Trump Confidant: Ruddy Hurt Trump's Ability To Fire Mueller

President Trump's supporters have a history of manufacturing story lines to undermine opponents. Is that what's going on with floating the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller

Ruddy also said Monday evening that Trump interviewed Mueller for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director position the day before he was named as special counsel.

Christopher Moody, CEO of conservative news outlet Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump who has spoken for him before and bluntly, said in an interview on PBS that the president was "considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel" and added, "I think he's weighing that option".

"I think we should let Bob Mueller do his work and get to the bottom of it, and get to the bottom of it quickly so that he can be vindicated, get to these things". And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

He told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that Mueller "did not hire a single Republican in the first wave" of staffing for his investigation.

"It's a mistake to pretend that this is going to be some neutral investigation", Gingrich said.

Gingrich also said Trump is confident that Mueller will find he did nothing wrong, but Gingrich worries.

He told a Senate panel Tuesday that he, and not Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had the authority to terminate Mueller. Sessions made that choice because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition - a potential part of the probe.

Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation last month, was roundly praised by Democrats and Republicans as the right person for the job.

Rosenstein's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee occurred just hours before Sessions was to testify in a public hearing before another Senate panel about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of another Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey.

[B] ehind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mr. Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Mr. Trump's interactions.

The new talk about dismissing Mueller appeared to be coming from Trump allies - including some close to White House strategist Steve Bannon - who are increasingly frustrated with the prospect of a long and winding probe.

However, White House sources told The Times that Trump is hard to predict, and they can not be sure he won't fire Mueller. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Some have compared Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey in May to the storied "Saturday Night massacre" that occurred during Richard Nixon's presidency.

"I did not talk to the president about the issue", Ruddy said. Ruddy did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarification.

'With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment'.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the issues Gingrich and others have raised.

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