Monday, March 05, 2018
Sam Nunberg, who helped launch Mr Trump's campaign, said he would refuse to comply with a grand jury subpoena.
"I think it would be really, really funny if they wanted to arrest me because I don't want to spend 80 hours going over emails," he told MSNBC.
Mr Nunberg also said he thinks the investigators believe they have something on Mr Trump.
Refusing to comply with a grand jury summons could result in contempt of court and obstruction of justice charges - and, eventually, a prison sentence.
It's a steep price to pay to make a point about the scope of Robert Mueller's inquiry.
If Sam Nunberg wants to know how bad it could get, he might familiarise himself with the story of Susan McDougal, who served 18 months in jail for refusing to co-operate with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation into then-President Bill Clinton's Arkansas real estate deals.
Sam Nunberg worked on the Trump campaign in 2015 until he was fired in August that year over racially charged Facebook posts.
He was later sued by Mr Trump for $10m (£7.2m) for breach of confidentiality.
The lawsuit was "amicably settled" out of court, a lawyer for the Trump Organization said at the time.
In a volley of extraordinary interviews with US media on Monday afternoon, Mr Nunberg said he had met with Mr Mueller's team for five-and-a-half hours over the weekend.
He said he had had enough of the investigators' "pretty ridiculous" questions.
"I'm not co-operating. Arrest me," Mr Nunberg said on live television. "You want to arrest me? Arrest me."
He said he would not appear before a grand jury to testify on Friday.
Mr Nunberg appeared to contradict himself during Monday's television interviews, suggesting that Mr Trump may have "done something", while insisting the president was innocent.
"I suspect that they suspect something about him [Mr Trump]," he told CNN, referring to Mr Mueller's investigators.
Mr Nunberg added: "Trump may very well have done something during the election with the Russians. If he did that, I don't know."
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