Scaramucci on New Yorker Interview: Legally, I Guess it was on the Record

Posted: Aug 02, 2017 12:30 PM

Fired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci can credit his infamous New Yorker interview with his 10-day stint at the White House. In his conversation with reporter Ryan Lizza, Scaramucci fired off insult after insult at fellow White House officials like Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon. He tried to explain his crude remarks, noting that he thought the interview was off the record. He followed up that explanation by tweeting he "sometimes use colorful language" and would refrain from doing so in the future now that he represents the White House. 

A few days later, however, new Chief of Staff John Kelly told him to pack his things.

TMZ caught up with Scaramucci this week and asked what he planned to do next. He said he is simply trying to be "the best person he can be."

The Huffington Post also caught up with Scaramucci, gleaning more details about the controversial New Yorker report. He was especially disappointed by the piece, he told HuffPo, because he and Lizza's families have a personal history. In his reflections, he also admitted it was on the record.

Scaramucci said he felt burned by the interview. “The Lizzas and Scaramuccis have been friends for over 50 years. My dad knew his dad from construction, and we were building a personal relationship. Most of what I said was humorous and joking. Legally, it may have been on the record, but the spirit of it was off. And he knew that.”

Lizza, however, denied that the two were "old family friends."

"I think our fathers knew each other, so maybe that’s what he’s talking about."

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