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Email prankster posing as Reince Priebus 'duped the Mooch'

  • The prankster shared screenshots of the exchange on Twitter and with CNN 
  • They claim Scaramucci replied from his official White House account on Friday
  • Posing as Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff, he blasted Scaramucci as being 'hypocritical' 
  • The Mooch, as he is known, responded by telling him: 'You know what you did'
  • He told Priebus to read Shakespeare's tragedy Othello, telling him cryptically: 'You are right there'  
  • He also boasted that he would 'thrive' in the White House in his new role 
  • The prankster also posed as Donald Trump Jr. to dupe Eric Trump on July 13
  • On July 27, he posed as Jared Kushner to invited Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossett to a party where he promised 'food as good as we had in Iraq' 
  • The White House said it was taking the emails seriously and was investigating  

By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:22 EDT, 1 August 2017 | Updated: 01:24 EDT, 1 August 2017

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An email prankster claims to have duped Anthony Scaramucci into an extraordinary exchange in which they posed as former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. 

The anonymous prankster, who calls themselves Sinon Reborn, shared screenshots of the conversation with CNN and on Twitter. 

The emails took place on Saturday, a day after Priebus's resignation which came after Scaramucci brought their bitter feud into the public eye with a profane-laced interview and two days before Scaramucci was fired. 

Posing as Priebus, the prankster wrote: 'I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how "soon we will learn who in the media has class, and who hasn't, has pushed me to this.

In this email exchange, prankster Sinon Reborn poses as Reince Priebus to contact Anthony Scaramucci on July 30, a day after Priebus's resignation (left). Scaramucci replied (right), telling Priebus he will 'thrive' and saying 'I know what you did'. He was fired two days later
In this email exchange, prankster Sinon Reborn poses as Reince Priebus to contact Anthony Scaramucci on July 30, a day after Priebus's resignation (left). Scaramucci replied (right), telling Priebus he will 'thrive' and saying 'I know what you did'. He was fired two days later
In this email exchange, prankster Sinon Reborn poses as Reince Priebus to contact Anthony Scaramucci on July 30, a day after Priebus's resignation (left). Scaramucci replied (right), telling Priebus he will 'thrive' and saying 'I know what you did'. He was fired two days later
In this email exchange, prankster Sinon Reborn poses as Reince Priebus to contact Anthony Scaramucci on July 30, a day after Priebus's resignation (left). Scaramucci replied (right), telling Priebus he will 'thrive' and saying 'I know what you did'. He was fired two days later

In this email exchange, prankster Sinon Reborn poses as Reince Priebus to contact Anthony Scaramucci on July 30, a day after Priebus's resignation (left). Scaramucci replied (right), telling Priebus he will 'thrive' and saying 'I know what you did'. He was fired two days later

Priebus and The Mooch, as he is known, had a frosty relationship to say the least. When Scaramucci took the role of communications director, he kicked their feud in to the limelight with a profanity-laced interview in which he called the then Chief of Staff a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic' and 'c**c blocker'. Neither now works for the president
Priebus and The Mooch, as he is known, had a frosty relationship to say the least. When Scaramucci took the role of communications director, he kicked their feud in to the limelight with a profanity-laced interview in which he called the then Chief of Staff a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic' and 'c**c blocker'. Neither now works for the president

Priebus and The Mooch, as he is known, had a frosty relationship to say the least. When Scaramucci took the role of communications director, he kicked their feud into the limelight with a profanity-laced interview in which he called the then Chief of Staff a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic' and 'c**c blocker'. Neither now works for the president 

'That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that's even remotely classy yet you believe that's the standard by which everyone should behave towards you?' 

The prankster went on: 'General Kelly will do a fine job. I'll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don't expect a reply.' 

'I KNOW WHAT YOU DID' THE MOOCH'S EXCHANGE WITH FAKE REINCE 

Prankster to Scaramucci:

'I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how "soon we will learn who in the media has class, and who hasn't, has pushed me to this.

'That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that's even remotely classy yet you believe that's the standard by which everyone should behave towards you?

'General Kelly will do a fine job. I'll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don't expect a reply.'

Scaramucci to prankster: 

'You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.' 

Prankster to Scaramucci

'I can't believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called 'Mooch', who can't even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.' 

Scaramucci to Prankster:

'Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. 

'My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.'

 

Scaramucci, seemingly responding from his White House email account, responded. 

'You know what you did. We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize.' 

The prankster carried on, responding: 'I can't believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called 'Mooch', who can't even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for.' 

To this, Scaramucci is said to have replied: 'Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. 

'My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.' 

The warning prompted confusion among the public once the exchange was published. 

Many questioned which character Scaramucci was comparing Priebus to - the villainous Iago whose scheming breaks up a marriage and leads to the death of three innocent people - or Othello, a jealous outsider who kills himself then his own wife after falling for Iago's lies. 

