Former Trump aide: president 'may have done something illegal'

Sam Nunberg told MSNBC in an interview that he thought the candidate “may have done something” illegal during the election. | Youtube snapshot

Sam Nunberg, former Donald Trump aide, said he would rip up a subpoena in Trump-Russia inquiry, but that Trump may have broken the law during the election

According to sources, in a couple of extraordinary interviews on Monday, Nunberg said he would defy a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller but also said the president “may have done something” illegal.

Nunberg, speaking to several American media outlets including the Washington Post vowed to defy Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and alleged collusion between Trump aides and Moscow. Mueller has indicted 13 Russians and four former Trump aides, three of whom have entered plea deals involving cooperation. He also told MSNBC in an interview that he thought the candidate “may have done something” illegal during the election.

Later, Nunberg told the Associated Press that though he was angry over Mueller’s request to have him appear in front of a grand jury and turn over thousands of emails and other communications with other ex-officials, he was “going to end up cooperating with them”.

Nunberg was Trump’s political adviser before the start of his White House run. He was fired in August 2015, over racially charged Facebook posts, after he and Stone lost an internal power struggle with the then campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Nunberg was sued by Trump on the eve of the 2016 Republican convention, for allegedly leaking information about Lewandowski’s relationship with the close Trump aide and future White House communications director Hope Hicks.

The source further pointed out that the case was settled and Nunberg has remained close to many in Trump’s orbit.

Nunberg also said that had Trump not won the Republican primary, “he was probably going to endorse Hillary Clinton”.

He also showed the Post a copy of what appeared to be his subpoena, the newspaper reported, which included a list of names of those about whom the special counsel is seeking information. Hicks, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Lewandowski and Stone were among the names listed.