Scaramucci: Bannon is a White House leaker


Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said he believes senior strategist Stephen Bannon is leaking information from the White House.

In an appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, Scaramucci was asked by Colbert about White House leaks and who he thought was responsible now that former chief of staff Reince Priebus was gone. Scaramucci had previously accused Priebus of leaking.

“Is it Steve Bannon?” Colbert asked.

“Well, I’ve said that,” Scaramucci said. “Listen, I’ve been pretty open about that.”

{mosads}Colbert pressed Scaramucci, asking him, “Is Steve Bannon a leaker?” to which Scaramucci replied, “I said he was.”

“I obviously got caught on tape saying he was, so I have no problem saying that,” Scaramucci said.

He added that Bannon would be fired “if it were up to me.”

The former communications director has granted several interviews in recent days discussing his brief tenure in President Trump’s administration. On Sunday, Scaramucci said on ABC’s “This Week” that his firing was “sort of meant to happen.”

“Well, obviously, I wish they would give me a bar of soap and tell me to go wash my mouth out in the bathroom and move on,” he said, when asked whether he thought he deserved to be fired.

Scaramucci blasted Bannon in a profanity-laced phone call to a reporter from The New Yorker last month.

“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—,” Scaramucci said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”

Bannon has come under fire in recent days, with a report from Axios claiming Trump believes that he is behind recent leaks about national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

A report in The New York Times on Monday claimed that Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch had also advised Trump to fire Bannon.

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