The fact Scaramucci - whose wife filed for divorce earlier this month while eight months pregnant - added that his family is 'fine' suggests he was scrutinizing Priebus's personal life. 

Over the weekend, one of the Mooch's friends was shouted down after accusing Priebus of having an affair on Twitter. 

Priebus and his wife Sally have been married since 1999.

It was not the only time the Mooch seemed to fall for the prankster's con.  

Posing as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. on Friday, the jokster asked Scaramucci in reference to Priebus and Senior White House Strategist Steve Bannon: 'Who's head should roll first?'

Scaramucci responded: 'Both of them'.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to legitimize them. She told CNN on Monday: 'We take all cyber related issues very seriously and are looking into these incidents further.' 

Scaramucci was not the prankster's only victim. He also claims to have posed as Jared Kushner, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., to fool other officials.

In one exchange, posing as Eric Trump, he told Jon Huntsman, the Russian ambassador: 'Maybe we could have Dad sat on a horse, top off, giving the full Putin!

'He's in better shape than his suit suggests.' 

In another, the prankster posed as Donald Trump Jr. and contacted his brother, Eric, asking to go hunting. 

On July 13, they sent Eric Trump an email under the subject line 'just ordered one of these'. 

The email included a link to a hunting rifle. In the email's body, the prankster wrote: 'Primarily for hunting. Hunting witch-hunters, ha!' 

Eric was dubious from the beginning and responded: 'Did you send this?' 

Maintaining character, the prankster replied from the email address donaldtrumpjr.trump@gmail.com: 'yes, why?' 

On July 13, the prankster posed as Donald Trump Jr. and contacted Eric Trump about hunting rifles. Eric became suspicious after exchanging a few messages and said he had contacted police 
On July 13, the prankster posed as Donald Trump Jr. and contacted Eric Trump about hunting rifles. Eric became suspicious after exchanging a few messages and said he had contacted police 

On July 13, the prankster posed as Donald Trump Jr. and contacted Eric Trump about hunting rifles. Eric became suspicious after exchanging a few messages and said he had contacted police 

The prankster dubbed the brothers 'dumb and dumber' in another email in which he posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.
The prankster dubbed the brothers 'dumb and dumber' in another email in which he posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.
The prankster dubbed the brothers 'dumb and dumber' in another email in which he posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.
The prankster dubbed the brothers 'dumb and dumber' in another email in which he posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.

The prankster dubbed the brothers 'dumb and dumber' in another email in which he posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. 

The prankster Sinon Reborn also posed as Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. to call Eric and Donald Trump Jr. 'dumb and dumber 

The prankster goes by the Twitter handle Sinon Reborn. They  share screenshots of the exchanges online
The prankster goes by the Twitter handle Sinon Reborn. They  share screenshots of the exchanges online

The prankster goes by the Twitter handle Sinon Reborn. They share screenshots of the exchanges online

He also posed as Jared Kushner to email other officials 
He also posed as Jared Kushner to email other officials 

He also posed as Jared Kushner to email other officials 

Eric replied: 'Sorry it was so vague and I just don't open links for obvious reasons. This came at a perfect time as we have the meeting tonight. I am fighting hard to stop this nonsense.' 

The prankster responded again but this time they blew their cover. 'What's the plan? And it's a beast - you will love it. Try not to worry - things will turn around,' they wrote. 

Eric, now suspicious, replied: 'I have sent this to law enforcement who will handle from here.'  

Other email exchanges including one in which the prankster claimed to be Jared Kushner. 

They emailed Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bosset to invite him to a party. 

'Tom, we are arranging a bit of a soirée towards the end of August. It would be great if you could make it, I promise food of at least comparible (sic) quality to that which we ate in Iraq. Should be a great evening.' 

Bossert replied: 'Thanks, Jared. With a promise like that, I can't refuse.' 

He then added his personal email address with the message: 'If you ever need it.' 

Sinon Reborn did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's questions late on Monday night.  It is not yet clear if they have been contacted by any law enforcement agency.  

Othello: Shakespeare's tale of jealousy, infidelity and betrayal 

In one of his replies to who he thought was Reince Priebus, Scaramucci advised cryptically: 'Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there. 

'My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me.'

While it's not clear what exactly the brash 53-year-old was trying to make, his remark conjures up thoughts of the play's central themes - jealousy, infidelity and betrayal. 

Othello was written by William Shakespeare in 1604. It tells the story of an army general, Othello, and his jealous ensign, Iago.  Outraged that he has been passed over for a more powerful position, Iago tries to come between Othello and his wife, Desdemona. 

Another key theme is the Othello's outsider status - in the play he is referred to as Moorish, a term denoting a sub-Saharan ethnicity. The rest of the characters are white.

In the end, Othello, convinced of that his wife has been unfaithful, murders her and then kills himself, leaving Iago (who has also killed his own wife) alive at the end of the play. 

It is not clear what lesson Scaramucci was reminding Priebus of in his email.

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