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Don Lemon Tonight brings in-depth analysis of the day's top news stories, and Don’s take on the stories that will get you talking.




Shocking first-hand account of Trump’s actions on January 6 revealed

Former aide to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Cassidy Hutchinson, testifies before the Select Committee, saying Trump knew the crowd had weapons and body armor when he told them to march to the US Capitol, and that Meadows told her Trump’s reaction to the “hang Mike Pence” chant was “He thinks Mike deserves it”. That, and much more. Plus, the January 6 Committee teases it has evidence of witness tampering, Trump wanted to consider pardons for rioters, and CNN projects Pam Anderson...


Surprise select committee hearing scheduled for mystery witness

The January 6 Committee rushes to add an additional hearing for Tuesday afternoon but refuses to say who is testifying, as a source tells CNN the committee is concerned about the security of a potential witness. Who could it be? Meanwhile, the DOJ's investigation heats up as John Eastman, the lawyer who told Trump that Mike Pence could single-handedly block certification of the election, says the FBI seized his phone and got access to his e-mail account. Plus, Colorado voters got to the...


Protests across US as Roe v. Wade overturned

At least 70 planned protests begin across the US with thousands of Americans taking to the streets in the wake of SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade. That, as justice Clarence Thomas says the Court’s decision on same-sex marriage should be revisited. Congresses passes its bipartisan gun safety bill, closing the so called “boyfriend loophole” and bolstering the review process for 18 to 21-year olds buying guns. Plus, several states move quickly to ban abortion after the SCOTUS ruling with more...


Don Lemon Tonight update for June 24, 2022

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Behind-the-scenes film of Trump family during Capitol riot revealed

Alex Holder is a filmmaker who got behind-the-scenes access to the Trump family and their allies, before, during and after the insurrection. He tells Don about testifying behind closed doors to the Select Committee on his footage, some of which shows inconstancies in Ivanka Trump’s previous statements, what he saw on January 6, and why he believes Donald Trump is partly to blame for the attack on the Capitol. The January 6 Committee hears witness testimony about how Trump, in collusion with...


Texas official: police could have stopped Uvalde gunman in three minutes

Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo is placed on administrative leave, with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Director saying police could have stopped the gunman in three minutes, not the 77 it tragically took. That, as Uvalde City Council unanimously votes to deny Arredondo a leave of absence from its future meetings. Uvalde resident Kim Hammond was at the meeting where the vote was taken and tells Don how she pushed for council members to “Do the right thing”. The DOJ expands...


January 6 Hearings Highlight Consequences of Trump's Lies

The January 6 hearings are underway, with government employees testifying that Trump’s lies and smear campaigns in the wake of the attack on the Capital had serious consequences. Election worker Shaye Moss shares racist and violent threats she’s received, and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger describes the invasive harassment his family has endured. GOP officials recount Trump’s pressure to overturn votes. Plus, the Uvalde mayor accuses the head of the Texan Department of Public...


Texas GOP adopts far-right platform at state convention

At its state convention, the Republican Party of Texas adopts a resolution falsely declaring President Biden “was not legitimately elected”, condemns any Second Amendment restrictions, declares homosexuality an “abnormal lifestyle choice” and calls to repeal the 1965 voting rights act. Texas Republican Jason Vaughn, who disagrees with some of the decisions his party made, joins to discuss. Plus, a GOP candidate releases a video of himself brandishing a gun and urging supporters to hunt...


Don Lemon Tonight update for June 17, 2022

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Trump’s Pence insurrection tweet like “pouring gasoline on the fire”

The January 6 Committee hears testimony that multiple advisers told Trump his plan aided by lawyer John Eastman to overturn the election was illegal, but he relentlessly pressured his Vice President Mike Pence to follow his orders anyway. Trump denouncing Pence for ‘lacking courage’ in a tweet causing a surge as the mob was storming the Capitol, was like “pouring gasoline on the fire”, White House aide Sarah Matthews said. The panel says rioters came within 40-feet of Pence while they called...


Trump’s Pence pressure campaign ‘directly contributed’ to Capitol riot

The January 6 Committee says it will show how Trump’s pressure campaign on Mike Pence to refuse to certify the legitimate 2020 election result ‘directly contributed’ to the Capitol attack. That, as the panel plays a video showing GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk giving a Capitol tour on January 5 to a man seen threatening lawmakers the next day, screaming, “We're coming in like white on rice for Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer, even you AOC. We're coming to take you out. We'll pull you out by your hairs”....


Possible Trump criminal referral still on table

January 6 Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff joins to discuss the possibility of referring GOP members, including former president Trump, to face criminal charges for their roles in the insurrection. Primary election races in South Carolina and Nevada test Trump’s grip on the GOP as voters go to the polls following dramatic testimony at the second January 6 Committee public hearing that revealed what happened at the White House after Trump was told he lost the 2020 election, but refused to...


Trump Ignored His 'Inner Circle' On Election Fraud Claims

In its second public hearing, the January 6 House Select Committee hears testimony from Trump's inner circle, with a former Trump campaign official saying Rudy Giuliani was “Definitely intoxicated” on election night, and advised Trump to claim an early victory against the advice of his campaign lawyers, private sector lawyers and the U.S. Attorney General, who says the then president had become “Detached from reality”. Plus, a bipartisan group of Senators reaches a framework on gun safety...


Don Lemon Tonight Update For June 10, 2022

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Rioters Testify Trump Called Them To The Capitol

The January 6 Committee begins to present its initial findings in the first of a series of prime time public hearings, with protesters testifying that Trump called them to the Capitol, Trump officials conceding he lost to Joe Biden in 2020, and Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney saying Trump had a “Seven-part plan to overturn the election”. Former police officer Mike Fanone, who defended the Capitol during the riot on January 6, and suffered multiple injuries and a heart attack as a...


New Audio Of GOP Lawmakers During Days Around Insurrection

On the eve of the first January 6 public hearing, new audio emerges of what GOP lawmakers were saying in the days before and after the Capitol attack. A former adviser to the select committee says it will try to prove coordination between multiple groups ahead of the riot. As an 11-year old testifies in Congress that she put blood on herself to survive the Uvalde massacre, the DOJ announces a team to investigate the law enforcement response to the Robb Elementary School shooting. Plus, audio...


FBI Official: Uvalde Police Didn’t Follow Their Training

As questions continue to grow over the police response at the Robb Elementary School massacre, the former head of the FBI’s active shooter program Katherine Schweit tells Don that Uvalde police officers didn’t follow their training, and says we must ask ourselves if their current training still works. Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey makes an emotional plea at the White House for bipartisan action on guns, but GOP concerns remain the key obstacle in Congressional gun talks, with...


Trump Campaign Told Fake Electors To Use "Complete Secrecy"

With the first January 6 hearings happening this week, federal prosecutors say they have an e-mail revealing the Trump campaign told so-called fake electors in Georgia to use ‘complete secrecy’ as they tried to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state. CNN Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez joins to discuss. This could be the worst year of mass shootings ever in America's history, with 13 more occurring over this weekend. A small bipartisan group of gun bill negotiators are finally inching...


Nation Reels From Back To Back Shootings

Biden calls for gun reform after the devastating recent back to back mass shootings, saying “We can’t fail the American people again.” More details come to light in Tulsa, Buffalo, and Uvalde; the Tulsa gunman has been identified as a patient of one of the victims, the Buffalo shooting suspect has been charged with a domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate in the first degree, and law enforcement inaction is scrutinized in Uvalde. Plus, the January 6th committee reaches out to witnesses...


Four Killed in Tulsa Shooting

At least four people were killed Wednesday in a shooting on Saint Francis Hospital’s campus in Tulsa, according to police. This, as the Uvalde shooting continues to horrify the nation; the Texas State Senator calls for a special legislative session as shifting accounts fuel sharp criticism of the police response. Plus, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are both found defamed with more money going to Depp, the White House struggles to answer questions about the ongoing baby formula shortage, and...