Last night, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci took to Twitter and asked the FBI to open a felony investigation White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus for allegedly leaking Scaramucci’s financial disclosures. (link). But if that weren’t enough to cause trouble, Scaramucci randomly called into CNN this morning and seemed to state his intention to murder Priebus.
When Scaramucci heard his name being mentioned on CNN, he called in to the network to discuss the ongoing controversies surrounding him. While addressing his previous remark that he and Priebus were like brothers, he explained that “When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel.” That’s a little bit of a problem, because in the Biblical telling, Cain murdered Abel in cold blood.
This may end up proving problematic for Scaramucci, considering that Priebus is a senior White House official, and those kinds of remarks are taken a bit more serious by law enforcement when aimed at someone in Priebus’ position – and that Scaramucci just last night asked the FBI to begin paying attention to its relationship with Priebus. But don’t worry, because any minute now, Scaramucci will pop back up somewhere in order to deny that he even said what he said about Cain and Abel. We know this, because he’s already walking back his request that the FBI investigate Priebus.
After dozens of political reporters interpreted Scaramucci’s tweet as a request for the FBI to investigate Priebus, Scaramucci ultimately tweeted “Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks.” But there is no possible way to have interpreted his original tweet in that manner. Meanwhile, there never was any leak to begin with. Financial disclosures for White House officials are a matter of public record, so neither Priebus nor anyone else “leaked” anything. So Scaramucci is threatening to go “Cain and Abel” on him for nothing.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report