The Scaramucci Files (Part 1 of 4)

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has made it very clear that one of his first priorities is to stop leaks to the press that he believes are coming from members of his own White House communications staff.

But last week Scaramucci himself leaked information, telling the online publication Politico that he intended to fire assistant press secretary Michael Short because he believed Short to be one of the leakers.

Handed such a great tip, Politico naturally published a story about Scaramucci’s intention to fire Short because he is a leaker.

But Scaramucci hesitated and didn’t fire Short that morning, as he told Politico he would, and as a result, Politico’s report on Short’s firing was published before Scaramucci actually fired Short.

And then…

Hold onto your hats, folks…

Scaramucci complained about reporters writing stories based on leaked information!

A lot of people are referring to him as “Mooch” or “The Mooch,” but Mrs. Curmudgeon, as an homage to the SNL characterization of Sean Spicer as “Spicy,” calls him “Smoochie.”  Her husband approves.

That HE leaked!

In his own words:

Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic. I should have the opportunity if I have to let somebody go to let the person go in a very humane, dignified way, and then the next thing… is help the person get a job somewhere, OK, because he probably has a family, right? So now you guys are talking about it, it’s not fair. … Here’s the problem with the leaking, why I have to figure out a way to get the leaking to stop, because it hurts people.

But the only reason Politico knew about it before Short is because Scaramucci gave Politico the story.

And then had the audacity to complain about Politico publishing stories based on leaked information.

There are two ways Scaramucci can address that problem:

He can practice what he preaches and not be such a colossal hypocrite.





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