Chris Ruddy Says He Did Not Speak With Trump About Firing Mueller
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy admitted he did not speak with President Trump about the notion of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Ruddy's statement on PBS Monday that the president might get rid of Mueller lit up the political world, with many wondering where the information came from.
"I still stand by that it was being considered as an option," said Ruddy, adding he has "very good sources" in the administration.
Ruddy argued that Mueller's appointment is "illegitimate" because there are no criminal allegations to justify the investigation.
The Newsmax head also slammed the White House communications team's response to his statement, calling it "amateur hour."
"Spicer issued a bizarre late-night press release that a) doesn't deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn't speak to the President about the matter — when I never claimed to have done so," Ruddy's statement to NBC News read.
Ruddy last spoke to the president last week but not about Mueller, he said.
A source close to the Trump legal team told Fox News that Ruddy’s statement just came from watching another Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow, discuss the Mueller probe on ABC’s “This Week” – and Sekulow did not directly suggest the president was thinking about firing Mueller.