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Lawyer in Christie probe defends bridge investigation

The attorney who led the investigation that concluded N.J. Gov. Chris Christie was not involved in the bridge scandal defended his findings Friday during an appearance on "America's Newsroom."

Lawyer Randy Mastro dismissed critics who claim the report is biased because the firm was brought in by the governor, calling himself a "lifelong Democrat" who has worked on both sides of the aisle.

"I had no relationship with Chris Christie," Mastro told co-host Martha MacCallum. "I am a lawyer, former federal prosecutor, who let a team of former federal prosecutors with more than 50 years of government experience to do a professional investigation to get to the gut truth."

The report released Thursday relied on interviews with Christie and officials in his administration, and 250,000 documents that included personal emails and text messages. Mastro defended the thoroughness of the investigation despite some key figures refusing to cooperate.

"I'm confident because we followed the evidence and the facts. The evidence and the facts tell us that Governor Christie had no knowledge of this lane realignment decision before it was made, and he played no role whatsoever in the decision to realign these lanes."

"The normal lines of communication were not going on during this period."

The report, issued at Mastro's New York law office, concludes that former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wildstein and ex-Christie aide Bridget Kelly were behind the closures and that they were targeting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich. But it did not conclude why they wanted to hurt the Democrat and said there was no evidence that it was because he refused to endorse Christie for re-election last year.

Today's guests

  • Byron York

    Chief political correspondent, The Washington Examiner; Fox News contributor

  • John Sununu

    Former Republican governor of New Hampshire

  • Gillian Turner

    Former White House National Security Council staff; Fox News contributor

  • Mary Anne Marsh

    Former John Kerry adviser

  • David Hoppe

    Former chief of staff to Speaker Paul Ryan

  • Brit Hume

    Fox senior political analyst

  • Buck Sexton

    Former CIA officer

  • Rep. Jim Renacci

    R-Ohio

  • Judge Andrew Napolitano

    Fox News senior judicial analyst

  • Jim Gray

    Sportscaster; Fox News contributor