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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The "Mooch" scream-tweets "felony" leak

President Trump's second in command (apparently) and Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, tweeted a promise to contact the FBI over what he termed a "felony" leak of his financial information. The "Mooch" has since deleted his tweet, but it created speculation that the message was intended for Chief of [some] Staff Reince Priebus.

The deleted tweet read:
"In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @JusticeDept #swamp @Reince45."
Scaramucci tweeted this after a Politico report on his financial holdings was published, showing he earned $4.9 million from his ownership stake in SkyBridge and over $5 million in salary between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of June when he joined the Export-Import Bank.

The fact that he included Priebus' twitter handle gave the impression he was suspicious of him and was asking the FBI to probe Priebus. However, Scaramucci denied this after deleting the tweet and tweeting:
"Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45."
In an interview with Fox News' Hannity, 'for you, the American people,'  on Wednesday, Scaramucci said "we're going to let people go if we have to."

"One of the big problems that I'm discovering is that senior people are really the guys doing the leaking and they ask junior people to leak for them," he told Hannity, a guy who has nothing negative ever to say about President Trump and would gladly take a bullet for him.

Following Scaramucci's appearance, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores issued a statement vowing to pursue these cases:
"We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months. We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country. Like the Attorney General has said, 'whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,' and we will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead."

Although Scaramucci called his leaked financial information a felony, it's likely not, because the information is publicly available.