Christie: Russia indictment shows no collusion by Trump campaign ‘to this point’

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that there’s no evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia following recent charges against Russian nationals and organizations.

“It proves there’s no collusion to this point. There’s no collusion in terms of the Facebook ads, the other social media activity,” Christie, a former prosecutor, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We have to see where he goes next, but certainly at this point there’s no allegation by director Mueller and his team of collusion,” he added, referring to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.


The Department of Justice on Friday announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for allegedly attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The indictment alleges the goal of the Russians was to support then-candidate Donald Trump and damage his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress MORE.

Some of the Russians allegedly posed as Americans and communicated with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.”

After the indictment, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE has repeatedly taken to Twitter to argue that his campaign never colluded with Russia.

Christie said Sunday that the charges lay out in detail an operation aimed at disparaging Clinton. 

“What we read in the indictment yesterday is very, very clear on that point, and I think everyone’s going to have to come around to the idea that that’s at least part of what the Russians were attempting to do in the election,” Christie said.