Christie: Comey Would Have Fired Me If I Had Acted Like Comey

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stunned his fellow panelists on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday morning when he tore after his ex-boss, James Comey. In his new book, A Higher LoyaltyComey admits the likelihood Hillary Clinton was going to win the presidential election influenced his decision to release a letter on October 28, 2016 about restarting the then-closed Clinton email investigation. He wrote:

It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer. Like many others, I was surprised when Donald Trump was elected president. I had assumed from media polling that Hillary Clinton was going to win.

Christie, a former federal prosecutor who once worked for Comey, turned the tables on those remarks: “When I worked for Jim, if I’d have said to him 11 days before an election that I was going to release information that could potentially affect the election and one of the things that influenced me was the polling, he would have fired me. He would have fired me on the spot.” Christie insisted his old boss violated a Justice Department rule that prohibits any action against a political candidate 60 days before an election. He called the political machinations at the FBI “depressing.” The brief head of Trump’s transition team also defended the president’s firing of Comey.

After the show, Christie went on a Twitter rant to repeat his accusations, saying it was “obvious that Jim Comey began to believe his own press clippings.” Ouch.

(Also of interest on Sunday’s show: Poor Matthew Dowd is the only person left in the universe who thinks the Steele dossier is legit. Even Steele doesn’t believe it.)

About Julie Kelly

Julie Kelly is a political commentator and senior contributor to American Greatness. She is the author of Disloyal Opposition: How the NeverTrump Right Tried―And Failed―To Take Down the President Her past work can be found at The Federalist and National Review. She also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, and Genetic Literacy Project. After college graduation, she served as a policy and communications consultant for several Republican candidates and elected officials in suburban Chicago. She also volunteered for her local GOP organization. After staying home for more than 10 years to raise her two daughters, Julie began teaching cooking classes out of her home. She then started writing about food policy, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as climate change and other scientific issues. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 with a degree in communications and minor degrees in political science and journalism. Julie lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and (unfortunately) three dogs.

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