For months, a parade of witnesses summoned by special counsel Robert Mueller has dutifully agreed to testify as part of the investigation into Russian election interference. Sam Nunberg, a former presidential campaign adviser to President Trump, publicly defied Mueller on Monday, announcing in a series of bizarre media interviews that he would ignore a grand jury subpoena from the special prosecutor and daring Mueller to put him in handcuffs, Politico reports. Nunberg suggested that his former boss faces legal jeopardy, saying Mueller “has enough” on the president and doesn’t need his testimony.
Nunberg appears to be a minor figure in the Russia saga. Trump fired Nunberg — a self-described protégé of political operative Roger Stone — in 2015 after the disclosure of racially offensive Facebook posts he had written. That means Nunberg was not working for Trump for most of the time period Mueller is known to be studying. Nunberg himself has no apparent close ties to Moscow, unlike many other Trump associates swept up in Mueller’s probe. Adding a surreal touch to Nunburg’s headline-grabbing day was the suggestion of one CNN interviewer, live on the air, that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Late Monday, Nunberg appeared to have changed his mind, saying that, in the end, he likely will “end up cooperating with them.”