Ryan Lizza Tells CNN: Reince Priebus Didn’t Leak Info that Set Scaramucci Off

New Yorker Washington correspondent and CNN contributor Ryan Lizza appeared on CNN earlier tonight to discuss his absolutely bonkers conversation with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

In case you haven’t read it yet, Scaramucci let loose on Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, shedding more light on the internal White House frictions, and went on a rant about leakers.

In particular, Scaramucci was convinced that Priebus leaked information about the dinner he and President Trump attended last night:

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.’ ” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)

On CNN earlier tonight, Lizza said, “Reince Priebus did not leak that information.”

He walked Wolf Blitzer through the interview and made this observation:

“I don’t see how a White House can function with this kind of civil war. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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