Valerie Jarrett: Obama would be impeached 'in a nanosecond' for behaving like Trump

Valerie Jarrett: Obama would be impeached 'in a nanosecond' for behaving like Trump
© Getty

Former White House senior adviser Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettWhatever else he did, Cuomo did not obstruct justice by ranting to Obama White House Larry David, late-night talk hosts cut from Obama birthday guest list Obama's presidential center may set modern record for length of delay MORE said Thursday that former President Obama would have been impeached in “a nanosecond” if he behaved like President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE.

Asked by co-host Zerlina Maxwell during an interview on Sirius XM’s "Signal Boost" how quickly Obama would have been impeached in similar circumstances, Jarrett responded "about a nanosecond."

“I think that the standards have slipped dramatically and there's no earthly way President Obama could have gotten away with any of this. Not just the words and the content, but just the policy reversals and what we're doing to the fabric of our country,” she said.


However, Jarrett said she believed the focus should not be impeachment but “what are we going to do to get people engaged in improving our democracy,” noting her efforts with former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama says change may be coming 'too rapidly' for many YouTube confirms it picked kids featured in Harris video Photos of the Week: Congressional Baseball Game, ashen trees and a beach horse MORE to increase civic engagement through the nonpartisan group When We All Vote.

Jarrett also addressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE’s (R-Ky.) recent comments that he would allow a vote for a Trump nominee to the Supreme Court if there was a vacancy in 2020. In 2016, the GOP leader sparked ire after he refused to allow a vote on Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US 'deeply alarmed' by reports of military takeover in Sudan Prohibit the actions of extremism, but bear with the rhetoric House Republicans call on Garland to rescind school board memo MORE, Obama's final pick for the high court, citing the presidential election later that year.

“Are you really trying to raise my blood pressure? I am always very positive on Twitter, and he is the one person that can actually make me snap,” Jarrett said of McConnell. “For him to suddenly, quite smugly say, 'Well yeah, of course we'll push it through,' just shows you who he is. As, as I said a couple of weeks ago, ‘when people show you who they are [quoting Maya Angelou] believe them the first time.’ ”

A number of Democratic lawmakers and several presidential candidates such as Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWhich proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Proposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) came out in favor of impeachment this week after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE gave a rare public statement. Mueller emphasized that his investigation he did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice, but he said that Justice Department guidelines did not allow him to consider whether to charge the president with a crime.