Although President Donald Trump insisted that he was looking forward to talk with special prosecutor Robert Mueller this week, one of the president's allies is warning him to stay away from Mueller's team at all costs.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said that Trump would be foolish to talk to Mueller, and he said that the president would be putting himself in extreme legal jeopardy if he did so.
"He should treat Mueller like a plague," Ruddy said. "He should assert executive privilege in every opportunity they can."
Although some legal experts say that asserting executive privilege likely won't save Trump from having to give information to Mueller, Ruddy says the president has little choice because Mueller is coming after him with everything he's got.
"It's about anything and everything they can find," he said. "This is moving rapidly, extremely fast."
Trump ally Roger Stone similarly called talking with Mueller a "suicide mission" in an interview with the Post this week.
"I find it to be a death wish -- why would you walk into a perjury trap?" Stone said. "The president would be very poorly advised to give Mueller an interview."