Ex-Trump Aide Nunberg's Week: Day of Defiance, Day in Court

(Bloomberg) -- Sam Nunberg, the former Trump campaign aide who railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s request to produce documents, spent most of Friday inside the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse where the grand jury in Mueller’s Russia investigation has been meeting.

Nunberg left after 4:30 p.m., having spent more than seven hours behind the translucent-windowed double doors on the courthouse’s third floor -- the area, off-limits to the public, where the grand jury in Mueller’s probe of Russian election interference has been hearing witness testimony.

Ex-Trump Aide Nunberg's Week: Day of Defiance, Day in Court

Nunberg fueled hours of programming on national news shows on Monday, in one of the more bizarre turns by an individual in Trump’s orbit. He had been asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with 10 campaign associates, including President Donald Trump, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks. The request covered November 2015 through the present, according to a Feb. 27 subpoena reviewed by Bloomberg.

On Monday, with a series of phone calls and appearances on news shows, he called Mueller’s request overly broad. He said he wouldn’t provide information against one of the people, Roger Stone, who he called a mentor and father figure. He later reversed himself, saying the information request hadn’t been as onerous as he had initially thought.

Nunberg was less expansive Friday as he entered the courthouse in the morning along with Patrick Brackley, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer. Asked in the morning if he cared to make a statement, he replied: “No.” He declined to comment at the end of the day, as he and Brackley left as a crowd of photographers pursued them down the street.

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