It was the moment no one thought they would ever see.
A former top Trump aide finally spilled the beans on Russian collusion.
And he ended up doing Robert Mueller the biggest favor of his life.
Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg became a cable news sensation overnight.
He did at least six cable news interviews where he threatened to not comply with the special counsel’s subpoena to testify before a grand jury.
But while he started out saying his refusal was because the investigation was ridiculous, his interviews soon took on a dark tone.
Without citing any evidence, Nunberg began to make wild claims that Trump colluded with Russia during the campaign and that Mueller “had something” on the President.
Vanity Fair reports:
“Less than two weeks after Sam Nunberg met with Robert Mueller, the disgraced former Donald Trump aide seems to have taken a page from former foreign policy adviser Carter Page’s verbose playbook. On Monday, Nunberg suggested to multiple outlets that the special prosecutor could have evidence tying the Trump campaign to Russian interference in the 2016 election. “I think they may,” Nunberg said in an interview with MSNBC. “I think that he may have done something during the election.” He echoed the sentiment in a subsequent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper: “He may. He may. And you know what? Trump may have very well done something during the election with the Russians,” he said, specifically pointing the finger at Page. (Page has denied any wrongdoing.)”
As Nunberg’s claims grew even wilder, CNN was forced to acknowledge Nunberg’s erratic behavior.
Host Erin Burnett told him she could smell alcohol on his breath during their interview.
“While interviewing former Trump aide Sam Nunberg on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” anchor Erin Burnett told Nunberg she could smell alcohol on his breath.
Burnett said, “You’re sitting very close to me. We talked earlier about what people in the White House were saying about you, talking about whether you were drinking or on drugs, or whatever they — had happened today. Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath.”
Nunberg said, “I have not had a drink.”
Burnett asked Nunberg if he was on anything else. He answered, “No. Besides my meds, anti-depressants.”
Nunberg made other wild claims such as Trump knew about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting arranged by his son Donald Trump, Jr.—despite repeated White House claims that Trump knew nothing about it.
But Nunberg has no evidence to back up any of his outrageous claims.
In fact, he was fired from the Trump campaign back in 2015 after racist Facebook posts resurfaced.
But the media lapped Nunberg up—it seemed like he appeared on every CNN and MSNBC program.
Journalists loved the fact that he implicated the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and that Mueller had the goods on the President.
But was it ethical to air so many interviews when there were obvious questions about his state of mind or whether he’d been drinking prior to his appearances?
Let us know what your thoughts are in the comment section.