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Top Democratic congressman trolls Scaramucci over his short-lived White House stint

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was dismissed from his post Monday, reportedly at the behest of newly minted Chief of Staff John Kelly. Scaramucci joined the White House just 10 days ago, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) made sure to note the illustriously short timeline in his "thank you" tweet to Scaramucci:

Schiff is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and has emerged as a steady foil to President Trump and his agenda by virtue of his involvement in the ongoing Russia investigation. But beyond needling the opposition, Schiff may have a point.

Scaramucci brought a healthy dose of color to Pennsylvania Avenue in a short amount of time: Shortly after Trump offered Scaramucci the job, Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary. Scaramucci then proceeded to fire an assistant press secretary through a Politico interview, decry the information he told Politico on the record as a "leak," and vow to "kill all the leakers." He then — on the record, of course, in a phone call with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza — described chief strategist Stephen Bannon as a man interested in auto-fellatio and referred to former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a "f--king paranoid schizophrenic" just hours before Priebus was fired via tweet.

The White House's official statement on Scaramucci's ouster claims Scaramucci felt it would be best to give Kelly "a clean slate" as he takes over as chief of staff. Can't imagine why.