Still-Loyal Sessions, Christie Wouldn’t Dare Sign Ex-Prosecutors’ Trump Letter

May 8, 2019 3:30 p.m.

They may have been booted from President Trump’s inner circle, but they’re still devoted to the loyalty-obsessed president.

During an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle at the SALT Conference on Wednesday, both former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said they would not sign onto a letter that hundreds of former prosecutors signed arguing Trump would have been charged with obstruction if he weren’t president.

“They haven’t studied all of this!” Sessions said when Ruhle asked if they would stand behind the letter, which was signed by some of their former colleagues. “I can’t agree, first of all, I haven’t studied it sufficiently to make an opinion. And I don’t think they have either. What do you think Chris?”

Ruhle cut in: “You think former prosecutors, apolitical former prosecutors would’ve signed on?”

“Oh stop, apolitical prosecutors. Let me just say, I ran an office in New Jersey for seven years,” Christie said. “Every one of those prosecutors who worked for me had an opinion. They had an opinion, they voted in elections.”

Christie went on to say he wouldn’t sign the letter because he doesn’t believe “there’s a crime of attempted obstruction.”

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