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Scaramucci: ‘If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that’

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said early Thursday that if chief of staff Reince Priebus wants to explain he isn't a leaker, he can do that.

During an interview on CNN's "New Day," Scaramucci, who has vowed to crack down on those leaking information from the White House, said he doesn't like "the activity that's going on in the White House."

"I don't like what they're doing to my friends. I don't like what they're doing to the president of the United States or their fellow colleagues in the West Wing," he said.

Scaramucci also said he has had differences with Priebus.

"He's the chief of staff," he said. "He's responsible for understanding and recovering and helping me do that inside the White House, which is why I put that tweet out last night."

Scaramucci late Wednesday said he planned to contact the FBI and the Justice Department regarding a leak of his financial disclosure forms, though the Politico journalist who reported on the forms noted in a tweet that they were legally obtained through the Export-Import Bank.

"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 in a tweet, which was later deleted.

He tagged Priebus in the tweet but later said reports that he was accusing the chief of staff of leaking his financial information were "wrong."

Scaramucci said on Thursday that he respects journalists for not telling him who the leakers are.

"I understand and respect journalists with integrity," he said.

"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 continued.

"So if Reince wants to explain that he's not a leaker, let him do that."

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