Former Trump Aide Continues to Rage Against Russia Inquiry on Live TV

Reports say he may be drunk.

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg continued an extraordinary string of media appearances on Monday evening, raging at length against the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a rambling, in-person appearance on CNN’s “Outfront” with Erin Burnett, Nunberg stated again that he believed the counsel’s office “had something” on Donald Trump, echoing a previous statement he made on MSNBC earlier in the day. He also said Trump is “spending money like a drunken sailor.”

“I’ve never seen something like this,” he added.

At one point in the interview, Burnett asked Nunberg about reports that he is “drunk or off [his] meds.” Nunberg ignored the concerns. “I don’t care what they say,” he said. “I really could care less about what the Trump White House has to say about me.”

Burnett pushed him. “Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath,” she said. He denied having anything to drink and repeated he “didn’t care” what the reports said.

Then later in the interview, Nunberg seemed to contradict his original refusal to comply with the Mueller investigation. “To save time, maybe I’ll just give them my [email] password,” he told Burnett.

On Friday, Nunberg was subpoenaed to testify in the Trump-Russia probe and ordered to turn over documents related to a range of White House figures. He spoke to several news outlets on Monday to declare that he wouldn’t cooperate with the investigation, going so far as to dare Mueller to arrest him.

In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Nunberg said he thinks Mueller may have “something” on President Trump. “I think that he may have done something during the election, but I don’t know that for sure.”

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