On Wednesday night, short-lived former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci expressed his frustrations about New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza in a pair of tweets regarding their phone call that led to the former's ousting from the Trump administration:
Tripp was Monica Lewinsky's coworker in the Pentagon's public affairs office who started recording their conversations after Lewinsky confided in her that she had an affair with then-President Bill Clinton. Tripp, who was told to record the conversations by literary agent Lucianne Goldberg, later turned the tapes over to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
Lewinsky, for her part, was not amused by Scaramucci's tweet:
Washington, D.C., is what is called a “single party consent” jurisdiction when it comes to recording phone calls, as are 38 of 50 states, including Virginia and New York. This means that on a phone call, only one participant is legally required to consent to a recording for it to be legal. Scaramucci and Lizza were both in D.C. during the call in question.
In other words, recording the call was perfectly legal.
Lizza has repeatedly stated that Scaramucci never told him that the call was off the record, and Scaramucci later conceded during a second call (which predated the release of the quotes from the first call) that he knew that the first call was on the record. It is customary that a conversation with a reporter is considered on the record unless agreed otherwise.
Scaramucci has yet to say he told Lizza that the call was off the record, just that he believed that it was.
Scaramucci will give his first post-White House interview this Monday on CBS's “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”