asked by the President to push back against the Russia investigation.546 On Monday, June 12, 2017, Christopher
Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of the President’s, met at the White
House with Priebus and Bannon.547 Ruddy recalled that they told him the President was strongly considering
Coats 6/14/17 302, at 1; Gistaro 6/14/17 302, at 1; Culver 6/14/17 302, at l. 5‘” Ruddy 6/6/18 302,
that he would do so precipitously, without vetting the decision through Administration ofﬁcials.548 Ruddy
asked Priebus if Ruddy could talk publicly about the discussion they had about the Special Counsel,
and Priebus said he could.549 Priebus told Ruddy he hoped another blow up like the one that followed
6/6/18 302, at 5-6. 549 Ruddy 6/6/18 302, at 6. 55° Ruddy 6/6/18 302, at 6. 55‘ Trump Conﬁdant Christopher
Ruddy says Mueller has ”real conflicts” as special counsel, PBS (June 12, 2017); Michael D.
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