Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday slammed as "irresponsible" civil rights veteran Rep. John Lewis' denial of the legitimacy of Donald Trump's election as president.
In an interview on NBC News' "Meet The Press," Priebus called on President Barack Obama to rebuke the comment by the Georgia Democratic lawmaker. "it's irresponsible for John Lewis, historic as he is, to have done this," Priebus said. "Barack Obama should step up as well and call it what it is. …"
"The transfer of power within the White House is going great, but to do this to President-elect Trump five days before he puts his hand on the bible is just wrong," he added. "And the Democrats are fundraising on this comment from Congressman Lewis right now. So they're making money on it."
Priebus also pushed back on reports the press corps will be booted out of the White House, but suggested the issue of where briefings will be held is under review by the new administration.
"The technical answer is no," Priebus said of the reports. "This is about quadrupling the amount of reporters that can cover our press conference."
When pressed about if reporters would still be allowed to "every day… work in the White House," Priebus demurred.
"Well, that hasn't been determined… but as of now the only thing that created this story… was the question of whether or not the press briefings, at least initially" are going to be held where they've been traditionally allowed.
"Is this about press briefings or is this about kicking the press out of the building altogether," moderator Chuck Todd replied.
"This is about press briefings," Priebus responded
Primus also blamed Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server as secretary of state for sparking the email hacking controversy.
"I'm not disputing that the Russian entities hacked the [Democratic National Committee]," he said, adding: "I also think that the Clinton folks wasted $1 billion of their donors' money and they've got a lot to answer for and none of this would be happening if Hillary Clinton would have simply not used a personal server in violation of federal law."
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