Chris Christie: Trump, Kushner thought Flynn firing would end Russia controversy

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in his new book wrote that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE and his son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE thought firing former national security adviser Michael Flynn would end the Russia controversy, according to The New York Times

Christie, who was booted from Trump's transition team, in his new book "Let Me Finish," wrote that Kushner and Trump told him they believed firing Flynn would put an end to the escalating concerns around the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.


Christie wrote that Trump told him, “This Russia thing is all over now, because I fired Flynn."

The former New Jersey governor, a close Trump ally, told the president, “'Sir ... this Russia thing is far from over," he wrote.

"What do you mean?" Trump reportedly responded. "Flynn met with the Russians. That was the problem. I fired Flynn. It’s over.” 

Kushner chimed in then, according to Christie, saying, "That’s right, firing Flynn ends the whole Russia thing.” 

Christie in the book wrote that the conversation was "naïve," according to the Times.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has lasted for more than a year.

In that time, more than two dozen Russian nationals and entities have been charged for their alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, and Mueller has indicted individuals with ties to the Trump campaign and administration.  

Flynn was forced to resign early in the Trump administration over revelations about his communication with a Russian ambassador to the United States. The former national security adviser has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russians. 

“Flynn was a train wreck from beginning to end,” Christie wrote in the new book, according to the Times.

Christie also wrote that he spent time with Trump following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape that captured Trump saying derogatory things about women, including, "Grab 'em by the pussy." Christie wrote that was one of the first times he had seen Trump embarrassed, the Times reported. 

Christie's book is set to be released on Tuesday.