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LIVE STREAM: White House holds press briefing after Scaramucci ouster

Scaramucci out as White House Communications Director

Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci

WASHINGTON – The White House will hold a press briefing on Monday afternoon following the removal of Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci after just 10 days on the job.

The press briefing will start around 3:45 p.m., from the briefing room with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You can watch it live here.

The White House says Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his job as communications director to give President Donald Trump's new chief of staff a "clean slate."

That's according to a statement by the press secretary. Scaramucci "felt it was best" and wants to give John Kelly "the ability to build his own team," the statement says. Kelly was sworn in Monday as chief of staff.

Sean Spicer, who resigned as press secretary the day of Scaramucci's hiring, used the same "clean slate" language to explain his own departure 11 days ago. Spicer was in the White House Monday and has said he is helping during the communications transitions.

RNC tells staff to retain 2016 campaign files

The Republican National Committee is telling its staff to preserve all documents related to the 2016 presidential campaign because of the possibility that they may be requested by investigators probing Russia's meddling in the election.

The committee says in a memo to staff obtained by The Associated Press that it's taking the step because of its large role in national elections and the "potentially expansive scope of the inquiries." The committee says it has not been contacted by anyone involved in the investigations, including one led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and several undertaken by congressional committees.

The GOP also says it is not aware of any "improper or illegal activity" by any of its employees. The document preservation order applies to paper or electronic files including emails or files on mobile devices.


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