WASHINGTON — Longtime Donald Trump associate Sam Nunberg said Monday he doesn’t plan to cooperate with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller requesting he appear before a grand jury investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
“They want me in there for grand jury on Friday. I’m not paying the money to go down there,” Nunberg said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “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.”
Nunberg was also asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with 10 campaign associates, including Trump, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks starting in November 2015 and running through the present, according to a subpoena dated Feb. 27 that was obtained by Bloomberg News.
The subpoena also seeks his communications with several former Trump aides, including onetime strategist Steve Bannon and former Oval Office operations director Keith Schiller, as well as former campaign advisers Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Carter Page and Roger Stone. Mueller is also seeking Nunberg’s emails with longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Nunberg said he expects one line of questioning before the grand jury to be related to Stone, who Nunberg worked with closely over the years.
“I’m not going to cooperate with Mueller. It’s a fishing expedition,” Nunberg said. “They want me in there for a grand jury for testimony about Roger Stone. He didn’t do anything. What is he going to do? His investigation is BS. Trump did not collude with Putin. It’s a joke.”
Nunberg was on Trump’s payroll from mid-2011 to August 2015 when he was fired from Trump’s campaign in the early days after Business Insider published a story about his racially charged Facebook posts. In July 2016, Trump sued him for violating a confidentiality agreement. The suit was dropped the following month.
Another possible line of questioning could be related to Trump’s activities in Moscow in 2013 during the Miss Universe pageant, which the president once owned. Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” quotes Nunberg extensively describing the early months of the Trump administration. Wolff said the former adviser was “generally regarded as the man who understood Trump’s whims and impulses best” and a Bannon associate.