Lawrence O’Donnell On “High Crimes And Misdemeanors” | The Last Word | MSNBC

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Lawrence has the one-sentence explanation of the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Aired on 01/20/20.
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54 Comments on "Lawrence O’Donnell On “High Crimes And Misdemeanors” | The Last Word | MSNBC"

  1. Elaine Johnson | January 21, 2020 at 1:56 AM | Reply

    The President does multiple crimes ON TV and ON TAPE, Gets caught in blatant COVER-UPS, gives us a TRANSCRIPT of his crimes… And we have trouble getting Republicans to convict him!!!

    • Not even a good guess. Your allegations are specious. Your party has trouble getting the Republicans to do what you want them to. The truth is, your party has trouble doing anything themselves. Try holding your breath until you get what you want, please.

    • @angela bluebird60 Wow! I believe I have seen the rare and possibly extinct rational Democrat. That is how it should be handled. I called my guy. I only had to call one. All of our other Congress people are Republican. So, the Democrat one got an earful — or, at least a secretary did. Actually, your suggestion to make a call IS how gov’t works. Nice work.

    • Please call: 2022243121 and ask your Senator for witnesses. Please share number on social media

    • @john emeigh Not all Americans are equal. Some are decent human beings. Many like you, are not only morons but also indecent human beings. The proof of that is that you support the buffoon in chief and you don’t see nothing wrong on his behavior. Fortunately, idiots like you are not the majority. Unfortunately, there are too many of you in the US. And one of the worst is the president.

  2. Excellent commentary. Completely agree.

    • DaveDaShrubber | January 21, 2020 at 8:12 AM | Reply

      Sorry, Lawrence, but Pat Moynihan will be forever remembered for his prominent role in the surrender of New York’s Democratic Party to the Clintons to get Illinois native and Arkansas resident Hillary elected to the Senate. Along with Mario Cuomo and Chuck Schumer, Moynihan was part of the despicable betrayal of Congresswoman and actual New Yorker Nita Lowey, who was in line to run for that Senate seat.
      And what was poor Moynihan’s eternal reward? It was to have “Senator” Hillary barge onto the floor of the Senate to be the one to break the news of Moynihan’s death.

  3. They admit everything is true but they ignore mentioning that fox news was in the loop ! Viewers need to be reminded of that listen to ambassador Yovanavitch testimony folks.

    • Another “witness” with absolutely ZERO firsthand information, its non-admissable in any court of law! Folks

    • @D. M. and we all know who does have first hand accounts…. but the president obstructed congress keeping first hand witnesses from testifying (which is the second article of impeachment). But now trump supporters and the republican senate don’t want new witnesses that are first hand, do they?

    • deadLEE15 Why? House Democrats impeached because they said “the evidence was overwhelming”. Now Democrats say they need more witnesses. Which is it?

    • @Rod Allen They don’t need more evidence, but there isn’t anything bad about too much evidence when impeaching a president, right? Also, the evidence will have to be SOOO overwhelming that republican senators can’t ignore the facts. Republican senators are ignoring the facts saying that it isn’t first hand (the house tried to get first hand, but the witnesses were BLOCKED by the president). Now Republican senators don’t want first hand, wow! Which is it? We all know why…. Don’t you want to know the truth? Or would it not change your mind? I am completely bewildered by the blind partisanship in this country. What would be enough evidence for those who support trump? Sadly, the answer is that there wouldn’t ever be enough evidence, or that the crime isn’t impeachable in their eyes. One step closer towards a monarchy, one step back for democracy.

    • Call: 202 224 3121 tomorrow to call for witnesses. Share number on social media.

  4. We are so far from our founding fathers. Perhaps Thomas Jefferson understood what would come the best of all the others. He thought America would need a blood revolution every twelve years, just to keep America honest.

  5. You are likely to hear more about FISA events shortly, so here is a basic, simple, quick primer

    FISA what
    The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) is a U.S. federal court established and authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies inside the United States by federal law .

    FISA why
    The act was created to provide judicial and congressional oversight of the government’s covert surveillance activities of foreign entities and individuals in the United States, while maintaining the secrecy* needed to protect national security.

    *That secrecy also protects the individual(s) in question by keeping their identity away from prying eyes.Thus we have an unmasking protocol:

    Unmasking by U.S. intelligence agencies typically occurs after the United States conducts eavesdropping or other intelligence gathering aimed at foreigners or foreign agents, and the name of a U.S. citizen or entity is incidentally collected. Intelligence reports are then disseminated within the U.S. government, with such names masked to protect those U.S. citizens from invasion of privacy. The names can subsequently be unmasked upon request by authorized U.S. government officials under certain circumstances.

    The Trigger
    When intercepts indicate persons/groups have made contact with a known HoIS (Hostile Intelligence Service) such as RIS (Russian Intelligence Service, eg. GRU) a FISA request can result. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing else. A simple process.

