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Valerie Jarrett to '60 Minutes': Garland Delay is Pure Politics

(CBS News' "60 Minutes")

By    |   Friday, 20 May 2016 03:31 PM

Politics and nothing else is too blame for President Barack Obama's inability to get Republicans to hold hearings on his Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett says.

"I want to completely debunk this notion that if the president were just simply more friendly and more outgoing and schmooze that this would change," Jarrett tells "60 Minutes" correspondent Norah O'Donnell in an interview set to run Sunday at 7 p.m.

"This is not about personal relationships. It has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not they're chummy.

"This has to do with whether or not they've made the political calculus, the raw political calculus that it is in their self-interest not to give a hearing to Judge Garland. When they decide it is in their self-interest, they'll do it."

Jarrett tells O'Donnell the decision not to cooperate with the commander-in-chief comes straight from the party leadership.

"He can call [his Republican friends]. And they want to help him out. But the fact of the matter is their leader won't let them," she says, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

It was McConnell who vowed even before Garland's nomination that he would oppose anyone nominated by Obama, insisting it should be up to the next President to choose a new high-court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
 
"This is about the Republicans making the political calculus that to be friendly to the White House is not in their interest," Jarrett says.

"That's the decision that they made when he was first elected. And they've stayed steadfastly true to that for the last seven years, to the detriment of the American people."

Garland, considered a moderate, was nominated by Obama on March 16th, and has met informally with some Republican lawmakers, but there have been no formal moves to consider him on Capitol Hill.
 
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