Bridgegate prosecutor — I never said Christie was innocent
With two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie set to be sentenced for their roles in the Bridgegate scandal next week, former U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman continues to weigh in on the topic now that he's left that office.
In an interview with CBS News, Fishman said just because Christie was not charged in connection to the scandal, it does not necessarily mean he was not involved. Christie has repeatedly characterized the investigation as clearing him.
"We don't actually say people didn't do something, we don't say that they're innocent," he said. "We bring cases when we have sufficient evidence to prove people guilty, and we don't when we don't."
While former Port Authority Deputy Director Bill Baroni, and Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly await their sentences, Fishman said he believed the overall investigation had been successful.
At the sentencing Baroni and Kelly face up to 20 years in prison.
"I think when people look at the case they forget how high ranking all of those people were and the significant responsible jobs that those people held in government," he said.
Another criminal complaint against the governor, filed by a civilian activist, was dismissed by prosecutors earlier this month. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office said at the time that "the rationale for our decision is simple and compelling — we do not believe that an official misconduct charge can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."
The dismissal came after a request for a special prosecutor was also denied.
Fishman was one of 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked to resign by President Donald Trump earlier this month. After resigning, Fishman was vocal about his displeasure with the move. In the days after the resignation, Christie called complaints by those where were out of a job "ridiculous."
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