It has taken a Herculean effort to pin down Anthony Scaramucci. Our lunch was originally scheduled for last November. Then Scaramucci stumbled on an old tweet by the FT’s editor, Lionel Barber, which compared the language he used to that in The Sopranos — the renowned TV drama about a New Jersey mafia family. He took offence and promptly canceled our appointment. I had been hoping to ask him what happened in July that year, when "the Mooch" — as most people call Scaramucci — had phoned a reporter on The New Yorker magazine to rant about his White House rivals: Steve Bannon, then US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, and Reince Priebus, then White House chief of staff. Bannon practised a highly acrobatic form of onanism, Scaramucci told The New Yorker. Priebus, meanwhile, was a "f***ing paranoid schizophrenic". The media storm was instant. Four days later, Scaramucci was out as White House communications director. He had lasted just 10 days in the job, which was a record. Sho...

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