Onetime Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg called into two cable news shows and spoke to multiple newspaper reporters Monday to announce - for reasons unclear - that he would prefer to be arrested than testify on Friday before a grand jury assembled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Most recently, Sam Nunberg was a member of a coalition headed by Donald Trump, its mission was to get Trump elected in the 2016 presidential election. That changed Monday, when he declared across several news outlets that he would not be handing over email correspondence with Trump associates to the special counsel.
Nunberg was booked to appear on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning, but he did not show up for the interview.
Nunberg: Well, I have not had a drink. Trump would've lost by 15 points had Steve not gotten involved in the campaign.
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 gave a series of unplugged interviews with anchors such as MSNBC's Katy Tur, CNN's Jake Tapper and CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday in which he repeatedly promised to defy a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about the Russian Federation investigation.
According to a media interview on live television, Nunberg said "I'm not cooperating". Their aim was the same as in previous elections going back to the 1920s: to create doubt and suspicion about the integrity of the democratic process. I don't care! Take him down!
Mueller's investigation arose in part from the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in the election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
John Pistole, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, said Mueller is "apolitical and follows the rule of law, and follows the evidence wherever it leads, regardless of political outcomes".
Interviewer after interviewer emphasized that Nunberg could be facing serious legal jeopardy.
The appearances fueled speculation that Nunberg had been drinking, which Nunberg denied.
"As we said many times before, there was no collusion with the Trump campaign", said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In his interviews with the AP, Nunberg cast Mueller's subpoena demands as unreasonable.
Wiley was one of three lawyers, including host Ari Melber, who appeared with Nunberg on MSNBC Monday evening. "I'm probably going to comply".
Nunberg did not respond to requests for comment from the AP.
"I was feeling sorry for that kid", Scarborough said.
Trump brought up Priebus' October interview with the special counsel's office, the people said, and Priebus replied that the investigators were courteous and professional.
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