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
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Former White House senior adviser Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettOvernight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Juul CEO steps down amid public outrage | Altria, Philip Morris call off merger | FDA chief says agency 'should have acted sooner' on teen vaping Roseanne launches comeback tour, rips Hollywood's 'triple standard' on Trump Trump compares Debra Messing to Roseanne Barr, says she should be fired MORE said Thursday that former President Obama would have been impeached in “a nanosecond” if he behaved like President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 ObamaMaggie Rogers shares letter from 'huge fans' Barack and Michelle Obama Former Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen named new head of Time's Up Michelle Obama to release companion book to 'Becoming' MORE to increase civic engagement through the nonpartisan group When We All Vote.

Jarrett also addressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Republicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Mattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria 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 Brian GarlandSupreme Court can prove its independence — or its partisan capture The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems seize on Ukraine transcript in impeachment fight Brett Kavanaugh debate exemplifies culture war between left and right 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 Gillibrand2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' Three 2020 candidates have missed about half of Senate votes MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy O'Rourke campaign says path to victory hinges on top 5 finishes in Iowa, Nevada O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter MORE (D-N.J.) came out in favor of impeachment this week after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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.