Diane Francis: My interview with Anthony Scaramucci, the man trying to bring Trump down
Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci sounds like a New York wise guy, but he’s a Harvard-educated lawyer, successful financier and political consultant who belongs to a growing club of those who were fired by President Donald Trump. But he’s the only outspoken one, but that may change now that impeachment hearings are underway.
Scaramucci has accused Trump of “disavowing his oath to the Constitution” for asking Ukraine and China to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden and his son. He labelled such actions as “disgusting” and referred to the controversy as “systemic criminality.”
“Trump’s broken the law, obstructed justice and is on the take somewhere, which is why he agreed to the Kurdish situation. Some of that will come out as well,” he said in a recent interview with me. “Behind closed doors, he’s a raving lunatic. Nothing is getting done. He’s a very weak President. He’s withdrawing the U.S. from parts of the world and domestically has gotten nothing done other than a tax cut.”
A few, such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton and ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have insulted Trump behind his back and there is growing pressure for them to come forward. For instance, in 2018 Tillerson said Trump wanted to do things as president that “violated the law.” His guru Steve Bannon said he behaves like an 11-year-old child, and former chief economic advisor Gary Cohn said he was “less a person than a collection of terrible traits.”
Democrats have asked Bolton to testify, but the White House has prohibited this, part of its cover-up, and he’s awaiting court permission to do so. But he’s under pressure because, as one columnist said, he should tell the public what he knows, not just rich guys paying big speaking engagement fees.
Bolton in his speech did not talk specifically about Ukraine, but former State Department colleague Fiona Hill testified that Bolton was furious about Trump and Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and Hillary Clinton to help Trump’s re-election. “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up,” Hill quoted Bolton.
Scaramucci is doing more than talking — he is raising money for a PAC to fight Trump’s re-election and is lobbying Republican senators who he believes may vote to oust him in the upcoming impeachment trial. Only 20 are needed.
Scaramucci said little after he was fired in 2017, but decided to after Trump told the four members of the House of Representative’s “Squad” of Democratic rookies “to go back to the country they came from.”
“That was the last straw for me,” he said. “He’s becoming more dangerous because he’s fired anybody who would question him. But he won’t be able to stand for re-election once all the dirt comes out,” he said. “I think most of the Republicans hate his guts, but have to be convinced to get rid of him. At the moment, they are holding their noses and accepting his lawlessness.”
Bolton is the key to all of this and is chomping on the bit to testify. His lawyer told Congress that his client was “personally involved in many of the events, meetings, and conversations about which you have already received testimony, as well as many relevant meetings and conversations that have not yet been discussed in the testimonies thus far.”
But Democrats say courts will take weeks to determine whether the ban can be lifted. If so, then the American legal system will have failed.
“My guess is that (Trump) will resign by spring, if not before,” said Scaramucci.