Former Trump Aide Continues to Rage Against Russia Inquiry on Live TV

Reports say he may be drunk.

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg continued an extraordinary string of media appearances on Monday evening, raging at length against the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a rambling, in-person appearance on CNN’s “Outfront” with Erin Burnett, Nunberg stated again that he believed the counsel’s office “had something” on Donald Trump, echoing a previous statement he made on MSNBC earlier in the day. He also said Trump is “spending money like a drunken sailor.”

“I’ve never seen something like this,” he added.

At one point in the interview, Burnett asked Nunberg about reports that he is “drunk or off [his] meds.” Nunberg ignored the concerns. “I don’t care what they say,” he said. “I really could care less about what the Trump White House has to say about me.”

Burnett pushed him. “Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” she said. He denied having anything to drink and repeated he “didn’t care” what the reports said.

Then later in the interview, Nunberg seemed to contradict his original refusal to comply with the Mueller investigation. “To save time, maybe I’ll just give them my [email] password,” he told Burnett.

On Friday, Nunberg was subpoenaed to testify in the Trump-Russia probe and ordered to turn over documents related to a range of White House figures. He spoke to several news outlets on Monday to declare that he wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation, going so far as to dare Mueller to arrest him.

In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Nunberg said he thinks Mueller may have “something” on President Trump. “I think that he may have done something during the election, but I don’t know that for sure.”

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up to $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

FOLLOW THE MONEY

Corporations and billionaires don’t fund journalism like ours that exists to shake things up. Instead, support from readers allows Mother Jones to call it like it is without fear, favor, or false equivalence.

And right now, a longtime friend of Mother Jones has pledged an incredibly generous gift to inspire—and double—giving from online readers. That's huge! Because you can see that our fall fundraising drive is well behind the $325,000 we need to raise. So if you agree that in-depth, fiercely independent journalism matters right now, please support our work and help us raise the money it takes to keep Mother Jones charging hard. Your gift, and all online donations up $94,000 total, will be matched and go twice as far—but only until the November 9 deadline.

$400,000 to go: Please help us pick up the pace!

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate