Sam Nunberg has been subpoenaed by Mueller to appear before a grand jury on Friday but says he is refusing to comply with the subpoena.
News agencies reported on Monday that former Trump aide Sam Nunberg told them that he is refusing to appear before a federal grand jury investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Nunberg said he was asked to come to Washington to appear before the grand jury on Friday. He also provided a copy of what appears to be his two-page grand jury subpoena seeking documents related to President Trump and nine other people, including emails, correspondence, invoices, telephone logs, calendars and “records of any kind.”
Among those the subpoena requests information about are departing White House communications director Hope Hicks, former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and adviser Roger Stone.
Nunberg went on to tell The Washington Post that he would not appear before the grand jury on Friday, nor would he comply with the demand to present documents.
“Let him arrest me,” Nunberg said, adding that: “Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday.”
He went on to claim that he would be appearing on Bloomberg TV on Friday instead to tear up a copy of the subpoena live on the air.
Bloomberg News reached out to Nunberg regarding the subpoena.
“They want me in there for grand jury on Friday. I’m not paying the money to go down there,” Nunberg told them. “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 went on to tell Bloomberg News that he thought Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was fishing for information regarding longtime Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone.
“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.”
However, Nunberg told MSNBC‘s Katy Tur in a phone interview that he thought that Mueller might have incriminating information regarding Trump.
“I think that he may have done something during the election,” Nunberg said, adding: “I don’t know that for sure.”