Who pushed Christie out as Trump transition chair? It was Jared Kushner all along, new report says.
Awkward? Maybe a tad.
It was U.S. Attorney Chris Christie who sent Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, to prison for tax fraud in a salacious crime story that revealed details of a prostitute, Charles Kushner’s brother-in-law, and a video tape of the encounter the elder Kushner sent to his sister.
When Charles Kushner pleaded guilty, before he started his prison sentence, U.S. Attorney Christie referred to the moment as “a great victory for the people of New Jersey” in an August 2004 statement.
Fast forward to 2016. Trump just won the presidential election and Christie was out.
Christie told reporters just before he left office that his objections over giving former national security adviser Michael Flynn a job in Trump’s administration played “a significant” role in his firing as head of the president’s transition team.
But according to a new account of Christie’s unceremonious ouster from The Guardian, Flynn had nothing to do with it.
“It was Jared,” former Trump official Steve Bannon told Christie, according to the report.
The story claims Christie was pushed out just as Flynn came on Trump’s team. The governor planned to object to Flynn’s attempt to be named the incoming president’s national security adviser, according to the report. But he never got the chance.
“Before Christie could intercede, Bannon grabbed him and asked to see him privately. Christie followed Bannon to his office impatiently.
Hey, this is going to have to be quick, said Christie,” according to the report.
It’s really quick, said Bannon. You’re out.
Why? asked Christie, stunned.
We’re making a change.
“Okay, what are we changing?
It’s really not important.
And with that, Christie was out.
The story didn’t provide any additional details behind Kushner’s motive for ousting Christie.
The story that sheds some light on Christie’s time as Trump’s transition chief also had details of Trump furiously dressing down the governor for “stealing” from his campaign war chest after candidate Trump read reports about Christie fundraising for the transition team.
The scenario of Trump yelling at Christie mirrors an account in journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, which Christie rejected and said was inaccurate.
At the time of Woodward’s book release, Christie accused him being “a stenographer” for Bannon.