On ABC's This Week, contributor and Trump ally Chris Ruddy smears Mueller investigative team
Ruddy: "You get a picture that this investigation is out to get the president. It's not a good group of people. I'm actually concerned that they're not going to be fair"
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From the December 3 edition of ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
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CHRISTOPHER RUDDY: I have spoken to the president quite a bit about it recently and he sees this as something that is going to go away pretty quickly. You have the quote from him earlier. And he says to me, "Look, there was no collusion." And none of the things we're really talking about -- you have two indictments, you have another two plea agreements. None directly relate to collusion and the president says, "Look, I wasn't involved, there was no collusion." And people are saying, even if there was, it's not a crime. You know, at the end of the day, my view is that [special counsel] Robert Mueller poses an existential threat to the Trump presidency. He's gotten four major -- two convictions, two plea agreements. Lightning speed. During the Clinton years, it took Ken Starr and Robert Fiske four years.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): Well, that leads to the other question. Are the president's lawyers -- and I want to ask you about this because we've heard varying views on how the president’s mood behind the scenes. I talked to several people yesterday who saw him and said he was in a great mood, you said the same thing over Thanksgiving weekend. Yet, a lot of that seems dependent on this counsel he's getting from lawyers saying Mueller’s going to be done real, real soon.
RUDDY: Well, I don't know what they're smoking. First of all, look, Mueller put together 16 heavy weight prosecutors. Seven of them were donors to both Hillary or Obama's campaign. We already know the lead FBI agent in the campaign had to be removed because he was sending out disparaging messages about the president.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Of the Clinton investigation. And then he was removed from the Mueller crew.
RUDDY: No, he cleared Hillary in the email server investigation. And then he's put in charge of the investigation into the president and the president was tweeting about that this morning. You get a picture that this investigation is out to get the president. It's not a good group of people. And, I'm actually concerned that they're not going to be fair at the end of the day.