* Abby Phillip and Damian Paletta report that a cloud of mourning hangs over Washington this afternoon:
Anthony Scaramucci has been removed as White House communications director at the request of White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, just 10 days after being named to the job, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
Scaramucci’s brief tenure in the role had been marked by turmoil as he feuded publicly with former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci’s arrival at the White House prompted press secretary Sean Spicer to resign in protest.
The abrupt decision signals that Kelly is moving quickly to assert control over the West Wing, which has been characterized by interpersonal disputes and power struggles during President Trump’s six months in office.
The Mooch erupted like a supernova, forcing us all to shield our eyes before his blinding glow. He was too good for us.
* Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown report that new White House chief of staff John F. Kelly has had questions about his boss’s management style:
New White House chief of staff John Kelly was so upset with how President Donald Trump handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey that Kelly called Comey afterward and said he was considering resigning, according to two sources familiar with a conversation between Kelly and Comey.
Both sources cautioned that it was unclear how serious Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security, was about resigning himself.
“John was angry and hurt by what he saw and the way (Comey) was treated,” one of the sources said.
Comey learned of his dismissal on May 9 from televisions tuned to the news as he was addressing the workforce at the FBI office in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources said at the time.
I’m sure Kelly thought that at Homeland Security, he could pursue a substantive agenda without getting tainted by Trump’s awfulness. That may or may not have been true, but it’s not true anymore. He’ll be forever marked by whatever muck Trump forces him to crawl in during his time in the White House, however brief it turns out to be.
* Megan Cassidy reports that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been convicted of criminal contempt of court and could be sentenced to six months in jail. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
* Andy Slavitt explains what he learned from the health-care debate.