'Theyâ€™re Going to Have to Go F*ck Themselves'
White House CommunicationsÂ Director Anthony Scaramucci says Chief of Staff Reince Priebus "is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac." Scaramucci, who overnight falsely accused Priebus of "felony" leaking of his financial disclosure form (which is publicly available), shared his thoughtsÂ with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza in a rambling interview filled with vulgarities.
The interview was focused on Scaramucci's out of control anger that Lizza had published details of his dinner with President Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and a former Fox News executive, Bill Shine.
An excerpt follows. We've bolded certain portions for those who don't have time to read it all:
â€œTheyâ€™ll all be fired by me,â€ he said. â€œI fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people Iâ€™ll fire tomorrow. Iâ€™ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebusâ€”if you want to leak somethingâ€”heâ€™ll be asked to resign very shortly.â€ The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadnâ€™t been invited. â€œReince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,â€ Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: â€œ â€˜Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.â€™ â€ (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)
Scaramucci was particularly incensed by a PoliticoÂ reportÂ about his financial-disclosure form, which he viewed as an illegal act of retaliation by Priebus. The reporter said Thursday morning that the document was publicly available and she had obtained it from the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci didnâ€™t know this at the time, and he insisted to me that Priebus hadÂ leakedÂ the document, and that the act was â€œa felony.â€
â€œIâ€™ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,â€ he told me.
â€œAre you serious?â€ I asked.
â€œThe swamp will not defeat him,â€ he said, breaking into the third person. â€œTheyâ€™re trying to resist me, but itâ€™s not going to work. Iâ€™ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so theyâ€™re going to have to go fuck themselves.â€
Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. â€œIâ€™m not Steve Bannon, Iâ€™m not trying to suck my own cock,â€ he said, speaking of Trumpâ€™s chief strategist. â€œIâ€™m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. Iâ€™m here to serve the country.â€ (Bannon declined to comment.)
He reiterated that Priebus would resign soon, and he noted that he told Trump that he expected Priebus to launch a campaign against him. â€œHe didnâ€™t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President,â€ he said. â€œAnd I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.â€ His list of allegations included leaking the Hannity dinner and the details from his financial-disclosure form.
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