Former Trump Aide Responds to Mueller's Subpoena: 'Screw It'

Rosalie Gross
March 7, 2018

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said he doesn't think he'll face consequences like being jailed over his plans to refuse a grand jury subpoena in the Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"They want me over at the grand jury - screw that".

"This is so ridiculous".

"I'm not spending 80 hours going over my emails with Roger Stone and Steve Bannon and producing them", Nunberg told the paper.

"Mueller is not going to send me to prison for this", Nunberg said.

The former Trump campaign aide who had multiple meltdowns on national TV Monday is "his own man", his mentor Roger Stone told the Daily News.

Nunberg was summoned to appear before the grand jury on Friday and also received a two-page subpoena for documents tied to Trump and nine others, he told the Washington Post earlier.

Nunberg reportedly worked for the Trump Organization - Trump's business conglomerate - beginning in 2011, before becoming a paid aide on the NY real estate mogul's presidential campaign.

Before this bit of cable news mania, Nunberg was a relatively low-profile player in the Trump universe, best known for losing his position with the campaign because of racist social media posts and allegedly being abandoned by Trump at a McDonald's because his order was taking too long.

On Tuesday, Fox & Friends covered Nunberg in a single segment, but suggested that his claims were irrelevant because he was drunk.

Asked if he was concerned about being held in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena, Nunberg laughed off the idea. Are you giving me a break? While his decision could prompt major legal blowback, Nunberg said he did not think he would face time in prison.

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Here's CNN's Erin Burnett telling former Trump aide Sam Nunberg that she can smell alcohol on his breath.

During an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber Monday evening, it appeared Nunberg was beginning to realize the gravity of his refusal to cooperate with Mueller's subpoena.

Melber then asked, "You felt they were asking you more about potential crimes related to the Trump organization than related to the Trump campaign?"

"I'm going to end up cooperating with them", he said.

"I mean I despise Corey, why would I communicate with him?"

Nunberg interpreted Trump's comments as a veiled reference to the Trump Tower meeting that Donald Trump Jr. had set up. "That's like saying "Eat me" to Hannibal Lecter", Colbert said on his show Monday.

"I definitely think he doesn't know that for sure, because he's incorrect", she said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed Nunberg's comments.

"When they get a subpoena like this ..."

"The Russians and Trump did not collude, " Nunberg said.

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