lawrence O’Donnell: A judge has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over grand jury documents from the Mueller investigation to House Democrats. Rudy Giuliani accidentally butt-dialed an NBC reporter and left voicemails regarding “needing cash.” Three Republicans have signalled an unwillingness to support Senator Lindsey Graham’s resolution condemning the House’s impeachment inquiry. Plus, Trump has been ordered to be deposed in the Summer Zervos case, and a...

Duration:00:47:17