Update: Scaramucci has since issued a tweet saying his statement was a “notice” that Senior Administration officials would be “helping to end illegal leaks.”
Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, said
Wednesday evening that he will reach out to federal officials because of
a financial disclosure leak, which he called a “felony.”
light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I
will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept,” he tweeted, tagging
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and adding the hashtag #swamp.
it’s unclear why Scaramucci tagged Priebus, Priebus has been named as a
potential leaker by some Trump supporters, like Roger Stone. Ryan
Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, tweeted that he can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Priebus for leaking.
The “leak” Scaramucci is referring to is likely a reference to a Politico report Wednesday evening, which details Scaramucci’s financial disclosure filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
report picks apart Scaramucci’s wealth, including assets worth as much
as $85 million. It also discusses the millions of dollars Scaramucci is
positioned to obtain from his ownership stake in his investment firm
SkyBridge Capital. The report says Politico reached out to White House
spokeswoman Natalie Strom for comment on Scaramucci’s SkyBridge
investment to the Treasury Department, and that a Treasury spokeswoman,
Marisol Garibay, did not immediately return requests for comment.
was chosen to joined the Export-Import Bank in June, but has taken
unpaid leave since he started, according to the report.
Scaramucci’s accusation of an illegal leak is the latest salvo in the
Trump administration’s pushback against leaks, many of which have been
damaging to Trump’s ability to conduct foreign policy and stay on
Scaramucci has repeatedly gone on record, since it was announced
within the last week that he would be joining the White House, that he
is planning a crackdown on leaks.
Source: Anthony Scaramucci says he will contact feds about ‘felony’ leak of his financial disclosure