EXCLUSIVE: Sam Nunberg Apologizes To Sarah Sanders, Is Complying With Mueller And Thinks The Media Was Fair To Him
Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told The Daily Caller he is sorry for attacking White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will comply with special counsel Robert Mueller’s order to turn over some email correspondence and believes he was treated fairly by the media during his Monday media blitz.
“It was wrong of me to attack Sarah,” Nunberg told TheDC. “Sarah’s very talented. It was a rude comment. I understand she was just doing her job, and I think she does a very good job under rough circumstances… I owe her an apology. I was having a rough day.”
Nunberg called Sanders at various points throughout Monday “unattractive,” a “fat slob,” and warned her to “shut her mouth.” The former Trump campaign aide undertook a media blitz Monday in which he vacillated on whether he would comply with special counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena to turn over email correspondence with he exchanged with multiple individuals on the Trump campaign, including Steve Bannon and Roger Stone.
Nunberg told TheDC he is now undergoing the process of complying with Mueller’s subpoena by sifting through and copying his emails. He credited his decision to comply to the counsel of Professor Maya Wiley, whom he spoke with live on air during a Monday appearance on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show. Nunberg stressed he still “doesn’t know” if he will appear Friday before investigators as requested.
WATCH: @AriMelber‘s full interview with ex Trump aide Sam Nunberg, who is refusing to comply with Mueller’s subpoena. @TheBeatWithAri #TheBeat https://t.co/MVDSnPkdu4
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 6, 2018
Nunberg floated the idea of simply turning over his email password to the investigators in an interview Monday evening but said upon his advice of his lawyer he had to physically “comply” with the subpoena by going through the laborious process himself. Nunberg frequently lamented to media hosts Monday that he would have to spend hours complying with the order.
“Should I spend 50 hours going over all my emails with Roger Stone and with Steve Bannon?”
Asked whether he thought he was taken advantage of by the media Monday, he said “I think the media was very fair, I don’t think they did anything inappropriate,” adding that “Erin is just doing her job,” referencing CNN’s Erin Burnett questioning of whether he was intoxicated during an appearance on her show.
Nunberg stressed multiple times that he was not drunk during his interviews.
“I was not on any substances,” he stated. “Look, I’ll tell it to you this way: everything I have to go through now — I’m smart enough not to involve alcohol. You don’t want to be involved in alcohol.”
Asked specifically about Axios’s Tuesday declaration that one of the reasons Americans hate the media is because of the way it acts during Nunberg-like episodes, he said “it’s nice to have friends.”
This is one of the reasons America hates the media. Our entire industry lit itself on fire because a troubled Trump hanger-on made an ass of himself — live. https://t.co/dQv76UmQ4k
— Axios (@axios) March 6, 2018
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