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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 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

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on impeachment proceedings and Zuckerberg hearing

10/24/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez makes her first appearance on The Last Word to discuss the latest headlines in the impeachment investigation, her endorsement of Bernie Sanders, and yesterday’s congressional hearing with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A White House official is expected to corroborate Bill Taylor’s testimony of President Trump’s push for Ukraine to investigate the Bidens during their own testimony next week. Plus, Lawrence takes a special...

Duration:00:47:52

Pentagon official testifies about Ukraine aid after Republicans disrupted deposition at secure location

10/23/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Laura Cooper, the Pentagon official overseeing U.S. policy regarding Ukraine, was deposed by House impeachment investigators after a five-hour delay caused by a group of House Republicans. Also, former Sen. Bill Bradley joins Lawrence to talk about his former staffer, William Taylor, now a key witness in the impeachment investigation. Plus, Rudy Giuliani is reportedly looking for a criminal defense lawyer. Samantha Power also talks to Lawrence about her new memoir,...

Duration:00:43:43

Top U.S. diplomat contradicts Trump's claim that there wasn't a quid pro quo

10/22/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: The top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine told Congress that the president's choice to withhold security assistance to Ukraine until it agreed to dig up dirt on the Bidens would endanger the lives of Ukrainians. Also, John Heilemann and Mark Thompson join Lawrence to discuss how Bill Taylor's testimony accelerates the push for impeachment. Plus, Rep. Marcy Kaptur discusses the credibility clash between Bill Taylor and Gordon Sondland. And Barbara McQuade returns to evaluate...

Duration:00:46:54

NBC News: House Dems zero in on “abuse of power” in Trump impeachment inquiry

10/21/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: NBC News reports that House Democrats are framing the impeachment case against Trump around “abuse of power” involving Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine. Also, Mimi Rocah and Matt Miller return to discuss the Trump Justice Department distancing itself from Rudy Giuliani. Plus, Tim O’Brien and Jonathan Alter talk to Lawrence about Trump caving on hosting the next G7 meeting at a Trump property. And why Trump misnaming his Secretary of Defense in a tweet matters....

Duration:00:43:54

Trump-GOP divide grows as impeachment support increases

10/18/2019
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Tonight on The Last Word: Republicans struggle to credibly defend Trump after his actions in Ukraine, Syria, and with the G7. Tony Schwartz, co-author of Trump’s “Art of the Deal,” talks about why the fear of impeachment has made Trump worse. Plus, Michael Moore returns to discuss what he loves about the Nancy Pelosi v. Trump photo and the 2020 presidential race. And Nicholas Kristof explains why Trump’s “deal” in Syria is a “colossal mistake.” Peter Wehner, Ruth Marcus, and Sen. Gary Peters...

Duration:00:43:24

Article II: Behind Closed Doors

10/18/2019
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Introducing Article II: Inside Impeachment, a new podcast from NBC News. Seven witnesses have now appeared before Congressional committees to share what they know about the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. But why is so much of this process behind closed doors? Will the public ever learn what was said? Julia Ainsley, NBC News Correspondent covering the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, explains the political calculation behind the Democrats’ decision...

Duration:00:17:41