White House disputes former campaign aide’s collusion claims

The White House on Monday blasted back at a former campaign aide who sent Washington into a frenzy by saying that he’d rather go to jail than comply with a subpoena from the special counsel.

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, who was fired for posting racially-charged remarks on social media and was later sued by President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE for breaking a nondisclosure agreement, said in an interview on NBC that he thinks Trump “may” have done something illegal during the campaign.


Nunberg said the special counsel’s line of questioning “insinuated to me that [Trump] may have done something” wrong.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, saying Nunberg is “incorrect.”

“I definitely think he doesn't know that for sure because he's incorrect,” Sanders said. “As we said many times before, there was no collusion with the Trump campaign. Anything further on what his actions are — he hasn't worked at the White House. I can't speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has.”

Nunberg has in the past bragged about peddling fake stories to news outlets.

On Monday, he told The Washington Post that he would not comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s office seeking his correspondences with senior Trump campaign and administration officials.

"When I got the subpoena it was ridiculous to me,” Nunberg said in an interview on MSNBC. “Why should I hand them over every email I’ve had with Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon: If Kelly leaves White House, Trump won't replace him Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid Massachusetts launches probe into Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data MORE or Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneGovernment knows DNC hacker was Russian intel officer: report Cambridge Analytica whistleblower to speak to House Intel Dems Stone told friend WikiLeaks had emails regarding Dems before it was publicly known: report MORE since November. Since November of 2015?"

“Let him arrest me,” Nunberg said of Mueller to the Post.

The White House said it is up to Nunberg whether to comply with the subpoena, but that it’s doing everything it can to work with the special counsel to bring the investigation to a close.

“I'm not going to weigh in to somebody that doesn't work at the White House,” Sanders said. “From our perspective, we're fully cooperating with the office of the special counsel. We'll continue to do so. I'll reiterate once again the reason we are so comfortable doing so: There's absolutely no collusion within the Trump campaign in any foreign government.”