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 JarrettValerie Jarrett: 'Our country is ready for a female president' Valerie Jarrett: Obama would be impeached 'in a nanosecond' for behaving like Trump Roseanne Barr: ‘I’ve made myself a hate magnet’ MORE said Thursday that former President Obama would have been impeached in “a nanosecond” if he behaved like President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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.

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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 ObamaMichelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off MORE to increase civic engagement through the nonpartisan group When We All Vote.

Jarrett also addressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request 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 GarlandBernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism' Democrats should initiate a 'Fire Mitch McConnell' campaign 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 Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE (D-N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren introduces universal child care legislation Warren introduces universal child care legislation Booker responds to Trump's mass deportation threat: 'This is not who we are' MORE (D-N.J.) came out in favor of impeachment this week after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.