March 21, 2018

Ex-Donald Trump's campaign aide rejects Russian Federation probe subpoena

07 March 2018, 11:44 | Kara Nash

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg could be risking jail if he defies a special counsel subpoena without asserting the Fifth Amendment, according to legal experts interviewed Monday.

A former aide to Donald Trump said Monday that he would refuse to comply with special counsel Robert Mueller's subpoena in the Russian Federation probe.

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.

Nunberg repeatedly affirmed his dislike of Trump; he told the Post "there is nobody who hates him more than me", and MSNBC that he is "not a fan of Donald Trump". "I'm pretty sure after Mueller gets through with him, it's going to be flip, " he said, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller III.

Since then, Mueller has demanded all of his records and communications with people on the campaign, which Nunberg said would take too much time to assemble.

During the 17-minute interview, Nunberg called the investigation a "witch hunt", questioned what Mueller could do to him for refusing the subpoena, and, based on his interview with investigators, speculated that Mueller may have already collected incriminating information about Trump.

"They can say whatever they want, I don't really care".

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Nunberg spent several hours on cable news shows saying that will never happen.

"I don't know what he is looking into", he told CNN. Nunberg told CNN of the subpoena. Roger is like family to me.

"Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday" to the grand jury, he added. If you want to negotiate the scope of a grand jury subpoena, you call up Plato Cacheris or Robert Bennett and pay them to negotiate with Mueller.

Nunberg also accused former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page of having played a role in the foreign attack on the election. "To which I said, 'Absolutely nyet!". Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort filed a lawsuit in January challenging Mueller's authority to indict him. He traveled to Moscow twice in 2016 and was the subject of surveillance by the US intelligence community. Page has denied working with Moscow to interfere in the election.

He later told CNN of Trump: "Granted, Donald Trump caused this, because he's an idiot". Business Insider had written about Nunberg's racially charged Facebook posts from years prior, and the nascent political organization jettisoned him. He also said he would not give investigators old campaign emails, which he has been ordered to hand over in a subpoena. That's the reality. Now Trump loves Corey. "He could be facing bankruptcy, he's facing the most effective prosecutor of our time, and he's completely been abandoned by the guy who he basically laid down for".

He was sacked in August 2015, over racially charged Facebook posts, after he and Stone lost an internal power struggle with then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. By March 2016, Nunberg had endorsed Trump opponent Ted Cruz.

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