A former Trump aide who was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller last week gave a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC on Wednesday in which he disputed the idea that President Trump colluded with Russia.
The ex-aide, Sam Nunberg, said he doubted that Trump colluded because if he had, he would not have been able to keep it secret.
“The other question when you broaden out, this notion that the theory of the case may turn on Donald Trump knowing about the hacked emails in advance or partaking in it. Is it possible that he has that exposure?” MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Nunberg, who was interviewed by Mueller’s team last Thursday.
“I think you would be giving Donald Trump too much credit,” said Nunberg, who worked for Trump from early 2014 through Aug. 2015.
“I think if Vladimir Putin had a plan like this, he would tell Donald Trump because he would not be able to keep his mouth shut about it. It would hurt Vladimir Putin.”
Reports have surfaced over the past two days that Mueller has been asking witnesses in his investigation about Trump’s business activities prior to announcing his presidential bid in July 2015.
Mueller’s investigators have also been asking whether Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before they were published by WikiLeaks.
Nunberg would not have direct insight into the email hacks, but he would possibly know about any interactions prior to the beginning of Trump’s campaign.
Nunberg was fired just weeks into the campaign after it was reported that he sent racially-charged messages in the past. He was also fired by Trump in 2014 — but then subsequently re-hired — after he helped arrange a BuzzFeed profile that turned out to be embarrassing for the real estate tycoon.
Nunberg was complimentary of the Mueller team during his MSNBC interview. He said that the prosecutors were professional and did not waste his time.
“They didn’t call me in just to check a box. Everything they asked me was backed up. I don’t want to get into where they are at in their investigation, but it wasn’t a waste of their time or my time. I was happy to cooperate with them,” he said.
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