Monday, 24 September, 2018

Trump spoke to witnesses about discussions they had with special counsel

A subpoena seen by Axios and NBC News calls a witness to turn over communications from President Trump and nine of his campaign associates starting in November 2015 Trump spoke to witnesses about discussions they had with special counsel
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 13:02

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, a friend of Roger Stone, told several media today that he has no intention of responding to a subpoena from Robert Mueller to appear before a Grand Jury, or to produce all his correspondence with ten former members of the Trump campaign or administration.

During a freaky series of media appearances and rambling declarations of defiance and accusations yesterday, the former adviser to Donald Trump had one consistent message - that he would refuse to cooperate with a subpoena issued by the grand jury for documents required by the special counsel.

"Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday", Nunberg told the newspaper.

Mueller's investigation arose in part from the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 U.S. election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Others included Page, ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, adviser Corey Lewandowski, the president's lawyer Michael Cohen and longtime Trump ally Roger Stone, whom Nunberg called his mentor.

Nunberg - who worked for President Trump's campaign before he was sacked in 2015 - also called Trump "an idiot", and added that the president "may have very well done something during the election with the Russians", a charge the president has repeatedly denied. Nunberg insisted he would rather go to jail than hand over email correspondences or appear before a grand jury to answer questions about the Trump campaign and its ties to the Russian government. "I think he may have done something during the election".

He and Nunberg never overlapped on the Trump campaign. "You know what, if Sarah Huckabee wants to start debasing me - she's a joke", Nunberg said. Nunberg also listened to a legal analysis of the consequences from attorney Maya Wiley.

Then to top it off - making clear that an afternoon and evening of media obsession was irrelevant - Nunberg took it all back.

Liberal news organizations feasted Monday on Sam Nunberg, but CNN indulged more than anyone.

One year later, Trump rehired Nunberg as a communications adviser.

"Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump", he said.

"It's a joke", he said, adding that he'd already spoken to Mueller's team and thought the request for him to spend "80 hours" digging through his emails was ridiculous.

Nunberg said that the line of questioning from the special counsel's team, "insinuated to me that [Trump] may have done something, and he may very well have".

"I'm not cooperating", Nunberg said.

First, it is far from clear that Nunberg knows much of anything. How did an investigation assigned to look into the 2016 election meander into Trump's business dealings long before this?

If Nunberg keeps calling in to media talk shows, though, he might earn a contempt charge at the very least, if he doesn't incriminate himself in other ways - and you can bet Mueller's keeping close tabs for that very objective.