CNN's Erin Burnett Interviews Sam Nunberg for 40 Minutes, Then Asks If He'd Been Drinking

By Susan Jones | March 6, 2018 | 5:55am EST
Sam Nunberg worked for Donald Trump before Trump announced his presidential run. He is now refusing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo: Screen grab/CNN)

( - Just when you thought the Trump-Russia investigation couldn't get any weirder, it did.

Sam Nunberg, who worked for Donald Trump before Trump even launched his presidential campaign, burst onto the cable news sets Monday afternoon, after defiantly saying that he would refuse to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into all things Trump and Russia.

Nunberg's main complaint seems to be that he's already been interviewed by Mueller's investigators, and now Mueller has subpoenaed him, requesting all of Nunberg's communications with Trump associates such as Steve Bannon and Roger Stone.

At the end of a bizarre, 40-minute interview with Nunberg -- who leaped from topic to topic, contradicted himself, insulted Sarah Huckabee Sanders and generally made no sense, CNN's Eric Burnett asked him if he was drunk:


"So Sam, I have to ask you one other thing," Burnett said. "And it's an awkward question to ask, but you know, I've interviewed you before, you're sitting very close to me. We talked earlier about what people in the White House were saying about you, talking about whether you were drinking or on drugs or whatever had happened today. Talking to you, I have smelled alcohol on your breath," she told Nunberg.

"Well, I have not had a drink," Nunberg stated.

"You haven't had a drink, Burnett repeated. "So that's not--"

"No," Nunberg said.

"So I just -- because it is the talk out there. Again, I know it's awkward," Burnett said. "Let me just give you the question so you can categorically answer that -- no, you haven't had a drink today?"

"My answer is no. I have not," Nunberg said.

"Anything else?" Burnett asked.

"No," Nunberg insisted.

"No?" Burnett asked.

"No," he said again. "Besides my meds."

"Okay," Burnett said.

"Anti-depressants, is that ok?" Nunberg said.

"Well, I mean, I'm just trying to understand what happened today," Burnett told Nunberg.

Nunberg said White House officials can say whatever they want about him and he doesn't really care because "they're pathetic" and their president has a 33 percent approval rating.

"So whatever they want to say about me, that's fine."

Nunberg said he was "treated terribly" by Donald Trump, and now he's being dragged into the special counsel investigation against his will.

"All I did was work for him for four-and-a-half years. And now I get this crap (subpoena). Legal bills."

Nunberg was a Trump campaign adviser from 2011 to 2015, before Trump announced his run for president. According to CNN, Trump fired him once, then rehired him, then fired him again, the second time for posting offensive and racist messages online.

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