In his new position as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has already sparked headlines and made waves in his quest to sniff out those staffers who have been leaking information to reporters since Trump took office six months ago.
To that end, Scaramucci and a close-knit circle of trusted staffers are creating a diagram of the media landscape in an effort to reveal the leakers, according to a report in Thursday’s Washington Examiner, which referenced sources from a Washington Post report. Those sources, interestingly enough, are anonymous.
According to the unnamed White House official, “The Scaramucci game plan is to map out news outlets that they suspect are receiving leaks from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The group will then present its findings to President Trump on Friday.” This begs an answer to the question: Could the leaker be within Scaramucci’s trusted inner circle? Or, perhaps he’s being bugged?
In just the past couple of days, Scaramucci’s efforts to squelch leaking have been gathering momentum and moving at a fever pitch as he quickly learns that he can’t trust anyone in Washington; especially reporters.
Things began to heat up on Wednesday evening when he tweeted about a leak of the financial disclosure form he filed when he joined the Export-Import Bank, calling it a “felony” after it was published in a report from Politico.
Politico reporter Lorraine Woellert claims that she obtained the public-record document by requesting it from the government.
Then, on Thursday, The New Yorker published an expletive-laced interview with Scaramucci which served as an effective hit piece. Acknowledging in a tweet that he “made a mistake in trusting in a reporter,” Scaramucci later told Sean Hannity that he thought he was speaking off-the-record.
I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 28, 2017
That lesson learned, Scaramucci tweeted that he would try to tamp down “colorful language,” but will not give up his “passionate fight” for Trump’s agenda.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
The New Yorker reporter, Ryan Lizza, says that he got confirmation from Scaramucci that the interview was on the record; however, it is difficult to believe Scaramucci would have said such things and used such “colorful language” if he thought the interview was going to be published.
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