Anthony Scaramucci said Thursday morning that he was not accusing Reince Priebus of leaking in a Wednesday night tweet.
Scaramucci added that he and President Trump "would like to tell everybody we have a very, very good idea of who the leakers are, who the senior leakers are in the White House."
When asked if he was accusing Priebus of leaking on CNN's "New Day," Scaramucci said, "I am not. I am saying senior officials are working on this together."
Scaramucci said Priebus can address the source of leaks from the administration himself.
"When I put out a tweet and I put Reince's name in a tweet, they're all make the assumption that it's him because journalists know who the leakers are," he said. "So if Reince wants to explain he's not a leaker, let him do that. But let me tell you about myself. I'm a straight shooter and I'll go right to the heart of the matter."
Scaramucci fired up some on social media when he quoted former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in condemning leaks from the administration. Paterno, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was fired in 2011 in the aftermath of the child sex abuse scandal involving his longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky.
"Why don’t you honor the job?" Scaramucci asked "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. "Remember Joe Paterno? What would he say? Act like you’ve been there before. Act with honor and dignity and respect and hold the confidence of the presidency and his office."
Anthony Scaramucci just positively quoted Joe Paterno--who, you know, condoned the rape of children--as a way of responding to criticism. 🙃— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci referencing Joe Paterno isn't a good look. One is an asshole covering for a monster, and the other is Joe Paterno.— Gary Anthony (@GWillOccur) July 27, 2017
Recently installed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has vowed to crack down on leaks, called for an investigation Wednesday night after Politico published the financial disclosure form he filed with the government.
The form shows that Scaramucci holds assets worth as much as $85 million and that despite his White House job, he still stands to profit from his ownership stake in SkyBridge Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2005. SkyBridge Capital is in the process of being sold, but the sale is taking longer than expected to close as regulators review the details.
"In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept," Scaramucci tweeted Wednesday night, adding "#swamp" and "@Reince45." The tweet was later deleted.
Some administration officials interpreted the "@Reince45" tag as an indication that Scaramucci was blaming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for the leak, The New York Times reported. Priebus had opposed Scaramucci's appointment as communications director, according to The Times.
Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker said he could "confirm" Scaramucci wanted Priebus investigated for leaking.
In case there's any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci rejected this notion in a tweet early Thursday.
It's not clear that the publication of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form actually constituted a leak. They're publicly available upon request, according to Politico.
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