As part of what Donald Trump has dubbed an ongoing “witch hunt”, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed longtime Donald Trump associate and former aide Sam Nunberg. requesting he appear before a grand jury investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Nunberg, however, told Bloomberg he has no intention of cooperating with Mueller’s subpoena.
“I’m not going to cooperate with Mueller. It’s a fishing expedition,” Nunberg told Bloomberg News. “They want me in there for a grand jury for testimony about Roger Stone. He didn’t do anything. What is he going to do? His investigation is BS. Trump did not collude with Putin. It’s a joke.”
Nunberg was on Trump’s payroll from mid-2011 to August 2015 when he was fired from Trump’s campaign shortly after it emerged that he had posted racially charged Facebook posts. In July 2016, Trump sued him for violating a confidentiality agreement, however the suit was dropped the following month.
“They want me in there for grand jury on Friday. I’m not paying the money to go down there,” Nunberg said. “What’s he going to do? He’s so tough – let’s see what they do. I’m not going to spend 40 hours going over emails. I have a life.”
Nunberg told Bloomberg he expects one line of questioning before the grand jury to be related to Stone, who Nunberg worked with closely over the years.
In a somewhat surreal interview, Nunberg also spoke with NBC’s Katy Tur on Monday afternoon, reiterating that he was not going to comply with the subpoena while stating his belief that his onetime boss may be guilty of collusion with the Russians.
After admitting to host Katy Tur that he’d been interviewed by Mueller’s investigators, the host asked Nunberg if he believes the special counsel “has anything” on Trump.
“I think they may,” the ex-aide responded. “I think he may have done something during the election. But I don’t know that for sure.”
This isn’t the first time Nunberg’s given a rambling MSNBC interview. Last week, he called presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner a “weak link” who has done “nefarious things,” and earlier this year, called Trump an “idiot” and a “complete pain in the ass to work for.” In the latter interview, which was conducted by host Joy Ann Reid, many noted that Nunberg appeared to be intoxicated.
A transcript of the “bonkers” section in which Nunberg explains his thought process is below:
In a subsequent interview with CNN, Nunberg – on a roll by now – claimed that “Carter Page was colluding with the Russians” and is “a weird dude”
— CNN (@CNN) March 5, 2018
In the subpoena dated Feb. 27, Bloomberg reports that Nunberg was also asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with 10 campaign associates, including Trump, former campaign manager Corey Lewandoski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks starting in November 2015 and running through the present.
Another possible line of questioning could be related to Trump’s activities in Moscow in 2013 during the Miss Universe pageant, which the president once owned. The book by author Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury,” quotes Nunberg extensively describing the early months of the Trump administration. Wolff said the former adviser was “generally regarded as the man who understood Trump’s whims and impulses best” and a Bannon associate. Mueller’s team interviewed Bannon earlier this month.
Incidentally, when asked if Nunberg was correct that Trump “may have done something during the election”, Press Sec. Sanders denied, saying that “He’s incorrect…I certainly can’t speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has.”
On former Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg’s statement that Pres. Trump “may have done something during the election,” Press Sec. Sanders says, “He’s incorrect…I certainly can’t speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has.” pic.twitter.com/RMavtH0vQ7
— ABC News (@ABC) March 5, 2018