'A shiv in the ribs': Kellyanne Conway throws Reince Priebus under the bus for leak of Scaramucci financials
Kelllyanne Conway speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Monday asserted that White House Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci had been demoralized because he was forced to fill out financial disclosure forms before taking a government job.

After Scaramucci's disclosure forms were leaked this week, he fired back on Twitter with a message that suggests White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was behind the leak.

"The most important part of Anthony's tweet is when he talked about the FBI and the DOJ," Conway told Fox & Friends. "He's making clear that even though these documents are eventually procurable publicly that somebody doesn't want him here. And somebody is trying to get in his way and scare him off from working here, which is a huge mistake."

According to Conway, people like Scaramucci who want to serve the president "have been completely demoralized and I think completely disinclined to do so based on the paperwork that we have to put forward. Divesting assets, the different hoops you have to run through. Because this White House is transparent and accountable and we all comply with those rules."

"There are leaks, and then there are people using the press to shiv each other in the ribs," she continued. "That's different than a leak. A leak is, 'Did you see the memo Kellyanne put out on this matter? Did you hear what Jared said in the senior staff meeting?' That's a classic leak."

Fox News host Steve Doocy noted that the "elephant in the room" was whether or not "Reince Priebus is the big leaker."

"Leakers are easier to figure out than they may think," Conway replied. "The West Wing is a very small place."

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