On Sunday, while being part of ABC’s “This Week”, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) stated that the potential indictment coming in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe could be a crime itself.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday that the leak to CNN that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has led to a federal indictment would be a crime if it was leaked by investigators or the prosecutor.
Christie said, “First off, it’s supposed to be kept a secret … There are very strict criminal laws about disclosing grand jury information. Now, depending on who disclosed this to CNN, it could be a crime.” Shortly after he continued: “As a prosecutor, I can tell you, that was the thing that we emphasized the most with our prosecutors and our agents was, ‘Let me tell you, something, we will prosecute you if we find out you leaked this stuff. Because we have to have, the public have confidence in the fact that the grand jury process is secret and as a result fair. If you’re leaking stuff out of a grand jury, which happens, you shouldn’t be doing that. Again, we don’t know who leaked it to CNN. It would be a crime if prosecutors or agents leaked it.”
CNN reported on Friday that the first charges were filed in Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Christie, a former prosecutor, warned that the officials who leaked the information to CNN most likely violated U.S. laws by doing so.
“There are very strict criminal laws about disclosing grand jury information. Now, depending on who disclosed this to CNN, it could be a crime,” he added. “If you’re leaking stuff out of a grand jury, which happens, you shouldn’t be doing that.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also complained about the leak of a grand jury indictment when he told “Fox News Sunday” that “the only conversation” he’s had with Mueller about the ongoing Russia probe involved “stressing to him the importance of cutting out the leaks with respect to serious investigations.”