    Basic lesson – Don’t initiate communications with HoIS entities. It’s that simple.

  6. According to Dershowitz, “abuse of power” is not impeachable.
    That’s like saying, murdering your ex and her friend is not a crime either?
    Oh wait! He said that too.

    • john emeigh I’ve never defended a pedophile in court, have you? Dershowitz has.

    • john emeigh you do realize that Greenland is a barren waste land and Alaska is not. You’re no better a deal maker than trump.

    • katrina Sandoval | January 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM | Reply

      @john emeigh Yes exactly!I keep hearing this hammering in my ear and some lady talking about the labor day run down.This fking sucks!!

    • @Ed S
      wow! I never knew that! Thank you so much for telling me. Speaking of never, how long ago was it when escaped from the Never-Never-Land Ranch? And, did Michael Jackson teach you to do the moon walk? Or, was the moon walk something some thing he did with you in private?

    • john emeigh wow Michael Jackson references.

  7. Republicans will impeach over lying about having an affair, but will turn a blind eye to bribery, extortion and treason.

    • Kyeol Williams | January 21, 2020 at 1:47 PM | Reply

      @john emeigh Apparently Trump thinks he can and all he is a Sharpe and a big mouth, computers & satellites are subjective.

    • Matthew Sigurdson | January 21, 2020 at 3:28 PM | Reply

      @rationalguy irrationalboy. Trump has 2020 we already can see

    • @Kyeol Williams Trump thinks he can what? He does good things with a Sharpie. You’re an American, right? He’s doing good things for you and I, both. It’s like there’s no recognition of what’s good and bad. The Constitution is what rules. Presidents, whatever their name, are bound to it. I feel like liberals are pretending that the Constitution no longer exists.

    • katrina Sandoval | January 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM | Reply

      @GORGEOUSGEORGE Smash the socialists in 2020!

    • @Matthew Sigurdson Take your pills. You’re hallucinating!

  8. I really enjoy the way Lawrence speaks so highly of Daniel Patrick Monaghan it’s endearing. You can tell he had a great admiration for him!

  9. At this point, Clinton’s impeachment should be rendered null and void.

  10. Judith Aldridge | January 21, 2020 at 5:50 AM | Reply

    The “High” in “High Crimes and (High) Misdemeanors” means nothing other than something done by a President. The word High does not relate to the serious nature of the offence.

  11. Danger danger, what’s next?
    When this creature is aquitted he will go on a vengeful rampage. No one is safe, not even country itself.

  12. Daniel Monahan was considered a Legend when I was studing Law in N.Y.C. at John Jay College in 1979.

  13. Trumps in Switzerland just in case the trial goes south fast.

  14. We need to stop thinking that that term “Senator” implies these people have any special intellect or morality.

    • @Matthew Sigurdson Fair enough.

    • Matthew Sigurdson | January 21, 2020 at 8:13 PM | Reply

      @Stanley Klein Where do you go for your sources of news? Would you say you listen objectively ?

    • @Matthew Sigurdson Would you care to exemplify? Where is the “left wing propaganda”? I suppose you just an uneducated moron supporting the republicans and the buffoon in chief…

    • @Matthew Sigurdson No. As with most people, I have to interpret reality via the filter of my perception (not sensation — but fleshed out perception). As such, I inevitably will have beliefs (not necessarily the truth — which is unreachable on principle). I personally find most of the current US government reprehensible — both sides. But I find the GOP worse. There are certain principles of logic (not in themselves inviolable) that GOP claims fly in the face of.

      Anyway, I tend to watch either network news (e.g., ABC) or MSNBC. I find both tiring, but on occasion informative (as well as infuriating). I steer clear of Fox on principles of reasoned discourse.

    • Matthew Sigurdson | January 21, 2020 at 8:59 PM | Reply

      @Stanley Klein ah. I respect your honesty. I see we agree that both sides need some work. I’m not a it’s this sides or that’s sides fault. There are many determining factors that go into government. My moral is not dependent on what’s popular. Nor do I want a “popular” President in office because you can’t trust someone that today it’s right tomorrow its wrong or goes off polls. It has to be their code beliefs. The left seems to be lacking in a strong candidate. They don’t know what they stand for and seems more like a high school debate with who can give more free stuff away without an actual plan on how they are going to achieve that goal. Im not with identity politics.

  15. Thank you for always delivering the news with calm clarity.

  16. Coming up on the 10-year anniversary of Citizens United; highly recommend everyone revisit Keith Olbermann’s prophetic Special Comment back in 2010 on that…

  17. Hawaii loves you Lawrence. YOU ROCK EVERY TIME! PERFECTION!

  18. FLUSH the PEE-PEE “GOLDEN SHOWER” trumpf-TURD 10 to 15 times

  19. #BernieSanders2020
    Medicare for all Americans
    And the Green New Deal

  20. “High crimes and misdemeanors” is what the framers feared.

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