White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci triggered a controversy late Wednesday when he appeared to suggest in a tweet that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was responsible for a leak about him.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a “If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds. We have had differences. When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along,” Scaramucci said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” referencing the Book of Genesis story in which Cain kills his brother Abel. “I don’t know if this is reparable or not, that will be up to the president.”felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept,” he wrote, notably tagging @Reince45 at the end.
“If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that,” he continued. “But let me tell you about myself. I’m a straight shooter and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter.”
The Justice Department, meanwhile, says it is taking leaks seriously. DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement, “We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months. We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country. Like the Attorney General has said, ‘whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,’ and we will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead.”
The comments were the latest escalation in the war on leaks from the very top of the White House, now that Scaramucci has taken over the communications shop, reporting directly to President Trump.