President Trump may fire the special counsel tasked with probing his alleged ties to Russia, said Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy.
“I think he’s considering perhaps terminating the special counsel,” Ruddy told Judy Woodruff, citing Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow.
“I think it’s pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television recently,” Ruddy said. Sekulow on Sunday said the President would not rule out having Mueller fired.
Ruddy, a frequent sight at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, added that such a decision would “be a very significant mistake.”
The former FBI director was hired in May to independently oversee Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and the nation’s ties to the Trump presidential campaign.
When asked about Ruddy’s comment, White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee said, “Chris speaks for himself,” according to CNN.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) scoffed at Ruddy’s remarks in a tweeted rebuttal.
“If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller,” said Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “Don’t waste our time.”
Justice Department regulations do not allow Trump to personally fire Mueller but Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, can. Those rules, however, can be waived.
With News Wire Services