Mar-a-Lago Club member to Trump on Mueller probe: ‘Stay away from it’

West Palm Beach resident Christopher Ruddy talks with CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday.

PALM BEACH — After tweeting several times Saturday about the Russian collusion probe and his view that a Republican House Intelligence Committee memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump,'” President Donald Trump maintained Twitter silence on the topic Sunday while wrapping up his latest weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

While it’s too early to tell whether Sunday’s restraint represented a strategic shift or a mere aberration, Trump friend and Mar-a-Lago Club member Christopher Ruddy had to be pleased.

Update: Before 8 a.m. today, Trump was back to tweeting about the Russia probe…

Ruddy, CEO of Boca Raton-based Newsmax Media, told CNN on Sunday that “this whole case has been about a false, fake, phony allegation of a crime” and that neither special counsel Robert Mueller nor the media has produced any evidence of collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

Ruddy, who said he chatted with Trump on Saturday night, said he doesn’t think the president should fire Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, two personnel moves that have drawn much speculation.

Ruddy said Trump should take a hands-off approach to dealing with the investigation, emulating Ronald Reagan rather than Richard Nixon.

“There’s two ways of a president approaching an investigation like this. One is the Nixon model. Nixon didn’t know about the burglary, he didn’t order it. Yet he got involved in the investigation, he fired the prosecutor. It did not end up well for him. Reagan model – 26 indictments and plea agreements of officials. Reagan stayed completely out of it. He remained popular the whole time,” Ruddy said.

“My view is the president should wall himself off from this. None of the crimes that have been involved so far with Mueller involve his campaign or impact him. The president should stay away from it,” said Ruddy, who said he had chatted briefly with Trump on Saturday night.

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