Much is going on and I'm still buried in my project, which keeps dragging me away from following the news. (Actually, it's rather pleasant not
to read every news story.) But I had to say something about the Sam Nunberg affair
In a defiant pair of CNN interviews, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said Monday he refuses to comply with a grand jury subpoena in the Russia investigation.
"Screw that," Nunberg told CNN's Gloria Borger. "Why do I have to go? Why? For what?"
For chrissakes! It's a freakin' subpoena
! I knew that these Trumpers had a complete disdain for the rule of law, but this is outside the realm of the thinkable.
"Donald Trump caused this because he's an idiot," Nunberg said.
Seeming to dare the authorities to challenge him on the refusal, Nunberg told Tapper that he would not appear before a grand jury or spend time reviewing his communications in order to comply with the subpoena.
"I'm not cooperating. Arrest me," Nunberg said. "You want to arrest me? Arrest me."
Executive privilege? Naw. This has nothing to do with anything that happened during
this administration. Is Nunberg relying on a pardon? Maybe -- but calling Trump an idiot, though accurate, is not the best way to win a ticket to Pardonsville.
Nunberg has been all over cable news, and all over the map. He denounces Russiagate as a hoax yet says that Mueller "has something" on Trump. He also said that Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting well ahead of time. Duh. Why wouldn't
Donnie Junior have told his dad? As noted in an earlier post (which I'm too lazy to dig up), the room in which the meeting with the Russians took place was bugged, allowing Dad to listen in real time.
Marcy Wheeler thinks Nunberg is protecting his friend Steve Bannon. A direct Nunberg quote: “I’m not interested in handing over all my emails with Steve Bannon or Roger Stone..." Apparently, there's a grand jury targeting Roger Stone (another Nunberg friend). I hope
I'm not persuaded by Marcy's theory that Nunberg hopes to protect Bannon. Who could possibly love Bannon enough to go to jail for him?
Then again, who can understand Bannon these days? It's clear that the former Breitbart editor has disdain for Trump (and for most of the rest of humanity), yet Bannon opened himself up to contempt charges by refusing to cooperate in any way with the Congressional investigation. Why would Bannon do
that? Why hasn't he flipped like a burger?
is as good as any:
Nunberg also seemed to imply that his friend Roger Stone is guilty, while making clear that he’s refusing to turn over evidence against Stone due to their friendship. Somewhere in there Nunberg revealed that Mueller has a grand jury going against Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Nunberg also claimed that Carter Page was guilty of colluding with Russia, before seeming to contradict himself in the same sentence. Nunberg also made confusing statements that seemed to imply Steve Bannon either has evidence of Trump’s guilt, or that Bannon is guilty of something.
Reportedly, Nunberg has been hitting the bottle
Holy crap Erin Burnett just told him she smells booze on his breath and that rumors from the WH are that he's an indiscreet drunk!!! He keeps repeating himself. This is wild.
As for Nunberg's admission that Carter Page colluded with the Russians: What can I say in response? We need a word that expresses two contradictory concepts: DUH and WOW. Of course
Page colluded: Duh
. But...a Trumper actually admitted
My immediate, provisional theory has no real evidence to back it, but does have the advantage of explaining nearly everything. For a while now, I've been saying that this scandal will soon have a body count. (Some say it already does.) We're talking about Russian spies and mobsters here. We're talking about guys who'll feed you polonium pasta.
The theory that Nunberg is under mortal threat explains the willingness to go to jail, the drinking, the nervousness, the quasi-breakdown, and even the "Trump's an idiot" remark. And it turns out I'm not the only one thinking this way
a cute reaction:
Sam Nunberg just fucked Donald Trump so badly, that Michael Cohen just wrote him a check for $130,000.
Can you imagine how nuts @FoxNews would go if: 1. An Obama aide said he would ignore a grand jury subpoena. 2. Obama talked about being president for life. 3. Obama imposed trade tariffs 4. Obama paid off a porn star
...this could keep going for scores of tweets. But I stop here