Sam Nunberg Says Trump is an 'Idiot' and 'Carter Page Was Colluding With the Russians' As He Goes Off the Rails on Live TV

To say Sam Nunberg wasn't happy to receive a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday would be an understatement.

The former Trump campaign aide immediately turned to the cable news circuit for a series of no holds barred interviews, telling the stations' anchors that he has no intentions of complying with Mueller's request to appear before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Nunberg was particularly fixated on the sheer amount of time it would take him to comply with Mueller's subpoena, which also requires him to turn over his communications with former White House communications director Hope Hicks, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Trump attorney Michael Cohen, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and—to Nunberg's chagrin—former adviser Roger Stone. Nunberg seemed especially outraged that he should be expected to betray the confidence of Stone, whom he sees as a mentor.

At times, Nunberg appeared to contradict himself when it came to whether he believed there was any basis for Mueller's investigation. President Donald Trump, according to Nunberg, was at turns too dumb for Russian President Vladimir Putin to want to collude with and too idiotic to keep himself out of trouble, yet smart enough not to ask women to "come up to his room," a reference to Putin's alleged offer to send women to Trump's hotel room in 2013.

Mueller's investigation was a "witch hunt," he told the news outlets, but Nunberg also had a sneaking suspicion Trump "may have done something during the election."

Here are other memorable moments from Nunberg's Monday interviews:

1. "I think it would be funny if they arrested me."

Nunberg told MSNBC's Katy Tur, "I think it would be really, really funny if they wanted to arrest me, because I don't want to spend 80 hours going over emails I had with Steve Bannon and Roger Stone."

2. "Why does Bob Mueller need to see my emails when I send Roger and Steve clips and we talk about how much we hate people?"

Nunberg seemed particularly concerned with the content of his emails with former Trump campaign officials—not because they would reveal collusion, he told Tur, but because they would reveal his and Stone's mean-spirited gossip.

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg is refusing to appear before a federal grand jury in the Russia investigation. Now he’s calling in to MSNBC for legal advice.

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) March 6, 2018

3. "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."

In an interview with Bloomberg, Nunberg challenged Mueller's power to take any action against him should he keep his word and abstain from Friday's grand jury appearance, adding that he didn't want to pay the travel expenses. He also told CNN's Gloria Borger, "Screw that. Why do I have to go? Why? For what?"

4. "Putin is too smart to collude with Donald Trump."

Nunberg told The Washington Post he doubts that Putin colluded with Trump because the Russian president is too smart. And Trump, by extension, is not smart enough.

5. "Trump is too smart to have women come up to his room."

But the former campaign aide told the Post that Trump is smart enough to know better than to accept Putin's alleged offer to send women to Trump's hotel room in 2013, during that year's Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

6. "Granted, Donald Trump caused this, because he's an idiot."

Nunberg went back to emphasizing that, when it comes down to it, he loathes Trump and thinks that his lack of smarts is why he's the target of Mueller's investigation to begin with. Nunberg told CNN's Jake Tapper that he's swimming in legal fees, all thanks to the president.

7. "Donald Trump won this election on his own. He campaigned his ass off. And there is nobody who hates him more than me."

Despite his sour feelings toward Trump, Nunberg told Tur he believes the president defeated Hillary Clinton on his own merit.

8. "The president's right—it's a witch hunt."

And he echoed Trump's own mantra: that Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt."

9. "Yes, I believe Carter Page was colluding with the Russians."

But according to Nunberg, that assessment doesn't include Carter Page, a former Trump campaign associate, whom the Justice Department suspected could be a Russian agent.

10. "Trump may have done something during the election. I don't know what it is."

And despite Mueller's "witch hunt," despite Putin's smarts and Trump's apparent lack thereof, Nunberg said he still has a funny feeling Trump did "something" shady during the 2016 election. He just doesn't know what.

If Mueller is getting closer to finding out, Nunberg won't be helping the process: He promised to tear up the subpoena on Bloomberg TV.

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