Following an interview on MSNBC in which he stated he would not comply with special counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena and hinted that Trump “may have done something during the election,” former Trump aide Sam Nunberg told CNN that he was the person responsible for Trump’s border wall proposal, the Muslim ban, and attacks against Jeb Bush during the 2016 presidential election.
Nunberg also said he believed Mueller thinks President Trump is “the Manchurian candidate,” a reference to a 1962 film in which an American soldier is brainwashed by a foreign country.
“Mueller thinks that Trump is the Manchurian candidate,” he said. “I would tell you, I disagree with that.”
In the interview, Nunberg, who was fired by the Trump campaign in 2015 over a racist Facebook post dating from 2007, seemed distressed about the treatment he and his self-proclaimed mentor, Roger Stone, received at the hands of then-candidate Trump — particularly given the influence he claimed to have over certain cornerstones of Trump’s campaign.
“I worked for Trump for four-and-a-half years. I came up with the wall. I came up with Muslim ban. I came up with everything to attack Jeb Bush, all that stuff,” Nunberg told Gloria Borger.
He claimed that Corey Lewandowski attempted to “push” both he and Stone out of the campaign and that Trump preferred Lewandowski over the two of them.
“Now, Trump loves Corey. I don’t know why he does,” Nunberg said. “Trump always had, he treated Roger and me differently than he treated everybody else. Now, Roger is more loyal to Trump than me. I don’t care.”
Borger questioned if Nunberg would protect Trump in the investigation.
“No, I’m not protecting him, but he didn’t do anything,” he responded. “You know what he did? He won the election.”
Nunberg also claimed Mueller and his team were attempting to build a case against Stone and that they wanted him to testify against him. He said he would not do it and that he never saw any evidence that Stone colluded with Julian Assange.
On Monday, Nunberg said he would not comply with Mueller’s subpoena to appear in front of a federal grand jury.
Watch the clips above, via CNN.