Chris Christie calls Trump’s authorized group a ‘nationwide embarrassment’

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie mentioned Trump has failed to offer any proof of fraud, that his authorized group was in shambles and that it is time to put the nation first.

“When you’ve got obtained the proof of fraud, current it,” Christie mentioned on ABC, the place he’s a contributor. He decried efforts by the President’s legal professionals to smear Republican governors who haven’t gone together with the President’s false claims of voter malfeasance.

“Fairly frankly, the conduct of the President’s authorized group has been a nationwide embarrassment,” he mentioned, singling out Trump legal professional Sidney Powell’s accusations towards Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.

Georgia will conduct one other recount of its presidential ballots following a Trump marketing campaign request Saturday, however the recount is extraordinarily unlikely to vary his loss within the state. President-elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner Friday because the state licensed the outcomes, has a 12,670 vote or .2% lead over Trump in Georgia.

“That is outrageous conduct by any lawyer,” Christie mentioned Sunday, noting Trump’s attorneys have levied wild accusations in public however haven’t, to this point, raised them in courtroom, the place there are penalties for offering false data.

“They allege fraud outdoors the courtroom, however once they go contained in the courtroom, they do not plead fraud they usually do not argue fraud,” he mentioned.

“Hear,” Christie concluded, “I’ve been a supporter of the President’s. I voted for him twice, however elections have penalties, and we can not proceed to behave as if one thing occurred right here that did not occur.”

“If you’re unwilling to return ahead and current the proof, it should imply the proof does not exist,” he went on. “The nation is what has to matter essentially the most. As a lot as I am a robust Republican and I like my get together, it is the nation that has to return first.”

‘We’re starting to appear to be we’re a banana republic’

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan additionally sharply criticized Trump’s efforts on Sunday, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that he is “embarrassed that extra folks within the get together aren’t talking up” about what he known as the “weird” strikes.

“We used to go supervise elections all over the world, and we have been essentially the most revered, you already know, nation with respect to elections. And now we’re starting to appear to be we’re a banana republic. It is time for them to cease the nonsense,” Hogan mentioned, including that Trump’s assembly final week with members of the Michigan state Legislature’s Republican management — as a part of an effort to stress native leaders on election outcomes — was “utterly outrageous.”
Trump shot again at Hogan later Sunday, saying in a tweet that the governor is a “RINO,” or Republican in identify solely, who will “by no means make the grade.” Hogan replied in his personal tweet, urging the President to “cease {golfing} and concede.”
Hogan, a average member of his get together, is a identified critic of Trump. He revealed final month that he forged a vote for Ronald Reagan on this yr’s contest, making him one of many highest-profile Republicans to publicly withhold help from the President.
Along with Hogan and Christie, plenty of different notable Republicans have additionally publicly signaled that they help beginning the formal presidential transition course of, together with Rep. Paul Mitchell of Michigan and Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan additionally careworn the necessity for a clean transition course of on Sunday, saying that the absence of 1 injects pointless uncertainty into the incoming administration.

“By not permitting the safety briefings, the well being briefings, the conventional transition from one president to the following solely brings about extra uncertainty and threatens that peaceable transition that might in any other case — that will surely undermine, then, the following administration,” he informed CNN’s Dana Bash on “Inside Politics.”

“Once you gradual it down, if you fail to certify the outcomes, if you add all this uncertainty, it solely makes it very problematic, then, for the following administration to begin with their toes hitting the bottom,” Upton mentioned.

This story has been up to date with further developments Sunday.

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