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Roger Stone: Corsi committed a crime by reportedly lying to Mueller

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


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  • GOP strategist Roger Stone told INSIDER his close associate,
    Jerome Corsi, committed a crime when he reportedly lied to
    federal investigators about email correspondences with Stone and
    the American academic Ted Malloch.
  • Corsi rejected a plea deal from the special counsel Robert
    Mueller this week because he would have had to plead guilty to
    perjury, but he maintains that he did not mislead prosecutors.
  • In a draft statement of offense against Corsi that was
    obtained by NBC News, prosecutors laid out a series of emails
    between Stone and Corsi that appear to contradict his statements
    to investigators.
  • Stone downplayed the significance of the emails themselves
    but said “the only thing illegal here” is “that [Corsi] tried to
    delete these emails and then lied about them to federal agents.”

The longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone told INSIDER on Wednesday
that his close associate, the far-right commentator Jerome Corsi,
committed a crime by reportedly lying to federal investigators.

Both Corsi and Stone are at the center of the special counsel
Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the
2016 election and whether members of President Donald Trump’s
campaign colluded with Moscow. A significant thread in the
inquiry focuses on whether any Trump associates had advance
knowledge of Russia’s hack of the Democratic National Committee
and WikiLeaks’ subsequent dissemination of stolen emails.

Corsi was subpoenaed to testify in the Russia investigation in
September about his ties to Stone, WikiLeaks, and WikiLeaks
founder Julian Assange. He told reporters this week that he had
rejected a plea deal from Mueller because he would have to plead
guilty to one count of perjury. Corsi maintains that he did not
knowingly mislead investigators.

But NBC News obtained a draft statement of offense from Mueller’s
office this week in which prosecutors laid out a series of emails
between Corsi and Stone that appear to contradict statements he
made to investigators.

According to the statement of offense, which has not been filed,
Stone emailed Corsi on July 25, three days after WikiLeaks
published the first batch of hacked DNC emails, 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 also 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.”

A little over two weeks later, on August 21, Stone tweeted that
Clinton campaign manager John Podesta would “soon” be targeted.

On October 7, WikiLeaks published a damaging batch of emails
belonging to Podesta.

NBC News reported that prosecutors said 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.

Stone told INSIDER on Wednesday that the emails included in the
draft statement of offense “prove nothing at all,” adding that
“legitimate political inquiry it’s [sic] not illegal in America.”

He acknowledged, however, that Corsi did something “illegal” when
he “[decided] to lie about receiving those emails.”

“The only thing illegal here” is “that [Corsi] tried to delete
these emails and then lied about them to federal agents,” Stone
said. “Nothing in the emails themselves is evidence of illegal
activity unless they have criminalized legitimate political
inquiry.”

Corsi’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for
comment.

Stone is known to have been in direct contact with WikiLeaks and
the Russia-linked hacker Guccifer 2.0 during the election. He has
also said that he communicated indirectly with Assange through
the radio host Randy Credico, though Credico denies being Stone’s
link to the WikiLeaks founder.

Subsequent reporting has also indicated that he misled
congressional investigators when he testified before the House
Intelligence Committee last year about his connections to Assange
and WikiLeaks. He told INSIDER that he expects to be indicted
soon.

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