Christie Swipes at Sessions Over Immigration Crisis: Trump ‘Enormously Ill-Served’ by DOJ


Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie swiped at Attorney General Jeff Sessions this morning over the ongoing immigration crisis.

Sessions, of course, has been one of the key figures in the Trump administration’s border crackdown, defending family separation on multiple occasions before saying last week “we never really intended to do that.”

Christie, now an ABC News contributor, told George Stephanopoulos on This Week that the President is not being served well by his attorney general:

“The President was enormously ill-served by the Department of Justice. If the attorney general had come in and said to the President, ‘I want you to do a zero-tolerance policy, but let me just tell you: we don’t have enough judges to handle the cases, we don’t have enough prosecutors to bring the cases, and we don’t have enough detention facilities to legally detain the people that we’re gonna show zero tolerance to,’ the President would never approve this.”

At one point during the panel segment, Christie got heated with Matt Dowd over why Democrats didn’t get this done at the start of Obama’s first term, but he circled back again to his criticisms of Sessions.

“It is a moral issue,” he said, “and that’s why when the Attorney General of the United States stands up and is quoting Bible verse to justify this kind of policy and also giving incomplete advice to the President, that’s a failure. The President’s being failed.”

Back in March, as Trump was trashing his own AG, Christie––who had once been talked about as a potential AG candidate––said that if the President really has no confidence in Sessions, then he “has to act.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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