Chris Christie is on the attack.
The New Jersey Governor on Tuesday took on MSNBC political analyst Nicole Wallace, who accused President Trump and the conservative media of trying to “malign” the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
After playing a reel of clips featuring Fox News personalities criticizing the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into President Trump, Wallace asked Christie:
“Riddle me this, if you’re innocent of collusion, why would you malign or green light attacks that would have the effect of maligning a special counsel investigation that could exonerate you?”
The Republican presidential candidte responded by citing partisanship on both sides of the aisle as contributing to the controversy.
“I think the special counsel investigation will ultimately be judged by the results of that investigation,” Christie argued. “You’re going to hear a a lot of yelling back and forth, partisan yelling for the most part on both sides.”
He also reminded Wallace about how Democrats treated Special Counsel Ken Starr, who investigated Bill Clinton’s extra-marital affair with Monica Lewinsky.
“If you go back and rewind this to the Clinton-era Special Counsel, you will hear the same things that Republicans are saying now, Democrats said about Ken Starr then.”
Wallace disputed the comparisons.
“I don’t remember any Democrat calling the FBI the KGB,” she shot back, and described Fox News’ coverage as an “ongoing smear campaign against the FBI.”
Christie praised FBI Director Christopher Wray, who worked as his personal attorney during the Bridgegate scandal. The governor then talked about “mistakes” Robert Mueller has allegedly made.
“You have to vet the people that are gonna be involved in your investigation. If, in fact, it’s gonna be such a high-profile, high-attention investigation.”
Christie’s comment alluded to Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who prominently served in the Mueller probe and as an interviewer in FBI investigations of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Strzok was responsible for edits to the statement in which former FBI Director James Comey exonerated Clinton of crimes related to her use of a private email server while leading the State Department.
The revelation that Strzok exchanged thousands of anti-Trump, pro-Clinton text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page has led to charges that the Mueller probe is partisan.
Wallace assailed Christie with questions about his knowledge regarding President Trump’s alleged dealings with Russia.
The Republican struck back, asking “Who are you? Do you work for Mueller now?”
Christie has tended to keep a lower profile since the 2016 election, but his encounter with Wallace showed he can still put up a fight when confronted by liberals.