President Trump’s first communications director, Mike Dubke, said he regrets not firing or removing leakers from the West Wing’s press operation. Dubke served as White House communications director from March to June before resigning and was replaced by then-press secretary Sean Spicer.
“If I had one regret from my time there,” Dubke told The Washingtonian, “it’s that I wish I had done that in a couple of cases.”
Dubke told reporters that he was sorry he didn’t fire or reassign suspected leakers because he didn’t feel he had enough concrete evidence.
“I think I know. I’m almost positive,” Dubke said he told his wife, “but I’m not 100 percent sure. Do I want to ruin somebody’s reputation and somebody’s livelihood?’”
Leaked information has been an ongoing problem throughout Trump’s administration on an array of issues, including Trump’s private Oval Office conversations with White House and foreign officials, and matters pertaining to various Russia election-meddling investigations.
Anthony Scaramucci, who served as communications director for 11 days in July, had called on suspected leakers to be investigated during his tenure.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a government-wide crackdown on leakers in August, including a review of Justice Department policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish such sensitive information.
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