Former Trump adviser and disgraced New Jersey governor Chris Christie writes in his new book wrote that President Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner thought firing former national security adviser Michael Flynn would end the Russia controversy, according to The New York Times.
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Christie, was kicked off Trump’s transition team by Kushner, so there is still some bad blood between the two. When Christie was a federal prosecutor he convicted Kushner’s father of several financial crimes and he spent two years in federal prison as a result.
In his new book “Let Me Finish,” which will come out tomorrow, Christie wrote that Kushner and Trump both told him they believed firing Flynn would put an end to all of the media focus and publicity surrounding the Trump campaign’s Russia connections.
Christie wrote that Trump at one point told him, “This Russia thing is all over now, because I fired Flynn.”
At the time Christie, a close Trump ally, told the president, “’Sir … this Russia thing is far from over,” he wrote.
“What do you mean?” Trump reportedly responded. “Flynn met with the Russians. That was the problem. I fired Flynn. It’s over.”
Kushner chimed in then, according to Christie, saying, “That’s right, firing Flynn ends the whole Russia thing.”
Christie in the book wrote that the conversation was “naïve,” according to the Times. The whole Russia thing after two years is still going strong, and even intensifying in many ways.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has been going on since May of 2017. He has succeed in getting over thirty indictments, as well as several convictions and guilty pleas of top Trump campaign officials.
Flynn was forced to resign shortly after being appointed national security adviser in the Trump administration due to his lying about communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States. He has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russians and is cooperating with the Mueller probe.
“Flynn was a train wreck from beginning to end,” Christie wrote in the new book, according to the Times.
Christie also wrote that he spent time with Trump following the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape that captured Trump saying derogatory things about women, including, “Grab ’em by the pussy.” Christie wrote that was one of the first times he had seen Trump embarrassed, the Times reported.