Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a GOP presidential candidate for 2024, said the details of the federal indictment against former President Trump are “devastating.”
“The fact is that these facts are devastating,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview on Friday.
Christie noted that the indictment accuses Trump of directing what documents were to be packed in boxes upon leaving the White House at the end of his presidency, that they should be sent to Mar-a-Lago and where they would be placed while they were at Mar-a-Lago.
He said Trump is also accused of directing the documents to be taken with him to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., when he went there during the summer and continuing to “stonewall” investigators who were trying to get the documents returned to government recordkeepers.
“The bigger issue for our country is, is this the type of conduct that we want from someone who wants to be president of the United States?” Christie said.
The indictment alleges that the documents that Trump had in his possession at Mar-a-Lago included information about the U.S. nuclear program, defense capabilities and potential vulnerabilities to attacks. It states that the unauthorized disclosure of this information could put national security, foreign relations, the safety of the military, human sources and intelligence-gathering methods at risk.