Boy, was he in for a surprise!
Courtesy of NYT:
On Feb. 14, 2017, Mr. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, had lunch scheduled with the president. It happened to be the day after Mr. Flynn — whom Mr. Christie did not back for the national security adviser role — was dismissed for lying to the vice president about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Mr. Kushner decided to attend.
As Mr. Kushner tucked into his “typical salad,” Mr. Christie wrote, the president said to him, “This Russia thing is all over now, because I fired Flynn.” Mr. Christie said that he started laughing, and the president asked why.
“‘Sir,’ I said, ‘this Russia thing is far from over,’” Mr. Christie wrote. Mr. Trump responded: “What do you mean? Flynn met with the Russians. That was the problem. I fired Flynn. It’s over.” Mr. Kushner added, “That’s right, firing Flynn ends the whole Russia thing.”
Mr. Christie, who wrote that it all sounded “naïve,” recalled Mr. Kushner telling him that he was “crazy” when he said they would most likely still be discussing the Russia issue in February 2018.
The investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether the Trump campaign was involved has been going on for more than two years, and has resulted in the indictments or guilty pleas of several former campaign officials, including Mr. Flynn and Mr. Manafort.
In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Christie said that he did not believe Mr. Flynn was let go because of the Russia inquiry, but because keeping him on was “untenable” after officials said he had lied to the vice president.
“I think they thought that a result of that would be that this Russia stuff was over with, but I did not ever hear anybody say that that was the motivation,” he said.
Just because Christie did not hear them say that it was the motivation, does not mean it was, in fact, not the motivation.
I also think that Christie was kept on the outer edge of the inner circle, so it is quite likely there were a lot of “need to know” things that the Trump family did not think he needed to know.
Mostly because they are simpletons convinced of their intellectual superiority. (“I’m like, a very smart person.”)
Which is a point driven home by the revelation that Trump thought that getting rid of Flynn would convince people to stop looking into the whole Russia thing.
Kind of like firing James Comey, ended that whole FBI investigation, right?