Schiff calls for Sam Nunberg to testify in House Russia investigation
Schiff calls for Sam Nunberg to testify in House Russia investigation
Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg says he will not comply with special counsel Mueller's subpoena
07 March, 2018, 00:26
A former aide to President Donald Trump who is responsible for a series of freakish media antics now says he'll cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller'sinvestigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in [to the grand jury] on Friday", he said. Nunberg asked while speaking via telephone with CNN'sJake Tapper. In an interview with CNN'sErin Burnett, the host told Nunberg she smelled alcohol on his breath, but the former Trump aide denied he had been drinking.
By 6 p.m., The Daily Beast reported that several of Nunberg's friends expressed their fear that he may have been drunk during his interviews, indicating that he had called them earlier that morning and had conversations that left them thinking he was "drinking again".
"I'm happy if the scope changes", he said. "He hasn't worked at the White House, so I certainly can't speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has", she said.
Both Wisenberg and Sharman said that if Nunberg continues to defy the subpoena, or does not reach an agreement with the Special Counsel's office he will be held in contempt of court and jailed, either until he agrees to testify or the grand jury expires - a prospect to which Nunberg seems amenably, at least publicly.
Asked moments later if Nunberg had taken "anything else", he said he had not consumed anything besides his antidepressant medication.
"I got very aggravated", Nunberg said, explaining why he felt compelled to go on a TV blitz on CNN, MSNBC and a local NY station to share his frustrations.
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"They want me to say that Roger was going around telling people he was colluding with Julian Assange". "Im not cooperating. Arrest me".
Nunberg first worked for one of Trump's businesses before helping advise his presidential campaign.
As for his subpoena, Nunberg expressed amusement at the notion that he can be arrested for refusing to comply with the subpoena. "[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump".
Schiff said Nunberg's assertion that President Donald Trump may have known about the 2016 Trump Towermeeting before it occurred is an area that the committee needs to explore.
It's a fool who suggests s (he) has seen the depths of the political catastrophe that is the United States right now, but former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg's round of appearances on TV last night is going to be hard to beat.
Nunberg was scheduled to be interviewed on 22 February by Mueller.
"Well I have not had a drink", Nunberg replied.
"I'm not gonna get sent to prison", he declared to Burnett. "Donald Trump won this election on his own".
"When a person uses the attorney-client relationship to further a criminal scheme, the law is well established that a claim of attorney-client. privilege must yield to the grand jury's investigatory needs", Chief Judge Beryl Howell wrote on October 2, 2017.
Nunberg told Borger that he is not refusing to comply in order to protect Trump.
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