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Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi is in plea talks with Mueller

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  • The far-right political commentator Jerome Corsi is in plea
    talks with the special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Corsi is one of the central figures in Mueller’s
    investigation into whether members of President Donald Trump’s
    campaign had advance knowledge of Russia’s hack of the Democratic
    National Committee and WikiLeaks’ subsequent dissemination of
    stolen emails.
  • Corsi is close to the longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone,
    and he said last week that Mueller’s office told him he would be
    indicted for perjury.

Jerome Corsi, a far-right conspiracy theorist and close associate
of GOP strategist Roger Stone, is in talks with the special
counsel Robert Mueller about a possible plea deal.

The news comes after Corsi said last week that Mueller’s office
told him he would be indicted for perjury.

“I fully anticipate that the next few days I will be
indicted by Mueller for some form rather [sic] of giving false
information to the special counsel … or [however] they want to
do the indictment,” Corsi said on a YouTube livestream this
month. “But I’m going to be criminally charged.”

Corsi was served a subpoena in August by Mueller to testify
before a grand jury. Mueller was reportedly investigating
whether Corsi had prior knowledge of the Hillary Clinton
campaign’s hacked emails — which were later delivered to and
published online by the radical pro-transparency group WikiLeaks
— and whether he passed those emails on to Stone.

Stone, a former adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, is
under scrutiny by the special counsel for his connection with
Julian Assange (WikiLeaks’ founder) and Guccifer 2.0, a
Russia-linked hacker believed to be a front for the GRU.

Read more: Roger
Stone associate Jerome Corsi says Mueller told him he will be
indicted for perjury

Corsi, formerly the Washington bureau chief of
conspiracy-theory-website InfoWars,
suggested Mueller had material evidence for his case.

“When they have your emails and phone records … they’re very
good at the perjury trap,” Corsi told NBC producer Anna Schecter.


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Press/J. Scott Applewhite

In 2016, days before a trove of emails were leaked, Stone made
several statements on Twitter that eventually attracted attention
from investigators. Stone previously tweeted “it will soon [be]
Podesta’s time in the barrel,” in reference to John Podesta,
Clinton’s embattled campaign manager, whose emails were breached.

Corsi later claimed to be the inspiration behind Stone’s tweets
that suggested Podesta’s brewing troubles. One person familiar
with the situation said Mueller’s team was reviewing
communications with Trump’s associates, in which Corsi and Stone
appeared to take credit for the release of the hacked emails,
according to NBC
News
. The source added that there has yet to be evidence of
their potential involvement in the email’s hack or subsequent
release to the public.

Corsi denied having prior knowledge of the emails. Stone
reportedly described his alleged ties with Russia as a “left-wing
conspiracy theory” and claimed Corsi did not tip him off about
WikiLeaks’ possession of the emails prior to its public release.

“For the record, I have never had any communication of any kind
with Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, or Guccifer 2.0, or any Russian
agents of any kind, including those mythical Russian agents who
the Democrats believe wanted to throw the election for Trump,”
Corsi reportedly wrote on InfoWars in March 2017.

Stone, meanwhile, casts doubt on Mueller’s investigation and has
indicated that the special counsel does not have enough proof
against him or Corsi. He pointed out that he has taken two
polygraph tests and passed both. He also said his attorneys have
reviewed all his written communications with the far-right
commentator. And he said Corsi had been “squeezed hard” by
prosecutors but “refuses to do anything but tell the truth.”

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