Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime political ally of President Donald Trump, shot down the president’s latest tweets about the raid on attorney Michael Cohen’s office on Monday.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Christie explained there was no way this raid was approved as part of a Democratic “witch hunt” against President Donald Trump — and he noted many of the players involved in approving the raid were appointed by either Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“We’re looking at the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who I know well,” Christie said, referring to Geoffrey Berman, the official who would have had to have signed off on the raid. “This is a good guy… he’s a Boy Scout. He’ll do the right thing.”
ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams then explained all of the legal hoops that law enforcement officials had to jump through to get a warrant to raid Cohen’s office, and he said it would have been impossible to obtain such a warrant without ample evidence of probable cause to suspect a crime.
Host George Stephanopoulos then read Christie and Abrams an early morning Trump tweet declaring that “attorney-client privilege is dead” — and Christie promptly smacked it down.
“Attorney-client privilege is not dead because of the way the Justice Department is going to approach this,” Christie said. “There’s going to be a ‘taint team.’ They call it a ‘taint team’ because you don’t want to taint the prosecutors who are actually involved in investigating by seeking potentially privileged information that they have no right to see. So you bring in a whole separate team of agents and assistant U.S. attorneys.”
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President Trump weighs in on FBI's raid of home and offices of his personal attorney Michael Cohen. Former governor @ChrisChristie and ABC chief legal analyst @danabrams on what could be next: pic.twitter.com/xapatKksHw
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 10, 2018
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