Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Lewandowski: Priebus 'ultimately responsible' for White House leaks

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiNew Trump super PAC formed after accusations of misconduct The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats still at odds over Biden agenda Noem severs ties with Lewandowski after harassment allegations surface MORE blamed Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusTim Scott says he'd support Trump reelection bid Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans 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 ScaramucciAnti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover 'Only the Rich Can Play' documents how Republican program to help the poor didn't Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump 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."