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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell


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.




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.




Lawrence: Don’t worry about violent Trump mob invading Manhattan

Tonight on The Last Word: Very few Donald Trump supporters answer his call to protest. Also, Trump lawyers move to quash the Georgia grand jury report. And a Trump lawyer is ordered to testify in the classified documents case. Andrew Weissmann, Charles Coleman, Professor Laurence Tribe and Gwen Keyes Fleming join Lawrence O’Donnell.


New developments in multiple Trump investigations

Tonight on The Last Word: New York officials are preparing security for a possible Trump indictment. Also, the International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin over war crimes in Ukraine. Plus, Trump allies spend millions for Capitol Hill property. And Michigan Democrats move on labor, LGBTQ rights and gun reform. Barbara McQuade, Cynthia Alksne, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, David Scheffer, Paul Schwartzman, Eugene Robinson, Jennifer Rubin, Michigan State Sen. Darrin Camilleri and...


Lawrence: Trump will attack and savage Manhattan DA Bragg if charged

Tonight on The Last Word: A new Trump campaign statement attacks Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. Also, a U.S. military video shows the moment a Russian jet hits a U.S. drone. And a Western alliance stands with Ukraine against Vladimir Putin. Harry Litman, Charles Coleman, Charles Blow, Amb. Michael McFaul and David Lammy join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: GA grand juror says evidence against Trump will be 'massive' once public

Tonight on The Last Word: Donald Trump faces potential looming charges in New York and Georgia. Also, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks with Russia’s defense minister about the downed U.S. drone. And Cyclone Freddy kills over 200 people in Malawi. Gwen Keyes Fleming, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Glenn Kirschner, Eddie Fishman and Heinrich Mutsinzi Rukundo join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: How long until Trump’s lawyers turn on Trump ... again?

Tonight on The Last Word: The Manhattan district attorney’s investigation of Trump’s hush money payment appears to be in its final stages. Also, some South Carolina Republicans want to make abortion a death penalty offense. Plus, leading Republicans are split over U.S. support for Ukraine. And President Biden signs an executive order to strengthen gun background checks. Steven Gillers, Neal Katyal, Michele Goodwin, Mary Ziegler, Timothy Snyder and David Hogg join Lawrence O’Donell.


Lawrence: Trump blames Pence for mob that chanted 'hang Mike Pence'

Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports Donald Trump blames Mike Pence for the January 6 insurrection. Also, President Biden calls for stronger regulation after bank failures. And Jen Psaki discusses her new show, “Inside with Jen Psaki,” which premieres Sunday on MSNBC. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal and Michael Hiltzik also join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Another blockbuster jobs report, but new fears after Silicon Valley Bank failure

Tonight on The Last Word: The Silicon Valley Bank closure marks the second biggest bank failure in U.S. history. Also, election officials face threats over Donald Trump’s big lie. And some Republicans criticize the cost of defending Ukraine. Gene Sperling, Sheelah Kolhatkar, Barton Gellman, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, and Ret. Army Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman join Ali Velshi.


Lawrence: If Trump is going to be criminally changed, it will be this year

Tonight on The Last Word: Republican-led House hearings implode. Also, a Trump lawyer admits to spreading false election claims. Plus, President Biden wants higher taxes on billionaires and corporations. And CIA Director William Burns testifies on the war in Ukraine. Del. Stacey Plaskett, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, Michael Teter, Rep. Brendan Boyle and David Rothkopf join Lawrence O’Donnell.


New Dominion filing: Fox needs to retract election lies

Tonight on The Last Word: The Dominion lawsuit filing says Fox has acknowledged that there is no evidence to back their election lies. Also, House Republicans reportedly plan new January 6 probes. And a co-founder of Pussy Riot is facing possible criminal charges for anti-Putin art. Andrew Weissmann, Charles Blow, Rep. Eric Swalwell and Nadya Tolokonnikova joins Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Tucker Carlson 'passionately' hates Trump & the truth

Tonight on The Last Word: Tucker Carlson is widely condemned for his lies about January 6. And court documents reveal an email forwarded to Fox host Maria Bartiromo by Trump’s lawyer, Sidney Powell. Andrew Weissmann, Charles Blow and Rep. Adam Schiff join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Donald Trump To Supporters: “I Am Your Retribution”

Tonight on The Last Word: Trump vows to continue his 2024 presidential run even if indicted. Plus, Georgia Republicans pass bills to discipline prosecutors. Also, the White Houses blasts anti-LGBTQ laws in Tennessee. And Attorney General Merrick Garland makes a surprise trip to Ukraine. Jennifer Rubin, Eddie Glaude, Michael Beschloss, Harry Litman, Paul Butler, BenDeLaCreme, and Michael McFaul join Jonathan Capehart.


Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Says He Will Testify ‘Very Soon’ To Grand Jury

Tonight on The Last Word: Jim Jordan’s “weaponization” project flounders. Plus, the Michigan Senate votes to protect LGBTQ rights. Also, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs a bill banning gender-affirming health care for minors. And Walgreens won’t sell an abortion pill in 20 states after threats from GOP attorneys general. Rep. Colin Allred, Glenn Kirschner, Jeremy Moss, Kelley Robinson, and Madiba Dennie join Jonathan Capehart.


The Justice Department Deals Trump Another Legal Blow

Tonight on The Last Word: The DOJ shoots down Trump’s immunity claims in a new filing. Plus, the Dominion lawsuit may lead to more civil cases for Fox News. Also, a Russian oligarch warns that the country could run out of money in 2024. And feds arrest a Michigan man for targeting Jewish officials. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Jerry Sonnenfeld, David Rothkopf, and Jonathan Alter join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Some FBI Agents Were “Inclined To Believe” Donald Trump On Docs

Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports that some D.C. FBI agents sought to slow down the Trump docs investigation. Also, Trump calls on Rupert Murdoch to quit over his Dominion testimony. Plus, AG Garland battles GOP senators in a contentious hearing. And Politico details how the Federalist Society co-chair raised billions after pushing Trump SCOTUS picks. Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Charles Blow, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Trump Hits Fox News Over Damning Details In Dominion Lawsuit

Tonight on The Last Word: Rupert Murdoch admits that Fox News hosts “endorsed” Trump’s 2020 election lies. Plus, a new report calls for expanding the House of Representatives. Also, Iran investigates the targeted poisoning of schoolgirls. And Joanna McClinton makes history as the second black Pennsylvania House Speaker. Rep. Daniel Goldman, Andrew Weissmann, Danielle Allen, Masih Alinejad, and Joanna McClinton join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Rupert Murdoch On Fox Broadcasting Election Lies: “I Could Have” Stopped It, “But I Didn’t”

Tonight on The Last Word: A new court filing shows that Fox News lawyers were concerned about claims being made on air by Fox hosts. Plus, MI Rep. Elissa Slotkin joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss her newly announced Senate run in 2024. Also, Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen makes a surprise visit to Ukraine. And Mehdi Hasan explains how to “win every argument.” Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Ben Rhodes, and Mehdi Hasan join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Biden's handling of Putin's war comparable to FDR in World War II

Tonight on The Last Word: Ukraine braces for new strikes as the war reaches its second year. Also, a Georgia judge responds to the Trump grand juror interviews. Plus, Rep. Barbara Lee announces her bid to succeed retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein. And an MSNBC docuseries examines Rudy Giuliani’s controversial life and career. Timothy Snyder, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Glenn Kirschner, Rep. Barbara Lee and Kurt Andersen join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: Democracy will be at stake again in the next election

Tonight on The Last Word: Montana Sen. Jon Tester is running for re-election in 2024. Also, The New York Times reports Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been subpoenaed in the January 6 probe. Plus, the Fulton County district attorney declines to comment on the Trump grand juror’s interviews. And one year of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine takes a toll in Russia. Sen. Jon Tester, Andrew Weissmann, Gwen Keyes Fleming and Nadya Tolokonnikova join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Lawrence: GA grand juror gives most revealing Trump investigation interview ever

Tonight on The Last Word: The Georgia Trump grand jury foreperson gives multiple interviews on the investigation. And President Biden calls out Vladimir Putin as the Ukraine war approaches the start of its second year. Andrew Weissmann, Gwen Keyes Fleming and Ben Rhodes join Lawrence O’Donnell.


Biden vows ‘unwavering commitment’ for Ukraine

Tonight on The Last Word: President Biden makes an historic wartime visit to Ukraine. Also, Speaker McCarthy reportedly gives Tucker Carlson January 6 footage. Plus, the Dominion Voting Systems filing reveals how Fox deceives its viewers. And an election denier beats Trump’s pick to lead Michigan Republicans. Ali Velshi, David Remnick, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Adam Serwer and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel join Lawrence O’Donnell.