Chris Ruddy: Trump Is 'Considering Perhaps Terminating' Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Marsha Scott
June 20, 2017

A close friend of Donald Trump's said the president "is considering perhaps terminating" special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, fueling speculation that has been building in Washington that Trump could intensify the struggle over the Russian Federation investigation.

And on Monday, a close friend of Trump's said the president is considering firing Mueller, a move that echoes Richard Nixon ordering the termination of the special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal. "I think he is weighing that option".

Comey told the committee that Trump encouraged him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a claim the president has denied.

CNN cited a source close to Trump as saying the president was "being advised by many people" to not fire Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation between 2001 and 2013. The comments follow Trump's statement on Friday that "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future", "If there are [tapes]", Mudd continued, "what about all the times he may have taped [Attorney General]?"

He brought on three partners from his former law firm, WilmerHale, with significant litigating experience in high-stakes cases.

In the PBS interview, Ruddy said Trump had considered replacing former FBI Director James Comey with Mueller, who also was a former FBI director during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

The president didn't clarify what exactly he was referring to in the early morning tweet, however he has frequently described reports about possible ties between members of his campaign and Russian Federation as a "witch hunt".

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Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out". Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday.

Trump's recent, abrupt dismissal of Comey generated accusations of obstruction of justice and led to Mueller's appointment.

She, further, insisted that Sessions should fire Mueller, now that the President is not under investigation.

Last month, Gingrich had tweeted: "Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel".

Ruddy's assertion comes as conservative allies of Trump - who initially praised Mueller's selection as special counsel - have begun attacking his credibility.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

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