There is no denying that the White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci is a bit of an odd choice for the position, but after all, this is the Trump Administration. Scaramucci quickly jumped into the position and began a whirlwind press tour, mimicking the President with his hand gestures as well as his speech, and creating controversy right out of the gate. This controversy boiled over last night as Scaramucci, like his boss, turned to Twitter to air his grievances.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting FBI and the Justice Department,” Scaramucci wrote Wednesday night with the hashtag “swamp.” Also at the end of this badly written tweet, he tagged Reince Priebus.
The first thing that stands out, is that financial disclosure forms are not classified forms. In fact, they are available to the public, so leaking can not even be an allegation. Immediately after the tweet was made, which Scaramucci later deleted, political pundits began questioning if the communications director was trying to accuse Priebus as being the leaker. As it turned out, he was. Ryan Lizza, a CNN contributor and correspondent for The New Yorker magazine tweeted a confirmation:
“In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.”
Philip Rucker, the White House Bureau Chief for the Washington Post took things a step further, tweeting:
“Some in White House are trying to build a case that Priebus is a leaker — “a diagram” charting leaks, per senior official — to show Trump.”
Reportedly Scaramucci wants Priebus’ job as Chief of Staff, and was brought in to fire him for allegedly leaking information to the press. This seems to all make sense based on his actions over the last couple of days.
There has been no official word from the White House about the deleted tweet, but we will continue to reach out to them for comment.