Ryan Lizza: I Saved Audio File of Scaramucci Call as ‘Insane Scaramucci Interview’

The big story emanating from the White House this past week has revolved around White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and his public attacks on now-deposed White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. After sending — and deleting — a tweet essentially accusing Priebus of being a leaker and stating he was sending the FBI after him, things got even nuttier when the New Yorker published an interview with Scaramucci.

Following the vulgarity-laced rant to Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci complained that he would never trust a reporter again, even though it was noted that the phone call was on the record and Scaramucci knew that, with the New Yorker also pointing out that the comms director specifically asked that certain parts be off the record.

During an appearance on CNN this afternoon, Lizza was asked by anchor Ana Cabrera if he had ever had another conversation with a White House official like that before. The reporter not only said he hadn’t, but he also explained how he labeled the file containing the audio clip of the phone call:

“I got off the phone and I needed to talk to someone about it because it was frankly the most insane conversation I’d ever had with a government official. I downloaded the recording from my recorder into my computer and I haven’t actually told anyone this, Ana, but I named it ‘insane Scaramucci interview’ because it was just so completely unlike any on-the-record conversation I’d had with a spokesman for the White House in 20 years of covering Washington.”

Later on in the segment, Cabrera wanted to know if he was surprised Scaramucci was still employed by the White House.

“He’s either going to get fired or promoted,” Lizza said. “You never know with this White House and this president.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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