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Christie warns leaker on Mueller probe could face charges

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday that the person who leaked that charges had been filed in the Mueller probe could face charges of their own. 

‘As you know, Jake, there are very, very strict laws on grand jury secrecy,’ the governor said on State of the Union. ‘And so, depending upon who leaked this to CNN, that’s a criminal violation, potentially.’

The network was the first to report that a federal grand jury had approved its first charges in the Russia probe, being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

The report has turned into a D.C. parlor game of sorts, as Tapper asked each of his guests Sunday who might be heading into custody on Monday, if the CNN report is true. 

The White House has received no indication that it is someone who works for the White House, such as the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, or someone related to the president, like Donald Trump Jr. 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared on State of the Union Sunday and said the individual who leaked that charges were filed in the Mueller probe to CNN could face charges of their own

One former Trump employee, ex-Campaign Manager Paul Manafort, is being looked at – as evidenced by his home being raided by the FBI in August. 

Manafort’s spokesman did not return a request for comment from 

Christie, a strong ally of Trump’s who was formerly a U.S. attorney, said those under investigation likely know about it. 

‘I think anyone who has been advised by the special counsel’s office that they’re the target of the investigation, which I am sure he has done to those people who are, should be concerned,’ the New Jersey governor said.   

Along that same line of thinking, Christie argued that the president isn’t under investigation in the probe. 

 ‘I think the good news from the president’s perspective is he’s not under investigation,’ Christie said. ‘And the fact is, that, if something comes up this week as CNN is reporting, then we’ll move from there on the legal process.’ 

Tapper asked how Christie could be sure Trump isn’t under investigation, mentioning that there could potentially be an obstruction of justice charge over the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. 

‘The last news that we’ve received, Jake, publicly, is that the president was told that he is not under investigation,’ Christie said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘We’ve heard nothing to the contrary, so I’m making that statement off of the public information that we’ve already been given,’ Christie added. 




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