Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and informal Trump adviser, caused a mini firestorm after a White House visit on Tuesday, when he said the president is considering “terminating the special counsel” handling the investigation into his campaign’s Russia ties.
In response, press secretary Sean Spicer issued a brief statement, claiming Ruddy “never spoke to the President regarding” the special counsel, and that “only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment.” So, not exactly a denial…
On Tuesday morning’s episode of Good Morning America, anchor George Stephanopoulos apparently received a news-making text from Ruddy, who sought to defend himself from Spicer’s comments.
Ruddy wrote in his text that Spicer didn’t deny his claim that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.
“Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements!” Ruddy added. “Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.”
The news that President Trump could be mulling shutting down the special counsel, led by Robert Mueller, reportedly caused “mass hysteria” in the White House, according to April Ryan.
While many in conservative media have been lobbying the president to terminate Mueller, who they have come to see as biased, Jim Acosta tweeted on Monday that the president was being advised by many “NOT to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that if Trump fired Mueller, “Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller,” adding “Don’t waste our time.”
If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller. Don’t waste our time.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 12, 2017
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