Trump believed to be mulling the termination of special counsel Robert Mueller

  • Trump confidante Chris Ruddy said there had been talk of firing Mueller.
  • Ruddy says he personally thinks it would be a mistake.

The man in charge of the FBI’s investigation on potential Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election may be headed for the exit door.

President Donald Trump is considering terminating special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who was named by the Justice Department in May to lead the Russia probe, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS NewsHour on Monday.

“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy told PBS NewsHour. “I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently.”

In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said he didn’t want to speculate on whether or not the president would fire Mueller.

Letting Mueller go would “be a very significant mistake,” Ruddy continued.

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff first tweeted the news and earlier on Monday, CNBC had spotted Ruddy, a close confidant of Trump, leaving the West Wing. Ruddy, however, did not meet with the president that evening as their meeting was postponed, NBC News reported.

Just spotted leaving the West Wing: Chris Ruddy, Newsmax CEO, close confidant of @POTUS.

Later on Monday night, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying Ruddy never spoke to the president, adding that only the “president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”

If Trump decided to act, Mueller’s termination would mark the latest in a series of tumultuous events that has shaken up American politics.

Former FBI director James Comey, who was conducting an inquiry into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow, said in testimony last week that the president had referred to the investigation as “a cloud” over his administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now due to testify on the matter before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

PBS’ report sparked immediate debate on Twitter.

Should Mueller get fired, that would be a waste of time, according to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.

Meanwhile, David Axelrod, director at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, warned of serious consequences.

This would ratchet up what’s already a crisis by 100X & be gut check for the many @GOP members of Congress who praised Mueller’s appt. 

Read the full story on PBS here.


By Chris Graham

Donald Trump is considering “terminating” Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between Mr Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia, a friend of the president has said.

The former FBI director was appointed to the role last month with a remit to look at possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and “related matters”.

“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option,” Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told “PBS NewsHour”.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about Mr Ruddy’s claims.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, responded angrily to the report.

“If President [Trump] fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller,” Mr Schiff tweeted on Monday evening. “Don’t waste our time.”

Mr Schiff told MSNBC he guessed “this is part of the effort to tear down Robert Mueller”.

“You can’t exclude the possibility [of Mueller’s dismissal], but I think it’s just a way of raising doubts about this man who’s well respected on both sides of the aisle.”

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 Friend Says Trump Is Considering Firing Mueller as Special Counsel

WASHINGTON — A longtime friend of President Trump said on Monday that Mr. Trump was considering whether to fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the president’s campaign and Russian officials.

The startling assertion comes as some of Mr. Trump’s conservative allies, who initially praised Mr. Mueller’s selection as special counsel, have begun trying to attack his credibility.

The friend, Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media, who was at the White House on Monday, said on PBS’s “NewsHour” that Mr. Trump was “considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel.”

“I think he’s weighing that option,” Mr. Ruddy said.

His comments appeared to take the White House by surprise.

“Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement hours later. “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”

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