Ex-Trump communications director: I wish I’d fired leakers
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President Trump's former communications director, Mike Dubke, said he regrets not firing or removing leakers from the West Wing's press operation.

“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 even said he regretted not firing or reassigning leakers even in cases where he did not have concrete evidence a particular individual was leaking information. 


“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?’"

Dubke served as White House communications director from March to June before he was replaced by then-press secretary Sean Spicer. 

Trump's White House has been plagued by leaks throughout his administration, on an array of issues including Trump's private Oval Office conversations with White House and foreign officials, as well as 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.