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Mueller has emails showing Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi anticipating WikiLeaks dump

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  • The special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has several
    emails from 2016 between the GOP strategist Roger Stone and the
    far-right commentator Jerome Corsi.
  • In the emails, the two men discuss WikiLeaks’ upcoming
    document dump.
  • In one email, sent three days after WikiLeaks published its
    first batch of hacked Democratic National Committee emails, Stone
    reportedly instructed Corsi to “get to” WikiLeaks founder Julian
    Assange.
  • Eight days later, Corsi reportedly replied that Assange
    “plans 2 more dumps.”
  • Corsi later reportedly deleted all of his emails that were
    sent or received before October 11, 2016.
  • The same day, Corsi reportedly emailed Stone about WikiLeaks’
    upcoming document dump.
  • Then Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with a former
    Russian intelligence operative and said they discussed the recent
    DNC hack and the Trump campaign.
  • Manafort has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with
    prosecutors, while Corsi said he expects to be indicted soon for
    perjury.

Three days after the radical pro-transparency group WikiLeaks
dumped the first batch of Democratic National Committee emails
obtained by Russian hackers, the longtime GOP strategist Roger
Stone reportedly emailed his associate, Jerome Corsi, instructing
him to “get the pending emails.”

The email surfaced in a bombshell report from NBC
News
, which alleges that the special counsel Robert Mueller
has documentary evidence showing that Corsi anticipated an
upcoming WikiLeaks document dump at the height of the 2016
election.

Prosecutors laid out the email in a statement of offense, a court
document detailing charges against a defendant, that Mueller’s
office sent to Corsi, according to NBC News. Along with the
statement of offense, prosecutors also sent Corsi a draft plea
agreement which said Mueller would accept Corsi requesting a
sentence of probation if he agreed to plead guilty to one count
of perjury.

Corsi told reporters on Monday that he had rejected Mueller’s
plea deal offer, saying he would not “lie to save my life.” Both
he and Stone deny knowing in advance about WikiLeaks’ plans.

Corsi and Stone are at the center of Mueller’s investigation into
whether any associates of President Donald Trump had advance
knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked DNC emails in
2016, and whether they assisted in disseminating the materials.

Here’s a rough timeline of what we know:

  • WikiLeaks published the first batch of hacked DNC emails on
    July 22.
  • Three days later, on July 25, according to the statement of
    offense obtained by NBC News, Stone emailed Corsi and told him to
    Get to (Assange) [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get
    the pending (WikiLeaks) emails.”
  • Corsi reportedly told investigators that he rebuffed
    Stone’s request, but prosecutors had evidence showing that
    Corsi in fact forwarded Stone’s request to Ted Malloch, a
    right-wing commentator in London. Malloch was subpoenaed to testify before
    a grand jury earlier this year.
  • Eight days later, on August 2, Corsi touched base with Stone
    to tell him about the upcoming document dump. “Word is friend in
    embassy plans 2 more dumps,” Corsi reportedly wrote to Stone.
    Corsi was likely referring to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,
    who has been seeking refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London
    since 2012. “One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct,” Corsi
    wrote. “Impact planned to be very damaging.”
  • “Time to let more than [Hillary Clinton campaign chairman
    John Podesta] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not
    ready to drop HRC,” Corsi reportedly added, referring to Clinton.
    “That appears to be the game hackers are now about.”
  • A little over two weeks later, on August 21, Stone tweeted
    that Podesta would “soon” be targeted.
  • On October 7, WikiLeaks published a damaging batch of emails
    belonging to Podesta.


Jerome Corsi
Jerome
Corsi is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller’s
investigation into Russian election
interference.


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NBC News reported that prosecutors say that between January 13,
2017 and March 1, 2017, Corsi deleted all emails from his
computer that were sent or received before October 11, 2016. They
included his correspondences with Stone and Malloch.

Meanwhile, on August 2, 2016, the same day Corsi emailed Stone
anticipating WikiLeaks’ document dump, then Trump campaign
chairman Paul Manafort met with the former Russian intelligence
operative Konstantin Kilimnik and later said they discussed the
Trump campaign and the DNC hack that had taken place just days
before.

Read more: There’s
a huge question looming over Paul Manafort’s unraveling plea deal
with Mueller

Kilimnik said they did not discuss the campaign but talked
about “current events” and “unpaid bills,” believed to be a
reference to Manafort’s financial debt to the Russian-Ukrainian
oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction in
September and has since been cooperating with Mueller. Media
reports have said prosecutors have spent a significant amount of
time asking Manafort about the Trump campaign’s and Stone’s ties
to WikiLeaks, but talks between the two sides have broken down
because prosecutors think Manafort isn’t being forthcoming about
what he knows.

On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that Manafort met
with Assange at least three times over the last five years: in
2013, 2015, and most recently in March 2016, around the time he
joined the Trump campaign.

Manafort issued a forceful statement to INSIDER denying the
report’s claims and called it “libelous.” Manafort added that he
was “considering all legal options” in response.

CNN also reported that Mueller is probing a 2017
meeting
between Manafort and Ecuadorian president Lenin
Moreno. The special counsel is reportedly focusing on whether
Manafort and Moreno discussed WikiLeaks or Assange during the
meeting.

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