I was surprised to read that the President’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was fired yesterday by the President’s new chief of staff, General John Kelly. Was it because days after taking his position, Scarmucci called The New Yorker and told them that the President’s chief strategist Steve Bannon is “trying to suck [his] own cock” and that the President’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, “is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic”? Scarmucci, who refers to himself in third person as “the Mooch,” ended his phone interview last Wednesday by saying of Priebus: “I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy.” Priebus learned that he would be fired later that same day, becoming the shortest serving chief of staff in White House history–a feet that seemed remarkable until Scaramucci’s ten-day term ended yesterday.
While I assume you do not approve of the new former communications director’s unprofessional language, you must have been pleased by his attitude toward leakers: “What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers … O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago. This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.”
You also contacted the Department of Justice with your concerns about White House leaks. Last February you wrote: “there have been a series of news articles recounting potentially classified national security information” which “cited ‘current and former U.S. officals’ … In light of this, we request that your office begin an immediate investigation.”
I don’t know if the DoJ followed your request, but according to “the Mooch,” the highest White House leaker has been identified. It was chief of staff Priebus, who Scaramucci told The New Yorker had been thinking: “’Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’”
Since Scaramucci publicly identified the top White House leaker before stepping down, how are you as chair of House Judiciary Committee responding? Have you opened an investigation into Priebus? Although he, like Scaramucci, is no longer a member of the administration, if he leaked classified information he committed a felony and should be prosecuted. You were especially vigilant about pursuing Secretary Clinton after she left the Obama administration, so I assume you will apply that same level of vigilance to an ex-member of the Trump administration.
Or you could use your position to, as the Mooch would say, “cock-block” an investigation since the President assured us that Priebus is “a good man” who he thanked “for his service and dedication to his country.” I am confident that you, like your Republican colleagues, will make a sound decision and continue to fill the American public with trust and admiration in your party’s judgement and professionalism.