Christie slams leak of reported indictment in Russia probe: 'It could be a crime'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) in an interview early Sunday slammed the leak of a reported federal indictment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying it could be a crime.

“First off, it’s supposed to be kept secret,” Christie, a former prosecutor, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“There are very strict criminal laws about disclosing grand jury information. Now, depending on who disclosed this to CNN, it could be a crime,” he added.


CNN reported Friday that the first charges filed in Mueller’s investigation are sealed. Sources also told the network that those charged could be taken into custody as soon as Monday.

When asked on Sunday if he thought someone from Mueller’s team leaked the indictment, Christie responded, “Well, I would hope not, because, listen, as a prosecutor I can tell you, that was the thing that we emphasized the most with our prosecutors and our agents was, ‘Let me tell you something, we will prosecute you if we find out you leaked this stuff.’

"Because we have to have the public have confidence in the fact that the grand jury process is secret and, as a result, fair.”

“If you’re leaking stuff out of a grand jury, which happens, you shouldn’t be doing that,” Christie said.

“Again, we don’t know who leaked it to CNN. It would be a crime if prosecutors or agents leaked it."