Trump has friends in high places — or at least that’s what the POTUS believed until yesterday. A close family friend of the current President, Chris Ruddy, told PBS NewsHour that he has reason to believe that Trump is considering firing Special Counsel leader Robert Mueller. This comes only days after Sean Comey’s interview with the Special Counsel into Trump’s potential ties with Russia and election hacking.
Ruddy’s short but very revealing interview with PBS reporter Judy Woodruff made it clear that while he didn’t have confirmation of the fact, he did strongly believe the change was coming. He also made it a point to clarify that he believed that, if Trump were to make such a move, it would be a gross mistake on his part.
“I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy began. “I personally think it would be a very significant mistake, even though I don’t think there’s a justification … for a special counsel.”
Ruddy also made it clear that his lack of support for the appointment of a Special Counsel isn’t indicative for his support of Mueller.
When questioned about his thoughts on the DOJ’s recent appointment of Mueller to the Special Counsel, he cited conflicts of interest and potential bias as one of his concerns. He specifically pointed out the fact that Mueller’s law firm serves as legal representatives for the Trump family. Ruddy was also concerned by the fact that Mueller only applied for the position of FBI Director after Trump fired Comey from the position in the first place.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly why the late application posed a problem for Ruddy, but he isn’t the only one to bring up concerns about Mueller. In a separate interview, Newt Gingrich also pointed out the potential for bias or conflict of interest due to the fact that Mueller regularly receives donations from people he’s directly hired to work for the FBI.
“I think Congress should now intervene and they should abolish the independent counsel, because Comey makes so clear that it’s the poison fruit of a deliberate manipulation by the FBI director leaking to The New York Times, deliberately set up this particular situation. It’s very sick. It’s very clear that Comey hates Trump.”
Oddly, it was Gingrich himself who lauded the decision to hire Mueller not long ago, calling the choice “impeccable and superb.”
“Robert Mueller is superb choice to be special counsel. His reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity. Media should now calm down.”
The exchange between Ruddy and PBS may have gone largely unnoticed if not for the fact that CNBC correspondent Kayla Tausche spotted Ruddy leaving the White House after the interview on June 12. Ruddy is also the owner of right-wing news outlet NewsMax.