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Christie says Trump legal team ‘a national embarrassment’

POLITICO logo POLITICO 11/22/2020 By Allie Bice
Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Rudy Giuliani. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Rudy Giuliani.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Sunday that the president’s legal team is “a national embarrassment” for continuing its attempts to question the election results without presenting evidence of voter fraud.

President Donald Trump’s team has seen its defense against the integrity of the 2020 election unravel, as states officially certify vote counts and judges dismiss lawsuits.

“If you’ve got the evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie said on "This Week" on ABC. “Quite frankly, the conduct of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment.”

Christie, who served as the U.S. attorney for New Jersey under the George W. Bush administration, was a contender for attorney general in the Trump administration.

Trump's legal team, which features Rudy Giuliani, was chastised in a ruling Saturday on Pennsylvania election processes by U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann, who said of their claims: "This is simply not how the Constitution works.” In a lengthy news conference last week, Giuliani — a former New York mayor and also a former U.S. attorney — and his fellow campaign attorneys offered an incoherent collection of conspiracy theories, unsupported by evidence or detail.

Christie noted that the president’s legal team alleges fraud outside the courtroom but “when they go inside the courtroom, they don't plead fraud, and they don't argue fraud.”

“I have been a supporter of the president's,” Christie said. “I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences, and we cannot continue to act as if something happened here that didn't happen.

"You have an obligation to present the evidence. The evidence has not been presented, and you must conclude, as Tucker Carlson even concluded the other night, that if you are unwilling to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean the evidence doesn't exist.”



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