“Carter Page was colluding with the Russians,” Nunberg told CNN’s Jake Tapper in his third cable news interview of the day after news broke that he won’t comply with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Muller.
“So Carter Page was colluding with the Russians, you think?” Tapper followed up with Nunberg. “Yes. I believe Carter Page was colluding with the Russians,” the former aide replied.
Tapper then pointed out that if that was true it would mean that a top Trump campaign advisor was working with Russians.
“He wasn’t really an advisor, Jake. Come on,” Nunberg said. “Do you really think he was an advisor? He was a name on a list. Let’s be honest about this … Trump had to form foreign policy advisory board. And they were happy to get anybody they could get.”
Nunberg went on to tell Tapper that he thinks Page is a “weird dude” and that the reason he believes he colluded with Russians during the campaign is because of “that case in 2013 or so.” While it’s not immediately clear which specific “case” Nunberg is referencing, he may be referring to reports that Russians in 2013 looked to recruit the former foreign policy adviser.
“I don’t think he should’ve been involved in that campaign,” Nunberg said of Page.
At the end of the interview, Nunberg asked Tapper for legal advice after saying he won’t comply with Mueller’s subpoena.
“Do you think should I cooperate? Should I spend 80 hours going over my e-mails, Jake?”
“If it were me, I would,” Tapper replied. “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 complained about having to go through countless emails between former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. “Why do I have to send every email I have,” Nunberg said.
“Sometimes life — and special prosecutors — are not fair, I guess,” Tapper replied.
Nunberg ended the interview by telling Tapper: “It’s an honor to be on your show for the first time. Thank you for having me.”
Watch the interview above, via CNN.