A former Trump campaign aide appeared for hours before a grand jury Friday, after he defiantly insisted in a series of news interviews just days earlier that he meant to defy a subpoena in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
Nunberg said he will not comply.
Sam Nunberg said he'd been working since 6 a.m.to produce the thousands of emails and other communications with and about 10 ex-campaign officials.
Nunberg, who was sacked from the Trump campaign in August 2015, was interviewed by Mueller's investigators in February as part of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. "And there is nobody who hates him more than me". He said he'd traded numerous emails a day with Roger Stone, a Trump adviser, and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and said he didn't have 80 hours to spend digging through his files.
Russian Federation has denied that it meddled in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion between Moscow and his campaign.
"I thought it was a teachable moment", he said of his 24 hours in the limelight.
Nunberg, 36, is an associate of Trump ally and longtime political consultant Roger Stone.
"Nunberg seems to be cracking under the strain of investigation and abandonment", he said.
The revelation contradicts Stone's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, during which he said he had never "said or written that I had any direct communication with Julian Assange", the WikiLeaks founder. He also said he planned to appear Friday before a grand jury, as Mueller had requested.
In his interviews with the AP, Nunberg cast Mueller's subpoena demands as unreasonable.
Nunberg worked as an aide early in Trump's presidential campaign until he was sacked for allegedly breaching a confidentiality agreement and for revelations of racially charged social media posts he wrote in August 2015. He can take the Fifth Amendment. "Why do I have to get dragged through something like this?" he told The News. "He's going to lose this fight".
His usual cockiness, however, did appear, at times, to ebb.
He also said President Donald Trump "never did anything illegal or wrong" around him, but that based on questions investigators asked him, "they may have something" on Trump.
"If it were me, I would", Tapper responded, telling Nunberg: "Sometimes life and special prosecutors are not fair, I guess".