Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Former President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE blamed Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems Wisconsin GOP Senate hopeful hit by ad highlighting Democratic past Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer MORE for leaks from the White House, saying he was "ultimately responsible" in a "Fox & Friends" interview Tuesday. 

"If Reince couldn't control those leaks and those leaks continued to permeate, then he was the one who was ultimately responsible, and Gen. [John] Kelly was brought in to make sure those leaks do not continue," Lewandowski said when asked why Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff. 

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Lewandowski's comments come after President Trump announced via Twitter that Priebus would be replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as chief of staff. Priebus was removed when his feud with former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPoliticon 2018 tour to include Anthony Scaramucci, Charlie Kirk, Hasan Piker Matt Drudge shares mock ‘Survivor’ cover suggesting more White House officials will leave this summer DC restaurant offers drink special to celebrate Pruitt resignation MORE apparently reached a breaking point.

Kelly quickly fired Scaramucci after taking office, following the communications director's profanity-laced rant to The New Yorker about Priebus and other key White House staff. 

Lewandowski said, "I think the president's frustration was probably with the amount of leaking coming from the White House," and that as chief of staff Priebus was "the top of the food chain. The person who's on the top of this is going to be responsible for everything that happens down further."