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By Nick Givas
Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza, appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Friday and said White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci knew their Thursday interview on White House leakers was “100 percent on the record.”
Lizza published a story Thursday evening detailing a phone call with Scaramucci about White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Scaramucci reached out to ask if Priebus was leaking information, according to Lizza. During their discussion, Scaramucci reportedly used foul and inappropriate language to describe both Priebus and White House adviser Steve Bannon, telling Lizza, he would be a patriotic American if he revealed his sources.
Lizza claims he recorded the conversation and said Scaramucci knew they were “on the record” the entire time.
“We had a conversation yesterday where we both agreed that the conversation was 100 percent on the record,” he said. “There was no ambiguity about this Chris. Communications Director at the White House called me and we conducted an interview. Without setting any ground rules at the top.”
During the interview Scaramucci called Priebus a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic” and said, “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.” Lizza also claims to have audio recording of their full exchange.
Scaramucci tweeted twice Thursday night to respond to Lizza’s piece. The first tweet highlighted his use of “colorful language” while the second said he made a mistake by trusting a reporter.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017
I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 28, 2017
Scaramucci has not issued an apology for his language.