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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently predicted that Donald Trump will be indicted in at least one of the several investigations he faces ahead of the 2024 presidential campaign.
Chris Christie opens up on Donald Trump
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday, Christie said he didn’t think Trump’s legal team would be able to dismiss the Georgia case over the grand jury foreperson’s conduct. But he said “I still have a hard time believing” Trump will be indicted for attempting to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger into finding enough votes to swing the state in his favor during the 2020 election:
“This is a very difficult case to make off the phone call. Now I don’t know what their other evidence is. That’s supposed to be the beauty of the grand jury system. And it is so far in this case that you don’t know what all the specific other evidence may be. But based upon what I know publicly, I think it’s a tough case to bring against the former president based upon the information we now know.”
When the conversation moved on to Special Counsel Jack Smith, Christie evaluated that Trump remains legally exposed for the build-up to the Capitol riot and the obstruction of Congress entailed therein.
Christie expected neither Trump nor President Joe Biden to be prosecuted over their classified documents scandals, but he was asked to summarize Trump’s legal perils by asking if the former president will be indicted before the 2024 primary debates.
Christie predicted it would happen, but while he was skeptical about how much legal danger Trump faces, he said Trump’s campaigning is likely to make his situation worse:
“Christie: I think the most likely place it will happen is New York. And I think it’s the least harmful matter to him. If in fact all they’re looking at is the Stormy Daniels payments, I think that Letitia James has made it clear that she’s a political prosecutor, and that what she wants to do, and that she promised during the campaign, that she was going to go get Donald Trump. And I think she probably will. But I don’t think that would do much harm to him. So I think in terms of the likelihood of indictment, I’d put New York first, the special counsel second, Georgia third. But in terms of the seriousness of the peril for the president, I’d put the Special Counsel above either of those.
Hewitt: So in brief, do you expect an indictment by July?
Christie: I expect that New York probably would act. I don’t know whether the special counsel will act by that time, but my guess is that New York would act by that time.
Hewitt: Can someone run for office and do debates and give interviews when they’re under indictment and not make their situation worse?
Christie: No, I think it’s impossible for them not to make the situation worse, although what I would say to you, Hugh, is that given the limited nature of the New York case, I don’t know that he’s going to be getting a whole lot of questions about the Stormy Daniels situation anyway. I think it seems to me a pretty cut and dry situation. And I don’t know that he’d make his situation markedly worse. But every time you open your mouth, as you know in this kind of situation, you run the real risk of it adding complications to a case where you could lose your liberty. And that’s why defense lawyers always rightfully tell their clients to keep quiet, because you don’t need to make that situation more complicated, because your liberty is at stake.”