With the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden happening next month, both candidates are preparing for what are sure to be some of the most consequential moments of their campaigns.
But at the current moment, the members of Donald Trump's debate prep team are generating laughter, because the four men have quite a history.
The prep team consists of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the President's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, Trump's latest campaign manager Bill Stepien, and senior advisor Jason Miller.
Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) political director Tim Miller pointed out their unconventional dynamic.
Before Chris Christie ascended to governor, he was a US attorney. That's when he prosecuted real estate developer Charles Kushner—Jared Kushner's father—who eventually went to prison on counts of fraud, tax evasion, witness tampering, and other crimes.
In his book, Christie accuses Jared Kushner of putting a "political hit job" on the former governor during his time in the White House as revenge for sending his father to prison.
Speaking of Christie's time as governor, Bill Stepien—who recently replaced Brad Parscale as Trump campaign manager—worked closely with Christie on both his campaign and his time in the Governor's Mansion.
On January 7, 2014, Christie nominated Stepien to chair the state's Republican party. Two days later, Christie said he'd "lost confidence" in Stepien and discouraged him from serving as party chairman. The reason? Stepien was a key player in the bridge scandal that would haunt Christie for the rest of his political career. Christie denied knowing anything about the scandal.
Jason Miller, one of Trump's former aides, admitted in court documents that he'd frequently had affairs while on the campaign and hired multiple sex workers. Miller was serving on Trump's White House transition team before the scandal broke, keeping him from working in the White House.
People were perplexed by the strange assembly.
As the debates grow nearer, speculation has been rampant.
The first of the three presidential debates will be held on September 29.