Two particular events involving President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen have reportedly become areas of interest in the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In his opening monologue on Tuesday, Sean Hannity reacted to fired Trump aide Sam Nunberg's weird television interviews, arguing they show just how "despicably low" the mainstream media will go to damage President Trump. He also told CNN's Gloria Borger, "Screw that".
"They didn't care this guy was literally melting down on national television", Hannity charged, "because they were using him as a tool to attack the Trump administration. But perhaps they don't".
"I'm going to end up cooperating with them", he said.
Nunberg said he'd already blown a 3 p.m. Monday deadline to turn over the requested communications.
In the light of Nunberg's 180 flip, he said that the media treated him fairly, that he would comply with Mueller's email inquisition, and even offered an apology to Sarah Huckabee Sanders who he completely trashed.
The voluble interviews stirred a backlash from some commentators.
"I do believe that Donald Trump and Roger Stone are right: No publicity is bad publicity", Mr. Nunberg said.
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"I don't feel exploited", he said on Wednesday, referring to his appearances on Monday, adding "I was playing everywhere". "I never met with Assange" in 2016, he said. "I was trending No. 1 on Twitter from a couch in my office".
The appearances fueled speculation that Nunberg had been drinking, which Nunberg denied.
"This is my personality", he said.
Nunberg was asked to turn over emails, texts and other communications with 10 campaign associates, including Trump, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks starting in November 2015 and running through the present, according to a subpoena dated February 27 that was seen by Bloomberg News.
Mr. Nunberg has been asked to provide information from November 1, 2015, through the present about Mr. Trump and several of his aides, including his communications director, Hope Hicks; Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager; Stephen K. Bannon, the president's former chief strategist; Mr. Trump's longtime bodyguard, Keith Schiller; and Michael D. Cohen, the former Trump Organization lawyer.
But he said his appearances on Monday were also productive from a legal perspective: He said he ultimately chose to cooperate with Mr. Mueller's investigation after a "very reasonable" lawyer who was on a televised panel with him had offered him legal advice.