We just had some very stunning, bizarre developments in the last hour or so having to do with one-time Trump aide Sam Nunberg.
For months, really more than a year, Nunberg has been out there, remaining loyal to the President but also taking pot shots at others in the Trump inner circle he seems to have grudges against. The news today, first broken by The Washington Post, is that Nunberg has received a subpoena to appear before the Mueller grand jury and produce emails from his time with the Trump campaign. But he is refusing to do either.
Of course, you can’t do that. You can plead the 5th amendment. But you can’t just not show up. You also can’t refuse to produce emails based on the 5th amendment, except under quite limited circumstances. And Nunberg long predates the presidency so there’s zero executive privilege claims.
Nunberg then went on MSNBC and gave what I would call a emotional, sometimes defiant interview in which he repeated his refusal, dared Mueller to arrest him and said that he had heard things from the Mueller investigators that made him think President Trump ‘may have done something during the election.’ We will have a full write up and video shortly. But it was a meltdown kind of interview.
More to come.