After what amounted to nothing short of a roller coaster of a day, ex-Trump aide Sam Nunberg clarified remarks that he had made while appearing on no less than six talk shows.
Per NBC’s Katy Tur, Nunberg has now conceded that he will “probably cooperate with Mueller in the end” after promising to defy special counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena.
Nunberg tells me he'll probably cooperate with Mueller in the end. He just doesn't want to make it easy. He thinks it isn't fair that they are asking for his personal communications. As of 8pm he says he had not talked to his lawyer.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) March 6, 2018
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The development comes on the heels of wild, and probably misguided, assurances that not only would he refuse to cooperate with the special counselor in charge of the investigation into Russian meddling, but that he wouldn’t go to jail for it, either.
To be clear, refusing to comply with a grand jury subpoena will result in jail time.
According to AP, Nunberg says “that he’s angry about being asked to share his email conversations with a long list of ex-campaign aides, and he says he doesn’t think the subpoena is fair and that he’d like Mueller’s team to narrow its scope of inquiry.”
While the extent of his cooperation remains to be seen, today’s chaotic introduction to the ex-Trump aide is, once again, very bad optics for a Trump White House that never quite manages to escape turmoil.