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Chris Christie On Trump Jr. Meeting: Getting Opposition Research From Russia Is ‘Probably Against The Law’

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Chris Christie On Trump Jr. Meeting: Getting Opposition Research From Russia Is ‘Probably Against The Law’





New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters on Monday it’s “probably against the law” to get opposition research from a foreign country, “in addition to being inappropriate,” he said in response to a question about President Donald Trump’s eldest son’s meeting with Russians during the 2016 election.

“I think there’s a law that says you can’t get anything of value from a foreign government in those situations,” he said. “This is why you have the Department of Justice, to be able to do the kind of work and investigation that they typically do and will come to conclusions.”

Christie also said that he personally has not seen evidence of collusion between the Trump team and Russian government.

“You know, my understanding of all this is that there’s concern by some people of collusion. Even from what we’ve heard so far I don’t see any evidence of that,” Christie said. “But none of it’s positive and I’m sure no one in the administration thinks that was a good week.”

“So we need to get back to what the bottom line here is which is if there is collusion that’s a major issue,” he added. “If there isn’t then I don’t think it is.”



Christie, was one of the first major Republican figures to endorse then-candidate Trump and also served as the head of his transition team before being replaced by then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence after the election, defended Trump Jr. attending the meeting, saying he wasn’t a member of government so he didn’t have any “any obligation to come forward.”

“Now, I don’t know that Donald Trump Jr. had any obligation,” he said. “He’s not a member of the government and I don’t know whether he had any obligation to come forward and say who he was meeting with at that time.”




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