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Supreme Revenge: Ted Olson Interview

Ted Olson is a veteran Republican who successfully argued for former President George W. Bush before the Supreme Court in the Bush v. Gore case that decided the 2000 Florida recount. Olson served as solicitor general under Bush from 2001 to 2004, having previously worked for the Justice Department during the Reagan administration.

Watch Olson’s candid, full interview conducted with FRONTLINE during the making of the May 2019 PBS documentary “Supreme Revenge.”

This interview is part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind FRONTLINE’s reporting. View a version of this interview that includes an interactive text transcript, and explore dozens of other interviews shedding light on three decades of Supreme Court confirmation battles, on FRONTLINE’s website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/interview-collection/supreme-revenge/

Watch the full documentary, Supreme Revenge, here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/supreme-revenge/

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