Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that the media used hacked emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) "unfairly."
Christie said on ABC's "This Week," where he serves as a contributor, that the Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for conspiring to hack Democratic servers during the 2016 election underscored the problems with how the media used those documents.
"At the time you were playing this, the media was playing this at the time as if this was credible sourcing," Christie said.
"And what [former interim DNC chairwoman] Donna [Brazile] said is absolutely right, you had to know they didn't have all of her emails," he continued. "They just took the most embarrassing ones. And you can't assess the credibility of somebody who is just part of a story, but the media banged her and a lot of other people in the Clinton campaign unfairly."
Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE handed down indictments on Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers, alleging they interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.
Mueller charged 11 of the officers with conspiring to hack into the DNC and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee networks. The other officer was charged with conspiring to hack into election systems, including a state elections board website.
Brazile, who took over as the DNC chairwoman in July 2016 and maintained that role through the election, said Sunday that the charges prove once and for all that the organization was hacked, and called for President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE to acknowledge as much.
"I think the most important thing, now that we know there are several witches, not some 400-pound guy sitting on the bed, the president needs to acknowledge this and recognize that he has to defend and protect our democracy," she said, referencing a Trump riff during a 2016 debate.
The president has not condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for the latest indictments, instead blaming the Obama administration and the DNC for allowing the hacks to happen.