Scaramucci says he will contact FBI, Justice Dept. over leaked financial disclosure
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Wednesday night that he plans to contact the FBI and Justice Department regarding what he said was a leak of his financial disclosure.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting [FBI] and the [Justice Department],” Scaramucci wrote on Twitter.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
In the now-deleted tweet, Scaramucci tagged Reince Priebus, which some took as a suggestion that the new communications director was accusing the White House chief of staff of leaking.
Scaramucci later put out a second tweet that said this interpretation was “wrong” and that he wanted to put leakers on notice that all senior administration officials were helping to end illegal leaks.
Scaramucci was reacting to a Politico report based on a financial disclosure form he filed with the Office of Government Ethics that shows that the former Wall Street financier earned $4.9 million from his stake in Skybridge Capital, the investment firm he founded in 2005, between Jan. 1, 2016, and the end of June 2017.
The Politico reporter who wrote the story tweeted on Thursday that there was no leak. The form was publicly available.
— Lorraine (@Woellert) July 27, 2017
The disclosure also shows that Scaramucci earned more than $5 million in salary during the same period of time.
Scaramucci also appeared on CNN on Thursday morning, where he took more shots at Priebus, saying reporters assumed Priebus was the leaker in his initial tweet because they “know who the leakers are.”
“However, when I put out a tweet and I put Reince’s name in the tweet, they’re all making the assumption that it’s him, because journalists know who the leakers are,” he said.
“So if Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that.”
The Wall Street financier and longtime ally of President Trump was tapped to lead the White House communications team on Friday — a move that prompted the resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
In his new role, Scaramucci has vowed to crack down on leaks coming out of the White House. He told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in an interview aired Wednesday that he plans to take “dramatic steps” to stymie such leaks.
This report was updated on July 27 at 9:06 a.m.
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