January 9, 2014

CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield offered some "suggestions" for investigators attempting to get to the bottom of the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September, 2013. She said that the death of a 91-year-old woman who passed away while waiting in traffic on the bridge could offer investigators the ability to "dangle" a "felony murder" charge against Chris Christie's appointees which could compel them to testify against the governor.

Banfield said that there are serious civil and criminal violations that could be leveraged against Christie's office.

"This is the intersection of politics and law," Banfield observed. "This is a politicized even, no matter how you look at it. There are untold numbers that want to get in on this and get headlines on this at the at least."

She added that the death of a nonagenarian who was caught in bridge traffic can be construed by prosecutors as "felony murder."

"Those are strong words you can dangle in front of someone who could be very scared and ultimately be persuaded to give up testimony to a higher level," Banfield continued. "These are only suggestions. No tie to the governor at this point."

"It's legal to lie to someone you're interrogating to scare them into giving you information," Banfield noted.

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