Politics

Did White House Aide Valerie Jarrett Order Hillary Clinton Investigation?

| by Lisa Fogarty
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The State Department reportedly has a four-word answer when asked whether the White House ordered a serious of probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: ask the White House.

The State sent the Washington Times the following comment in response to the news outlet's inquiry about whether senior White House aide Valerie Jarrett had been responsible for ordering the agency to look into Clinton's past: "The Department of State refers you to the White House regarding questions about Ms. Jarrett."

Jarrett became headline news Saturday night after New York Post reporter Edward Klein claimed she ordered the State Department to initiate the probe, which revealed Clinton only used a private email account during her time in office. Klein reported that Jarrett made sure the investigation couldn't be traced back to her and that the email scandal came out just as Clinton was about to announce that she will be running for president.

There are currently six separate probes into Clinton's political performance at the State Department, which include looking into her expense account, the disbursement of her funds, her correspondences with foreign leaders, and her possible illegal collaboration with the Clinton Foundation. Jarrett is reportedly responsible for these probes because she wants Clinton to pay for "turning congressmen, senators, governors and grass-root party members against Obama by portraying him as an unpopular president who was an albatross around the neck of the party" during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.

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"Obama and Valerie Jarrett will go to any lengths to prevent Hillary from becoming president," Klein said a source close to the White House told him. "They believe that Hillary, like her husband, is left of center, not a true-blue liberal."

The source continued: "With Obama's approval, Valerie has been holding secret meetings with Martin O'Malley [the former Democratic governor of Maryland] and [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren. She's promised O'Malley and Warren the full support of the White House if they will challenge Hillary for the presidential nomination."

The White House did not respond to the Times' queries about Jarrett. 

Source: Washington Times, New York Post

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