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.
Medical examiner reaffirms Floyd’s death was a homicide
Tonight on the Last Word: How the Chauvin trial is bearing witness to George Floyd’s death. Also, the House Ethics Committee opens an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz. Plus, Rep. Debbie Dingell talks to Ali about President Biden’s infrastructure plans for the future. Economist Stephanie Kelton discusses why Joe Biden and Democrats should go big on policy. And ten House Democrats join the lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Paul Butler, Renée Graham, Cynthia Alskne, Stephanie Kelton and Rep. Barbara Lee also join Ali Velshi.
Pulminologist Dr. Martin Tobin delivers stunning medical testimony on day 9 of Chauvin trial
Tonight on The Last Word: The trial of Derek Chauvin continued today as Dr. Martin Tobin directly tied George Floyd’s death to Officer Chauvin essentially shutting down Floyd’s left lung, pointing out that the amount of time from when George Floyd takes his last breath to when Derek Chauvin takes his knee off of his neck was 3 minutes and 27 seconds. Melissa Murray and Kirk Burkhalter react to Dr. Tobin’s crucial expertise. An associate of Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to charges of sex trafficking of a minor, potentially opening the door for them to cooperate with DOJ as they continue their investigation into Rep. Gaetz. Also, the Trump Organization has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent them in the possible fraud case being handled by the Manhattan D.A.’s office. Andrew Weissman and Daniel Goldman join Lawrence O’Donnell. Rep. Joe Neguse also joins to react to the executive actions on gun violence taken today by President Biden. Plus, a special Last Word from Sister Simone Campbell, an important ally for President Obama as he was trying to pass the Affordable Care Act, is stepping down from her work as executive director for the Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice after more than four decades of political activism around poverty, justice, and health care.
Democrats fight back against dozens of GOP bills aimed at restricting voting access in Texas
Tonight on the Last Word: Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro call on companies to stand up against Texas Republican voter suppression bills. Also, a use-of-force expert testifies that Derek Chauvin used deadly force on George Floyd when no force was necessary. Plus, Rep. Matt Gaetz again denies any crimes and calls the new investigation “a general fishing exercise.” And Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey talks to Lawrence about launching her campaign for a full term. Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton, John Heilemann and Jennifer Palmieri also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Expert testifies Chauvin’s use of force was ‘excessive’
Tonight on the Last Word: Prosecutors call on Minneapolis Police officers to testify in Derek Chauvin’s trial. Also, the Biden administration hits the milestone of 150 million COVID vaccine shots in arms. Plus, the New York Times reports that Rep. Matt Gaetz sought “blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies” in the last weeks of former President Trump’s term. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis talks to Lawrence about the MLB moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver over Georgia’s new voting restrictions. And a study shows race motivated the violent pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6. Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton, Andy Slavitt, Glenn Kirschner, Eddie Glaude and Christina Greer also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Chauvin trial continues with key testimony from Minneapolis police chief
Tonight on The Last Word: The trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd continued today with Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo claiming that Chauvin’s choice of restraint against Floyd is in no way part of the force’s policies, ethics or values. A new ruling from the Senate parliamentarian today will allow two new bills to be passed with a simple majority vote, providing a new avenue to pass President Biden’s infrastructure plan through reconciliation. Plus, the latest on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Congressman Matt Gaetz, and new information on a Trump campaign fundraising scam that kept the campaign afloat. Kirk Burkhalter, Marq Claxton, Rep. Tim Ryan, Michelle Goldberg, and Tim O’Brien join Lawrence O’Donnell. Laurence Tribe also joins to discuss a new lawsuit from Capitol police officers against Trump for his role in the January 6th riots.