Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said if Donald Trump continues to make “nonsensical arguments” on television about the Justice Department’s investigation into his handling of classified documents, he may just find himself facing “self-inflicted impeachment.”

“I think these are all self-inflicted wounds by Donald Trump,” Christie said during an ABC panel discussion about the chances of the former president being indicted in the case. “And you know, one of the things I always tell clients is don’t argue loudly with the Department of Justice. As you know, we will fight in court and do the things we have to do. He does the exact opposite.”

“His lawyers are not fighting any of this in court,” he continued. “They really aren’t. They do not advance either of these arguments. He makes all these arguments on TV. There comes a time when prosecutors are human too. And if you want to keep challenging them, they might actually do it.

Trump has personally presented a set of sometimes controversial defenses after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and said it had discovered improperly stored classified government documents there. According to investigators, they tried to subpoena the remaining documents months earlier, but Trump’s lawyers swore they had turned them over.

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During media appearances and in posts on his Truth Social platform, Trump has, among other excuses, falsely claimed that the FBI planted evidence at the Palm Beach resort, claiming he had a “standing order” to declassify the documents he removed from Oval Office in his White House residence and recently announced that he can declassify documents with his mind.

Many former Trump administration officials said the “standing order” claim was a fabrication and would never have been resolved. Presidents can declassify documents, but there is a formal process involved.

In court, where they can be punished for lying, Trump and his lawyers have not made the same claims. Instead, they suggest that Trump had the authority to declassify documents while remaining silent on what he actually did. They also argued that the Justice Department should not be taken at its word that some of the seized documents were classified.

Despite all that, Christie said, “I still don’t think so [Trump’s] will be impeached,” but suggests the former president is moving closer to impeachment with each new media blast.

“The more you counter with nonsensical arguments on TV that your lawyers won’t make in court — because they’re afraid they’ll be penalized if they do, because they don’t have the evidence — the closer you get to an indictment,” he said. .

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