NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that it takes “very significant evidence” to prove obstruction of justice and that facts surrounding President Donald Trump and an investigation involving Russia are still unknown.

“I’m the only person in this room I think who has prosecuted obstruction of justice cases and won them,” Christie said in Newark. “They’re very difficult cases to prove, and you have to have very significant evidence of the state of mind of the person who has attempted to do it.”

Christie, a former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, is leading a White House commission on opioids and is the Republican president’s friend of 15 years.

Christie offered his views, but also said that he wouldn’t reach a conclusion since an investigation was underway.

He made the comments at an unrelated event in Newark in response to a reporter’s question. They came as the administration denies reports that Trump pressed fired FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Trump also is facing questions about discussions with Russian diplomats when he was reported to have disclosed classified information.

Republicans and Democrats alike were eager to hear from Comey, who has increasingly emerged as a central figure in the unfolding drama.

Christie said he has known Comey for 15 years and that he’s never been a “shy guy.”

“My view is if Jim wants to be heard Jim will be heard,” Christie said.

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