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Scaramucci denies accusing Priebus of leak

WASHINGTON: Feuding within US President Donald Trump's inner circle appeared to burst out on Twitter late on Wednesday, when one White House aide tagged another in a tweet calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the leak of his financial information.

After details of his financial holdings were made public, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared to point the finger of blame at White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

"In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45," Mr Scaramucci tweeted.

He was appointed White House communications director just this week, but he has quickly become a public face of the administration and powerful surrogate for the president.

Earlier, Politico published details of Mr Scaramucci's finances - which are submitted to the government ethics office by all senior White House staff and released to anyone who requests them.

Mr Scaramucci later deleted the tweet. Asked if he was accusing Mr Priebus of leaking the financial disclosure, he told AFP: "I am not."

He also tweeted that it was a "public notice to leakers" that all senior administration officials "are helping to end illegal leaks. @Reince45".

Mr Trump's White House has been beset by infighting, as different ideological factions leak damaging information about rivals in their war for dominance.

Mr Scaramucci has boasted of having a plan to deal with the leaks and staked his political future on rooting them out. - AFP

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