Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday warned that President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE's "hyperbolic" style could have consequences if he testifies for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's Russia investigation.

"One of the things that makes the president who he is is that he's a salesman, and salesmen at times tend to be hyperbolic," Christie said during a panel on ABC's "This Week."

"That’s OK when you’re working on Congress. It is not OK when you’re sitting talking to federal agents because, 18 U.S.C. 1001 is false statements to federal agents, that's a crime, that can send you to jail."

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Christie also said he doesn't think Trump should ever "walk into that room with" Mueller.

Mueller is currently investigating Russian election interference and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. His team is reportedly discussing plans for him to interview the president with Trump's attorneys.

Trump has in the past dismissed the Russia probe as a "witch hunt" and has repeatedly denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Last month, Trump said he still wants to testify before Mueller in the ongoing probe. His announcement came after his lead attorney, John Dowd, resigned amid a broader shake-up of his legal team.

Trump has publicly and privately said he should sit down with the special counsel. He has long expressed a belief he should be able to deliver his argument personally to Mueller, which is that his campaign did not collude with Moscow's election-meddling efforts in 2016.