CNN political commentator and CNN talk show host Van Jones is an alum of the Obama Administration, and according to a new report from the Daily Beast, also an architect of President Trump’s new police reform — the same police reform executive order Jones later praised on CNN . . . without disclosing his role.
Knowing that police reform was a topic Jones cared about, it was actually CNN’s vice president and Washington bureau chief Sam Feist who connected Jones with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “He was someone I’d seen on television, so I was deeply skeptical,” Kushner told The Daily Beast. “But I said I’d be happy to speak to him, and we had a good chat. And then we just started working together. And what I saw, with him, was that he had a lot of courage, when other people play politics.” Then Jones and Kushner became fast friends, with Jones dining at their mansion, according to the report.
Kushner concluded, “And in a tough situation Van has shown me that he’s got true character. He’s focused on the right things.”
When asked about the executive order on John King’s hour, Jones said: “The executive order is a good thing, mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there. . . There is movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We have never had a federal database for bad cops, that’s why all these cops go all over the place doing bad stuff . . .The chokeholds, that’s common ground now between Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Good stuff there.”
Then, when asked again about it with Anderson Cooper, Jones said, “I think it’s pushing in the right direction. What you got today is, I think, a sign that we are winning. Donald Trump has put himself on record saying we need to reform the police department . . We are winning! Donald Trump had no plan a month ago to work on this issue at all. The fact that we are now in the direction of moving forward, I think, is good.”
Jones declined to speak to The Daily Beast; a publicist employed by him said that “due to his contractual obligations with CNN/Turner, he’s limited in what press he can do outside of their network.” CNN declined to comment on failing to disclose his role in the reform he later praised on TV, as well.Follow @CommentaryCNN