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Report: Mueller has evidence Jerome Corsi knew Clinton emails were stolen

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Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York, Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
Jerome
Corsi will testify before a grand jury in Washington, DC, on
Friday.

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  • The special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has evidence
    suggesting that a close associate of Roger Stone may have had
    advance knowledge that emails belonging to the Hillary Clinton
    campaign were hacked and handed to WikiLeaks.
  • Mueller’s team is also investigating whether the associate,
    Jerome Corsi, passed that information along to Stone during the
    2016 election.
  • Both Stone and Corsi deny knowing about the hacked emails in
    advance.
  • But Stone appears to be preparing for the possibility that he
    will soon be indicted.

The special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence suggesting that
Jerome Corsi, a far-right political commentator and conspiracy
theorist, may have known in advance that emails from the Hillary
Clinton campaign had been hacked and handed over to WikiLeaks,
NBC News reported.

WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from the
Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign at the
height of the 2016 election. The US intelligence community
believes the breaches and subsequent dissemination of emails were
carried out on the Kremlin’s orders.

When prosecutors indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in
July on conspiracy and hacking charges, they referenced WikiLeaks
— though not by name — as the Russians’ conduit to release stolen
documents via the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who is believed to be a
front for Russian military intelligence.

According to NBC News, Mueller’s team has been investigating
whether Corsi knew in advance that WikiLeaks had obtained the
hacked emails and whether he then passed that information to
Roger Stone, a longtime GOP strategist and informal adviser to
President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Mueller has zeroed in on Stone’s links to WikiLeaks and its
founder, Julian Assange, in recent months. Corsi was one of
nearly a dozen of Stone’s associates who were called to testify
before a grand jury as part of the ongoing Russia investigation.

Stone said he has communicated indirectly with Assange in the
past through the radio host Randy Credico. Credico testified
before a grand jury in September. Stone is also known to have
been in direct communication with WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0
during the election.

A tweet with disputed intentions

Stone, who acted as an informal adviser to Trump during the
campaign, sent out several tweets in the summer of 2016 that
raised questions about whether he had prior knowledge about
WikiLeaks’ plans to publish the hacked emails.

In one tweet that drew increased scrutiny, Stone wrote on August
21, 2016, “Trust me, it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the
barrel,” an apparent reference to Clinton campaign manager John
Podesta.

WikiLeaks published a batch of hacked emails from Podesta’s
account soon after. Stone has denied knowing about the document
dump in advance.

Asked in a text message what he thought Corsi would be questioned
about when he appeared before a grand jury in September, Stone
responded with a link to an Infowars article that Corsi
wrote in March 2017, in which he claimed he was responsible for
Stone’s tweets about WikiLeaks during the 2016 race.

Corsi wrote that Democrats had “mistakenly” used Stone’s tweet
“to ‘prove’ Stone had advance knowledge Julian Assange of
WikiLeaks was about to release emails hacked from John
Podesta…”

“Having reviewed my records, I am now confident that I am the
source behind Stone’s tweet,” Corsi wrote.

He went on to lay out a timeline of what he said were his and
Stone’s efforts to counter reports at the time that Trump’s
campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had a string of shady financial
and political ties to pro-Russian interests. Manafort is now
cooperating with prosecutors, and he is believed to have been
questioned extensively about Stone and WikiLeaks in recent weeks.

In his 2017 blog post, Corsi wrote that he and Stone wanted to
shed light on what they believed were Clinton’s and Podesta’s
links to Russian money.

“When Stone wrote his ‘suspicious’ tweet on Aug. 21, 2016, he and
I planned to publish a one-two punch, using the Government
Accountability Institute report to expose Hillary and Podesta’s
ties to Russia,” Corsi wrote.

Stone and Corsi have known each other for years. Corsi’s name
first cropped up in the mainstream media in March, when it
emerged that the FBI had detained and subpoenaed Ted Malloch, a
controversial American academic tied to Stone and far-right
politician Nigel Farage, to testify in the Russia probe.

Corsi said at the time that a shaken Malloch had called him while
he was being questioned by FBI agents in Cleveland after being
detained at Boston Logan International Airport.

Stone told Business Insider in March that he had met Malloch two
or three times, including once at a dinner with Corsi during the
2016 campaign at the Manhattan restaurant Strip House.

Stone said his conversation with Malloch and Corsi was friendly
but not memorable, and that they discussed “Brexit and
globalism.” He added that they never discussed WikiLeaks,
Assange, or Russia.

Corsi told Business Insider in March that he worked with Malloch
on his book in 2016.

“Ted was NOT part of TRUMP campaign,”
Corsi said. “I had NO contact w
ASSANGE, SNOWDEN, Kim Dot Com, Russians. MUELLER DESPERATE. panic
tactics, GRAB at STRAWS.”

NBC News reported that Mueller’s prosecutors have since gotten
their hands on messages to members of the Trump team in which
Stone and Corsi appear to take credit for the release of the
hacked Democratic emails. Sources familiar with the matter told
the publication that they have not seen evidence showing that
Stone or Corsi were involved in the hacking or release of the
emails.

Nonetheless, Stone appears to be girding for the
possibility that he will be indicted. Business
Insider 

reported
 earlier
this year that he is planning on expanding his legal team and
continues to solicit donations to a legal defense fund. He told
Business Insider on Wednesday that he will announce the new
additions to his team after the November midterm
elections.

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