Mastro defends findings clearing Christie in 'Bridgegate'

Mastro defends findings clearing Christie in 'Bridgegate'

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The lawyer hired to review the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal is facing criticism after clearing Gov. Chris Christie from any personal involvement in the retribution plot.

Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor and deputy mayor under the Rudy Giuliani administration, reviewed thousands of documents and interviewed people involved in the plot but did not speak with the key members of the Christie administration accused of orchestrating lane closures at the bridge.

The report, issued at Mastro's New York law office, concluded that former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official David Wilstein and ex-Christie aide Bridget Kelly were behind the closures and that they were targeting Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

"I would have loved to speak with them. Kelly, Wilstein and Stepien. They have taken the 5th. They won't talk with me," said Mastro.

Bill Stepien is a former campaign manager for Christie who the governor cut ties with in early January when the scandal broke.

Mastro has been perceived by critics as having ties with the governor who hired him to conduct the investigation.

"We have no incentive to do anything than find the truth. We knew when we went in that we would be judged until we got to the truth. Entities and corporations call upon former federal prosecutors and outside counsel to do investigations like this to try to get to the bottom of what happened and report back to their constituents. I represent the office of the governor. I have an obligation to the public to report the truth," said Mastro.

The life-long Democrat says he didn't meet Christie until January when he was hired to lead the investigation.

"It’s not a personal matter for me, it’s about doing the right thing. I believe our report speaks for itself. There are other investigations coming and we’ll have to work even harder to get it right," said Mastro.



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