Chris Christie Rebuts Trump’s Manafort Claim: Not DOJ’s Job to Vet Your Campaign
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who campaign for Donald Trump and served on his transition team, dismissed the president’s complaints that the FBI should have told him it was investigating his campaign.
Appearing on Good Morning America alongside Mediaite founder and ABC chief legal analyst Dan Abrams, Christie was asked about Trump’s recent tweet that the FBI or Justice Department “should have told” him about the investigation:
As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of “Justice” have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2018
Paul Manafort, who was indicted by Mueller’s probe on a dizzying array of charges for financial crimes, served a campaign chairman for the Trump team in 2016.
“I did this for seven years George, as you know as U.S. attorney,” Christie told George Stephanopoulos in response to Trump’s tweet. “I don’t care what you’re running for. We’re not telling you.”
“We’re not a private investigation firm to help you with vetting your people who you employ in your campaign,” Christie continued. “The fact is, that the reason we operate that way is because in the Justice Department we’re supposed to keep those things secret. We’re legally bound to keep them secret unless and until we have some type of charges to announce. and people want it that way because you don’t want every rumor and every investigation that’s run down by the Justice Department there in public.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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