Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Special counsel has examined episodes involving Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer

Special counsel has examined episodes involving Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer

In a series of weird interviews to the CNN and MSNBC, former Trump campaign manager Sam Nunberg dared Special Counsel Robert Mueller to arrest him ( a statement he retracted later) and said he suspected President Donald Trump "may have done something illegal" - or not.

At one point, on live TV, CNN's Erin Burnett told viewers that she smelled alcohol on Nunberg's breath, and that White House officials have speculated that he was drinking or "on drugs" during the chaotic media appearances.

"I'm going to cooperate with whatever they want", Nunberg told CNN Tuesday in a phone interview.

Nunberg adds he was angry about being asked to share his email conversations with a long list of ex-campaign aides, he doesn't think the subpoena is fair, and he'd like Mueller's team to narrow its scope of inquiry.

As Trump flirted with running for president, particularly in 2011, there were only two main political aides for the NY real estate developer: Republican political hatchet man Roger Stone and his protege, Nunberg.

There's a weird ritual where at some point between being employed by the Trump campaign and bursting into flame as you enter the atmosphere, you feel compelled to call up members of the media and say as many outrageous things as possible, and Monday was Sam Nunberg's day to do that. "Let him arrest me".

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"I would certainly have not advised him to ignore or refuse a document-production subpoena", Stone said in an interview with MSNBC.

He told MSNBC that he would not be complying with the subpoena.

Nunberg also said Trump's foreign policy aide Carter Page was also colluding with Russian Federation, but he undermined Page's role in it.

Right, so therefore Nunberg must still, despite everything, be a Trump supporter?

The founder of the security firm Blackwater did not mention to the House Intelligence Committee past year that a Lebanese-American businessman had attended a meeting in the Seychelles islands, a trip that has come under intense scrutiny in the Russian Federation investigation, according to a review of the transcript.

The "Morning Joe" crew was not amused by the theatrics of Sam Nunberg.

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Additionally, CNN reported last month that Mueller's team has been asking witnesses about Trump's business activities in Russian Federation prior to the 2016 presidential campaign as he considered a run for president.

Or maybe, like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Nunberg is truly frustrated by what Trump has done - including to him - and couldn't help himself.

Nunberg said he was ultimately swayed by the points some of the interviewers and TV guests he spoke with on Monday raised, notably former United States attorney Barbara McQuade, who warned Nunberg on MSNBC he could be charged with contempt.

They also quote their colleague, Jonathan Swann, who tweeted that "n$3 obody who knows Sam thinks he has anything interesting to offer Mueller". I'm not going to spend 30 hours going over my emails.

Nunberg said that he saw no evidence of illegal activity related to Trump Tower Moscow.

Speculation swirled that Nunberg had been hitting the bottle before giving several weird interviews Monday evening, during which he repeatedly vowed to not comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller. He then said he would reject a sweeping demand from Mueller for communications between him and top Trump advisers. Anyway, Trump didn't collude. He's been questioned "numerous times" by the special counsel's team. After the Seychelles meeting, Nader visited the White House several times, and met at least once there with Bannon and Kushner, these people said.

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