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White House Civil War: Scaramucci Targets Priebus Over Leaks

Rumors have been circulating for weeks about the possible exit from the White House of former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

And part of that eventuality is the depth of rumors among members of the press the Priebus has been the Leaker-in-Chief all along.

So when President Trump named Anthony Scaramucci as the new Director of Communications — reporting directly to POTUS, not Chief of Staff Priebus — it was seen as a sign that Scaramucci was hired both to clean house and to usher Priebus out.

Then yesterday Scaramucci sent a tweet warning leakers that he’s bringing in the FBI and copied Priebus on the tweet.

That sent the media into a tizzy in speculation that he was tagging Priebus as the guilty party. He has since denied it, but some media members with inside knowledge beg to differ.

Priebus’s days at the White House could be numbered, perhaps in single digits.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, Tweeted on Wednesday evening that he believes the leak of his financial disclosure form is a “felony” and that he will be contacting the FBI and Justice Department seeking an investigation.

In the Tweet, Scaramucci tagged White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and included a hashtag: “#swamp.”

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A White House spokeswoman, Lindsey Walters, has not responded to a request for comment from Priebus via text message from Breitbart News late Wednesday evening.

Scaramucci’s hiring by the president as the communications director—a decision the president made without informing Priebus until after it was made—was seen as a blow to Priebus’s standing in the West Wing. What’s more, the president and Scaramucci have both made clear that Scaramucci reports directly to the president—not to Priebus, the chief of staff. Reportedly, Priebus vehemently opposed Scaramucci’s hiring in the West Wing.

Scaramucci has made clear he intends to root out leakers in the White House. He has already terminated one suspected leaker, a White House press aide named Michael Short. Short denies leaking, but news broke earlier this week that Short was being terminated. After Short originally denied the reports on-the-record, it came out that his termination was being processed by the White House counsel’s office. At that point, to avoid being terminated, Short resigned.

Short was not the only suspected leaker and Priebus ally who has lost a job this year. Deputy White House chief of staff Katie Walsh—Priebus’s old chief of staff from his RNC days—was terminated earlier this year after reports surfaced that she was a leaker.


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