Former Trump campaign aide wavers on defying Mueller inquiry

Nunberg struck a dramatically different tone Tuesday than he did over the course of several TV interviews a day earlier.

Axios founder Mike Allen teamed up with Jim VandeHei to take the media to task for its "Awful scandal porn".

"During the media blitz, Nunberg was allowed to spew distasteful and insensitive remarks about Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, accuse Trump surrogates of extramarital affairs and even refer to Trump as an 'idiot'". "Donald Trump couldn't keep his mouth shut if Putin colluded with him".

Nunberg's cable news appearances on Monday afternoon did create a spectacle partially fueled by political reporters making jokes about him on Twitter. Is it an altruistic and pure expression of media ideals?

Mr. Nunberg's doctors must have calmed him down, and his lawyers must have reminded him that the remedy for the persistent willful failure to comply with a grand jury subpoena is incarceration.

The "Morning Joe" crew was not amused by the theatrics of Sam Nunberg.

The special counsel's investigation is now one of several probes looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates have any ties with Russians.

Zachary Basu aggregated Nunberg's Washington Post and MSNBC interviews.

"I'm not going to produce every email I had with Roger Stone and Steve Bannon from November 1 of 2015", he told Katy Tur.

Nunberg eventually met Roger Stone, the political operative who played a large role in shaping Trump's unapologetic and offensive campaign style.

The Times cited "three people familiar with the encounters" in its report. "Once again, I email with Steve Bannon and Roger Stone 30 times a day 40 times a day - it's not fair". Nunberg seemed not to care about how the chips would fall. "He's methodically picking off your friends one-by-one, but only from 9 to 5". "I think he may have done something during the election".

Bob Mueller himself appears to disagree. The classmate, who asked not to be named, said, "That's about what I would expect out of him", of Nunberg's on-air antics. Mueller wouldn't waste his time with someone who he was certain has no valuable information to offer.

In investigating Russian election interference, Mueller is also examining whether the President tried to obstruct the inquiry. "Just my opinion. Because it sounds like pain, but he is the special counsel and he does have the long arm of the law".

Another inquiry seeks to determine whether the president himself attempted to obstruct the work of the Mueller grand juries by firing FBI Director James Comey for a corrupt reason, one that is self-serving and lacking a bona fide governmental objective - also a felony. But is being "liked" something the media should concern itself with? Nunberg's relationship with Trump is nothing if not complicated.

Sam Nunberg said he has complied with the special counsel's subpoena just two days after he struck a defiant tone and challenged Robert Mueller to arrest him for not cooperating. He told MSNBC, "I think it would be really, really amusing if they wanted to arrest me because I don't want to spend 80 hours going over emails I had with Steve Bannon and Roger Stone". He waved his subpoena around in front of MSNBC's Ari Melber on air. Nunberg stressed he still "doesn't know" if he will appear Friday before investigators as requested.

One fact was lost in the coverage: Nunberg's statements were largely based on wild speculation and guessing.

  • Leroy Wright