Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Former President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski told by Fox Business host he was being 'a little slurry' during interview The Hill's Morning Report - New impeachment battle: Pompeo vs. House Dems Lewandowski: 'Fair' to say Senate run might not happen MORE blamed Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 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 ScaramucciScaramucci calls Trump a 'traitor' to the US Scaramucci: Trump is 'gone' and 'done' Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' 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."