Giuliani: Christie Report Not Complete, But Still Helpful

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Sunday, 30 Mar 2014 10:35 AM

By Greg Richter

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Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani admits the report commissioned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Bridge-gate scandal isn't complete, but insists it can still provide valuable information to prosecutors.

The probe, headed up by a law firm hired by Christie's office, was unable to interview five of the key players in the scandal that snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge for four days in September, reportedly for political payback.

Former Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly, campaign manager Bill Stepien and former Port Authority officials David Wildstein, David Samson and Bill Baroni refused to talk to Randy Mastro and his team.

"I would not accept it as a complete investigation, but I would accept it for what it's worth," Giuliani told "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "In other words, I would go through it in great detail because it can give you a tremendous amount of information."

So far, no one has interviewed the five key players, including the state legislative committee or federal prosecutors, Giuliani noted. "So this report has gone as far as anybody can go."

Giuliani said the report could yield "extremely important evidence" because it includes what the key players were saying at the time of the events to other witnesses. Now, information will be given only as they try to get immunity from prosecution.

"I think this is pretty strong report. It's not conclusive. No one claims it is. But it's a good step in the right direction," Giuliani said.

Mastro called the report a "vindication" of Christie. Giuliani agreed that it is "a vindication of the position that the governor didn't know beforehand and didn't order it."

Substitute host Chuck Todd voiced the concerns of some that the report contained "gratuitous" mentions of Bridgette Kelly and her personal life. Giuliani said he has read the complete report, and the mentions seemed relevant to why Kelly and Stepien were not talking to each other. Not to include that the two had just ended a romantic relationship would have made people wonder why that fact wasn't explored, he said.

Christie has been criticized for hiring his own team to investigate Bridge-gate, but Giuliani said that had he not Christie would have been accused of closing his eyes to it. He also noted that the lead investigator, Mastro, once worked for Giuliani and took on the mafia under threat of death. Mastro is not one to "whitewash" a report, he said.

"Now we'll have to see if it stands the test of time," Giuliani said.

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