Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday warned that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump dined with Hannity at Mar-a-Lago: report FEC filings show Trump campaign regularly used Amazon for supplies US, South Korea kick off joint military exercises after hiatus MORE‘s “hyperbolic” type may have penalties if he testifies for particular counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s Russia investigation.
“One of many issues that makes the president who he’s is that he is a salesman, and salesmen at occasions are usually hyperbolic,” Christie stated throughout a panel on ABC’s “This Week.”
“That’s OK once you’re engaged on Congress. It isn’t OK once you’re sitting speaking to federal brokers as a result of, 18 U.S.C. 1001 is fake statements to federal brokers, that is against the law, that may ship you to jail.”
Christie additionally stated he does not suppose Trump ought to ever “stroll into that room with” Mueller.
Mueller is at present investigating Russian election interference and potential ties between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia. His group is reportedly discussing plans for him to interview the president with Trump’s attorneys.
Trump has up to now dismissed the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” and has repeatedly denied collusion between his marketing campaign and Russia.
Final month, Trump said he still wants to testify earlier than Mueller within the ongoing probe. His announcement got here after his lead legal professional, John Dowd, resigned amid a broader shake-up of his authorized group.
Trump has publicly and privately stated he ought to sit down with the particular counsel. He has lengthy expressed a perception he ought to have the ability to ship his argument personally to Mueller, which is that his marketing campaign didn’t collude with Moscow’s election-meddling efforts in 2016.