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If Thursday morning is any indication about what the Scaramucci Era will look like, it will make the first six months of the Trump administration look tranquil.
The new White House communications director just called into a morning show and suggested that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who would be his boss in any normal West Wing, may be behind the leaks that are plaguing the administration. He also mused openly about their strained relationship and suggested the president may have to decide between them.
What’s more, he did it all in response to a story written by a reporter who says nobody leaked anything to her, as Scaramucci had alleged.
There’s a lot to unpack here, but here are the basics: Scaramucci phoned in to CNN’s “New Day” program to respond to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, who had reported that Scaramucci was fingering Priebus for the leaks.
In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci had seemed to suggest as much himself in a Wednesday night tweet about his personal financial disclosure supposedly being leaked to Politico — something he labeled a “felony.” The tweet, which has since been deleted, tagged Priebus.
This was the deleted tweet: pic.twitter.com/yOjFz03wXW
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) July 27, 2017
On CNN, Scaramucci said he tagged Priebus because Priebus, as chief of staff, is responsible for rooting out leakers. But he also said Priebus would have to prove that he is not a leaker himself.
“If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a…