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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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The White House was harshly criticized for an attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Grisham was already under fire for claiming President Donald Trump had been "measured" in a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) when she lashed out at the female speaker.

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President Donald Trump isn't exactly known for being calm or measured, but that's what his White House is claiming he was during a meeting with Democratic and Republican leaders.

"[email protected] was measured & decisive today. @SpeakerPelosi walking out was baffling but not surprising w NO intention of participating in a mtg on nat’l security. Dem “leadership” chose to storm out & whine to cameras, everyone else stayed to work on behalf of our country," tweeted Stephanie Grisham.

It prompted CNN's Chris Cillizza to inquire when Trump ever struck someone as "measured."

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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