Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s New Communications Director, Called CNN and Had a Meltdown

by Judd Legum –

Scaramucci declares war on the White House Chief of Staff.

Anthony Scaramucci was named White House Communications Director six days ago. This morning, he called into Chris Cuomo’s CNN show and completely melted down.

The situation started last night when Scaramucci became enraged that his financial disclosure form, which is a public document, was “leaked” to Politico. He tweeted that he would contact the FBI because the disclosure of the form was “a felony.” (It’s not.)

Notably, Scaramucci’s tweet included the Twitter handle of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, which appeared to blame Priebus for the “leak.”

New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza then confirmed that Scaramucci was, in fact, calling for an FBI investigation of the White House Chief of Staff.

In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.

Lizza called into CNN this morning to discuss his reporting. In a bizarre turn of events, in the middle of Lizza’s interview, Scaramucci also called into the show.

Scaramucci said that he and Trump had a message to deliver. That message was “we have a very, very good idea of who the leakers are, who the senior leakers are in the White House.” He described some of the leaks as “so treasonous that 150 years ago people would have been hung.”

He described the leak of his dinner last night with Sean Hannity as “totally reprehensible.” Scaramucci said. (He had called Lizza last night to try to get him to reveal the leaker of his dinner date. Lizza refused.)

It soon became clear that Scaramucci was, in fact, pinning the blame on Reince Priebus. “The fish stinks from the head,” Scaramucci said, “If Reince wants to explain he’s not a leaker, let him do that.”

Scaramucci previously described Priebus as “his brother.” On CNN, he clarified that they were brothers like “Cain and Abel.” Cain murdered Abel.

“I don’t know if the relationship with Reince is reparable…that’s up to the President,” Scaramucci said.

 

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress