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Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knocked White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday for reaching out to the FBI to rebut what the White House says were inaccurate reports about frequent alleged contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.

“I don’t think Reince thought he was doing anything wrong. I really don’t. And I have absolute confidence in his integrity, but you need to have the sense of a prosecutor when you’re dealing with these issues, because perception matters,” Christie said.

Christie said the White House counsel should have those conversations with the FBI if deemed necessary, not Trump’s non-legal advisers.

Christie, who got behind Trump right after dropping out of the GOP primaries himself, was widely expected to get a post in the Trump administration but was ultimately passed over. Some speculate Christie still wants to work for Trump, but he has said he will finish out his term as governor.

Christie said there is no need for a special prosecutor to investigate communications between President Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked the former 2016 Republican presidential candidate if Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an early Trump endorser, should step aside to allow someone else to oversee the operation.

“No. No, I don’t because the Justice Department, over the course of time, has shown itself with the professionals that are there to have the ability to investigate these type of things,” said Christie, the former New Jersey attorney general. “And this is with a Republican or a Democrat, we’ve seen it happen on both sides.”

Christie, who had dinner with Trump at the White House last week and is in Washington this weekend for a national governors’ meeting, said bringing in a special prosecutor causes things to get “completely out of control.”

“That doesn’t serve anybody’s purposes. We have a lot of important things to deal with in this country. I’m not saying that’s not one of them, but I believe the Justice Department can handle it,” Christie added.

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Friday said it would be necessary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself and have a special prosecutor appointed to oversee any legal action brought as a result of congressional investigations into contacts between Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.



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