It’s been an action-packed week in the Russiagate saga, even though it’s only Tuesday.
On Monday Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen was going around making some complaints. Apparently, Trump ordered Cohen to make a six-figure payment to a porn star he allegedly had an affair with. Cohen is said to be unhappy that he hasn’t been reimbursed.
Then Russiagate took a trip to Bangkok and a steamy Thai detention center where a “sex coach” named Anastasia Vashukevich is claiming to have detailed insider knowledge of Russian meddling in the US election. She told CNN she wants to cooperate with US investigators and asked for our help in resisting Putin.
These events were a mere prelude to one of the wildest moments in television history.
Robert Mueller subpoenaed former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg to appear before the grand jury.
Nunberg was asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with ten of his Trump campaign associates, including Trump. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks were named as well.
The subpoena covers a period of time beginning in November 2015 and running through the present, according to a subpoena dated Feb. 27 that was obtained by Bloomberg News.
That wouldn’t be strange in itself. Nunberg has been interviewed by Mueller before. It was Nunberg’s reaction that made the news.
“Screw that,” Nunberg told CNN’s Gloria Borger. “Why do I have to go? Why? For what?”
The guy freaked out completely. He started shooting his mouth off in every direction. It made for one of the most unusual twists and turns in this whole rotten Russiagate scandal. In a torrential outburst of denials, accusations, and slanders, Nunberg had all kinds of things to say.
He described White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as “unattractive” and a “fat slob”.
He vowed to defy the grand jury subpoena.
He dared Mueller to arrest him.
He claimed Mueller believes that Donald Trump is a Manchurian candidate.
He even loudly questioned his interviewer as to whether the subpoena would have happened to a Democrat.
Millennial Democrats readers will not require a reminder of the clamor surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Nunberg also spent a good part of his interview playing the oracle, apparently attempting to interpret some of the questions Mueller asked him the last time. He gave up some interesting stuff.
Among other things, he said he believes that the special counsel has something solid on Trump as connected to the Russian meddling effort on the 2016 election. “I suspect they suspect something about him,” were the words he used.
We’ve got a few suspicions of our own.
That one seems pretty clear.
Nunberg appeared to confirm as much in an interview on MSNBC.
“I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come in to a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with [WikiLeaks founder] Julian Assange. Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family,” he said.
It’s a safe bet that Roger wasn’t very happy to hear his relative spouting off.
Nunberg’s meltdown is a clear indication of the stress he’s under, and people do tend to ramble on when they’re stressed out. But regardless of duress, the episode provided many hints of why the investigation is so terrifying to the malignant mutant in the White House.
Former FBI agent Josh Campbell called Nunberg’s display “the Great Unravelling.”
“Up until this point Mueller’s team has been so tight, we haven’t seen the leaks so it has been very difficult to see what he’s looking for,” Campbell said. “I think it’s incredible, seeing today this episode unfold before our eyes because it gives us that insight into where the investigation is ultimately headed.”
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the whole world was probably shopping with Donald Trump’s campaign, and it’ll be interesting to see where this one goes.
In the meantime, it’s up to us to raise awareness of the new information, and to keep a close eye on the developing situation.
America is seeing itself in the mirror as a result of this whole thing with Russiagate. We didn’t think it could happen to us. This kind of thing has only happened to small third world countries at the hands of superpowers previously. It’s important we stay awake. We’ve become a soft target for the rest of the world.
As this article was being completed, the news that Nunberg is backing down
from his boastful challenges to the special counsel. “I’m going to cooperate with whatever they want,” Nunberg told CNN Tuesday in a phone interview.
What a surprise.