What a lot of people don't understand is that when you're offered immunity there is no more fifth amendment You're not allowed to stand on the fifth amendment The only thing an individual can do is go to court and refuse to answer and then be held in contempt and go to jail. Once you have been offered immunity you cannot not answer the questions without being in violation of the law and there's very few times that people do that that they just refuse to answer.
So I would, and I think this very well may happen, is that you start offering immunity down below so that you can start working your way up the chain and if they believe that Christie is involved, and I got to tell you, and I think this is why the last twenty four hours have been so important to this investigation, once a Mayor of Hoboken comes out and starts saying that there has been a connection between Sandy Hurricane funds and other projects, that in and of itself is a quid pro quo and is in violation of the RICO act or should I say a violation of wire and mail fraud because they're going to just use the check that comes in from Sandy as the wire fraud, he's got to believe, the US Attorney out there has got to believe there is some connection between criminal activity and the Christie administration since it was the Lieutenant Governor who allegedly did those things.
He'll start offering immunity down below to see what they know and build the case up. That's what I think there is nobody better than the Feds than doing; going below and building up. And if that's the case, which I think is how they'll handle this, one of those guys is going to get immunity and once that happens, once that occurs, the chips are going to start falling, the dominoes are going to start falling and getting in line with a serious criminal investigation.
Now the last thing I'll say on that, and I don't think the Feds will do this, they did it in Blagojevich and if you recall this, this is the one count I lost, I didn't lose any of the other counts on Blagojevich when I represented him, the one count I did lose though was lying to an FBI Agent. A lot of people don't know this but the statute is ten-oh-one and that's what we call it in the business, ten-oh-one is lying to a Federal Agent.
That's a crime in and of itself. While we argued and argued and argued the first amendment and you have a right to lie as long as you're not under oath, that argument has failed. If a Federal Agent comes to you and you tell them something that is not true knowingly, that in and of itself is a crime. Well what happened in two thousand and five and two thousand and six with Blagojevich is the Feds came to him and sat down and his lawyers allowed him to do this, talked to them and answered question after question after question.
The first one was not recorded, the second one was. He was indicted for telling lies regarding his campaign fund during the one that was note recorded. If I were the US Attorney and seeing that I know how politicians are, they just have to talk, I would offer the chance for Christie to come in and answer all questions, now he's going to do one of two things. He's either going to turn that down or say yes I'll do it. Now the chances that he turns that down because he's trying to run for political office, heck right this minute he's in Florida trying to get campaign funds, so you've got to know where his head is, he is truly a politician.
He's not going to turn down, especially to be made public, the opportunity to talk about this. Once you get him in your office and you give it to him straight, you don't do anything untoward.You give it to him straight you ask him question after question after question. Now he is on the hook for whatever he has answered and you're going to either A make sure that you've shown that this individual did nothing wrong, which is what the Feds should be into too. They should not just be trying to get convictions, they should be also trying to root out those who are innocent, but two is, if he has told you a lie you have got him on ten-oh-one and you have got an opportunity to do perjury.
If he has lied you can start from the top with the information and work backwards to see did he tell you the truth or didn't he or two, work up with the immunity to see if you can catch him, if he has done something wrong. I think that's a very beautiful way that the government should work and I think if they think about it, they will. Now I can tell you this, that Reid Shar was the US Attorney who prosecuted Blago here in Illinois. He has now been hired by the legislature in New Jersey to head up that investigation.