aside The Mooch Has Gone Nuts And Mayhem In The White House

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It has become an apparent requirement that to be in the in-clique at the White House, one has to show signs of insanity. How else could anyone work in the crazy environment as described by some who have witnessed it up-close? I am betting that the adults in the room like the NSA Adviser General H. R. McMaster, and the Defense Secretary General James Mattis must be questioning their own sense of reality.

The future communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has burst on the White House scene like a flame thrower.  For one thing, it seems that he called the FBI to investigate a leak about information on his financial disclosure forms which appeared on a Politico report. It turns out that the reporter simply forwarded a Freedom of Information form after the 30 day period when this information becomes part of the public domain.

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There are some issues with his finances that were exposed but I will cover that data in a future blog. Here is the rest of the story…

On July 27, 2017, Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker penned the following report, “Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon.”

On Wednesday (7/26/17) night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director. He wasn’t happy. Earlier in the night, I’d tweeted, citing a “senior White House official,” that Scaramucci was having dinner at the White House with President Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine. It was an interesting group, and raised some questions. Was Trump getting strategic advice from Hannity? Was he considering hiring Shine? But Scaramucci had his own question—for me.”

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“Who leaked that to you?” he asked. I said I couldn’t give him that information. He responded by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he said. I laughed, not sure if he really believed that such a threat would convince a journalist to reveal a source. He continued to press me and complain about the staff he’s inherited in his new job. “I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can’t help themselves,” he said. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”

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“In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him. While they have publicly maintained that there is no bad blood between them, Scaramucci and Priebus have been feuding for months. After the election, Trump asked Scaramucci to join his Administration, and Scaramucci sold his company, SkyBridge Capital, in anticipation of taking on a senior role. But Priebus didn’t want him in the White House, and successfully blocked him for being appointed to a job until last week, when Trump offered him the communications job over Priebus’s vehement objections. In response to Scaramucci’s appointment, Sean Spicer, an ally of Priebus’s, resigned his position as press secretary. And in an additional slight to Priebus, the White House’s official announcement of Scaramucci’s hiring noted that he would report directly to the President, rather than to the chief of staff.”

“Scaramucci’s first public appearance as communications director was a slick and conciliatory performance at the lectern in the White House briefing room last Friday. He suggested it was time for the White House to turn a page. But since then, he has become obsessed with leaks and threatened to fire staffers if he discovers that they have given unauthorized information to reporters. Michael Short, a White House press aide considered close to Priebus, resigned on Tuesday after Scaramucci publicly spoke about firing him. Meanwhile, several damaging stories about Scaramucci have appeared in the press, and he blamed Priebus for most of them. Now, he wanted to know whom I had been talking to about his dinner with the President. Scaramucci, who initiated the call, did not ask for the conversation to be off the record or on background.”

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PRIEBUS/ SCARAMUCCI

“Is it an assistant to the President?” he asked. I again told him I couldn’t say. “O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”

I asked him why it was so important for the dinner to be kept a secret. Surely, I said, it would become public at some point. “I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” he said. “They won’t do it.” He was getting more and more worked up, and he eventually convinced himself that Priebus was my source.

“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus—if you want to leak something—he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “ ‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”

Image result for photos of Scaramucci“Scaramucci was particularly incensed by a Politico report about his financial-disclosure form, which he viewed as an illegal act of retaliation by Priebus. The reporter said Thursday morning that the document was publicly available and she had obtained it from the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci didn’t know this at the time, and he insisted to me that Priebus had leaked the document, and that the act was “a felony.”

“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” he told me.

“Are you serious?” I asked.

“The swamp will not defeat him,” he said, breaking into the third person. “They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work. I’ve done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they’re going to have to go fuck themselves.”

“Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

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“He reiterated that Priebus would resign soon, and he noted that he told Trump that he expected Priebus to launch a campaign against him. “He didn’t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President,” he said. “And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.” His list of allegations included leaking the Hannity dinner and the details from his financial-disclosure form.”

“I got the sense that Scaramucci’s campaign against leakers flows from his intense loyalty to Trump. Unlike other Trump advisers, I’ve never heard him say a bad word about the President. “What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,” he told me.”

“He cryptically suggested that he had more information about White House aides. “O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” he said. “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.”

Image result for photos of Scaramucci“What?” I interjected.

“Well, the felony, they’re gonna get prosecuted, probably, for the felony.” He added, “The lie detector starts—” but then he changed the subject and returned to what he thought was the illegal leak of his financial-disclosure forms. I asked if the President knew all of this.”

“Well, he doesn’t know the extent of all that, he knows about some of that, but he’ll know about the rest of it first thing tomorrow morning when I see him.”

“Scaramucci said he had to get going. “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy.”

“Minutes later, he tweeted, “In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.” With the addition of Priebus’s Twitter handle, he was making public what he had just told me: that he believed Priebus was leaking information about him. The tweet quickly went viral.”

