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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.




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Herschel Walker accuser alleges he urged her to have 2nd abortion

There’s new developments in the Herschel Walker scandal as The New York Times reports Walker’s accuser alleges he urged her to have a 2nd abortion. The panel discusses if the Republicans will continue to look past the GOP Senate candidate's alleged behavior, and the credibility of his colleagues in continuing to assert that he’s anti-abortion. Former police officer Michael Fanone defended the Capitol during the insurrection. Now a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, he speaks with Don about his new...


Biden delivers stark warning about Putin’s nuclear threat

BREAKING NEWS: President Biden gives a chilling warning during a closed door Democratic fundraiser about the dangers of Vladimir Putin's threats to use nuclear weapons as his forces suffer setbacks in Ukraine, comparing the situation to the Cuban missile crisis. CNN Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins joins to discuss why Biden doesn’t think Putin is bluffing, the Pentagon’s reaction to the threat, and Washington’s focus on what Putin’s exit strategy in Ukraine is going to...


New reporting appears to undercut Herschel Walker's abortion defense

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker doubles down on his denial that he paid for his girlfriend’s abortion, claiming in a Fox News interview he doesn’t know the identity of the woman involved. But, a new Daily Beast report claims the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous to protect her family, has provided proof she is the mother of one of Herschel’s children. The panel discuss how the bombshell is it going to land with Georgia voters. Rep. Cori Bush joins to discuss if “Defund the...


GOP candidate Herschel Walker denies allegation of abortion payment

Former NFL star and now Senate candidate Herschel Walker and his campaign scramble to contain the fallout from a blockbuster new allegation that the anti-abortion Republican paid for his then girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009. Amid Walker strongly denying the allegation, one of his sons slams him in a new video on Twitter, saying, “I'm done. Done. Everything has been a lie”. Elon Musk proposes buying Twitter again, saying he would restore Trump’s banned account and alsofaces a backlash...


Trump lawyer refused to lie about documents at Mar-a-Lago

The Washington Post reports Trump asked one of his lawyers to tell the National Archives earlier this year that he had returned all documents requested, and how Alex Cannon refused because he did not believe the statement was true. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig joins to discuss what this now means for Trump after thousands of additional documents, including some marked top secret, were later discovered at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home. That, as with just 39 days until the...

Ian downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone after striking South Carolina

Ian is no longer a hurricane and has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone after striking South Carolina. At least 45 people have died in Florida as a result of the storm. Laura Coates is in for Don Lemon and speaks with CNN correspondents in Florida and South Carolina about the damage they’ve seen on the ground. And, Ian brought mass destruction to Lee County, Florida — home to Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Sanibel, and Pine Island. Lee County Commissioner Kevin Ruane tells Laura about the...

Hurricane Ian intensifies back to category 1, moves towards South Carolina

Don reports live from Orlando where he interviews the first responders helping people in danger amid the destruction of Hurricane Ian. CNN Chief Climate Correspondent Bill Weir tells Don about catastrophic damage he has witnessed in Florida, the search and rescue effort being undertaken by volunteers from the Cajun Navy, and the all hands on deck support being given by charities and the private sector alike. Myrtle Beach Emergency Manager Travis Glatki tells Don about his biggest concern as...


“Extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ian pushes deeper into Florida

Don reports live on the ground from Orlando as Hurricane Ian, currently downgraded to category 2, pushes its 105 mph winds deeper into Florida leaving over 1.9 million people without power. St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway tells Don about the majority of residents making the choice to stay put rather than be evacuated as the City waits to see the worst of what the storm has delivered overnight. Craig Fugate is a former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator. He talks...


Florida braces for category three hurricane hit

Florida braces for a direct hit from category three hurricane Ian, with millions of people now under tornado and hurricane warnings across the State. CNN National Correspondent Ryan young reports on the ground from Tampa Bay, where those in danger are preparing for what officials are already calling “Devastating amounts of water”. Ex-D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone, now a CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, joins to give his reaction to the rioter who assaulted him as he defended the Capitol on...


Documentary shows key Trump ally advocating political violence

“F**k the voting, let’s get right to the violence”: CNN obtains clips from the new documentary ‘A Storm Foretold’, which focuses on key Trump ally Roger Stone in the three-years leading up to the 2020 presidential election. Filmmakers Christoffer Guldbrandsen and Frederick Marbell join to discuss the eight-minutes of their documentary footage subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee, and the topics Stone did not want to be filmed, including the planning of the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally. Plus, Liz...


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...