Laura Ingraham appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning to slam reports that President Donald Trump is "considering" firing Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

A longtime friend of Trump, Christopher Ruddy, said on PBS's "Newshour" that the president is “considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel.”

“I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy said.

The White House was quick to dismiss Ruddy's comments.

“Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement hours later. “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”

Ingraham called out the mainstream media for running with Ruddy's unsubstantiated remarks.

"This is fake news," Ingraham said. "This is an example of the establishment media being agenda-driven to drive the president out of office, and being lazy, and being stupid."

She said that she knows Ruddy well, and she expects that he will clarify his comments later today. She noted that Fox News' John Roberts reported that Ruddy got this information from an interview with Trump supporter and attorney Jay Sekulow, which Ruddy apparently misinterpreted.

"Even if he said that, isn't it incumbent upon the American media to chase it down and to verify whether that's true?" Ingraham said.

She argued that the press didn't do that because there's a "concerted effort" to drive Trump from the White House.

"This is fake and false. And it's defamatory, and it's outrageous."

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