New White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci quoted on CNN this morning the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno while complaining about leaks to the press. Paterno was fired by Penn State in 2011 for his role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Scaramucci called into CNN after his financial disclosure report was published hours earlier. Although the form was public information, Scaramucci still felt it was leaked.
“Why don’t you honor the job?” Scaramucci told New Day anchor Chris Cuomo. “Remember Joe Paterno? What would he say? Act like you’ve been there before. Act with honor and dignity and respect and hold the confidence of the presidency and his office.”
The call into CNN followed the leak of Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form. Scaramucci tweeted – then deleted – a call for the FBI to investigate the leak, calling it a “felony.” He tagged White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Then, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza tweeted that Scaramucci really wanted the FBI to “investigate Reince for leaking.” Scaramucci then denied the report, writing, “Wrong! Tweet was public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks.”
Scaramucci really quoted freaking Joe Paterno about honor. This is really the stupidest of times.pic.twitter.com/lAhlm2kgq7
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) July 27, 2017