Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO and friend to President Donald Trump, said that he's thinking about doing something shocking — he's weighing whether to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to oversee the investigations into Russia.
Ruddy made the comments after being seen leaving the White House Monday. He appeared on PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” Ruddy said. "I think he's weighing that option. I think it's very clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.
“I personally think it would be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued, “even though I don’t think there’s a justification ... for a special counsel in this case.
"I mean Robert Mueller, there's some real conflicts," he said. "He comes from a law firm that represents members of the Trump family. He interviewed the day before, a few days before he was appointed special counsel, with the president who was looking at him potentially to become the next FBI director. That hasn't been published, but it's true.
"But I think it would be strange that he would have a confidential conversation and then a few days later become prosecutor of the person he would be investigating," he said. "I think that Mueller should not have taken the position if he was under consideration and had a private meeting with the president and was privy maybe to some of his thoughts about that investigation or other matters before the bureau."
Chris Ruddy, a friend of Trump, says the president is considering trying to fire special counsel Robert Mueller pic.twitter.com/chGlfuiv2t
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Kayla Tausche of CNBC spotted Ruddy leaving the White House Monday morning before making the news.
Just spotted leaving the West Wing: Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO, close confidant of @POTUS.— Kayla Tausche (@Kayla Tausche)1497302742.0
When White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee was asked about the claim, she responded, "Chris speaks for himself."
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted about the claim, saying, "If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don't waste our time."
Pundits also noticed that Trump confidante Newt Gingrich had publicly denounced Mueller, and said that he couldn't be trusted to run an independent investigation, even though he had lauded him when he was first chosen.