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Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Former President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiTrump and son signal support for McCarthy as next Speaker The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film MORE blamed Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusRepublican Party chief to serve second term at Trump’s request Priebus: Republican voters energized by 'Kavanaugh effect' Kelly called Warren 'impolite,' 'arrogant:' report 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 ScaramucciAnn Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Spicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Scaramucci: John McCain, an inspiration for a day of unity 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."