First there was an attempt by President Donald Trump and his supporters to undermine the credibility of former FBI Director James B. Comey.

Comey was attacked because he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn and his possible ties to Russia.

Now there is an attempt by some Republicans to undermine the credibility of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russian officials.

According to news reports, a longtime friend of the president said Trump was considering whether to fire Mueller.

Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a friend of Trump, said on PBS’s “NewsHour” that Trump was “considering, perhaps, terminating the special counsel.”

“I think he’s weighing that option,” Ruddy said.

The White House issued a statement that did not flat out deny Ruddy’s startling assertions.

“Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue,” Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said in a statement hours later. “With respect to this subject, only the president or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”

There is no way to accurately determine whether Trump is considering firing Mueller.

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