Christie: Russia indictment shows no collusion by Trump campaign ‘to this point’

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that there’s no evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia following recent charges against Russian nationals and organizations.

“It proves there’s no collusion to this point. There’s no collusion in terms of the Facebook ads, the other social media activity,” Christie, a former prosecutor, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We have to see where he goes next, but certainly at this point there’s no allegation by director Mueller and his team of collusion,” he added, referring to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

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The Department of Justice on Friday announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and damage his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState Dept: Russia’s allegations about American citizens ‘absolutely absurd’ Trump on possible sit-down with Mueller: 'I've always wanted to do an interview' Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE.

Some of the Russians allegedly posed as Americans and communicated with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

After the indictment, President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE has repeatedly taken to Twitter to argue that his campaign never colluded with Russia.

Christie said Sunday that the charges lay out in detail an operation aimed at disparaging Clinton. 

“What we read in the indictment yesterday is very, very clear on that point, and I think everyone’s going to have to come around to the idea that that’s at least part of what the Russians were attempting to do in the election,” Christie said.