Newsmax CEO and a close friend of President Donald Trump, Chris Ruddy has said that the president is thinking about dismissing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed just last month to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
While speaking to Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour, Ruddy said that he thinks the president is weighing that option.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” he 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 explained. “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 added. “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.”
CNBC journalist Kayla Tausche saw Ruddy leave the White House before making the news on Monday morning.
However, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee says, “Chris speaks for himself.”
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Cali.) posted on Twitter regarding the claim, “If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.”
Journalists and experts have also noted that Trump’s close aide Newt Gingrich has also publicly denounced Mueller after lauding him when he was initially chosen as the special counsel.