Lost in a marathon segment on CNN’s New Day this morning was a remarkably candid assertion from newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci regarding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 General Election.
Quick background…Scaramucci tweeted — then deleted — an assertion that he was asking the FBI to investigate the apparent leak of his financial disclosure, and appeared to cast his eyes at White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus by tagging him in the tweet. This morning he called into for a lengthy interview with co-host Chris Cuomo to clarify his positions on the challenge of leaks from White House staffers, and since Russia Interference is in the news — and perhaps because they were on CNN — the topic came up.
Earlier in the interview Scaramucci mocked CNN for a seeming obsession with this story, telling Cuomo that he wished they could go “five minutes” on CNN without talking about the Russian investigation. But Cuomo pushed back, saying “It’s not that we have some untoward fascination with an investigation,” adding “we do it because it threatens the foundation of the democracy.”
Scaramucci then provided an answer one doesn’t typically here from an often combative and defensive set of the Senior White House advisors one sees on the telly, saying of President Donald Trump “if there’s smoking gun proof, he’ll take action,” then clarified that “he’s looking at the sanctions right now. He may decide to veto the sanctions and be tougher on the Russians than Congress.” That’s a fairly new take we haven’t heard much of from White House advisors.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.
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