Challenge to Mueller's probe: former Trump aide refuses to obey subpoena
Although many Congressional Republicans have talked about ending the Mueller probe (a dicey prospect at this time for purely political reasons having nothing to do with an actual Trump crime), finally someone is refusing to obey a Mueller subpoena.
The Special Counsel's probe has spread pseudopods into areas of the legal landscape which it was never meant to go, as special counsels' investigations are won't to do. Consider them to be a legal virus spreading willy-nilly into the environment, infecting and affecting everything it touches until by some reason or other the virus succumbs. At present, the Mueller virus appears ravenous and intent upon gobbling up morsels (called in legal parlance "witnesses") as expeditiously and and as expensively as possible.
A brief recap of the rationale, or mission statement laid out by Rod Rosenstein, number 2 at DOJ, is to investigate whether Donald Trump or any of his campaign aides "colluded" with Russian agents to affect the 2016 presidential election. After one year and over $10 M spent, Mueller's gang has arrested No One for the original mission's goal. Yes, he got Manafort and Gates for violations of foreign agent laws in 2014 (and other bad deeds) but these predate the Trump campaign by at least 18 months, before any engagement with the Trump campaign. And there are the arrests of Flynn, Papadopolous and 13 Russians and two Russian companies. None of these have reference to Trump "collusion".
I am informed that "collusion" is not a crime. In order to keep this essay readable, no mention of Hillary and Companies multiple interactions with Russia will be made. Therefore, the Mueller probe is looking for a non crime. There are two aspects of the Mueller probe now: one is criminal (such as the Manafort indictment) and the other is counterterrorism (as recently evidenced by Russian meddling in U.S. politics (true, but unrelated to Trump in any way).
So why is this fiasco still churning, devouring people without abandon, in search of what? What exactly is Mueller doing? Is he a patriot, trying to save the Republic? Is he a crass, corrupted politician who never should have had any position as he now occupies?
The above pictured conglomerate consist of all yet known interviewees, with one exception: Sam Nunberg. Amazingly this Wikipedia was updated TODAY.
Sam Nunberg (born June 21, 1981) is a former political advisor to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Trump campaign. He has been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On March 5, 2018 Nunberg announced he would defy Mueller's subpoena.
Nunberg was hired by Jay Sekulow to work with the American Center for Law & Justice in an attempt to stop the construction of the Park51 mosque.
While working for the Trump campaign, Nunberg, along with his friend Roger Stone, helped prepare the candidate for his first debate.
Nunberg was fired by Trump twice, first after arranging a Buzzfeed interview and then (after being rehired during Trump's campaign) when his old Facebook posts with ethnic comments surfaced.
Nunberg and Trump sued each other in 2016. Trump accused Nunberg of leaking information to the New York Post, while Nunberg alleged that Trump might have broken campaign finance laws. Trump and Nunberg settled their legal dispute later that year.
Regarding the Robert Mueller investigation, when asked whether he believed that the special counsel may have something on Trump, Nunberg responded, "I think they may." He added: "I think that he may have done something during the election. But I don't know that for sure."  He also said "I have no knowledge or involvement in Russian Collusion or any other inappropriate act."
Nunberg testified for 5.5 hours in front of several federal prosecutors earlier. He praised them for being "professional". Some brief time after his testimony to these prosecutors, he was subpoenaed by Mueller to testify in front of a grand jury with any and all emails Nunberg had with a list of who is who or who was who in Washington, D.C.: Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Hope Hicks, and others. Apparently Nunberg himself is not the subject of any criminal investigation. Yet he is now refusing to obey the subpoena, a la Pagliano before Congress, contending that it is a waste of his time. In fact, he apparently called multiple news outlets on one day (today) to publicly announce his refusal to testify.
I have listed below relevant articles and videos, in which Nunberg explains his rationale, if such a term may be conferred upon his decision for this refusal. In fact, he says his lawyer fired him for making this decision. Lots of other interesting tidbits were aired, some of which probably do deserve further investigation--but certainly not at the Special Counsel level.
Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg is refusing to comply with a subpoena order issued by special counsel Robert Mueller, as part of the grand jury's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Nunberg told the Washington Post on Monday that he was asked to appear before the grand jury on Friday but does not intend to appear or to provide documents.
"Let him arrest me," Nunberg told the Post. "Mr. Mueller should understand I am not going in on Friday."
Nunberg also claimed in an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber that Mueller offered him immunity to testify against Trump adviser Roger Stone. Nunberg, who referred to Stone as his "mentor," said he thought that the special counsel's team is trying to build a perjury case against Stone.
MSNBC interview with Katie Tur, in which interesting tidbits are disclosed as Nunberg inserts his foot ever more deeply into his mouth. Worth listening to at 17 minutes' length.
CNN interview in which Jake Tapper actually does a good interview for a change (14 minutes).
Finally an analysis by H.A. Goodman in which H.A. makes his sarcasm laden comments accompanying the information. 36 minutes but if you love sarcasm as I do, you may find this worth auditing.
When you absorb as much of this as you wish, you will detect someone whose sense of reality is about par with a common Hilbot (which, in my thesaurus, is a very low descriptor of value). In essence, we have Don Quijote charging a windmill, but unlike the Don, Nunberg seems to have forgotten his lance.
This challenge is overdue but the challenger is simply not the correct duelist. Perhaps this ill-considered objection will inspire more to do so. Maybe Nunberg has access to loads of money with which to pose a court challenge to this whole Special Counsel travesty. If Nunberg doesn't posses the funding, because Sam is on the lower rung of our justice system, Mueller will happily throw him in jail until the probe has ended, with no more thought about such jailing than one swats a fly.