Mueller-defying Trump associate Sam Nunberg – having collected his thoughts after a series of inebriated media interviews on Monday – said he “loved all the attention” from his controversial junket, but that he now plans to comply with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena as quickly as possible.
Nunberg also cleared up his on-air speculation over whether Trump had engaged in misconduct during the campaign. After admitting to host Katy Tur on Monday that he’d been interviewed by Mueller’s investigators, Nunberg was then asked if he believes the special counsel “has anything” on Trump. “I think they may,” the ex-aide responded. “I think he may have done something during the election. But I don’t know that for sure.”
The former Trump associate cleared that up, telling Bloomberg News on Wednesday that the president “never did anything illegal or wrong around me,” though he did say “It’s my impression that they may have something on him. But perhaps they don’t.“
Nunberg is now planning to show up for a scheduled grand jury testimony on Friday, and he will hand over email communications with Trump and nine other associates demanded by Mueller “as quickly as possible,” adding that compiling the emails turned out to be easier than he thought.
The 48-hour about-face is in stark contrast to Monday’s bombastic rhetoric, when Nunberg told Bloomberg News “They want me in there for grand jury on Friday. I’m not paying the money to go down there,” Nunberg said. “What’s he going to do? He’s so tough – let’s see what they do. I’m not going to spend 40 hours going over emails. I have a life.”
After admitting to Fox Business Network host that he’d been drinking, Gasparino gave a heads up to the other journalists on Nunberg’s schedule to let them know he was sauced up.
not a fun story and i have real questions about the ethics of putting sam on TV yesterday given his state of mind https://t.co/QICFXTXFR9
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) March 6, 2018
“When he told me this stuff, that he wanted to go public with it, that he wanted me to break it, I asked him three times whether he was sure and is he of sound mind to do this, because I didn’t think he was,” Gasparino related to Fox Business colleague Liz Claman. “He told me he was drinking. … I just watched him on MSNBC and CNN, and the man needs help.”
Gasparino’s concerns were ignored by his colleagues at other networks, culminating in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett. “We talked earlier about what people in the White House were saying about you ― talking about whether you were drinking or on drugs or whatever had happened today,” said Burnett. “Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath.”
Here’s CNN’s Erin Burnett telling former Trump aide Sam Nunberg that she can smell alcohol on his breath. He says he hasn’t been drinking. pic.twitter.com/tryye9AiqA
— Jim Dalrymple II (@Dalrymple) March 6, 2018
Nunberg now says it’s all good…
“I don’t feel exploited,” Nunberg tells Bloomberg. “I was playing everywhere,” he said. “I was trending No. 1 on Twitter from a couch in my office.”
Nunberg acknowledged to Bloomberg that he had strategized how to reverse damage to his reputation from his phoned-in cable news appearances. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he reached out to friends and reporters to argue that there was a strategy behind the TV spree — and that it wasn’t a drug- or alcohol-fueled meltdown.
“This is my personality,” he said.