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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell

Author: Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC

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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. Join him every weeknight.
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Tonight on The Last Word: District Attorney Fani Willis responds to requests to dismiss the Georgia case. Also, a judge rules Donald Trump committed fraud for “decades.” And President Biden makes history by joining striking auto workers on the picket line. Andrew Weissmann, Glenn Kirschner, Joyce Vance, Tim O’Brien and Sen. Bob Casey join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Former Trump White House aide and January 6th Committee star witness Cassidy Hutchinson joins Lawrence O’Donnell in New York to discuss her new memoir, “Enough,” the parallels of her January 6th testimony to the Watergate testimony from former Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield, the prosecutions of Donald Trump, the mishandling of documents during the Trump administration, and more.
Tonight on The Last Word: Cassidy Hutchinson explains why she testified to the January 6 Committee. Also, Sen. Bob Menendez resists calls for his resignation. And Fulton County Judge Scott McAfee issues an order on juror protection. Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki, Barbara McQuade, Gwen Keyes and Amy Lee Copeland join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Two House Republicans say they may work with Democrats to force a funding vote. Also, infighting reportedly led a top Trump Georgia lawyer to leave. Plus, Uvalde families join President Biden for the opening of the Federal Gun Violence Prevention Office. And New Jersey Sen. Menendez and his wife are indicted for a bribery scheme. Rep. James Clyburn, Adam Klasfeld, Paul Butler, Amy Lee Copeland, TX State Sen. Roland Gutierrez and Dr. Brian Williams join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on The Last Word: Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as the Fox and News Corp. chairman. Also, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks a divided Congress for more Ukraine aid. And the Senate confirms three military leaders despite Sen. Tuberville’s months-long hold. Michael Wolff, Charles Blow, Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul and Norm Ornstein join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis raises potential conflicts of interest for six defense attorneys in the Georgia case. Also, House Republicans demand respect for Congressional oversight even though Jim Jordan has refused to comply with a January 6 Committee subpoena. Plus, Ukraine President Zelenskyy calls for Russia to be stripped of its U.N. veto power. And Democrats are overperforming in 2023 special elections. Glenn Kirschner, Barbara McQuade, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Laurence Tribe and Simon Rosenberg join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden says we have to stand up to Putin’s “naked aggression.” Also, Ukraine President Zelenskyy plans to present the details of Ukraine’s Peace Formula at the UN Security Council meeting Wednesday. Plus, Sens. Whitehouse and Durbin ask right-wing billionaires about their gifts to Supreme Court justices. And a Georgia judge allows Trump co-defendants’ lawyers to question grand jurors with limits. Timothy Snyder, Ben Rhodes, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Gwen Keyes join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump’s comments on a Georgia co-defendant could push the boundaries of a bond agreement. Also, Jeffrey Clark waives his right to appear in court Monday. Plus, President Biden and Ukraine President Zelenskyy plan to address the U.N. Tuesday. And Planned Parenthood resumes abortions in Wisconsin. Andrew Weissmann, Joyce Vance, Gwen Keyes, White House Press Secy. Karine Jean-Pierre and Ben Wikler join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Special Counsel Jack Smith wants a limited gag order on Trump in the January 6 case. Also, GOP-led state legislatures use gerrymandering and voting restrictions to try to retain power. And Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks at the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing memorial. Rep. Ted Lieu, Temidayo Aganga-Williams, Faith Gay, Jamelle Bouie and Imani Perry join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump again falsely claims he’s allowed to keep classified documents. Also, a Georgia judge says the 19 co-defendants won’t all be tried together. Plus, Hunter Biden is indicted on gun purchase charges. And Vice President Harris kicks off the “Fight For Our Freedoms” college tour at Hampton University. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Bradley Moss, Gwen Keyes and Lillian Carr join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump waives his right to a speedy trial in exchange for severing his case from his co-defendants. Also, the discovery phase begins in the Trump classified documents trial. Plus, most Republicans remain silent after Vladimir Putin condemns U.S. democracy. And Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin meet in eastern Russia. Barbara McQuade, Harry Litman, Gwen Keyes, Bradley Moss and Timothy Snyder join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: District Attorney Fani Willis wants Donald Trump and his co-defendants tried together. Also, Vladimir Putin defends Trump and criticizes democracy. Plus, Rep. Matt Gaetz threatens to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker. And President Biden touts a successful trip abroad as Putin begs for weapons from North Korea. Glenn Kirschner, Joyce Vance, Laurence Tribe, Rep. Adam Schiff and David Rothkopf join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump asks the judge in the Washington, D.C. election case to recuse herself. Also, Trump releases a video after years of 9/11 lies. Plus, a new report raises questions about Ginni Thomas’ income. And Justice Alito refuses to step aside from a case involving a lawyer who interviewed him on ethics for The Wall Street Journal. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Rep. Daniel Goldman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Mark Meadows loses his bid to move the Georgia case to federal court. Also, a lawsuit seeks to bar Donald Trump from Colorado’s 2024 ballot, citing the 14th Amendment. Plus, Republicans are trying to find a new term for “pro-life” amid electoral losses. And anger over former President Nixon’s pardon mirrors the divide over Trump. Neal Katyal, Amy Lee Copeland, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Rep. Gwen Moore, Ben Wikler, Jill Wine-Banks and Michael Beschloss join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on The Last Word: A jury convicts Peter Navarro of contempt of Congress. Also, the Fulton County grand jury report is expected to be released Friday morning. And Rudy Giuliani faces millions of dollars in legal bills. Andrew Weissmann, Mary McCord and Michael Daly join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Georgia prosecutors say the Trump trial could last four months. Also, District Attorney Fani Willis files a motion to keep the jurors’ names secret. Plus, Trump’s attorneys reportedly discuss his possible reaction to a classified documents case subpoena. And E. Jean Carroll beats Trump in court … again. Amy Lee Copeland, Harry Litman, Joyce Vance and Faith Gay join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Ex-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio gets the longest January 6 sentence. Also, Trump co-defendant Jeffrey Clark hits Neal Katyal for going to Burning Man. And Justices Thomas and Alito release financial disclosure forms after requesting extensions. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump waives his right to appear at his arraignment in Georgia. Also, the Biden administration proposes a rule expanding gun sale background checks. Plus, Vice President Harris addresses changes in Florida’s education standards. And the Biden administration looks to extend overtime pay to millions. Joyce Vance, Andrew Weissmann, Amy Lee Copeland, Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Adam Serwer, David Canton and E.J. Dionne join Jonathan Capehart.
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump co-defendant John Eastman comments on the Georgia case. Also, Special Counsel Jack Smith raises concerns over the legal representation of Trump’s co-defendants. And Tennessee GOP lawmakers vote to “silence” State Rep. Justin Jones. Barbara McQuade, Glenn Kirschner, Georgia State Rep. Tanya Miller, Bradley Moss and Tennessee State Rep. Justin Jones join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Tonight on The Last Word: A judge seeks more information before ruling on the Mark Meadows hearing. Also, Bob Woodward says Jack Smith’s federal election indictment of Donald Trump is “cleverly designed” for the jury to understand. Plus, Smith’s team reportedly grilled witnesses about Rudy Giuliani’s drinking habits. And President Biden announces the first 10 drugs up for Medicare price negotiations. Amy Lee Copeland, Glenn Kirschner, Bob Woodward and Sen. Amy Klobuchar join Lawrence O’Donnell.
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Comments (187)

