CNN's Tapper tells ex-Trump aide he should cooperate with Mueller subpoena

Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg on Monday sought CNN host Jake Tapper's advice on whether he should follow through in refusing to comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

“Do you think I should cooperate? Should I spend 80 hours going over my emails, Jake?” Nunberg asked at the conclusion of an interview on “State of the Union.”

“If it were me I would,” Tapper responded. “If you’re just asking my opinion, just because it sounds like a pain, but he is the special counsel and he does have the long arm of the law.”

Nunberg then questioned why he should have to compile dozens of emails he exchanged with the likes of former White House strategist Stephen Bannon and Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneStone told friend WikiLeaks had emails regarding Dems before it was publicly known: report Ex-Trump aide Nunberg reverses: Mueller probe not a 'witch hunt' Nunberg shows up for Mueller grand jury testimony MORE during his time on the campaign. 

“Sometimes life and special prosecutors are not fair, I guess," Tapper said. "I would cooperate were it me. But, you know, I’m a different breed of cat.”

Nunberg spent much of Monday afternoon calling into various cable news shows to discuss his decision not to comply with Mueller’s subpoena for documents tied to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE and nine others.

He told The Washington Post he planned to go on Bloomberg TV and rip up the subpoena.

Multiple hosts pointed out to Nunberg that he would place himself in jeopardy of being arrested if he refuses to comply. 

"I think it would be really really funny if they wanted to arrest me because I don’t want to spend 80 hours going over emails with Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonOvernight 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 Scaramucci: Trump’s war on the media ‘not good for America’ MORE and Roger Stone," Nunberg told MSNBC.

Nunberg said multiple times that he thinks Mueller, who is leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, “may” have information that President Trump did something illegal. The White House rejected that claim, saying Nunberg has no knowledge on the subject.

Nunberg has in the past bragged about spreading false stories to news outlets.

Nunberg was an early member of the Trump campaign team, but was fired in 2015 after racist social media posts emerged. Trump later sued him for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement.