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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.




Trump invokes Fifth Amendment amid growing legal peril

In one of his many increasing legal woes, Trump pleads the Fifth throughout four-hours of questioning in the New York Attorney General’s investigation into the Trump Organization’s business dealings. Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen joins to discuss the former president’s comment that ‘The mob takes the Fifth”, and how by doing so during his deposition in this civil matter, means the prosecutor can assume Trump’s guilt. Plus, The Wall Street Journal reports an ‘informant’ tipped-off...


FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search was sparked over national security concerns

The FBI's unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home happened because investigators believed Trump and his aides were withholding federal materials, including classified documents with potential national security implications, a source tells CNN. Former Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor Nick Ackerman and Former Homeland Security official Olivia Troye, join to discuss where the investigation could lead next and the reactions of Senior Republicans, including...


Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate raided by FBI

The FBI executes a search warrant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources tell CNN agents focused on the former president’s offices and personal quarters, searching for for classified documents that may have been taken there from the White House. The New Yorker reports General Mark Milley was set to excoriate Trump in an unreleased resignation letter in which he states, “It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that...


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Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million over his Sandy Hook lies

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is ordered by a judge to pay the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim over $4 million, in part-settlement of a defamation lawsuit concerning the harm he caused them with his lies about the massacre being a hoax over a decade-long campaign. Rep. Liz Cheney joins CNN’s Kasie Hunt for an exclusive interview about how she is willing to lose her House seat to defend the Constitution, the bravery of the women who have testified to the January 6...

Kansas votes overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights

Voters in a red state in the middle of the country turn out in record numbers to support abortion rights in the first referendum on the issue since the SCOTUS ruling. Are the people of Kansas sending a message to a post-Roe America? CNN Political Commentators Ana Navarro and Alice Stewart join to discuss. Alex Jones takes the stand in a $150 million dollar defamation trial brought by the family of a Sandy Hook victim and is caught off guard under cross examination when confronted with texts...

All eyes on key primary races across the country

It's election night in America, with results coming in from primaries in five states, offering a new test of Trump’s grip on the GOP.Arizona and Michigan could pick 2020 election deniers for top offices, and three Republicans who voted to impeach Trump face primary challenges. CNN Chief National Correspondent John Kings joins to give a breakdown of the votes as they happen. Plus, the Kansas turnout soars in the first post-roe abortion vote, January 6 text messages have been wiped from the...


Al Qaeda leader killed in targeted U.S. drone strike

The U.S. kills Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a precise drone missile strike as he hid in plain sight in a Kabul safe house. President Biden examined a scale model of Zawahiri’s home as he weighed taking out the world’s most wanted terrorist to minimize civilian casualties. Don and the panel discuss the painstaking process of intelligence gathering that took place without having boots on the ground, and what this victory means for the Biden Administration one year since the chaotic...


At Least 16 Killed In Kentucky Flood

The January 6th investigation continues, with the meeting committee turning over 20 transcripts to the Justice Department. The DHS Inspector General is revealed to have been aware of the missing Secret Service texts earlier than previously known. A growing number of Trump's Cabinet members and other White House officials are cooperating with investigators. The Attorney General is not ruling out charging Trump in the criminal probe. Also, Russian officials request adding a convicted murderer...


DOJ pressures former Trump cabinet members

DOJ prosecutors prepare for a legal battle to force former White House cabinet members to testify about Trump’s January 6 conversations. That, as the Washington Post reports text messages from two of Trump's top former Homeland Security officials are missing for a key period leading up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Don and the panel discuss if this an intentional act of subterfuge or just the height of incompetence at an agency level. Plus, comedian turned activist Jon Stewart...


How far is Merrick Garland willing to go?

As the DOJ’s criminal probe into Trump’s actions heats up, how far is Merrick Garland willing to go? Would the Justice Department actually charge a former president and what would that mean for the Country? CNN Presidential Historian Timothy Naftali and CNN Senior Political Commentator David Axelrod join to discuss. That, as Trump’s former Secretary of State engages with the January 6 Committee and could sit for a closed-door deposition as early as this week. Ranchers sell off cattle they...


