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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: 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 also join Katy Tur.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 to conduct most of their inquiry in private.Questions about the impeachment process? Email us at article2@nbcuni.com.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tonight on The Last Word: Mick Mulvaney confirmed that military aid to Ukraine was held up as Trump pushed Ukraine to pursue political investigations. Also, Brett McGurk joins Lawrence to discuss Trump’s actions in Syria. Plus, Bill Kristol and Rick Wilson react to the impeachable offense that Mick Mulvaney announced Trump intends to commit.  And Oversight Cmte. Member Rep. Ro Khanna shares his thoughts on the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. Rep. Denny Heck, Amb. Wendy Sherman, and Neal Katyal also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tonight on The Last Word: Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood up to Trump during a White House meeting on Syria after Trump’s “meltdown.”  Also, E.J. Dionne and Ben Rhodes join Lawrence to discuss the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passing a bipartisan resolution that condemns Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Plus, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar stresses the importance of questioning Trump’s decisions that benefit Vladimir Putin. And former CIA director John Brennan responds to Nancy Pelosi’s charge that “all roads with Trump lead to Putin.” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Evelyn Farkas also join Lawrence O’Donnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tonight on The Last Word: George Kent, a senior State Department official, told impeachment committees that he raised concerns about Rudy Giuliani's role in Ukraine matters as far back as March. Also, the Wall Street Journal reports that former Republican Rep. Pete Sessions has been subpoenaed over interactions with Giuliani and Giuliani’s indicted associates. Plus, former NSA Inspector General Joel Brenner returns to talk to Lawrence about Trump and his Republican allies calling for the whistleblower’s identity to be revealed. And Jonathan Alter and Rick Wilson discuss potential concerns for congressional Republicans who will be up for re-election in 2020 amid the ongoing Trump impeachment inquiry. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Barbara McQuade, and Berit Berger also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tonight on The Last Word:  Correspondence between Fiona Hill's lawyers and White House Deputy Counsel Michael Purpura obtained by NBC News show that the White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill could say to Congress by raising the issue of executive privilege.  Also, Joyce Vance and Sam Stein join Lawrence to discuss new Wall Street Journal reporting about the investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine.  Plus, Amb. Wendy Sherman returns to talk about Trump imposing new economic sanctions on Turkey after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Syria causes chaos.  And the Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a 28-year-old woman in her home is charged with murder. Rep. Harley Rouda, Evelyn Farkas, Josh Lederman, and Marq Claxton also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Security.  And Gabe Sherman returns to discuss the developing war between Trump and Fox News. Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul, Evelyn Farkas, Joshua Geltzer, and Julia Ainsley also join Ari Melber.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 conservative lawyers led by George Conway call for the “expeditious” impeachment of Trump. Chuck Rosenberg, Joyce Vance, Evan McMullin, Jeremy Bash, and Paul Rosenzweig also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 investigating committees next week. And Michael Cohen is reportedly cooperating with the Manhattan D.A. in its investigation of Trump. Tess Bridgeman, Jonathan Alter, and Mimi Rocah also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Lawrence to discuss the rising support for impeachment shown in recent polls.  And Rick Stengel returns to talk about his new book, “Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It.” Rep. Mike Quigley, Mieke Eoyang, and Josh Lederman also join Lawrence O’Donnell.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (44)

Rich Berry

The Kurds didn't fight alongside the US, they fought and DIED in front of your troops! This is an utterly disgraceful situation and USA will find it so hard to rebuild alliances. Some Americans are terrorists too. Mostly Nazis!

Oct 17th
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nineteen sevenseven

Rachel and Lawrence together in one episode: what better can it get? LOVE YOU!

Oct 5th
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Diane Grillo

Thank you for explaining that. I would love to know if it is common knowledge that Barr's son in law, Tyler McGaughney left his job at the US Attorneys office in Virginia to join the WH Counsel the same week Barr was sworn in? Isn't that unethical or a conflict of interest?

Sep 26th
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Syl Grant

Why are journalists not mentioning to the American people why America is helping Ukraine? They are doing it because America made a promise to Ukraine that if they give up their nucks, America will defend them from Russia. The nukes were in the Ukraine region when the USSR fell, that is how they ended up with them. America helps the least of the countries that are helping Ukraine, America is not the only country and they do not live up to their promise in exchange for the nukes. To withhold the small help they do is a bastardly act of a man who has no capability to think of the lives that are being lost, killed by Russians for every day that money is withheld. USA has an obligation to help that country, they made a promise. Please mention this so the American fans of Trump don't use the excuse that USA should not be giving them money.

Sep 26th
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Diane Grillo

Lawrence you guys have e got to do something a little more with your show besides the same exact thing the 6 shows before you did. why waste time analyzing every word a crazy man says e very day? what is the point? and when you all talk about the candidates every Tim's they have a different perspective on an issue you call them Divided. they are not a Cult like this Republicans. they are SUPPOSED to have varying perspectives. keep it up and you'll help get Trump elected like you did in 2016.

Sep 21st
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Rich Berry

OK for 1 thing LOD called our asshole PM Boris Yeltsin and we DIDN'T behead the PM. It was the King! Goddammit I'm angry!

Aug 29th
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Cynthia Leech

whst happened to tuesday's show 8/13/19? It didn't load.

Aug 15th
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Amparo Silver

the debates has introduced me to possible future cabinet members.

Aug 2nd
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Boleyn Hasson-Alary

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Jul 29th
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Kamie Mealer

I do not agree that the report is his testimony. Maybe if it were only lawyers, prosecutors and lawmakers that needed to understand. I'm pretty certain a lot of his base have not even read the report. Thet have taken Barr at his word. I think Barr should be held accountable for misleading the American people like he did. He and Trump both saying he was total exonerated. The report says no such thing and when did Barr become judge and jury. This might sound crazy but I wonder when people go out on a limb like Barr is for Trump; is he promising them money. He had no problem paying off a couple of porn stars. He's always bragging about how much the Saudis spend at his properties. Anyway, I do hope Mueller testifies and before the public. So many people need to hear this. I live in Alabama and Barr really took his hard work and ignored and changed the narrative and so many people believed it.

May 30th
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Dana Peake

stop cutting off the show!

May 21st
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Dana Peake

episodes are cutting off before they're finished

May 13th
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Alisia Marie Barbour

Anybody else would have to go to jail for not complying with a subpoena, why not them? What is confusing about the way this needs to be executed?

May 11th
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Alisia Marie Barbour

They can also issue bench warrants and have them arrested for not honoring the subpoena.

May 11th
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Dana Peake

show cut off

May 9th
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Tammy Phillips

We need more men like Lawrence in the world...I love laying in the bed watching Lawrence every night

May 3rd
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Dana Peake

cutting off before end of program

May 2nd
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Alisia Marie Barbour

The reason for the lower unemployment is that, as mentioned in the campaign clips and such, there are more people working more than one or two jobs, just to counter the rise in taxes to pay for the cuts for the people who need it the least.

Mar 20th
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Robert L Johnson

obviously. you,guys do not like DJT is going to be bad for you when he wins in 2020

Mar 11th
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Felix Bocanegra

I wish I could turn the news on and they said Trump has been impeach

Mar 9th
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