'Mueller poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency,' says Trump ally Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy
- Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said on ABC's This Week that President Trump continues to say the Mueller probe will be over shortly?
- This message Trump seems to have received from his lawyers, to which Ruddy replied, 'Well, I don't know what they're smoking'?
- Ruddy was more concerned about the probe, saying it could represent an 'existential threat' to his friend Trump's presidency ?
'You know, at the end of the the day, my view is that – Robert Mueller poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency,' Ruddy said Sunday on ABC's This Week.?
Ruddy, a panelist on the show, began by telling host George Stephanopoulos how President Trump was viewing the probe?– that it would all be over soon.?
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Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a close ally of President Trump's, admitted the Russia probe could spell major trouble for the administration
'You know, at the end of the the day, my view is that – Robert Mueller poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency,' Chris Ruddy (center) told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos (left)
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos (pictured) wanted to know how President Trump was feeling about the Mueller Russia probe?
'It's interesting, I have spoken to the president quite a bit about it recently and he sees this as something that will go away pretty quickly,' Ruddy said. 'And he says to me, "Look, there was no collusion."'?
'And none of the things we're taking about – you have two indictments, you have another two plea agreements, none directly relate to collusion,' Ruddy pointed out. 'And the president says, "Look, I wasn't involved. There was no collusion."'?
But while Trump is trying to wipe his hands of the federal probe, which has sucked the oxygen away from his first year in the White House, Ruddy didn't seem so certain it would wrap up anytime soon.?
Pointing to Mueller and labeling him an 'existential threat,' he pointed out how quickly the special counsel was bringing Trump associates down.?
'He's gotten four major – two convictions, two plea agreements – lightning speed,' Ruddy pointed out. 'I mean during the Clinton years, it took Ken Starr and Robert Fiske four years.'?
Stephanopoulos also pointed out that it seemed like Trump's lawyers were the ones telling the president that 'Mueller is going to be done real, real soon,' which the president has parroted.?
'Well, I don't know what they're smoking,' Ruddy replied.?
Ruddy pointed out that Mueller had put together a team of 16 'heavyweight prosecutors,' though made sure to not to the television audience that 'seven of them were donors to both Hillary or Obama's campaigns.'?
'We already know that lead FBI agent in the campaign had to be removed because he was spending?– sending out disparaging messages about the president,' Ruddy said.?
President Trump harped on that story this morning on Twitter, which involved FBI agent Peter Strzok, who reportedly sent text messages to his mistress that showed an anti-Trump bias.?
'You get a picture that this investigation is out to get the president, it's not a good group of people,' Ruddy said. 'And I'm actually concerned, you know, that they're not going to be fair at the end of the day.'?
Turning to another one of his panelists, Stephanopoulos remarked, 'It sounds like, at least, there are some inklings there of laying the groundwork for getting rid of Mueller,' the ABC News host said. ???
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