Morning recap: Scaramucci out, hacker goes phishing at the White House & Trump's involvement in son's statement

08/01/2017 11:18 AM

Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job.

A person close to Scaramucci confirmed his ouster just hours after President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, was sworn into office Monday morning.

Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta has the details.

Hacker goes phishing at the White House

CNN is reporting that someone based in the United Kingdom tricked a number of White House officials into thinking they were corresponding with other officials. The hacker, who describes himself as an “email prankster,” posed as Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus and Donald Trump, Jr.

Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert fell for the email from the fake Kushner, which was sent from an Outlook account with his personal email address.

Scaramucci was another victim of the phishing, responding to emails from the hacker posing as Priebus.

However, when Eric Trump received an email form the hacker posing as his brother, Donald Trump, Jr., he wasn’t buying it. He responded, “I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here.”

The hacker tweets under the name @SINON_REBORN , and posts what he calls “pranks’ there.

While the hacker says he is merely pulling pranks, phishing scams are a serious issue. Forbes lays out six steps you should take if you have been phished.

  • Get your computer completely offline.
  • Save everything on a USB drive.
  • Change passwords for your apps, but do it from a phone or a different laptop.
  • Restore your original operating software.
  • Run anti-virus software.
  • Restore your latest backup.

Washington Post reports President Trump dictated his son’s misleading statement about meeting with Russian lawyer

According to the Washington Post President Donald Trump changed the statement that was released in response to a New York Times story about Donald Trump, Jr.‘s meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.

Citing people who had knowledge of the deliberations, the Post reports that Trump personally dictated a statement that said the meeting between Trump, Jr. and the Russian lawyer was primarily to discuss the adoption of Russian children.

Those claims were later shown to be misleading. As more information came out about the meeting, Trump, Jr. ultimately acknowledged that he had accepted the meeting invitation after receiving an email that promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

The Post says that advisers to Trump and his family came to them out of fear that any indication that Trump sought to hide information about contacts between his campaign and Russia would draw scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller.

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