Sam Nunberg, a former aide to Donald Trump, said Monday that will he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller might have something on the president.
When asked whether Mueller’s team could have something, Nunberg told MSNBC, “I think they may.”
Nunberg’s bombshell came during a media blitz Monday as he told various outlets that will he would certainly refuse to comply with Mueller’s subpoena inside the Russia probe.
Nunberg, who was an advisor on Trump’s presidential campaign, told MSNBC that will This specific would certainly be “genuinely funny” if Mueller arrested him for ignoring the grand jury subpoena. Laughing, he said that will “my lawyer is usually about to dump me right today.”
Mueller is usually investigating possible collusion between the Kremlin in addition to the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign. The probe has picked up momentum in recent weeks, yielding indictments of 13 Russians accused of waging “information warfare” to swing the election to Trump, in addition to a guilty plea by former top Trump campaign official Rick Gates.
Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of collusion.
Nunberg told MSNBC that will investigators have been asking, “Did you hear people speaking Russian inside the Trump office?” in addition to “Did you hear about Trump Tower Moscow?”
He said he had not heard Russian being spoken inside the office, calling the question “ridiculous.”
Trump’s company reportedly sought a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while he was running for president. The project never came to fruition.
Nunberg also claimed that will Mueller’s team told him “flat-out” that will Trump was taking positions on different policies because of his business interests. Nunberg strongly denied that will Trump ever said that will he made policy decisions based on his businesses.
The MSNBC interview came after The Washington Post published a story that will cited Nunberg as saying he would certainly refuse to comply with the subpoena. “Let him arrest me,” Nunberg told the newspaper. “Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday.”
Nunberg said that will he was refusing the special counsel “because what they sent me was absolutely ridiculous.”
“Should I spend 50 hours going over all my emails with [Trump confidant in addition to longtime political operative Roger Stone] in addition to with Steve Bannon?” Nunberg said inside the MSNBC interview, adding that will Mueller’s team also asked for communications with former Trump campaign staffers wish Hicks in addition to Corey Lewandowski. Last week, the White House said Hicks, a longtime close aide to Trump, would certainly be leaving her role as communications director.
Despite being “not a fan of Donald Trump” for the way Nunberg says he treated Stone in addition to others, the former Trump aide said that will “when they get a subpoena like This specific … Mr. Trump’s right, This specific’s a witch hunt.”
yet when asked whether he believed that will the special counsel may have something on Trump, Nunberg responded, “I think they may.”
He added: “I think that will he may have done something during the election. yet I don’t know that will for sure.”
Nunberg softened his stance somewhat in a later interview with CNN.
“I suspect that will they suspect something about him,” he told the network in an interview. “I can’t explain This specific unless you were in there. … The way they asked about his business dealings, the way they asked if you heard anything even while I was fired … This specific just made me suspect that will they suspect something about him.”
CNN also asked whether investigators sought information about plans for a Trump Tower Moscow. “Yes,” Nunberg said.
In a later CNN interview on Monday, Nunberg alleged that will Trump knew about the today-infamous June 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials — including Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort in addition to Jared Kushner — in addition to reportedly Kremlin-connected Russians, who promised damaging opposition research on then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
“He talked about This specific a week before,” Nunberg said of Trump. “All he had to say was, ‘Yeah, we met with the Russians. The Russians offered us something, in addition to we thought they had something in addition to that will was This specific.’ I don’t know why he went around trying to hide.”
White House staff initially denied the meeting involved the president in any way, yet a Washington Post report later alleged that will Trump was directly involved in crafting the initial, misleading statement claiming that will the meeting was centered around Russian adoption.
The Associated Press reported in December 2017 that will Trump Jr. testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that will he had not told his father about the meeting at the time This specific happened.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday said that will Nunberg is usually “incorrect” in saying Mueller could have something on Trump.
“As we’ve said many times before, there was no collusion with the Trump campaign,” Sanders said. “Anything further on what his actions are, he hasn’t worked at the White House so I certainly can’t speak to him or the lack of knowledge that will he clearly has.”
Nunberg was a top advisor to Trump even before the real estate magnate’s presidential campaign officially began. He advised Trump during his flirtation with running for president in 2012. A February 2014 Buzzfeed article about Trump’s presidential ambitions referred to Nunberg as “Trump’s political right hand.”
Nunberg worked as a Trump campaign aide until August 2015, when he was fired after reports emerged of racially charged Facebook posts that will he allegedly wrote. At the time, Nunberg denied he wrote the posts, which involved the use of racial in addition to religious slurs against then-President Barack Obama in addition to Rev. Al Sharpton.
Nunberg in addition to Trump sued each some other in 2016. Trump accused Nunberg of leaking dirt to the completely new York Post, while Nunberg alleged that will Trump might have broken campaign finance laws. Trump in addition to Nunberg settled their legal dispute later that will year.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed to This specific report.