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  • Sam Nunberg, a former aide on President Donald Trump’s
    campaign, did a complete 180 Sunday on previous statements
    about Trump and a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between
    campaign officials and Russians.
  • Nunberg said he believes Trump when he denies knowing
    anything about the meeting in advance.
  • But in March, Nunberg scoffed at the denial and
    suggested Trump knew about it “a week before” the meeting took
    place.

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Sam Nunberg, a former aide on President Donald Trump’s campaign,
did a complete reversal Sunday regarding his stance on Trump’s
potential knowledge of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between
top campaign officials and a Kremlin-connected lawyer offering
dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this week, CNN reported that Trump’s former longtime
lawyer, Michael Cohen, claims Trump was told about the
offer ahead of time
and greenlit the meeting. Cohen
reportedly claims he was one of several people in the room when
Trump told his son, Donald Trump Jr., to go ahead with it. Trump
Jr. was later one of several senior campaign officials, including
Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, who attended the meeting.

Trump and his lawyers maintain that he did not know about the
meeting before it was first reported on last summer.

During an interview on NBC News’
“Meet The Press,” Nunberg said Sunday that he believes Trump over
Cohen, though he never discussed the claims with Cohen.

“If Michael Cohen says now he knew about the Russia meeting in
advance, I would believe Don Jr. and the president in light of
learning Michael was taping conversations,” Nunberg told host
Chuck Todd.

He was referring to revelations earlier this week that Cohen
secretly recorded a conversation with Trump about payments to
Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims to have had an
affair with Trump years ago.

The conversation happened shortly before the 2016 election, and
Trump and Cohen can be heard on the tape discussing ways to pay
McDougal. She was ultimately paid $150,000 by the publisher of a
Trump-friendly tabloid, but her story was never published, a
technique known as “catch-and-kill.”

Nunberg also said Sunday that although he hasn’t discussed the
Russia probe with Trump, he believes the president is complying
with the special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I don’t think the president has obstructed this investigation,”
Nunberg said. “He understands now that he cannot fire Robert
Mueller, he cannot fire Jeff Sessions, he cannot fire Rod
Rosenstein, because that would go down the Watergate model.”

Trump is a good manager who didn’t lie to him and “never, ever
lied” about issues in his business, Nunberg said.

“Everything was always done on the up-and-up the president always
would say everything has got to be legal, I’m not getting a fine,
I don’t want anything going on,” Nunberg said.

Nunberg’s statements on Sunday fly in the face of comments he
made earlier this year when he went on a wild media blitz after
being ordered to turn over emails and communications to the
special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia
investigation.

In one interview, Nunberg told MSNBC that Trump “may have done
something during the election,” adding that he didn’t know for
sure.

At another point, Nunberg called Trump an “idiot.”

He later
told CNN 
that Mueller “thinks Trump is
the Manchurian
candidate
,” a phrase referring to a politician who has been
brainwashed to work on behalf of a foreign government.

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked
Nunberg 
whether he believed Trump’s
statement that he did not know about the meeting in advance,
Nunberg said he didn’t.

“Jake, I’ve watched your news reports. You know it’s not true,”
Nunberg said. “He talked about it a week before. And I don’t know
why he did this. All he had to say was: ‘Yeah, we met with the
Russians. The Russians offered us something, and we thought they
had something, and that was it.’ I don’t know why he went around
trying to hide it.”

Nunberg testified to a grand jury in the Russia investigation in
March.

Watch the full interview below:

 

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