Yvonne Masters

This interview with this extraordinary woman is one of those that will live on forever. Your carefulness and appreciation of her situation was so respectful. You have such a beautiful gift Lawrence.

Sep 27th
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John Walsh

Trump demonstrates how the law was never intended for rich and powerful people.

Aug 12th
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Ed Potter

Is she trying to become dislodged from this case? 😉

Aug 8th
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John Walsh

If Trump gets re-elected America can expect to see purges and Stalinist showtrials

Aug 5th
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Yvonne Masters

From Australia here. This manipulative public menace should be shut down immediately. He is where he is by his own mouth. If someone one relied on a gun to get their way and hold their force, what would the court say? Guns gone! . Gag that stupid, dangerous bastard and deal with the consequences. Far easier!

Aug 5th
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John Walsh

Of all of Trump's abuses perhaps the worst abuses are the excuses the GOP make for him.

Aug 3rd
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John Walsh

"Let me see that, I want to show you an example." Trump's first words suggest someone else in the room was already examining the classified document before handing it to Trump at his request.

Jun 29th
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Ed Potter

Cruelty is the point! This is Nero's last party and he has a gleeful crowd over to watch him continue to self immolate. When he finally wins his orange jumper, will he be annointed Donald Christo?

Jun 14th
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John Walsh

No fence is going to shield Chief Justice John Roberts' from such a scathing takedown as Lawrence O'D just delivered on tonight's broadcast.

May 25th
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John Walsh

if news networks are fact checking Trump after a lie, then the damage has been done.

May 12th
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John Walsh

Is it safe to profile MAGA supporters in full combat gear approaching schools or malls as potential mass shooters? And can good guys with phones call the cops before they start shooting?

May 9th
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Rich B

Joe Tackypenis is a disgusting example of the species.

Apr 28th
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Rich B

Is anyone else confused by the statement "the last word is coming up next" being immediately followed by "that was the last word"? It's mashing my swede. 🤪

Apr 26th
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John Walsh

Expose Republican blood money from the gun lobby.

Apr 2nd
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Roberto krebbers

when it's better for people that the police is not reacting to some situations because of fear of people dying of police brutality...THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG

Jan 28th
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Rich B

I zoned out, was that 8 fucking minutes of Ukrainian? Tell me I'm going to have to visit YouTube to see the fucking SUBTITLES! 😠

Jan 4th
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Chris Iapetus

I love it. This was wonderful.

Dec 2nd
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Erin Saunders

Mondays episode..apparently accidentally uploaded

Nov 30th
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Rich B

"Boy Georgians" is a whole new tribe.

Nov 29th
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Rich B

Latosha Brown needs to fix the issue with the 🎤 on her laptop.

Nov 27th
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