Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy says President 'considering' firing Mueller


One of President Donald Trump's friends said Monday he believes the President is considering dismissing special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to lead the FBI investigation into Russia's potential ties to the 2016 election.

"I also want a commitment from Jeff Sessions that he will resign if the president of the United States fires Bob Mueller", Blumenthal said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Still, Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump friend, suggested the president was already thinking about "terminating" Mueller from his position as special counsel. And you wonder if - it's unusual to me, and I've done a lot of cases for 40 years of practicing law nearly, and at the highest levels, including the Supreme Court - that you have a situation - I think this is unprecedented, where the testimony was reviewed, it was then discussed, and then it was - part of that testimony, a large part of it was based on leaked information.

"I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said last month.

Sean Spicer denied Ruddy spoke to the president about the topic, however former House Speker Newt Gingrich tweeted Monday Republicans might be "delusional" if they think special counsel would be fair.

White House correspondent April Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, went on CNN on Monday night and told host Erin Burnett that there is "mass hysteria" in the White House over the possibility of firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

According to a senior White House aide, there are no private conversations taking place about firing Mueller, and a White House spokesperson said Ruddy "speaks for himself".

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

Despite the speculation, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that "while the president has the right to [fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so". Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein during an open Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing what he would do if Trump asked him to fire Mueller.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to the President, questioned whether the special counsel investigation would be impartial. "But what we do know, if indeed the president does fire Mueller, it shows he's impeding the process yet again".

"You have to hope that common sense would prevail", Schiff said. Suddenly, many of Trump's allies began discussing booting Mueller to the curb. Rosenstein would be the one to fire Mueller, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause". James Comey said he reviewed his testimony with the special counsel.

Gingrich and Ruddy said it would be a "mistake" for Trump to remove Mueller, although both said they see the probe as unnecessary. The FBI's prepublication review guide does raise some questions about Comey's actions, but not Mueller's.