On Monday afternooon, Sam Nunberg, Donald Trump’s former campaign aide, while sounding slightly drunk, appeared several times on CNN, NY1, MSNBC, and provided phone interviews with various news organizations. Speaking to CNN’s Gloria Borger, about his upcoming interview with the Mueller Investigation, Nunberg stated, investigators,
“…want me to testify against Roger. They want me to say that Roger was going around telling people he was colluding with Julian Assange (WikiLeaks founder). That’s what they want. I’m not going to do it.”
Nunberg was referring to Roger Stone. Roger Stone is an American conspiracy theorist, a lobbyist, a strategist, and has provided opposition research for the Republican Party. He served as Donald Trump’s lobbyist in Washington, D.C. during the late 1990s, and in the early 2000s. Stone encouraged Trump to run for the presidency.
In 1980, Stone co-founded the lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone, with Charles R. Black and Paul Manafort. (In 1984, they recruited Peter Kelly and renamed the firm Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly.) In the 1980s, this lobbying firm used “White House” contacts to attract wealthy clients. Within ten years, Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly was described as one of the leading lobbyists in the United States.
Roger Stone has been described in the media as a political trickster and a veteran Republican strategist, and is considered responsible for promoting falsehoods and conspiracy theories. (Roger Stone is the focus of a documentary film for Netflix, titled Get Me Roger Stone.)
Sam Nunberg has stated he believes special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in building a case, and pressing charges against, Roger Stone. Nunberg feels a great sense of loyalty to his mentor, Stone, and this is why he is so torn about answering his subpoena. In a truly strange interview on MSNBC, legal experts advised Nunberg on the ways he could minimize the scope of the subpoena. They also advised him that if he did not comply he would go to jail for as long as a year.
Nunberg did have a change of heart by the end of Monday. He said he had decided to cooperate with the Mueller Investigation after receiving “very reasonable” legal advice. Nunberg said, “I’m completely cooperating.” It has been reported Nunberg spent Tuesday searching through documents that he will turn over to Mr. Mueller.