DOJ investigates Trump’s actions leading up to January 6

The Washington Post reports prosecutors have been questioning witnesses for hours before a grand jury about their conversations with Trump and his inner circle, related to the fake electors scheme and his pressure campaign on Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election. Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin joins to give his insight into what this could mean consequentially for the former president. An Indiana doctor who provided an abortion for a 10-year-old rape victim speaks out about how...


More of what Trump refused to say during post-riot speech

The January 6 Committee releases a never before seen exhibit, showing Trump’s handwritten edits of what he refused to say in his January 7 speech, with crossed out lines condemning the Capitol rioters even after his top advisors and his own family begged him to condemn the violence of the previous day. Is the US about to go into a recession? Data including the latest inflation numbers and second quarter GDP growth is expected in the next few days. Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers...


Secret Service under criminal investigation over missing texts

The Secret Service identifies potential missing texts related to January 6 on the phones of 10 personnel after identifying metadata showing messages were sent and received, but not retained. Former Assistant Director of the Secret Service Gordan Heddell joins to discuss the political and legal quagmire the Agency now finds itself in. After Rep. Adam Kinzinger says the Select Committee has proven different components of a criminal case against the former president, what will accountability...


What Trump did minute by minute during deadly Capitol riot

The January 6 Committee shows the public exactly what happened minute by minute, from the time Trump told his supporters to go to the Capitol to the time he finally told them to go home; with ex-aides testifying today that the then President “Didn’t want anything done”, made no calls to law enforcement and spent the bulk of his time watching FOX News. Also at today’s hearing, the public sees stunning video outtakes from Trump’s speech on January 7, where he was unwilling to say “the election...


Exclusive outtakes of Trump's January 7 speech to be scrutinized

Tomorrow’s January 6 public hearing will focus on how Trump allegedly “Refused to act” as violence unfolded at the Capitol. Rep. Adam Schiff joins to discuss the never before seen outtakes the Committee intends to show of Trump’s speech after the deadly insurrection, and the Committee’s deep concern about the month’s worth of missing Secret Service texts it requested, pointing to a possible violation of the Federal Records Act. Coincidences happen, but is the Agency hiding something? Is the...


Secret Service under pressure

The Secret Service provides just one single text exchange after the January 6 Committee’s request for comprehensive records of messages sent by the Agency’s staff leading up to, and during the insurrection. That, as the National Archives joins a growing list of federal agencies and officials demanding answers about the missing texts. Why are they not being made available? Plus, 17 members of Congress are arrested at an abortion rights protest outside of the Supreme Court, Trump ally Steve...


Trump National Security Council official will testify to January 6 Committee

Sources tell CNN that a Trump National Security Official who resigned immediately once he saw Trump’s tweet attacking Mike Pence during the Capitol riot, will testify on Thursday in a January 6 public hearing that will zero in on Trump’s three-hours of inaction during the insurrection. That, as the Committee expects to receive Secret Service texts from January 6 & 7 after issuing a subpoena last week. The Uvalde report finds “systematic failures” in the police response to the mass shooting...


Secret Service Denies Erasing Texts on January 6th

The January 6 hearings continue, as a D.C. police officer corroborates details of a heated Secret Service exchange to the Committee. Prominent conservatives issue a report rebutting Trump’s election lies, finding “absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election”. This, as some Right-wing politicians make no apologies for questioning the rape of a 10 year old girl forced to travel for an abortion. Instead, the Indiana Attorney General is investigating the doctor who helped...


Trump called White House support staffer after Hutchinson testimony

New details emerge of Trump’s attempted phone call to a White House support staffer that the January 6 Committee is talking to. The call was made following White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s public testimony to the Committee. Should the DOJ be speaking to them about the contact? Senator Amy Klobuchar joins to discuss. Former Oath Keeper spokesman Jason Van Tatenhove and Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat join to discuss future threats from extremist groups to democracy. Plus, Uvalde families and...