The “Morning Joe” crew was not amused by the theatrics of Sam Nunberg. The former Trump campaign aide took over the news cycle yesterday in a series of televised interviews where he said he would not cooperate with a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller.
“You could hear the desperation and that’s what Mueller has going for him,” said show regular David Ignatius. That’s [Mueller’s] power.”
Co-host Joe Scarborough said he just felt sorry for Nunberg.
“I actually felt for Nunberg yesterday. As much of a clown show he was putting on,” he said. “I was feeling sorry for that kid. Thinking he could be facing bankruptcy. He’s facing … the most effective prosecutor of our time. And he’s completely been abandoned by the guy who he basically laid down for.”
Also on hand was co-host Willie Geist, who noted that the mounting cost of legal fees facing many of Trump’s aides would likely dissuade qualified candidates from working at the White House.
“Why would you enter the White House if you knew that you may someday have to sell your house or pull your kids out of school or whatever it costs to pay off legal bills,” he asked? “Who will our leaders be when they’re watching this mess going on in front of them?”
Beginning at around 2:30 p.m. with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Nunberg swept the news cycle. In multiple appearances on CNN and MSNBC, the ex-Trump aide said he would not comply with a subpoena issued by Mueller. Nunberg told TheWrap and various other news organization that he was not interested in helping Mueller build a circumstantial case against his friend and mentor Roger Stone.
Nunberg also insisted that the process of digging through his old emails to satisfy the Special Counsel was overly arduous and unreasonable.