Hillary Thought Jason Chaffetz Was Reince Priebus When She Shook His Hand at Trump’s Inauguration

| SEP 12, 2017 | 6:22 PM
Jason Chaffetz and Hillary Clinton shake hands at Donald Trump inauguration (ABC News screenshot)

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Not all of “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton's new book about the 2016 presidential election, is her addressing why she lost. Some of it is just the former secretary of state telling stories from the campaign and its aftermath, and one particularly eye-catching passage went viral on Tuesday morning after it was tweeted by The Washington Post's Dave Weigel:

The excerpt deals with meeting then-Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) at Donald Trump's inauguration in January in light of the congressman posting an image of them shaking hands on his Instagram page while he boasted that he would continue to investigate her:

So pleased she is not the President. I thanked her for her service and wished her luck. The investigation continues.

A post shared by Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) on Jan 20, 2017 at 12:31pm PST

“We headed up the stairs to leave the platform and go back inside the Capitol, shaking hands along the way,” wrote Clinton. “I saw a man off to the side who I thought was Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee and incoming White House Chief of Staff.” She walked over to him to shake his hand and talk for a moment before moving on.

One problem: She had made a bit of a mental mix-up.

“Later I realized it hadn’t been Priebus at all. It was Jason Chaffetz, the then-Utah Congress man and wannabe Javert who made endless political hay out of my emails and the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya,” she explained. After recounting the story of the Instagram post, she sarcastically says, “What a class act!”

“I came this close to tweeting back, 'To be honest, thought you were Reince,'” she adds to conclude the story. However, like with her thoughts about exclaiming, “Back up, you creep!” when Donald Trump constantly followed her during their “town hall”-style debate, she did not follow through.