President Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is calling on the FBI to investigate who released his troubling financial disclosure forms. "And as you know from the Italian expression: The fish stinks from the head down".
But the news has been overshadowed by the infighting emerging from the White House.
Scaramucci, who has been interviewing junior communications shop staffers in a dual effort to weed out those deemed nonessential and find out who has been leaking information, also put more senior-level West Wing aides on notice during his CNN appearance. "He's making clear that even though these documents are eventually procurable publicly, that somebody doesn't want him here", she told Fox News Channel.
Lizza wrote that Scaramucci believed Priebus had been anxious about the dinner because he hadn't been invited.
Last Friday, Sean Spicer had resigned as White House Press Secretary after Trump appointed Scaramucci as the White House Communications Director.
Scaramucci synthesized his issues with the Trump administration by arguing there are people inside "that think it is their job to save America from this President, OK?" Mr. Scaramucci was outraged to discover that details of the financial disclosure form he was required to fill out when he worked for the Export-Import Bank showed up on the the website, POLITICO, this week.
Scaramucci said last week he and Priebus were friends and "a little bit like brothers, where we rough each other up once in a while, which is totally normal for brothers". "And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me". He became enraged about leakers and his colleagues in the White House, letting loose a vivid and increasingly creative stream of profanity - all on tape.More news: ITV plc (ITV) Given Buy Rating at Shore Capital
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First, it's important to note that the financial disclosure was a public record, not secret information.
After the Twittersphere lit up, pointing out to Scaramucci that the disclosure form is public and that it appeared he was threatening Preibus, he deleted the tweet, and posted a new one at 12:47 a.m., writing that he wasn't calling for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ to investigate Preibus: "Wrong!" According to Lizza, Scaramucci reportedly called Reince Preibus a "paranoid schizophrenic" - and much, much more.
Since Priebus was tagged in the tweet, the media made the assumption the chief of staff was the leaker because "journalists know who the leakers are", Scaramucci said.
"They'll all be fired by me", he said, referring to White House leakers. "He has had a lot of criticisms and he's steadfastly determined to get his job done, and he wants all of us to do our jobs and that's what I intend to do".
Ms Huckabee Sanders said the President ran a White House where varied view points and healthy competition was encouraged.
The internal warring rages on among a number of other controversies in Washington.
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Sanders was also asked about the similarities in the public shaming of Priebus as to what Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently been undergoing from Trump himself.