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Scaramucci Threatens White House Leakers

| by Jordan Smith
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White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci criticized members of President Donald Trump's White House staff July 26 over alleged leaks to the press.

Scaramucci angrily called The New Yorker's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, after Lizza had tweeted about a dinner taking place at the White House between Trump, Scaramucci, Fox News host Sean Hannity and others.

"Who leaked that to you?" Scaramucci demanded of Lizza, The New Yorker reported.

"I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can't help themselves," added Scaramucci. "You're an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I'm asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it."

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Scaramucci, who has been at odds with Priebus for several months, appeared to suggest the chief of staff was responsible for the leak.

"They'll all be fired by me," he added. "I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus -- if you want to leak something -- he'll be asked to resign very shortly."

According to The New Yorker, Priebus initially objected to Trump appointing Scaramucci to a post in the administration when the president took office. Trump's decision to bring Scaramucci in as communications director was reportedly done in the face of opposition from Priebus. Sean Spicer, a Priebus ally, resigned his position as press secretary the same day that Scaramucci came on board.

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Scaramucci was also angered by the leaking of his financial disclosure form, vowing to "kill" the leakers.

"I've called the FBI and the Department of Justice," he said.

He also alleged that he has obtained the "digital fingerprints" of those within the administration leaking information.

The Politico reporter who broke the story about Scaramucci's financial disclosure stated July 27 that it had been publicly available.

"Wow, sorry I slept through all the fun! [For what it's worth], Mr. [Scaramucci's] Form 278e is publicly available from [the U.S. Export-Import Bank]. Just ask," tweeted Lorraine Woellert, according to The Hill.

The disclosure showed that Scaramucci earned $4.9 million from his stake in Skybridge Capital from January 2016 to June 2017. He also earned more than $5 million in salary for the same period.

In July 27 statements to CNN, Scaramucci denied he had been targeting Priebus, though his tweet about leaks included the chief of staff's Twitter handle.

"He's the chief of staff, he's responsible for understanding and uncovering and helping me do that inside the White House, which is why I put that tweet out last night," Scaramucci said, The New Yorker reported.

Sources: The New Yorker, The Hill / Photo credit: Jdarsie11/Wikimedia Commons, The White House/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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