Scaramucci says D.C. ‘cesspool’ won’t stop him from rooting out leakers, vows ‘dramatic’ action

Newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is vowing to do his part to drain the swamp in President Trump’s administration.

Scaramucci revealed on Fox News’ “Hannity” that he is aware of the sources of leaks among the communications department and he will be will taking “dramatic steps” to stop them.

“I know I’m in a cesspool called Washington, or a swamp called Washington, so it will be virtually impossible to get rid of every leak, but I think we can take dramatic steps to get rid of leaks,” he told Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

“One of the big problems that I’m discovering,” he continued, “is that senior people are really the guys doing the leaking and they ask junior people to leak for them.”

Scaramucci was confident in his plans to end the leaks that have plagued the administration since the onset.

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“I’m very proud to be reporting directly to the president so I can hermetically seal off the [communications] team from this sort of nonsense,” he said.

Trump named Scaramucci as the new communications director last week, leading to the dramatic resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. Earlier this week, senior assistant press secretary Michael Short resigned his position after word got out that he was on Scaramucci’s chopping block, a leak that angered the new director.

Scaramucci explained that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be focusing on leaks from other executive agencies that have  “political holdovers from the Obama administration that want to put a hurt on the Trump administration.”

A meeting is planned for next week to meet with communications people from the other agencies in order to “curtail leaks on their side,” he said.

“We’re going to let the people go if we have to,” Scaramucci admitted. “Unfortunately, we let somebody go yesterday.

“I’ve told people that if there’s a civil war, and people are fighting internally, we have to dial that down,” he added. “I don’t think you can let people go per se, just for the sake of letting them go. I think you have to give people a chance, give them some level of amnesty to see if they’ll stop and work together, but I will move very quickly if they cannot do that, because I have the president’s authority to do so.”

In a statement following Scaramucci’s appearance on “Hannity,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores concurred with remarks, Fox News reported.

“We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months,” Flores said.  “We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country. Like the Attorney General has said, ‘whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,’ and we will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead.”

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