On Tuesday, Breitbart said it can confirm that White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci fired Michael Short from the Communications Office for allegations of leaking, citing a report by Politico.
“Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short,” said Politico’s Tara Palmeri. “It would be Scaramucci’s first step toward shaking up the communications shop, which has been dominated by former Republican National Committee staffers loyal to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, a former RNC chairman.”
Short is expected to be the first of a wave of staffers closely aligned with Priebus to be shown the door.
He was closely aligned with press secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned on Friday after Scaramucci was appointed to the communications role. He was scorned by many of his colleagues for quitting the Trump campaign, only to rejoin as a White House staffer because of Priebus.
In a story often retold by campaign staffers, they arrived at Trump Tower one morning, months before the election, to see Short’s computer left open on his otherwise empty desk.
The next time he was seen by former campaign staffers was in January on their first day in the White House, where some were stunned to learn that they were going to have to work alongside him or for some of the press assistants subordinate to him.
According to Breitbart, multiple White House sources said Short was a leaker and “worked closely with now former White House deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh—another RNC wing official who was terminated earlier this year for her own suspected leaking.”
Short, however, says that allegations he ever leaked anything are “demonstrably false.”
“No one has told me anything and the entire premise is false,” he told CNN.
Michael Short: "No one has told me anything and the entire premise is false." Looks like Scaramucci is firing ppl without telling them first https://t.co/UqtsXuGerP
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 25, 2017
“I have never leaked,” he told Breitbart in an email.
In an update posted to Breitbart at 12:50 p.m. ET, Matthew Boyle said:
After originally resisting his looming termination for being a suspected leaker–and denying leaking–Short has announced to the press that he has resigned his position in the White House.
Text message just now from Michael Short: "I have resigned."
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 25, 2017
Scaramucci has said he would eliminate leaks from his department and it’s uncertain who will remain once he’s finished. Palmeri said employees were offered amnesty during a meeting with staffers during Scaramucci’s first day on the job.
“I offered amnesty in the meeting, but that decision is above my rank,” he said.
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