White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared to attack Reince Priebus on Thursday, challenging the president's chief of staff to prove that he is not the source for the administration's leaks to the press.
The interview comes hours after Scaramucci copied Priebus in a tweet about leaks, later deleted the tweet and then told CNN - before his interview - that the message was not a call for the FBI to investigate the chief of staff. Although he is new to the White House, Scaramucci had been employed at a senior level by the Export-Import Bank since June 19. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along.
"What I don't like about Washington is people do not let you know how they feel", he said.
He said that he and the president along with members of his team and law enforcement were working together to "undercut and undercover, or out, if you will, the leakers in the entire country".
The tensions between two of his top aides appeared to be made public when Mr Scaramucci tweeted on Wednesday night that his government financial disclosure form had been leaked.
Speaking the morning after his financial forms had been anonymously leaked to Politico, Scaramucci said he and President Trump have "a very, very good idea of who the leakers are, who the senior leakers are in the White House".
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In his interview with the CNN, Scaramucci said Priebus could be one of the leakers that he has vowed to weed out of the administration. And I can tell you when I go home and talk to people in my district, they don't care about all this stuff.
Scaramucci said that he didn't want to name names, but that he was going to figure out "where the backstabbing is coming from".
Scaramucci later deleted the tweet. "And that's me and the president".
Priebus told The Associated Press last week that he supports Scaramucci "100 percent", despite reportedly trying to prevent Scaramucci from getting an administration position. After reports on that tweet were published - many of which interpreted Scaramucci as fingering Priebus as the leaker - the communications director, shortly before 1:00 a.m., posted a new tweet.
Asked what he meant by including Priebus, Scaramucci said, "If Reince wants to explain he's not the leaker, he can do that". In fact, they are available to the public, so leaking cannot even be an allegation. "I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept, he tweeted Wednesday night, adding, "#swamp @Reince45".