Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said Tuesday he sees special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Russian collusion as a threat to Donald Trump's presidency because Mueller appears "out to get the president."
Ruddy sparked a media firestorm on Monday when he told the "PBS NewsHour" that Trump is considering firing Mueller.
"I think there's very serious questions about Director Mueller running the special prosecution of the president," Ruddy said Tuesday on MSNBC's "For the Record with Greta Van Susteren." "I think it's a threat to the Trump presidency. I think the way the investigation is shaping up, he's out to get the president."
Ruddy said a good case can be made that Mueller is an "illegitimate special counsel," explaining that Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Harvard law grad and former Judge Advocate General prosecutor, told him the special counsel law calls for there to be an underlying criminal probe to trigger appointment of special counsel.
No such allegations against Trump or anyone on his staff have been made, Ruddy said.
Besides, he added, it should be Congress that carries out an investigation since it is given the role of oversight in the constitution.
The White House said that Ruddy speaks only for himself and not the president. Ruddy agreed, but noted that the White House statement never denied what he said was true.
"I'm not a flak for the White House. I speak my own mind," he told Van Susteren. "I've been friends with the president for a long time. I'll say very positive things when they're warranted. I will be critical at times."
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