Email Prankster Fools Scaramucci, Other Officials

Real Mooch had exchange with fake Priebus
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2017 2:09 AM CDT
Email Prankster Tricks Scaramucci
In this July 21, 2017 photo, then-White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci gestures as he answers a question during a White House press briefing.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wasn't on the job for long—but it was long enough to be taken in by an email prankster who impersonated other officials. In emails to Scaramucci, the prankster pretended to be Reince Priebus and may have escalated tensions between the two men, the Guardian reports. After Priebus was fired as White House chief of staff, his impersonator told Scaramucci: "General Kelly will do a fine job. I'll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful." Scaramucci replied: "You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize."

"I can't believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called 'Mooch,' who can’t even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake," the fake Priebus wrote. The real Scaramucci replied: "Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello ... I know what you did. No more replies from me." In other emails, the prankster—who describes himself as a "lazy anarchist" and uses the Twitter handle @SINON_REBORN—convinces Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert he is Jared Kushner, convinces Scaramucci that he is Ambassador to Russia-designate Jon Huntsman Jr., and convinces Huntsman that he is Eric Trump, CNN reports. The White House says it is investigating. (Read more White House stories.)

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