Christie: Impaneling grand jury a 'normal step'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday said that it is a “normal step” for special counsel Robert Mueller to impanel a grand jury as he investigates Russian election meddling and any possible ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE's campaign staff and Moscow.

“The coverage about how monumental this was is just a fundamental misunderstanding of the way this process works,” Christie told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Christie said the grand jury is a “normal step taken by a careful prosecutor” and a “typical thing to be done in any investigation.”


“You can’t issue subpoenas without a grand jury. It’s the grand jury that actually issues subpoenas.” Christie said.

Christie, a Trump ally who endorsed the billionaire during the GOP primaries, defended Trump, saying there is no evidence of collusion between the president's campaign and the Kremlin.

“There is absolutely no evidence of any collusion at all between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” he said.

But the governor conceded that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer who he thought had compromising information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' What Trump got wrong by pushing coal Trump is fighting the wrong war MORE during the 2016 campaign was a bad idea in hindsight.

“Everybody in retrospect knows this was a bad idea,” Christie told host Jake Tapper.

The governor said he believes Trump is telling the truth and that the special counsel should continue its probe and “let the chips fall where they may.”