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Anthony Scaramucci resigned from the board of advisers to Tufts University's graduate school for international affairs on Tuesday after threatening to sue a student who wrote an op-ed critical of the former White House communications director.

“This morning, Anthony Scaramucci informed The Fletcher School that he is resigning his position on the school’s Board of Advisors, effective immediately,” Adm. James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School, said in a statement. “We thank Mr. Scaramucci for his past service to Tufts and wish him well.”

Scaramucci's scheduled appearance at the university Monday was postponed after his lawyer demanded a retraction from Camilo A. Caballero, a student who wrote in The Tufts Daily that the New York businessman is “irresponsible, inconsistent” and “an unethical opportunist,” among other things.

Scaramucci “sold his soul in contradiction to his own purported beliefs for a seat in that White House and a man who makes his Twitter accessible to friends interested in giving comfort to Holocaust deniers,” Caballero charged.

In October, a petition to oust Scaramucci, an alumnus of the university, from the board of advisers — on which he began serving in 2016 — circulated among students, alumni and faculty.

“Unfortunately, on college campuses across the country, students and faculty increasingly preach tolerance and free speech only if you agree with their ideas. Tufts can and must do better,” Scaramucci wrote in an open letter to students Monday.

“My involvement with the Trump administration, and the infamous nature of my firing, are not reasons to remove me from the Fletcher School Advisory Board. Those unique and valuable experiences make me an even more valuable resource and well-rounded advisor.”

Scaramucci's lawyers alleged that Caballero's piece included “blatantly false and defamatory statements” punishable under Massachusetts law.

The ACLU on Tuesday responded that Scaramucci's litigation threat was “wholly without merit.”

“Mr. Caballero’s statement about Mr. Scaramucci’s selling of his soul is both a constitutionally protected statement of opinion and a statement that is not actionable because it does not contain objectively verifiable facts,” Matthew Segal, legal director for the ACLU of Massachusetts, wrote.

“What a difference a day can make. One day I was, you know, writing an op-ed, and a few days later, we’ve got a team defending free speech. Talk about a civics class for this semester,” Caballero said during a press call, according to Time. “This process — while it was overwhelming, and I did not expect it — it just reminded me of the things that we need to continue fighting for in this country.”

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