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“Scaramucci seemed to have second thoughts. Within two hours he deleted the original tweet and posted a new one denying that he was targeting the chief of staff. “Wrong!” he said, adding a screenshot of an Axios article that said, “Scaramucci appears to want Priebus investigated by FBI.” Scaramucci continued, “Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45.”

“A few hours later, I appeared on CNN to discuss the overnight drama. As I was talking about Scaramucci, he called into the show himself and referenced our conversation. He changed his story about Priebus. Instead of saying that he was trying to expose Priebus as a leaker, he said that the reason he mentioned Priebus in his deleted tweet was because he wanted to work together with Priebus to discover the leakers.”

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“He’s the chief of staff, he’s responsible for understanding and uncovering and helping me do that inside the White House, which is why I put that tweet out last night,” Scaramucci said, after noting that he had talked to me Wednesday night. He then made an argument that journalists were assuming that he was accusing Priebus because they know Priebus leaks to the press.”

“When I put out a tweet, and I put Reince’s name in the tweet,” he said, “they’re all making the assumption that it’s him because journalists know who the leakers are. So, if Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that.”

“Scaramucci then made a plea to viewers. “Let me tell you something about myself,” he said. “I am a straight shooter.”

16 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    Might I suggest that we change this persons (I simply can’t bring myself to call him a man) nickname to “Krokodil”? It seems fitting as both seem to be of the same nature, that being a parasite that destroys the host, and both seem to have strong ties to Russia, if not physically then mentally perhaps?

    I have been reading some discussions that suggest tRump is attempting to force his own problems to the front in an effort to have what he considers a valid reason to resign. I am almost forced to admit they might have hit upon a possible reason he has suddenly become more radical in his actions. It seems that in with the injection of Krokodil into the midst of his cabinet he has declared war on his own office for some strange and unknown reason… What’s next? Is his next move sending articles of impeachment to the House? Could he be attempting to force the use of the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution as an escape from the office?

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      You nailed it. This character Mr. Scaramucci is there to maneuver both Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon towards the exit door with as little fall out as possible for DDT.

      This past week has not gone well for DDT. The republican legislators blocked him being able to lift sanctions against Russia, and it looks like they will be blocking him on his being able to fire the FBI Special Counsel Mueller. The Senate failed to pass the republicans’s latest healthcare bill. I bet Senator McCain felt some satisfaction to be the one to kill it. The Senate and right wing pundits are siding with the Attorney General Jeff Sessions in holding his ground by not resigning in the face of DDT’S belittling remarks directed at him.

      I bet he would welcome a face saving way to get out of this job.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear David Prosser,

      It seems as if DDT loves flamethrowers like this Anthony Scaramucci. Scuttlebutt has it (not confirmed) that DDT wants both his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and his Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to be shown the exit door and that is part or Mr. Scaramucci’s mission.

      And Mr. Scaramucci has $90 million dollars worth of reasons to cater to DDT’S WHIMS. I am blogging on this story as we speak.

      DDT and Mr. Scaramucci deserve each other.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Horty,

      DDT and Mr. Scaramucci deserve each other. One ‘s crazier than the other. Any other employer would have kicked him out the door after this recent performance. I wonder if they are actually having fun at “we the people’s expense.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. This Scaramucci person reminds me of the sort of loud-mouthed ignorant characters we used to encounter from time to time with in my days back in H.M Inspector of Taxes (UK version of the IRS).
    They were a tiresome waste of effort, but all bluster and no backbone.
    Look at it this way, another useless piece of driftwood nailed onto the leaking ship that is the Whitehouse he can only help to hasten the downfall.

  3. Gronda, very few would describe the President as having class, so this appointment should not be a surprise. Ron Christie, who worked in the Bush White House, noted this was not a good pick and was made worse with him reporting to the President. Now we are witnessing a move from chaos and incompetence to an implosion. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I wonder how General Kelly is going to take this Mooch in the WH. This I have to see because I already know that this will not end well.

      You are right. This guy in the WH is not a plus.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, unless Kelly convinced his boss to have Mooch report to him, he won’t be able to control him. It will be interesting to see how Kelly reacts to Mooch’s colorful metaphors when directed toward him.

  4. Adding Scaramucci is just an extension of the strategy Trump has been using all along. Creating distraction and “reality like TV” antics keeps the media busy while other evil doings are going on. The WH is a real circus at this point, but the public appears to love it all. I’m cynical only because I still cannot believe that as a country, we chose DT as our president. He is a clown and he and his crew are ruining the office. Thanks for your post!

    • Dear Read Between the Lyme,

      Welcome!

      Most of us are keeping up with the news but this is exhausting. It is disheartening to know that peoples are living in fear because of DDT. He is participating in a Game of Thrones WH atmosphere while Rome is burning and the republican legislators are simply observing from the sidelines instead of putting out the fire.

      Thanks for stopping by and Hugs, Gronda.

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