Giuliani on Christie Disclosure: 'Not Sure It Is a Bombshell'

Saturday, 01 Feb 2014 11:10 AM

By Todd Beamon

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Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Friday questioned the strength of the disclosure by the lawyer of a former appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie specifically tying him to last year's bridge-gate scandal.

“I'm not sure it is a bombshell,” Giuliani told CNN. “It is a statement with a lot of ambiguity — some good for the governor, some that creates questions.

"The part that is good — it’s clear the governor didn't know about it beforehand, right?" he added. "The question is when did he find out about it."

The letter from Alan Zegas, the lawyer for David Wildstein, said that his client "contests the accuracy of various statements that the Republican governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some."

The two-page letter, which does not say what the evidence is, was published by The New York Times and the Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

Wildstein, named to a top post by Christie to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, ordered the lane closings that created massive gridlock on the George Washington Bridge for four days last September.

He resigned in December over the closures, which have been attacked as political payback to Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich of Fort Lee, who refused to back Christie's re-election bid last year.

In a statement released late Friday, Christie's office said that the key allegation in the Zegas letter — that Christie knew about the closures when they happened — does not contradict what the governor had said at news conferences in December and on Jan. 9.

The U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Paul Fishman, is investigating the closures.

Giuliani, a Republican who is a former U.S. attorney, expressed support for Christie in an exclusive Newsmax interview when news of the scandal broke earlier this month.

He told CNN on Friday that the Zegas letter might be a ploy for immunity for his client.

"Mr. Wildstein is very much wanting to get immunity from the government," Giuliani said. "He is negotiating for immunity. Who knows, he may even ratchet up his allegations in order to get immunity."

Still, Giuliani said that he would advise against Christie holding another news conference similar to the January session, which lasted two hours and during which he accepted responsibility for the closures on the world's busiest bridge.

"I would let all these facts play themselves out before he makes a final complete statement about this," he told CNN. "Who knows how people are going to change their statements? Who knows how much they're going to be motivated to exaggerate? There are so many perils here.

"He's answered everything he can answer," Giuliani added. "The governor should wait until this thing is over and get all the facts."

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