Ex-Trump adviser changes tune on Mueller subpoena

Posted March 07, 2018

The former aide, who was sacked in 2015 due to racist Facebook posts coming to light, also told MSNBC that the campaign did not collude with the Russian government, but that Trump may have "done something" illicit.

Criminal defense lawyer Charles Clayman told the Daily Beast he had some advice for the defiant Nunberg.

By late Monday night, Nunberg had already backtracked on his dare for Mueller to arrest him, telling reporters that he would actually comply with the subpoena. "Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath", Burnett said.

Sam Nunberg, who worked on the campaign during 2015, said collecting emails and other communications he had with other key Trump advisors, particularly Steve Bannon and Roger Stone, was too much trouble and he would not do it.

Five people have pleaded guilty to charges levied against them in Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling.

The spectacle began on Sunday, when Nunberg leaked to Axios that he'd been subpoenaed by a grand jury convened by special counsel Robert Mueller's team. He campaigned his ass off. Wolff said the former adviser was "generally regarded as the man who understood Trump's whims and impulses best" and a Bannon associate.

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Nunberg served for six weeks as an adviser to Trump before he was sacked during Trump's run for the White House.

Amid other attacks on White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Nunberg accused her of spreading lies that he is "a drunk and a drug addict", according to Yahoo! He repeatedly described the subpoena as a "joke" or "ridiculous".

The Times also reported Nader, who advises Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammad Zayed Al-Nahyan, attended a January 2017 meeting that Mueller's team has probed.

"I'm happy if the scope changes and if they send me a subpoena that doesn't include Carter Page", he said, adding that he never communicated with Page.

Asked Tuesday about the concerns he elicited, Nunberg declined to get into details and said simply "it's not an issue".

"Screw that", Mr Nunberg told CNN's Gloria Borger in an interview on air.

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As CNN reported, "Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller have recently been asking witnesses about Donald Trump's business activities in Russian Federation prior to the 2016 presidential campaign as he considered a run for president". He implied those events were a catalyst to the forming of Mueller's investigation. "That Carter Page is a weird dude". Page was the subject of Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance that Republicans criticized in Rep. Devin Nunes' House Intelligence Committee memo.

He said he had been interviewed by the team of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, for more than five hours late last month.

If Nunberg believes that answering any particular questions before the grand jury puts him in legal jeopardy, he can refuse to answer those questions on the grounds that the answers might incriminate him.

"I think it would be amusing if they arrested me", Nunberg said on MSNBC.

"Roger is my mentor".

"I'm not going to cooperate!"

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Nunberg spent hours hopping from media outlet to media outlet - an odd strategy, given that one of his arguments for defying the subpoena was that he didn't have the time to search through the emails the grand jury requested. He has denied communicating directly with Assange or of ever having had advance knowledge of Wikileaks' plans.