July 27 at 5:03 AM 

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci speaks on a morning television show, from the north lawn of the White House on Wednesday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director, declared a war on leaks when he made his debut as White House communications director. Overnight he fired the first shot, with a bold accusation.

In a tweet, he said that he was calling out the FBI and the Justice Department to investigate what he described as a felonious leak of his financial disclosure form to Politico.

“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45″ he tweeted:



The disclosure form reported by Politico was from his brief tenure at the Export-Import Bank. Export-Import Bank disclosures are available to the public here. While Politico did not say how it got it, there’s no need for leaking Export-Import Bank disclosure forms.

Why Scaramucci thought it was an illegal leak is a mystery.

Mystery number two was why he mentioned Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff.

Ryan Lizza, of the New Yorker, suggested in his own tweet that “Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.”


Mystery number three is why Scaramucci then deleted the tweet. On the other hand, maybe that’s not such a mystery.

Perhaps he realized that releasing a public document is not a felony requiring an FBI investigation.

In any case, he did delete it, which is why it is reproduced here as an image, courtesy of the Hill.

But wait, there’s more.

In response to the speculation that maybe he mentioned Priebus because he thought the chief of staff had something to do with the leak, Scaramucci then tweeted again, in true Trumpian form: “Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45″


For the record, Scaramucci had every reason not to appreciate Politico’s story.

Anthony Scaramucci finally has his White House job, but he still stands to profit from an ownership stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital.

The incoming White House communications director earned $4.9 million from his ownership stake in Skybridge in addition to more than $5 million in salary between Jan. 1, 2016, and the end of June, when he joined the Export-Import Bank, according to a financial disclosure filed with the Office of Government Ethics. The disclosure form hasn’t been previously reported.

You too can look at the disclosure form without fear of prosecution. It’s here, courtesy of Politico.