Scaramucci Could Make Bank as 'Sacrificial Lamb'

Ex-WH comms director could kill it on public speaking circuit, at up to $75K per gig: TMZ
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2017 2:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – After what TMZ calls an "absurdly brief gig" in the White House, Anthony Scaramucci may soon be enjoying big bucks from speaking engagements. Scaramucci, who was a White House fixture for less time than it takes for milk to spoil, could be getting a hefty ROI from his short stint as communications director, with "multiple sources plugged into the public speaking circuit" telling TMZ he could command $75,000 for each speaking gig, in no small part due to the drama that surrounded his short tenure. TMZ doesn't think Scaramucci would actually dish on Trump—it notes Scaramucci's apparent loyalty and already fat bank account—but it says he could cash in if he wanted to, especially if he were willing to play the part of "sacrificial lamb."

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Meanwhile, Vicky Ward of HuffPost spoke with Scaramucci on Tuesday, and he told her "most" of what he said in his infamous call to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza "was humorous and joking." He also says Lizza threw him under the bus—their families have been friends for more than 50 years, he claims—and that "legally, [the interview] may have been on the record, but the spirit of it was off. And [Lizza] knew that." (Lizza, for his part, tells Ward: "We are not and have never been 'old family friends,' though I think our fathers knew each other.") Scaramucci also revealed his next steps: He's going to "go dark," then "re-emerge—as me." Ward also chatted with Trump surrogate Roger Stone, who told her Trump's administration is "like the French Revolution. You never know who will be beheaded next." (Scaramucci talks about his marital woes and his last hours in the White House here.)

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