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Jon Lovett on the ‘Dumbest Criminals’ in the Trump Orbit

Jon Lovett on the ‘Dumbest Criminals’ in the Trump Orbit

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Crooked Media's Jon Lovett about turmoil in the Trump orbit, Jeff Bezos' fight against blackmail, and Virginia's political crisis.

When Jon Lovett left his gig as speechwriter to former President Barack Obama to write for television in Hollywood, he wasn’t entirely sure a career in politics was in his immediate future. But clearly, Lovett has found his way back into politics: Crooked, the media company he co-founded with a few former White House colleagues, has taken off beyond any of its founders’ expectations. Does he regret it? Hardly. With a full slate of podcasts and projects under the Crooked banner, Lovett joined Daniella and Ed this week to meditate on the malevolence (or is it incompetence?) of the Trump administration, Jeff Bezos’ stand against blackmail, and the ongoing political crisis in Virginia.

*Editor’s note: This episode contains explicit language.

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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center.

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Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy


Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications

Kyle Epstein

Manager, Media Relations

Chris Ford

Broadcast Manager