Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new director of communications, unleashed a firestorm over leaks Thursday, fingeringÂ “senior leakers” in theÂ White House, vowing to unleash the FBIÂ and lambastingÂ administration figures who “think it is their job to save America from this president.”
In a pair of tweets, including one that was later deleted, ScaramucciÂ seemed to insinuateÂ at one pointÂ that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who had recently tried to block hisÂ appointment,Â might beÂ among the culprits.
Asked by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about a PriebusÂ connection, Scaramucci said, “the journalists know who are the leakersÂ are, if Reince wants to explain that he is not a leaker, let him do that.”
At the same time, he denied he was charging Priebus with leaking, saying he only meant to include the chief of staff in the tweet to stress thatÂ senior officials needed to help cull out the perpetrators.
Ryan Lizza, a writer for The New Yorker,Â added fuel to the fire, however, by saying on Twitter: “In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.”
The eruption was triggered by the appearance on the Politico website Wednesday night of the financial disclosure form that Scaramucci, who spent almost 3 decadesÂ on Wall Street, recently filed. It shows his assets as high asÂ $85 million, and notedÂ he made $4.9 million from his ownership stake in SkyBridge Capital, an investment firm, in the first six months of the year.
Scaramucci responded angrily, tweeting:Â âIn light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony,â he wrote,âI will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept.â
The tweet included the hashtag #swamp asÂ well as the Twitter handle forÂ Priebus.
In a series of media appearances ThursdayÂ morning, Scaramucci tried to…