Chris Christie: I wouldn't have commuted Roger Stone sentence

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that he wouldn’t have commuted President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneNew HBO documentary lets Gaetz, Massie, Buck offer their take on how to 'drain the swamp' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 Democrats blister Barr during tense hearing MORE.

ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosMeadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' Mary Trump's book sells 950,000 copies in preorders alone MORE asked Christie, who sat on the roundtable panel for “This Week,” whether commuting Stone’s sentence was “the right thing to do.”

“Well, I wouldn’t have done it, George, because I don’t think that the facts that surround the Stone prosecution support the idea of any type of clemency,” the former governor said.

Christie acknowledged that the president “has the right to do it” but maintained that “I wouldn’t have done it.”

Trump commuted Stone’s sentence of three years and four months on Friday after Stone, his former campaign adviser in the 2016 election, was convicted of several crimes, including witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone’s sentence was supposed to start on Tuesday.

Trump has held that Stone’s conviction was a political witch hunt, and Stone has openly asked for clemency from the president.

Stone is one of six of the president’s associates who were charged during former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia investigation. The probe concluded that the 2016 Trump campaign was open to Russia’s election interference, but there was not enough evidence to charge the campaign with conspiring with Russia.

Mueller reacted to the commutation by defending the charging of Stone saying he “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

Sens. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show MORE (R-Penn.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneySenate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  Stimulus checks debate now focuses on size, eligibility CNN chyron says 'nah' to Trump claim about Russia MORE (R-Utah) are the only Republican senators to criticize the president for the commutation, prompting backlash from Trump over Twitter.