Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's told President Donald Trump point-blank not to drop the ax on special counsel Robert Mueller, despite the commander-in-chief's unbridled fury at Monday's FBI raid on the home and offices of his personal attorney Michael Cohen.
"The president is really angry about this, and expressed that yesterday," Christie said Tuesday to George Stephanopoulos on ABC News's "Good Morning America."
"And if he pulls the trigger?" Stephanopoulos asked.
"Well that's a big problem," replied Christie, who served as a U.S. attorney for New Jersey for six years prior to his two term run as governor. "And I've told him that. You can't fire the special counsel. You just can't."
Christie, a longtime friend of Trump who advised him during the 2016 presidential race, believes the president understands what "firing Robert Mueller would mean."
Following the Cohen raid, Trump told reporters that "many people" have said he should fire Mueller, who referred his findings about Cohen to the Justice Department, triggering federal prosecutors seek search warrants.
On Tuesday, Trump went on a Twitter frenzy, asserting that "attorney-client privilege is dead" and, in a second tweet, again decried the raid as "A TOTAL WITCH HINT!!!"
But Christie said, "Attorney-client privilege is not dead, because of the way the Justice Department is going to approach this," a reference to a strict federal chain of command on who sees what information.
The records seized from Cohen's office and hotel room in New York, included, in part, documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen arranged to blonde porn star Stormy Daniels before the election.
Following the raid, Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti told MSNBC he believed Cohen will "fold like a cheap deck of cards."
"I don't think he's going to hold up. In my experience any guy who has to constantly tell you how tough he is, really isn't that tough," Avenatti said. "This is a guy who has made a point of referring to himself as Ray Donovan ... and I think when push comes to shove I think he's going to fold like a cheap deck of cards, quite honestly."
Cohen's lawyer Stephen Ryan, who confirmed the raids, told The New York Times they were "completely inappropriate and unnecessary."
Mueller has been investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had any involvement.
But Monday's raid does not appear to be directly related that probe, but most likely resulted from information that he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York, The Times reported.
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