Tuesday 25 July 2023

Chris Christie: GOP Shouldn’t ‘Move On,’ Must Force DOJ To Explain Hunter Biden Plea Deal

 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said that the Republican Party should not “move on” if Hunter Biden gets a lenient plea deal in court this week.

The former New Jersey governor, who also previously served as a federal prosecutor early in his career, made the remarks during a Sunday interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

Brennan noted that the president’s son is expected to “plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and will enter into an agreement that could avert conviction on a gun-related charge” in court this week.

When asked if Republicans should “move on” if the plea happens, Christie responded, “No, I wouldn’t.”

“The conduct here by the U.S. attorney in Delaware, and by the Justice Department, can’t be justified,” he said. “It doesn’t take five years, Margaret. As you mentioned, I was the U.S. attorney in the fifth largest office in the country for seven years during the Bush administration. It does not take five years to investigate two misdemeanor tax counts and to dismiss a gun charge. And we need to know what they were investigating, and why these are the charges they concluded to.”

Christie took particular exception on the gun-related portion of the case.

“I mean, this is a case where Democrats yell and scream for more new gun laws in the country, yet you hear no Democrat yelling about the fact that Hunter Biden intentionally lied on his gun permit application, mishandled the gun after he received it with a false permit application and faces absolutely no penalty,” he said. “Guess what, the guy who sponsored that law was his father, Sen. Joe Biden. And that charge carries a ten-year sentence.”

Christie said that U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump nominee, owes the American public an explanation for why he prosecuted the case the way that he did.


“It doesn’t matter whether you’re appointed by a Republican or a Democrat,” he said. “If your work appears to be incompetent and inexplicable, you need to explain it so we can have confidence in our justice system. And I don’t care whether Mr. Weiss is a Republican or a Democrat, he owes the American people an explanation.”


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