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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 Don Lemon Tonight
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 the FBI ...Show moreabout more classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after officials had already retrieved 15 boxes, Biden signs a bill expanding healthcare benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, and a Nebraska teen and mom face charges in an abortion-related case that involved obtaining their facebook messages.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 11, 2022
FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search was sparked over national security concerns Don Lemon Tonight
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 forme...Show morer Vice President Mike Pence, to the search warrant.Plus, Republicans slam the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search, the FBI seizes Trump ally Rep. Scott Perry’s phone, both Wisconsin GOP primary gubernatorial candidates embrace Trump’s baseless 2020 election fraud claims and extremists post violent rhetoric on social media after the FBI’s search of Trump’s home.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 10, 2022
Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate raided by FBI Don Lemon Tonight
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 you have...Show more made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military". Plus, Ahmaud Arbery's killers are given second life sentences for federal hate crimes, Indiana becomes the first state post-Roe to pass a law banning most abortions, and singer and actress Olivia Newton-John dies age 73.Hosted by Laura Coates.
Aug 9, 2022
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Aug 6, 2022
Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million over his Sandy Hook lies Don Lemon Tonight
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 Committee, a...Show morend her potential 2024 run.Plus, Trump’s legal team warn the former president indictments over January 6 are possible, WNBA star Brittney Griner is sentenced to nine-years in a Russian jail, a far-right Hungarian PM is welcomed at a Conservative event in Dallas, and the Biden Administration declares monkeypox a public health emergency.
Aug 5, 2022
Kansas votes overwhelmingly to protect abortion rights Don Lemon Tonight
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 accid...Show moreentally leaked by his own attorneys, which the family’s lawyer says proves he lied under oath. Plus, the secret service may disable text messaging on its phones, 2020 election deniers claim multiple victories in this week’s primaries, and Indiana GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski and two staffers are killed in a car crash.
Aug 4, 2022
All eyes on key primary races across the country Don Lemon Tonight
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 phones of key Trump Pentagon officials, a federal grand jury investigating January 6 has subpoenaed Pat Cipollone, and legendary voice of The Dodgers, Vin Scully, dies at the age of 94.
Aug 3, 2022
Al Qaeda leader killed in targeted U.S. drone strike Don Lemon Tonight
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 U.S. mi...Show morelitary withdrawal from Afghanistan.Plus, key House Democrats renew calls for the DHS Investigator General to step aside from the probe into the missing January 6 texts, NBA hall of famer and civil rights activist Bill Russell dies at 88, and tensions flare between the U.S. and China ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's expected visit to Taiwan.
Aug 2, 2022
At Least 16 Killed In Kentucky Flood Don Lemon Tonight
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 to ...Show morethe Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan prisoner swap; Jared Kushner details a West Wing “war” with Steve Bannon in his new book; and Biden touts an “inflation-fighting” deal with Manchin.
This, as at least 16 people have been killed in severe flooding in Kentucky.  For more information about how you can help victims of the Kentucky flooding go to
Jul 30, 2022
DOJ pressures former Trump cabinet members Don Lemon Tonight
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 rails aga...Show moreinst the Senate GOP for blocking a bill to help veterans suffering from toxic exposure to burn pits, Trump says “Nobody’s gotten to the bottom of 9/11” as a Saudi-backed golf tournament kicks off at his New Jersey course, and Congress passes a bill to make tens of billions of dollars available to manufacturers and researchers with the goal of reducing the computer chip shortage.
Jul 29, 2022
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