The Game of Thrones-like infighting in the West Wing of the White House is turning from a behind-the-scenes struggle into a public duel.
Newly installed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was livid Thursday morning over a report in Politico that indicates he has assets worth as much as $85 million and that he took a $5 million salary from SkyBridge Capital, the hedge fund he founded, in the first half of the year.
Scaramucci tweeted Wednesday night suggesting that reporting the financial disclosure information was “a felony” and saying that he will contact the FBI.
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
On Thursday morning, Scaramucci called into CNN and all but accused White House chief of staff Reince Priebus of deliberately leaking the report.
“If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that,” Scaramucci said. “Let me tell you something about myself — I am a straight shooter, and I’ll go right to the heart of the matter.”
The Justice Department, meanwhile, says it is taking leaks seriously. DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement, “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.”
The contretemps is yet more evidence of the increasingly public dispute playing out in the West Wing between Scaramucci and Priebus, who reportedly objected to Trump’s hiring of the financier.
Priebus ally Sean Spicer, who was pulling double duty as communications director and press secretary, quit when Scaramucci was named to the job.
Scaramucci acknowledged to CNN that he and Priebus “have had odds. We’ve had differences.”
Referring to his remarks last week that he and Priebus were like brothers, he elaborated.
“Some brothers are like Cain and Abel,” he said. “Other brothers can fight with each other and get along. I don’t know if this is reparable or not. That will be up to the president.”
Of course, as every Sunday school graduate knows, in the Bible, Cain murdered Abel.