Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, said Wednesday evening that he will reach out to federal officials because of a financial disclosure leak, which he called a "felony."
"In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept," he tweeted, tagging White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and adding the hashtag #swamp. He later deleted the tweet.
While it's unclear why Scaramucci tagged Priebus, Priebus has been named as a potential leaker by some Trump supporters, like longtime confidant Roger Stone. Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, tweeted that he can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Priebus for leaking.
Later on CNN, Lizza said he talked to a senior White House official who said that Scaramucci believes Priebus is the leaker. He also noted that there has been tension between Priebus and Scaramucci because Priebus had worked to block Scaramucci from obtaining a White House job.
However, Scaramucci pushed back on that claim in a follow-up tweet, also tagging Priebus, saying that his initial tweet was a "public notice to leakers that all Sr Adm officials are helping to end illegal leaks."
The "leak" Scaramucci was likely referring to in his initial was a Politico report Wednesday evening, which details Scaramucci's financial disclosure filed with the Office of Government Ethics.
Politico didn't state exactly how it received the form, but the New York Times said that the document, filed on June 23, could be released publicly by July 23 at a journalist's request.
When reached for comment by the Times about why he thought there was an illegal leak, Scaramucci replied, "They aren't in process yet." The Times' attempt to get him to comment further on the form being available for public release by last Sunday went unanswered.
Scaramucci was chosen to join the Export-Import Bank in June, but has taken unpaid leave since he started, according to the Politico report. The financial disclosure form was filed in relation to that job.
The report picks apart Scaramucci's wealth, including assets worth as much as $85 million. It also discusses the millions of dollars Scaramucci is positioned to obtain from his ownership stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital. The report says Politico reached out to White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom for comment on Scaramucci's SkyBridge investment to the Treasury Department, and that a Treasury spokeswoman, Marisol Garibay, did not immediately return requests for comment.
"We have seen an astonishing increase in the number of leaks of classified national security information in recent months," said Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department. "We agree with Anthony that these staggering number of leaks are undermining the ability of our government to function and to protect this country. Like the Attorney General has said, 'whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail,' and we will aggressively pursue leak cases wherever they may lead."
Scaramucci's accusation of an illegal leak is the latest salvo in the Trump administration's pushback against leaks, many of which have been damaging to Trump's ability to conduct foreign policy and stay on message.
Scaramucci has repeatedly gone on record, since it was announced within the last week that he would be joining the White House, that he is planning a crackdown on leaks.
He reportedly had dinner with President Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine earlier in the evening.