How Trump Jr.'s Fixer Arthur Schwartz Wages War Against the Media - 2019-01-30
Multiple people with direct knowledge told The Daily Beast that Schwartz has tried to shop stories to reporters about former Trump chief of staff John Kelly—who often butted heads with Trump loyalists—including a claim that he did not wash his hands after using the White House bathroom. Schwartz denied circulating the story and claimed he first heard the anecdote from a Daily Beast reporter. (Last week, however, Schwartz taunted Kelly, tweeting at him: "Don't worry, General Jackass. Your time in the barrel is coming soon.")
Schwartz was prone to sprinkling conversations with hints about his proximity to power within Trump world, and multiple reporters told The Daily Beast that he would show them bits of message exchanges between himself and people like Trump Jr. or Bannon. Schwartz denied that he had ever shown private messages to any reporters unless authorized to do so.
In some instances, Schwartz's anger manifests itself very publicly, whether on his 45,000-follower Twitter feed—he insults CNN's outspoken White House reporter Jim Acosta constantly—or in person. Numerous members of the media told The Daily Beast they have received angry late-night emails, strongly worded messages, or screaming phone calls from Schwartz.