In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus disputed claims, reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere, that he was aware of President Trump's intention to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Of all the things that we went through in the West Wing, I never felt that the president was going to fire the special counsel.
Then, when moderator Chuck Todd pressed him, saying, "feeling, and what people heard—it's possible the president uttered the words, 'I want Mueller fired. I want Mueller gone'," Priebus replied, "I never heard that. No, I never heard that."
Here's the full interview:
A little further in the interview Priebus continues to choose his words ever so carefully:
Todd: "But you're not disputing it in total. Why?"
Priebus: "I'm disputing it from my point of view, because I never heard that."
Todd: "You never heard it, but it's possible he did express this?"
Priebus: "I think he expressed his concerns with the conflicts, but I never heard the idea or the concept that this person needed to be fired. I never felt like it was relayed to me that way either."
That's a lot of not hearing and not feeling things—the rhetoric of a true politician.
Twitter zeroed in on Priebus's choice of words:
Strong phraseology. “I never felt” does not equate to “Itvwas was never talked about, discussed or planned.”— Jason Wheeler (@JasonWheeler198) February 4, 2018
@Reince, how do you feel government matters? We're asking you about communication like talk. We're asking you about words spoken or written. Are you talking about reading Trump's mind? His tweets? You can't feel those. How do you feel an intent to FIRE someone, @Reince? Explain.— Hubert Temba (@HubertTemba) February 4, 2018
everybody put your pitchforks and torches away, he had a FEELING that POTUS wasn't going for fire Mueller. A feeling, you know, is so much stronger than proof or evidence or those pesky facts.— Michael Duntz (@michaelduntz) February 4, 2018
So this solves it, he had a feeling nothing was wrong. pic.twitter.com/kaBzjqqxWe
People just weren't buying any of it:
Too bad he can't be Liar Liar-ed like Jim Carrey:
It's laughable that anyone expects honesty from Reince Priebus.— 🌪️IAmTheStorm🌪️🌊 (@traciemom) February 4, 2018
he's full of it. He is still part of team propaganda.— Dr Alicia Beck (@AliciaBeck20) February 4, 2018
When you are caught in a web of lies, among so many liars..and the @FBI has you in its sights due to your own stupidity and you are on television and it's taped and can be used against you in a court of law..exactly what a lawyer would tell you. pic.twitter.com/bwebjCvW3s— Adrienne Young #Resist (@gentlemindmom) February 4, 2018