Close friend of President Trump and NewsMax founder Chris Ruddy told PBS's Judy Woodruff Monday that Trump is weighing whether to fire special investigator Mueller.
"I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel. I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy said when asked by Woodruff whether the president was prepared to let the special counsel pursue the Russia investigation. "I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently."
"I personally think it would be a very significant mistake," he also said.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Well, you mentioned the special counsel, Robert Mueller. And you suggested — I think I heard you suggesting that there is a question about the purpose of his investigation.
I want to ask you about that, because there are some Republicans out there saying that Robert Mueller shouldn’t be doing this job. Is President Trump prepared to let the special counsel pursue his investigation?
CHRISTOPHER RUDDY: Well, I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel.
I think he’s weighing that option, I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently. I personally think it would be a significant mistake, even though I don’t think there is a justification, and even though — I mean, here you have a situation…
JUDY WOODRUFF: You don’t think there is a justification for?
CHRISTOPHER RUDDY: For a special counsel in this case.
But also — I mean, Robert Mueller, there are some real conflicts. He comes from a law firm that represent 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. And I think it would be strange that he would have a confidential conversation, and then, a few days later, become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating.
I think that Mueller shouldn’t 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.
JUDY WOODRUFF: So, you know for a fact that Robert Mueller was offered another position before he became special counsel?
CHRISTOPHER RUDDY: I know for a fact that he was under consideration and that the president did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel. I think there’s a conflict there.
Look, my position is that Mueller is a man of integrity, but we all know in the history of these special investigations, they go far and wide, and they go well beyond what the original jurisdiction was. He’s bringing in some of the top prosecutors that have worked in the Justice Department.
This is not going to be rosy for the White House. And I have to look at — when you say there’s no — Judy, I think we both have to agree, so far, there’s been no evidence of wrongdoing. There’s been no allegation that the president engaged in wrongdoing or any member of his staff did.