Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg took to the press Monday to unleash his thoughts on the Russia investigation. After speaking to MSNBC's Katy Tur and CNN's Gloria Borger, Nunberg called into CNN's The Lead, hosted by Jake Tapper.
In his conversation with Tapper, Nunberg said in no uncertain terms that he believes that Carter Page — a controversial former adviser to the Trump campaign — had worked unlawfully with the Kremlin during the 2016 election. "Carter Page was colluding with the Russians," Nunberg said, repeating himself to an incredulous Tapper.
Nunberg also expressed his frustration with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying he feels it has unfairly targeted members of the Trump campaign. Nunberg himself has received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury, but he told the numerous reporters Monday that he did not plan to cooperate with the summons:
Nunberg — who was fired in the summer of 2015 after spending just six weeks with the Trump campaign — also claimed that then-candidate Donald Trump was aware of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians in June 2016. He also blamed Trump directly for Mueller's swirling investigation, telling Tapper, "Donald Trump caused this because he's an idiot."
Nunberg's subpoena demands that he produce records of his correspondence with former campaign staffers like Roger Stone, Stephen Bannon, and Paul Manafort. He is also being called to appear before a grand jury Friday, which he repeatedly said he would refuse to do.