The Mooch Calls CNN to Deliver Cryptic Rant About New York, Leakers

Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci is not even a week into his new job as White House communications director and he’s already entered into an extremely public and very stupid fight with chief of staff Reince Priebus, tweeting last night, in response to a Politico story about his financial conflicts: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.”

From a subsequent Politico article:

The tweet followed POLITICO’s publication of Scaramucci’s financial disclosures filed in the course of his employment with the Export-Import Bank. The documents are publicly available on request.

Scaramucci subsequently deleted the tweet and replaced it with another disavowing widespread speculation that his message implied that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus should be investigated. “Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince 45.”


Are you exhausted? I’m exhausted. Good morning!

Scaramucci then called in to CNN today for a free-wheeling soliloquy, during which he informed anchor Chris Cuomo, apropos of nothing: “You’re from New York, I’m from New York, the president is from New York.” So glad we took care of that globalist takeover, am I right?

In the phone call, Scaramucci acknowledged that his financial disclosures were in fact publicly available, proclaiming, unconvincingly, that “I understand the law.”

In fact, “what I’m upset about is the process, and the junk pool, the dirty pool, Chris, in terms of the way this stuff is being done.” Ah! What?


He claimed that he had tweeted at Priebus—who has lasted an astonishingly long time as White House punching bag—not to publicly accuse a fellow top official of a felony but because as “chief of staff, he’s responsible for understanding and uncovering” leaks. But also, “if Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that.” And also, “as you know from the Italian expression, the fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, okay? And that’s me and the president.” And also, “When I said [Priebus and I] were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel.”

Exactly one thing, and one thing only, is clear from this interview, and it’s that Trump is likely quite happy with his new communications director. What ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal? What disastrous transgender ban? We don’t even know what we’re talking about! The Mooch is on fire, baby!

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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I have a strong suspicion that all this Moochiness is working just as intended. For all the “paying too much attention to Russia” shaming the left does to itself, ad nauseum, people can really only really pay attention to a couple of things at a time. Mooch saying crazy shit about palace intrigue has, in-fact, pushed Don Jr.’s public admission of Russian Collusion to a distant fourth, barely mentioned, story after Zombie Skin and Bones Healthcare and The Glorious Return of Discrimination. Basically, the narrative has been successfully changed.