Christie dismisses notion that Trump leaned on Ukraine leader. ‘That’s the way he talks.’

Trump’s ask was revealed in a rough transcript of the president’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy released Wednesday that shows Trump pressed Ukraine to “look into” his Democratic political rival Joe Biden. The July 25 call is now at the center of an impeachment probe by the U.S. House.

But Christie dismissed the language as trivial.

“When I read the transcript, that sounded just like President Trump to me and the way he would speak to anybody,” Christie said after his inaugural The Christie Institute for Public Policy event.

“This is the president, who he is and how he does business,” Christie said. “This is no mystery to anybody.”

Christie’s comments came days after he dismissed Trump’s phone conversation with Zelenskiy as an impeachable offense on ABC News before the rough transcript of the conversation was released.

Christie said:

“For instance, if he’s saying, listen, do me a favor, go investigate Joe Biden, that’s one thing,” Christie, an ABC News analyst, said. "If he’s saying, listen, I’m concerned about corruption, you’ve just gotten elected. We send hundreds of millions of dollars over there, you need to start looking at this, for instance, one of the things that occurred was the Hunter Biden situation, that becomes totally different.”

Pressed Thursday on his statement about asking for a “favor” is a bridge too far, Christie responded:

“I wouldn’t have said something like that, but that’s the way he talks,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a mystery to the American people.”

Instead, Christie said officials should look into how some members of the president’s administration may have handled the matter after it became news. House Democrats say there was a cover-up.

“I think the bigger issue … to think about and that we need to get answers about are the things that are in the whistleblower complaint regarding how they dealt with that transcript afterward and who was involved, and all the rest of that,” Christie said.

The former governor spoke to reporters following an hour-long discussion with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Seton Hall Law School. The event was to kick off Christie’s new institute.

One of the goals of the program is to bring civility to today’s politics and highlight bipartisanship.

The institute will have three elements: A quarterly lecture series in which Christie will try to attract big names in politics and world affairs; scholarships for Seton Hall law students who plan to do something in public service after graduation; and internships during the school year and summer.

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