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Chris Christie's Advice to Trump on Mueller: Stay Quiet

31 January 2019

"Jared Kushner, Rick Dearborn, and Steve Bannon decided that it was more important for them to have control than it was for the president to get a well-prepared transition", Christie said. Christie also addresses Bob Woodward's "shoddy reporting", saying it was "not the work of America's greatest investigative reporter".

Christie added that after Trump's attack he counterpunched "harder than I had ever gone after him" and said that eventually the candidate called him to apologize.

Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey and once the chair of Donald Trump's transition team, has accused Jared Kushner of having him fired from the job.

Colbert asked what Christie gets out of his 17-year friendship with the infamously transactional Trump.

Christie once led the prosecution of Charles Kushner - the father of Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner - that saw the elder Kushner convicted of tax evasion and witness tampering.

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Christie said it hurts him "personally" when Trump undermines democracy by attacking the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a final, biting question, Colbert cited Christie's record-low 15 percent approval rating as governor and asked: "Who is your constituency now?"

'I mean it's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was United States attorney, ' he told PBS Tuesday night, adding that he was the federal attorney in New Jersey 'so we had some loathsome and disgusting crime going on there'. As a US attorney, Christie prosecuted Kushner's father, Charles, for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions, sending the elder Kushner to prison in 2004. "He admitted the crimes". "You want to know why?' He said 'yes.' I said, 'because he's going to get you in trouble'". 'And so what am I supposed to do as a prosecutor?

"If a guy hires a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, and videotapes it and then sends the videotape to his sister in an attempt to intimidate her from testifying before a grand jury, do I really need any more justification than that?" he asked. Jared Kushner, right, in 2017. "You call me a criminal, I'm not stumping". If you're convicting murderers, it's one thing.

"Yes", Christie replied without hesitation.

Chris Christie's Advice to Trump on Mueller: Stay Quiet