- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2014

New York Times best-selling author and long-time journalist Ed Klein said that Valerie Jarrett has been engaging in secret meetings with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in recent months, giving rise to speculations that the Massachusetts political newcomer is actually the administration’s choice to head the White House in 2016.

“President Obama has authorized Valerie Jarrett, his most important political adviser, to hold secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren to encourage her to challenge Hillary Clinton because the Obamas do not want to see the Clintons succeed them in the White House,” Mr. Klein said during a broadcast interview on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

Mr. Klein said he believes the stories he’s heard from sources about the meetings are “absolutely true,” Newsmax reported. “The mainstream media is concentrated almost entirely on the feud between the tea party and establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

But Mr. Klein said the feud between the Obamas and Clintons — which he details in depth in his recently released “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” — has been largely ignored, despite its “deep and gut-wrenching” aspects.

“[Clinton] is looking quite vulnerable” for 2016, he said, Newsmax reported. “Despite all the money and the organization she has behind her, you’re going to see several people challenging her for the nomination. Perhaps Elizabeth Warren, perhaps even Jerry Brown, the governor of California, Martin O’Malley, the governor of Maryland, and perhaps others.”

Ms. Warren is being pushed by a handful of high-ranking politicians to run for president in 2016, including the “Kennedys and a lot of people on the left wing of the Democratic Party,” Mr. Klein said. “And Elizabeth Warren really gets that left wing base of the party excited, where Hillary does not.”