It’s no secret that Valerie Jarrett, the Obama Administration’s Rasputin, has no great love for Hillary Clinton.
The White House adviser didn’t like Clinton from the start, as she presented a potential roadblock to Barack Obama’s path to the Oval Office before he was elected.
Then there was the thing with Osama bin Laden, a target whose death warrant was blocked several times by Jarrett’s intervention. When Clinton and then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta went around Jarrett and kept Obama in the dark about the assassination effort until the last second, it sent Jarrett into a tizzy by most accounts.
The persistent rumor is that Jarrett is the one who, years later, leaked the information about Clinton’s email server to the media.
On Wednesday, Jarrett evidently sought to finish the job, telling Andrea Mitchell that the White House had warned Clinton and all the Cabinet members not to use private email servers.
“Obviously we want to make sure that we preserve all government records,” Jarrett said, “and so there was guidance given that government business should be done on government emails and that if you did use a private email that it should be turned over.”
Clinton said earlier this year, “I fully complied with every rule I was governed by.”
She just didn’t feel like she was governed by that rule, I’m guessing.
Jarrett added that she thought Clinton was working hard to comply with federal law. “And I think she said, Look to do it again I probably made a mistake and I wouldn’t do it,” Jarrett said, “and she’s working hard to comply with making sure that everything is pursuant to the Federal Records Act.”
But revenge is a dish that is best served cold.
If you watch the clip, you might catch at the very end the faintest hint of a smile on Jarrett’s face.