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.
Voting rights groups warn GOP efforts to undermine elections are ‘a democracy crisis’
Tonight on the Last Word: 14 Republican-controlled states have passed laws to impede or subvert elections. Also, the House Judiciary Committee announces its investigation into the Trump Justice Department’s subpoenas of House members and staff. Plus, the Poor People’s Campaign holds a ‘moral march’ against Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Anand Giridharadas explains why the tax system “needs to be made to work again.” And Kurt Andersen revisits the Pentagon Papers 50 years after their release. Ari Berman, Janai Nelson, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Hoppy Kercheval and Jonathan Kott also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Rep. Nadler: Trump DOJ investigations are a ‘gross abuse of power’
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump secretly seized records of Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. Also, Attorney General Merrick Garland vows to protect voting rights against Republican bills that restrict voting and subvert elections. Plus, the Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for Donald Trump to be criminally prosecuted. Michael McFaul discusses Joe Biden’s first trip abroad as president in stark contrast to Trump’s hostile relationship with world leaders. And former Rep. Tom Perriello says Sen. Joe Manchin is facing “a test of his convictions.” Rep. Jim Himes, Cliff Albright, Abdallah Fayyad and Glenn Kirschner also join Ali Velshi.
NYT: Trump DOJ seized records of House intel Democrats
Tonight on the Last Word: The New York Times reports that the Justice Department under Donald Trump subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee. Also, Rep. Val Demings is challenging Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat. Plus, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden talks to Lawrence about a bipartisan group of senators’ infrastructure proposal. And Lawrence remembers the life of Judge Robert Katzmann. Matt Miller, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ben Rhodes also join Lawrence O’Donnell.
McGahn: Trump’s order to have Mueller fired was ‘point of no return’
Tonight on the Last Word: The House Judiciary Committee releases Don McGahn’s testimony on Donald Trump. Also, Senate Democrats are willing to consider changing the voting and elections bill to win Sen. Joe Manchin’s support. Plus, Republican legislatures advance voter restrictive bills that make it easier to overturn election results. And former President Obama issues a warning about ongoing threats to democracy. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Andrew Weissmann, Ezra Klein, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Lauren Groh-Wargo and Zerlina Maxwell join Lawrence O’Donnell.
Senate Democrats face hurdles in passing voting rights bills
Tonight on the Last Word: Sen. Joe Manchin says he will not vote for the Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill. Also, infrastructure talks stall between President Joe Biden and Republicans. Plus, Rep. Nikema Williams discusses what’s next for federal voting rights. And ProPublica reports that the wealthiest Americans pay almost no income tax. Derrick Johnson, Marc Morial, Adam Jentleson, Eugene Robinson and Dorothy Brown join Lawrence O’Donnell.