Axios reported on Tuesday that Scully was parting ways as C-SPAN’s political director and is joining the Bipartisan Policy Center as the senior vice president of communications.
Scully’s departure comes less than six months after C-SPAN announced his return to the network in January following his suspension after he admitted he lied about an anti-Trump tweet he wrote as he was set to moderate the second presidential debate during the 2020 election cycle.
C-SPAN did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Scully was placed on administrative leave back in October after he appeared to have reached out to outspoken Trump foe Anthony Scaramucci on Twitter as then-President Trump attacked the “Washington Journal” host over his credibility to fairly moderate the second presidential debate, which was ultimately scrapped by the Commission of Presidential Debates (CPD) over concerns of the president’s recovery from the coronavirus.
However, after the tweet went viral, Scully alleged that his Twitter account was hacked, which he acknowledged days later wasn’t true.
The controversy began when Scully’s past came back to haunt him following the announcement that he would be moderating the second presidential debate as critics pointed to his tenure as a former intern for then-Sen. Joe Biden and a staffer for the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy as well as a tweet Scully made during the 2016 election that showed him sharing a New York Times op-ed titled, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”
That sparked outrage from President Trump and his supporters, alleging that Scully could not fairly moderate a debate between the GOP incumbent and his former boss from decades ago.
It wasn’t until Scully tweeted to Scaramucci, a once-loyal ally and White House aide to President Trump who quickly became an adversary in recent years, that he became the center of a political firestorm.
“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” Scully wrote in the now-deleted tweet many suspected was supposed to be sent privately.