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Scaramucci’s ‘dudebro popped-collar chest bumping’ against leakers ‘could be a felony’

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Anthony Scaramucci may have revealed criminal wrongdoing by federal law enforcement officials during his profane New Yorker interview.

The incoming White House communications director told the magazine that FBI agents and federal prosecutors may have been revealing to him the identities of White House leakers — which is a violation of protocols and possibly illegal, reported The Daily Beast.

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“This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.?” Scaramucci told The New Yorker. “Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.”

The Justice Department declined to comment on the remarks, but FBI agents and federal prosecutors told The Daily Beast that Scaramucci may have disclosed evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

“If an FBI agent turned over digital evidence demonstrating who did particular leaks, that would be wildly inappropriate,” said former federal prosecutor Ken White. “It could be illegal. It could be a felony depending on the nature of the evidence and how it was acquired. It would certainly be a flagrant breach of FBI protocol.”

The FBI strictly forbids agents from sharing information turned up in investigations with unauthorized individuals, and violators can be suspended or fired.

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However, both White and a retired FBI agent told the website they didn’t believe Scaramucci’s comments were accurate.

“I read that and immediately thought, ‘This is dudebro popped-collar chest bumping,” White said.

The retired FBI agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he cannot believe an federal law enforcement officials would answer questions from White House officials about ongoing investigations.

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“That’s an unauthorized leak,” the agent noted, wryly.

But another former federal prosecutor said Scaramucci’s comments presented a problem, even if his claims were empty boasts.

“The bigger problem for Scaramucci is putting an FBI agent in that position,” said former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti. “An agent might feel pressured to comply.”

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Correction: A previous version of this story quoted White as saying “dumbass,” but he pointed out via Twitter that he said “dudebro.” We regret the error.

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REVEALED: Trump associate Felix Sater gave Osama bin Laden’s phone numbers to the feds

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The Russian businessman Felix Sater has been linked to Trump family enterprises for years. He was central to the effort to bring Trump Tower to Moscow. He also worked on the Trump SoHo condominium hotel in the mid-aughts.

During that time, Sater also worked as an informant for the FBI and CIA and aided prosecutors on various cases. He started working with the FBI in 1998, after he was caught in a stock-fraud scheme, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That's been previously reported. But what the WSJ found is that a letter just unsealed from the government praises Sater for being an especially good collaborator.

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Judges ‘frustrated’ after lawyers for Trump’s banks refuse to say if they have his tax returns: CNN

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Lawyers representing two of President Donald Trump's main banks upset a three-judge panel at an appellate court in New York when they refused to reveal whether they are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns.

CNN reports that lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One "frustrated" the judges after they repeatedly cited "contractual obligations" to justify not divulging information about the president's taxes.

"The three-judge panel was so frustrated by the lawyers' refusal to answer that at one point one of the judges suggested the appellate court might seek an order for the information," reports CNN. "After several minutes of argument on the subject, the panel directed the lawyers to file letters under seal within 48 hours saying whether the banks have Trump's tax returns."

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‘This is not a joke’: Trump-loving professor fumes after his QAnon rant results in bursts of laughter

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Adjunct professor Douglas Belmore, who teaches English at Mesa Community College, showed 14-minute YouTube video in at least two of his classes promoting an online conspiracy theory about satanic pedophiles that have allegedly infiltrated the government, media and entertainment industry, reported the Phoenix New Times.

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