(National Sentinel) West Wing Comms Shop: Newly minted White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has fired White House press aide Michael Short, the first of what many believe will be a series of suspected leakers President Donald J. Trump has entrusted him to root out and get rid of.
In an interview Wednesday with Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends” morning program, Scaramucci said he believes the vast majority of the leaking is coming from Obama-era holdovers, and that he plans to fire as many people as it takes to get the leaking down to a minimum.
“Listen, we have to crack down on leaks on a number of different fronts,” he told the program, as reported by The Hill.
“There seems to be some holdovers, political holdovers from the Obama administration that are not helping,” he added.
“I certainly have the full responsibility in the comms shop, which I do believe will be corrected shortly.”
Scaramucci noted that Washington is, by nature, a leaky place, and it will be impossible for him to get all the leakers out. But he pledged to at least clean up the White House Press Office.
“People are suggesting I’m going to try to get the leaks down to zero, that is absolutely impossible in Washington, I’m learning a little about this town, but what I do want to have happen is people who report to me, if there are senior people in the administration trying to get them to leak information on each other, we’re getting that to stop right now,” he said.
The nation’s capital is the kind of town where people are “very nice to your face” but then stab you in the back, he said.
“I’m more of a front-stabbing person,” he said.
When he was asked on Tuesday what his strategy was to stop the leaking, he said, “I’m going to fire everybody,” then added that Trump has given him absolute authority to do so.
Also on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a major Justice Department and FBI investigation into intelligence leaks, which came on the heels of days’ worth of Trump criticism of Sessions in public.
Trump said he wanted the AG to be “tougher” in finding the leaks and expressed frustration at his recusal from the ongoing Russia investigations.