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:
People just weren't buying any of it:
Too bad he can't be Liar Liar-ed like Jim Carrey:
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