MSNBC legal analyst Ari Melber said Sam Nunberg’s over-the-top antics have obscured the news bombshells he dropped about the special counsel probe of Russian election interference.
The former Trump campaign aide and Roger Stone protégé shared a copy of his grand jury subpoena Monday on air with Melber, which offered a rare glimpse inside Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“He believes they wanted to put him in the box so he would provide testimonial evidence against one Roger Stone who, again, remains one of the longest-serving and advisers and political fixers for Donald Trump,” Melber said. “In a land of Papadopouloses, I don’t have to tell you or this knowledgeable panel what it would mean if in Nunberg is half-right or third right that there is investigative interest in Roger Stone.”
“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski paused a moment to appreciate Melber’s reference to former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who helped spur the FBI probe of Russian meddling and eventually pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.
Nunberg commanded the spotlight by appearing to be drunk or having a manic episode, but Melber said his revelations about Mueller’s investigation were highly significant.
“Mr. Stone appears to be a person at the center of the international intrigue, as you mentioned, the contact with Wikileaks allegedly, which is believed to be by Bob Mueller of investigative interest of a Russian plot that’s already been charged in U.S. federal court,” Melber said. “This is the center of the enchilada, this is not a chip on the edge of the plate. That is why it is so fascinating what Mr. Nunberg is disclosing.”
Nunberg threatened to tear up the grand jury subpoena, although he later conceded he would comply with the court order, but Melber said that drama was only a sideshow.
“I think it would be a potential mistake to read all of this as a ‘will he or won’t he’ story about Mr. Nunberg’s cooperation with the special counsel,” Melber said. “That is not what gives it such legal, political and journalistic heat. What gives it so much heat is how much he’s disclosing regardless of what he later does, because he is basically saying that he has this belief that they’re setting up a case, his words, against Roger Stone.”
Nunberg blurted out that he had been offered immunity in exchange for his testimony, and Melber said the claim was credible since it was allegedly made through his attorneys — and he said the offer was significant.
“It matches with the fact that he did have a grand jury testimony request, meaning put him in the box to say things that could later be used in court against people — which never happens to most witnesses,” Melber said. “So, yes, in that sense, that is, forget whatever Sam Nunberg says or believes, that is an indication we have that the Mueller prosecutors want something more from him, hence the immunity.”
Mick Mulvaney needs to get a lawyer: CNN’s Jim Acosta
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said that acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney needs to hire a lawyer separately from the White House counsel, following new reports that the attorney for former National Security Adviser John Bolton is rejecting a legal alliance with him.
"There are reports that Mulvaney was sort of on thin ice as a result of that disastrous press briefing that he gave a couple of weeks ago," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Why does he need a private attorney, why isn't he represented by the White House counsel?"
Uber chief walks back comment about murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi
Uber chief Dara Khosrowshahi apologized on Monday after he called the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in which Riyadh admitted responsibility, a "mistake."
"There's no forgiving or forgetting what happened to Jamal Khashoggi & I was wrong to call it a 'mistake,'" Khosrowshahi tweeted Monday morning as he walked back his remarks Sunday in an interview with Axios.
"I said something in the moment I don't believe. Our investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn’t as clear on Axios."
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was strangled and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, prompting harsh criticism of the country and de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
WATCH: Woman tells Dr. Phil she is Putin’s lover — and is helping Russia and Trump rule the world
Television psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw welcomed a woman and her family on his show Monday that believes that she's in a relationship with Russia President Vladimir Putin and is helping him and President Donald Trump solve world issues.
A concerned family joined the show saying that their mother, Jennifer, doesn't care about them because she believes she's doing the work of "the Lord" to save the world with Putin and Trump.
While Trump has denied that he and Putin work together on running the United States and other global concerns, but many of Trump's supporters believe otherwise. MSNBC ran a special on the Q-Anon conspiracy theorists Monday, many of whom believe their site is the only factual news site and reports from any other outlet are lies.