Christie: Leaking Grand Jury Indictment in Russia Probe a Possible Criminal Violation

By Melanie Arter | October 30, 2017 | 10:42am EDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Screenshot of CNN video)

( – Whoever leaked news of the grand jury indictment in the Russia investigation to CNN could face criminal charges, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former U.S. attorney, told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday.

“So, CNN broke the news this weekend that Bob Mueller's grand jury has approved its first charges. As a former U.S. attorney general, do you think President Trump's associates should be worried about what might be allowed to unfold?” Tapper asked.


“Well, listen, I think anybody who has been advised by the special counsel's office that they're a target of the investigation, which I'm sure he's done to those people who are, should be concerned. And I will tell you what else we should be concerned about, the fact that CNN has this information,” Christie said.

“As you know, Jake, there are very, very strict laws on grand jury secrecy, and so depending upon who leaked this to CNN, that's a criminal violation potentially,” he added. “So, you know, I think for us to have confidence in this process, we have got to make sure that the grand jury process remains confidential, remains secret, so that the special counsel can work effectively to be able to get to the bottom of all that he's looking into.

“I think the good news from the president's perspective is, he's not under investigation, and the fact is that, if something comes up this week, as CNN's reported, then we will move from there on the legal process.

Tapper noted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could also be looking into potential obstruction of justice when the president fired then-FBI Director James Comey.||When asked how Christie knew that President Donald Trump was not under investigation, Christie said, “Well, the last news that we have received, Jake, publicly is that the president was told he is not under investigation.

“We have heard nothing to the contrary,” Christie said. “So, I'm making that statement off of the public information that we have already been given.

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