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The Writing Is On The Wall For Some White House Staffers

“You have a one-in-a-million, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve the country and president of the United States, and you need to serve honorably.”

In my earlier articles “The Trump Team Adjusts” and “Plugging the Leaks in the White House Boat,” I talked about the importance of stopping the constant leaking of confidential and private information from the White House to the press.  Now With the installment of Anthony Scaramucci, the fixing of leaks has become a priority.  In my opinion, it is high time to bring in a bull dog to fix the situation.  Scaramucci has made it painfully clear that leaks will not be tolerated.  Attorney Jeff Sessions, regardless of what the president is venting through twitter in frustration, is also taking the leaking of information very seriously.

The constant and unprecedented leaking is not only hurting the President’s administration but the American people and government as well.

Scaramucci has apparently identified where the majority of the leaks have originated from and is in the process of applying the correct sealant.  That may be strict and strong admonishment or expunging the issue by letting people go.  Already several have left the staff, and more are sure to follow.  What is apparent is those staffers that followed Reince Priebus to the White House were not as loyal to President Trump as they were to their own devices and self-inflated fame.  By being the “anonymous source” to various news agencies, they either found a way to attack President Trump, who they never really supported, or just got caught up in the ego trip of being important.

The resignations of two White House allies of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus are being viewed as ominous signs for a long future for Mr. Priebus at the White House.  The pressure-packed job of managing day-to-day operations for President Trump has not been easy, and Priebus has not been stellar in his performance.

With new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci threatening a wave of firings over leaks, an enforcer’s role that competes with the typical duties of the chief of staff.  People familiar with Mr. Priebus says he plainly sees the writing on the wall.  It is clear for all to see it is time to go.

Within the past week, Mr. Priebus had lost two trusted White House aides whom he brought with him in January from the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday rather than report to Mr. Scaramucci, and assistant press secretary Michael Short resigned Tuesday amid Mr. Scaramucci’s warnings that he would weed out leakers in the communications office.  Those were the first of what are expected to be several West Wing departures.

Mr. Scaramucci, a friend of the president who was hired over the objections of Mr. Priebus and presidential strategist Stephen Bannon, said Wednesday that he would continue firing White House staffers if they are not serving Mr. Trump honorably.

“You have a one-in-a-million, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve the country and president of the United States, and you need to serve honorably,” Scaramucci said on Fox News. “If you can’t do that, I have the stomach and backbone to fire you.”

Scaramucci said he gave Mr. Short the opportunity to resign and that somebody of higher rank in the White House directed him to do so.  Mr. Scaramucci also said he has offered to help Mr. Short find another job.

“I got rid of somebody inside the staff because somebody above my rank suggested that person needed to be fired,” Mr. Scaramucci said on CNN.  “I didn’t want to fire him as much as we wanted to give him the opportunity to resign.”  A third former RNC ally of Mr. Priebus, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, quit in March.

Recently, Scaramucci laid into a reporter from the New Yorker demanding to know who was leaking information to him. The reporter would not reveal his source, and that set the new communications director off into a tirade.  There language was very straight forward, as well as colorful, but the point was clear.  Scaramucci was going to find the people responsible for the leaks at the White House and deal with them.

The media is, of course, lapping up the actions and style of the new communications director as thirsty as a dog laps water.  They are using every word and phrase against the President’s new hire.  The phone call was discussed by the reporter on CNN within hours.  Other news outlets re-reported the tenor of the call and are trying to make something out of it that it was not and as always, citing “anonymous” sources.

Subsequently to the revelations of the phone call, Reince Priebus has resigned.  This was foretold by the purging of those that followed him from the RNC to the White House.  It is speculated that those that never supported Trump but gladly took the White House positions have been recognized for who and what they were.  They have been removed from the staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Firing anyone that leaks information and pushing for prosecution where appropriate is the only way to put a fix on the sieve the information is flowing through.  Scaramucci is tough and dedicated to the President as well as to the country.  He sees, as I do, the leaking of information is not only wrong but damaging to the nation.

In the coming weeks, I think we will see a few more voluntary resignations and maybe a few not so voluntary ones.  Scaramucci is taking the mission to “drain the swamp’ to heart, and he is starting at the White House.  For those that think leaking information is a just calling, they would be wise to forego their self-importance and perceived power and come to the unsettling realization that they will be found. And Scaramucci will be the one that finds them.

Jon Harris

Jon Harris is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former Army NCO, Sergeant Morales Club member, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with over 30 years in the law enforcement community. He is published in Army Trainer Magazine, authored regular columns in several newspapers, and is the author of the Cold War novel Breakpoint. His adventures as a security contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq can be found on www.dispatchfromdownrange.com. He holds a B.S. in Government and Politics and an M.S. in Criminal Justice and is currently completing his Juris Doctor degree.

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