Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Trump has not provided any evidence of fraud, that his legal team was in pieces, and that it’s time to put the country first.
“If you have evidence of fraud, present it,” Christie told ABC, where he is a contributor. He rejected efforts by the president’s lawyers to smear Republican governors who have not gone along with the president’s false claims about voters’ misunderstandings.
“Honestly, the construction of the president’s legal team has been a national embarrassment,” he said, pointing to Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s accusations against Georgia GOP government Brian Kemp.
“This is outrageous behavior by any lawyer,” Christie said Sunday, noting that Trump’s lawyers have filed wild accusations in public but have so far not filed them in court where there are consequences for providing false information.
“They claim fraud outside the courtroom, but when they enter the courtroom, they do not ask for fraud and they do not argue for fraud,” he said.
“Listen,” Christie concluded, “I have been a supporter of the president. I voted for him twice, but elections have consequences, and we can not continue to act as if something happened here that did not happen.”
“If you are not willing to come forward and present the evidence, it must mean that the evidence does not exist,” he continued. “The country is what should matter most. As much as I am a strong Republican and I love my party, it is the country that must come first.”
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Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan also criticized Trump’s efforts Sunday, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that he was “embarrassed that more people in the party are not talking” about what he called the “bizarre” moves.
The Republican rep. Fred Upton of Michigan also stressed the need for a smooth transition process on Sunday, saying the absence of one adds unnecessary uncertainty to the incoming administration.
“Not allowing the security briefings, the health briefings, the normal transition from one president to the next only leads to more insecurity and threatens the peaceful transition that would otherwise – it would certainly undermine the next administration,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash. “Inside Politics”.
“When you slow it down, when you don’t certify the results, when you add all this uncertainty, it only makes it very problematic, so the next administration starts with their feet hitting the ground,” Upton said.
This story has been updated with further developments on Sunday.