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Chris Christie: Obstruction Cases 'Very Difficult' to Prove

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Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 03:34 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday "very significant evidence" was necessary to prove obstruction of justice cases in light of former FBI Director James Comey's memo about President Donald Trump asking him to end the Michael Flynn Russia investigation.

"I'm the only person in this room, I think, who has prosecuted obstruction of justice cases and won them," Christie, a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, told reporters in Newark, CNN reported. "You have to understand that they are very difficult cases to prove.

"You have to have very significant evidence as to the state of mind of the person attempting to do it," he added. "So, I'd ask everybody to take a deep breath before everybody jumps to conclusions."

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey had written a memo shortly after a Feb. 14 meeting with Trump in which the president asked him to end the Flynn probe.

The meeting came a day after Trump fired Flynn as fired as national security adviser over concerns about his disclosures to Vice President Mike Pence on his Russian contacts.

The White House has denied the report – and President Trump slammed the media Wednesday in a speech to graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Christie, who is leading a White House commission on opioids, declined to comment on the Comey memo itself.

"I'm not going to comment on leaked materials that no one who either wrote the memo or was in the meeting have yet verified," he told reporters. "It's just irresponsible.

"I've known Jim Comey for 15 years," he continued. "As I've said over and over again, even when we've had disagreements at times – both when we worked together, when I worked for him and now in his tenure as director of the FBI – I have great respect for Jim.

"My view is that if Jim wants to be heard, Jim will be heard," Christie said. "He's never been a shy guy, in my experience.

"But that's Jim's choice now. He's no longer in government service – and he has no obligation to do anything else."

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