Saturday, 21 July, 2018

In reversal, former Trump aide says he'll probably cooperate

ImageMichael D. Cohen a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump in September ImageMichael D. Cohen a longtime personal lawyer for President Trump in September
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 11:19

In a series of extraordinary live interviews on Monday, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg claimed the president "may have done something" illegal during the 2016 race for the White House.

He also told CNN that Trump met previous year with Russian leaders inside the Oval Office, where he shared classified intelligence, calling him an "idiot".

Nunberg also called in to MSNBC and CNN to rant in a similar fashion. He even said that if he had been in charge, "we would have Bill Clinton's illegitimate black child there at the second debate". Asked by Katy Tur whether the prosecutor had something on the president, Nunberg replied: "I think they may".

Schmidt said Republicans had looked the other way at both Russian interference and aided and abetter Trump attacks on the rule of law. "He may. He may". You know what he did? He told Ari Melber at MSNBC that Trump was "the most disloyal person [you're] ever gonna meet".

One witness who was subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being asked to provide any and all documentation having to do with nine Trump associates and the president, starting in November 2015. "I don't know why he does", Nunberg said. "I just don't want to make it easy", he said. "When I interviewed him, and I interviewed him early, he admitted to me he was drinking". He has said many times that the FBI's investigation into collusion with Russian Federation and the Trump campaign is a "witch hunt".

It's unclear what Nunberg would know about the inner workings of the Trump campaign or the White House or what interest Mueller would have outside of his contacts with Stone and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon.

Nunberg, a self-proclaimed protegé of Trump friend Roger Stone, was sacked from the Trump campaign in August 2015 after some of his racially charged social media posts were reported by Business Insider.

Nunberg ranted about how he had no intention of complying with a subpoena, which ordered him to testify before a grand jury investigating Russia's alleged hacking of the 2016 elections.

Nunberg, who worked on Trump's staff early in the campaign, has largely escaped public involvement in Mueller's investigation.

In a 2017 interview with Newsmax, Nunberg said his grandfather Simon survived Auschwitz but that the rest of Simon's family, including his parents, were murdered.

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

"Trump may have very well done something during the election with the Russians". He campaigned his a- off. "I hate the guy", he said. Perhaps Nunberg, who was known for being very freewheeling and open with the media, simply started talking and couldn't stop himself.

Is he hoping to get immunity (he claims Mueller already offered)? It asks him to turn over to Mueller all the emails and texts he sent to at least 10 Trump confidantes, and this request, apparently, blew his mind.

When's the last time, for example, the host of a national broadcast asked a guest if he was either "drunk or off your meds"?

By 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time Monday night, Nunberg backtracked, telling the Associated Press that he was likely "going to end up cooperating" with Mueller and the grand jury subpoena.

But it quickly became obvious that Nunberg's freakish interview blitz was a full-blown public meltdown that many felt uncomfortable about.