Valerie Jarrett’s father, maternal grandfather and father-in-law were dedicated communists under prolonged investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to FBI files obtained by Judicial Watch.
Jarrett is a trusted senior adviser to President Barack Obama.
Jarrett’s father was James Bowman, a medical doctor who specialized in pathology, genetics and hematology. He also served as a professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He died in 2011.
An extensive FBI dossier obtained by Judicial Watch shows that Bowman belonged to the Association of Internes and Medical Students, an organization which “has long been a faithful follower of the Communist Party line,” then-contemporary FBI files indicate.
The FBI also found that Jarrett’s father communicated with Alfred Stern, a scion of wealth and suspected spy for the Soviet Union who was indicted absentia on espionage charges in 1957. According to the charges, he and his wife Martha Dodd Stern, the daughter of a U.S. ambassador to Germany, transmitted military, commercial and industrial information to the Soviet Union.
In response to the federal investigation, the Sterns fled to Mexico in 1953, then communist Czechoslovakia, then communist Cuba, then, finally, back to communist Czechoslovakia. In Prague, Stern worked for the communist government’s housing ministry. He died in 1986.
Jarrett’s father also spent time in Iran working after his discharge from the Army Medical Corps in 1955, FBI records reveal. (At the time, Iran was led by a government supported by the United States and Great Britain.)
Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran in 1956.
Jarrett’s father and her maternal grandfather, Robert Rochon Taylor, also maintained a business partnership with Stern, FBI records reveal.
Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was among the individuals named on the FBI’s Security Index, a database used by the FBI to track people potentially dangerous to national security, reports Judicial Watch.
Vernon Jarrett was a long-time Chicago journalist. He worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was also a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. He came to the attention of the FBI because he had written propaganda for an unidentified Communist Party front group in Chicago which, FBI files indicate, distributed communist propaganda to “the middle class.”
The FBI further concluded that Vernon Jarrett could have been a Soviet saboteur and, in the event of a military conflict with the Soviet Union, the FBI would arrest him in a sweep of potential saboteurs. Vernon Jarrett died in 2004.
Valerie Jarrett was married to Vernon Jarrett’s son, William Robert Jarrett, for just five years. The couple happily married in 1983 and unhappily divorced in 1988.
Valerie Jarrett, who currently enjoys full-time Secret Service protection, served as a co-chair of Obama’s presidential transition team in 2009. She is one of three senior advisers to Obama and has long been a trusted svengali of the president as well as first lady Michelle Obama.
Jarrett’s official title is senior advisor to the president. She works in the White House and manages the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Office of Urban Affairs.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.