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 TrumpBiden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns Lack of transatlantic cooperation on trade threatens global climate change goals 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 ClintonFive things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries Clintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Biden says Russia spreading misinformation ahead of 2022 elections 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.”