President Donald Trump and his adviser son-in-law Jared Kushner laughed in Chris Christie's face when the New Jersey governor advised them on how to manage the growing Russia scandal, Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday.
The magazine's Emily Jane Fox says a source who spoke to Christie was told by the Garden State leader that he informed Trump and Kushner "he had conducted an internal investigation with his own lawyers during the Bridge-Gate scandal, and at the very least, it gave them a heads-up as to what was coming."
That probe focused on his top staffers' creation of a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge to allegedly get revenge against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse him for re-election. Two Christie aides were sentenced to prison, although Christie was never charged.
According to Fox's source, Christie said his suggestion was rebuffed by Kushner and Trump, and "they both laughed in his face."
Christie's spokesman Brian Murray told Vanity Fair the source was "erroneous" and that the governor never suggested it. The White House had no comment on the record, the magazine said.
But Fox reports that other sources said that, according to Christie, Kushner had called him earlier this month asking if the president should hire a lawyer. That was denied by both sides, Fox said.
The Trump team is under several federal investigations which are looking into whether the commander in chief's campaign staffers colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
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