Thursday, July 27, 2017

There Goes Priebus

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday escalated his tensions with chief of staff Reince Priebus, recalling the biblical story of Cain and Abel in reference to their relationship and saying it’s up to Priebus to prove that he’s not a leaker.

“If you want to talk about the chief of staff, we have had odds. We have had differences. When I said we were brothers from the podium, that's because we're rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along,” Scaramucci said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” referencing the Book of Genesis story in which Cain kills his brother Abel. “I don't know if this is reparable or not, that will be up to the president.”

So the president is definitely the Mooch's puppet master then.

The Mooch never knows which way his head is pointing. When people first started talking about his tweet tagging Priebus as an attack on Priebus, he claimed it wasn't any such thing.

And there was that 180 he did on Sarah Huckabee Sanders' hair and makeup: "I didn't say what you said I said, but oh, yeah, that's right."

Great pick for a communications director.
Mr. Scaramucci seemed to suggest on Twitter overnight that Mr. Priebus may have had something to do with the “leak” of Mr. Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form to Politico. Mr. Scaramucci said the “leak” was “a felony” and that he would be contacting the F.B.I. and Justice Department to seek an investigation. He then included Mr. Priebus’s Twitter handle, which several officials in the White House interpreted as meaning that he suspected the chief of staff.


By morning, however, it was clear that the leak was no leak. Lorraine Woellert, Politico’s reporter on the story, explained that she simply requested the financial disclosure form through normal channels and was provided it by a government agency as required by federal law. Mr. Scaramucci deleted his Twitter message but posted a new one referring to a story by the news outlet Axios suggesting that he wanted Mr. Priebus investigated.


As the hosts and guests of CNN’s “New Day” discussed the matter on Thursday morning, Mr. Scaramucci called in to address the question of Mr. Priebus.

“He’s the chief of staff,” he said. “He’s responsible for understanding and uncovering and helping me do that inside the White House, which is why I put that tweet out last night.” The fact that journalists interpreted it as an accusation against Mr. Priebus suggested that he might be a leaker because the journalists know who gives them information, Mr. Scaramucci said.

“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 said. “So if Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that. Let me tell you something about myself. I am a straight shooter and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter.”

No, you're a slimey little puppet. Deleting tweets as fast as you can to try to cover your stupid ass.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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