NJ Politics Digest: Christie Makes Appearance in the Mueller Report

President Donald Trump and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

President Donald Trump and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former Gov. Chris Christie has been a friend and political ally of President Donald Trump for a while, and it should therefore come as no surprise that he makes an appearance in the report prepared by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team.

As The Record reports, the heavily redacted report, which was made public Thursday, included details about how Trump asked Christie, a former federal prosecutor, to place a call on his behalf to then-FBI Director James Comey, who had just begun an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Mueller report indicates that Christie thought Trump’s request was “nonsensical” and never called Comey.

Trump’s request came shortly after Trump had fired Michael Flynn from his post as national security adviser—a move Trump thought meant “the Russia thing” was “over.” But Christie knew better, telling Trump that the “Russia thing is far from over.”

The report also indicates that at one point, Trump asked Christie for advice on whether or not he should fire Mueller, something Christie advised against. The former governor told Trump he’d lose support among Republican in Congress if he dismissed the special counsel.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Makes Appearance in the Mueller Report