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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 tries to block testimony from ex-aides about January 6

In a CNN exclusive, sources reveal Trump's legal team is fighting a secret court battle to block a federal grand jury from gathering information from his ex-aides about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean and former general counsel for the Director of National Intelligence, Robert Litt, join to discuss. Plus, Russians desperately try to escape Vladimir Putin's call up of hundreds of thousands of people to fight in Ukraine, stocks fall to...

Special master demands proof of Trump's allegation

The special master in the Mar-a-Lago case orders Trump’s legal team to back up its claims of the FBI possibly ‘planting evidence’ during its search of the former president’s home. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates joins to discuss the burden of proof put on Trump and the surprising move of the special master opening the door to witness testimony in the investigation. Florida lawmaker Jason Pizzo joins to discuss the lawsuit he has filed to stop Governor DeSantis sending more migrants...

New York Attorney General sues Trump family for “staggering” tax fraud

The New York Attorney General sues Trump and his company alleging the former president lied more than 200 times about the value of his assets and that his three oldest children knowingly participated in the scheme. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen joins to discuss the content of Letitia James’ civil lawsuit, which she has also referred to federal prosecutors and the IRS for potential criminal investigation. An appeals court says the DOJ can resume a criminal probe of the...


Special master tells Trump to prove he declassified Mar-a-Lago documents

The special master in the Mar-a-Lago investigation questions Trump’s claims about the documents he took to his home being declassified by the then president, saying his defense must provide proof or he will rule they are classified. That, as the DOJ hints it may take the case to the Supreme Court. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates and former assistant special Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman join to discuss. Sen. Lindsey Graham undercuts the Republican party line on abortion, proposing...


Texas sheriff announces investigation into Martha’s Vineyard flight

A Texas sheriff announces an investigation into the Venezuelan migrants sent by plane without warning to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, saying, those people were ‘exploited and hoodwinked’ for political gain. Massachusetts House Democrat Dylan Fernandes represents Martha’s Vineyard. He joins to discuss why he is further calling for the DOJ to open an investigation after personally hearing the Venezuelans say they had been rounded up at a resource center in San Antonio,...


DOJ asks to continue criminal investigation of classified Mar-a-Lago documents

The Justice Department asked an appeals court to put on hold parts of a judge’s order requiring a third-party review of the materials seized during the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago last month. CNN Justice Correspondent Jessica Schneider, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rodgers and former Assistant Special Watergate Prosecutor Nick Akerman join to discuss the Friday appeal. And, the migrants Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent to Martha’s Vineyard from Texas are now at a military base on...

Republican governors using migrants as political pawns

Republican Governors continue to bus and fly migrants to “sanctuary states” to protest what they believe are Biden’s open border policies. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis arranged for two planes of Venezuelan migrants to arrive at Martha’s Vineyard unannounced, while Texas Governor Greg Abbot sent two buses of migrants to Vice President Harris’ official residence in Washington, D.C. in what the White House is calling a cruel political stunt. Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona and CNN...

Mark Meadows complied with a DOJ subpoena

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has complied with a subpoena from the DOJ as part of the January 6 investigation, making him the highest-ranking Trump official to comply in its criminal probe. Could the materials he handed over hurt the former president? The panel discusses the significance of this new development, the fake elector scheme, Trump’s fundraising based on baseless election fraud claims, and the organizing of the rally outside the Capitol on January 6, as the DOJ...


Documents handed over by Trump’s lawyers had markings associated with spies

A judge releases new information from the Mar-a-Lago affidavit, revealing documents handed over to investigators by Trump's lawyers had markings associated with spies, and that the DOJ requested the Trump Organization hand over more than six-months of surveillance footage. CNN Senior Law Enforcement Analyst Andrew McCabe and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, join to discuss. The Pentagon says Russian forces are retreating after a Ukrainian counter offensive sees the country...

Scotland bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

Don hosts live from Edinburgh, as Scotland bids farewell to Queen Elizabeth II with people lining up in the middle of the night to pay their respects, before her coffin is flown to Buckingham Palace ahead of her funeral next week. The panel discusses what Scotland meant to The Queen, King Charles III first address to the Scottish parliament as Monarch, and the possible upcoming Scottish independence vote. Plus, new developments on the special master in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents...


King Charles III gives his first address as Monarch

King Charles III addresses his nation for the first time as Monarch, and speaks about what his mother meant to the Country, and her family. India Hicks is the cousin of the late Duke of Edinburgh and goddaughter of King Charles III. She joins to share her personal loss of The Queen, the expectations that will be placed on her godfather as he takes over the throne, and the work of the Prince's Trust, for which she is an ambassador. Plus, Trump and the DOJ submit their proposals for the...

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A return to tradition: Obamas visit White House

Barrack and Michelle Obama make their first joint return to the White House for the unveiling of their official portraits. Presidential historian Jon Meacham joins to discuss the speeches they gave which included: why traditions like this matter, the importance of a peaceful transfer of power between administrations and a light-hearted reference from former President Obama about wearing his infamous tan suit. Plus, former Attorney General Bill Barr says he thinks the DOJ are “getting very...


Document on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Mar-a-Lago

The Washington Post reports that a document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found during the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago. The panel discusses the level of information likely to be contained in such a classified document, the potential damage to America’s reputation as an ally, and the high priority for intelligence collection by any foreign intelligence service that the former president’s residences represent. CNN Senior Legal...


Don Lemon Tonight update for September 5, 2022

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Inventory from the FBI’s search of Trump’s home released

A judge releases the detailed inventory from the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, detailing more than 11,000 government documents, 18 of which were marked ‘Top Secret’. But with 48 empty folders with "Classified" banners also found, are all the documents accounted for? That, as sources tell CNN Trump’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows handed over text messages and emails to the National Archives within a week of the Mar-a-Lago search. Chicago's Mayor slams Texas Governor Abbott...


President Biden directly calls out Trump

In a prime-time address, President Biden casts Trump & “MAGA Republicans” as a threat to "the very foundations of our republic". CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins and CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings join discuss whether Biden gave a political campaign speech with the midterms in mind, and also Trump’s admission that he's financing some of the January 6 defendants. Former FBI Intelligence Adviser Phillip Mudd and CNN Contributor John Dean join to discuss Trump’s...


Trump's team responds to bombshell DOJ filing

Trump responds to the DOJ's damning new court filing about the Mar-a-Lago search, admitting sensitive documents were found at Mar-a-Lago but arguing it’s not a big deal, with one of the former president’s attorneys calling espionage and obstruction “Mundane statutes”. CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen tells Don about the key legal points Trump’s response fails to address. CNN Host Fareed Zakaria joins to discuss what America’s allies could be thinking about their intelligence information being...


DOJ responds to Trump’s request for a special master

BREAKING NEWS: The DOJ responds to Trump’s request for a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of classified documents seized from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence. The Panel discusses the filing, which includes evidence that government records were likely “Concealed and removed” and also what it means for the midterms. Plus, Mississippi’s largest city, Jackson, is in crisis after its water supply fails. Mississippi State Senate member David Blount tells Don about the...


Secret Service Official Named in Jan 6th Testimony Leaves Agency

As U.S. Intelligence officials continue to review the documents seized from Trump for classified materials, Lindsey Graham says there “will be riots in the streets” if Trump is indicted. Intelligence agencies have been assessing the damage of Trump’s document handling since May. Plus, Secret Service Assistant Director Tony Ornato leaves the agency after being named in January 6th testimony. This, as deadly gun violence erupts across America over the weekend; President Biden is slated to...