Trump Aide Unravels in Wild Whirlwind Media Tour: 'I Hate the Guy'
Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg went on a wild whirlwind tour of media outlets Monday, vowing to defy special counsel Robert Mueller's subpoena and attacking former and current members of Trump's team, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders and former campaign director Corey Lewandowski. He also viciously lashed out at President Trump, saying, "I hate the guy."
Nunberg, who has a history of being fired and rehired by Trump, was fired for good after racially charged social media posts surfaced in 2015.
The day began with the Washington Post reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller's office had subpoenaed Nunberg to appear before a federal grand jury, but Nunberg was defying the order.
“Let him arrest me,” Nunberg told the Post, declaring that he plans to defy the subpoena and corresponding requests to hand over emails and text messages related to the Trump campaign and communications with current and former Trump advisers, including Roger Stone, Carter Page, and Steve Bannon.
“Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in [to the grand jury] on Friday," he said.
"Do you think I would ever talk to that moron?" Nunberg told CNN's Gloria Borger later in the day, insisting in a later interview with Erin Burnett that he's not "playing a game of chicken."
"Let [Mueller] arrest me!" Nunberg told CNN's Jake Tapper.
"I'm not gonna get sent to prison," he declared to Burnett. "Do you think Robert Mueller is going to send me to prison?" he asked.
"Whatever you told them, they said they will not charge you for?" she asked.
"Yeah," he responded without expounding.
"Maybe I'll just give them my password. My email password... then I would comply," he suggested. "I'm not going answer questions in front of a grand jury if they do not explain to me why I have to go in there."
Burnett confronted him about rumors he had been drinking or medicated. "I smell alcohol on your breath," she said.
"I have not been drinking, no," he said. Nothing else "besides my meds... anti-depressants, ok?" he explained.