Conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi – an associate of Roger Stone – is in plea talks with Robert Mueller as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s role in the election and any possible links with President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Corsi’s talks could aid Mueller’s team in their determination into whether Trump and his team were tied to WikiLeaks’ release of hacked Democratic emails in the summer of 2016.
Mueller’s team has been examining Stone’s activities to see whether he coordinated with WikiLeaks. Stone is a longtime GOP operative who has advised Trump’s campaign.
The team has been working with Corsi on a plea deal that would grant him leniency, The Washington Post reported.
Conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi is in plea talks with the special counsel
Corsi worked with Roger Stone, who is also under investigation
Stone and WikiLeaks have repeatedly denied any such coordination.
Corsi’s role in Mueller’s investigation revolves around the possibility that he was an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks.
President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia, saying he is the victim of a witch hunt.
During the presidential campaign, Corsi provided research on Democratic figures to Stone.
Corsi’s deal has not been finalized, The Post reported, so it could still fall through or be subject to change.
Earlier this month Corsi said he feared he’d be indicted for perjury by Mueller’s team and felt enormous pressure from the special counsel’s office.
‘This was one of the most confusing and frightening things I’ve experienced. I’m 72 years and I’m afraid they’re going to lock me up and put me in solitary confinement,’ he told NBC News this month.
He could be subject to a number of charges – from perjury to making false claims to obstruction of justice, CNN reported.
The potential charges could be related to false statements he made about his relationship with WikiLeaks and Stone.
Corsi has been involved in Mueller’s investigation for about two months and has been in multiple interviews with prosecutors, given over documents and has testified before the grand jury.
Corsi told the Daily Caller last week that investigators are looking at whether he had developed a source with inside information about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plans.
Wikileaks, shortly before the Democratic National Convention in 2016, posted hacked emails from officials.
The emails revealed how the party was working to secure Hillary Clinton’s nomination over that of primary challenger Bernie Sanders and resulted in then Democratic National Convention Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning her post.
Corsi had, during the presidential campaign, predicted that, in October 2016, Wikileaks would posted hacked emails from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.
Corsi’s prediction turned out to be correct – on Oct. 7, 2016, WikiLeaks began publishing 50,000 emails stolen from Podesta’s account.
Corsi, who writes for the conservative website InfoWars, told the Daily Caller he based his prediction on public sources of information and concluded from the fact Podesta was not among the Democrats whose emails had been published by WikiLeaks in July, they were being held back to make a bigger impact before Election Day.
The special counsel is examining if President Donald Trump’s campaign has any ties to the Wikileak’s release of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee
Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be wrapping up his investigation
Podesta’s emails were stolen from his private gmail account and not an official work account.
‘They wanted to know who my source was to Julian Assange, who gave me information where I really appeared to know in advance that he had Podesta emails,’ Corsi told the Daily Caller.
Stone said Corsi did not tell him anything about Podesta emails.
‘Absolutely, positively not,’ he told the Daily Caller.
‘He never told me that he had figured out or believed that John Podesta’s emails had been stolen. There is no email that says that. There is no text message that says that. And there is no phone call that says that. He never told me that,’ he said.
During the presidential campaign, Stone publicly bragged about having ‘backchannel communications’ with Julian Assange and, in multiple occasions, appeared to predict the WikiLeaks releases
Since then, Stone has walked back those claims.
He said his claims were exaggerations based on public information, as well as tips from New York radio host Randy Credico.
In a statement, Stone said: ‘It is clear from his recent videos and his recent interviews that my friend Dr. Corsi has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and it is beginning to affect him profoundly.’
He added: ‘As I told The Washington Post if Dr. Corsi knew that John Podesta’s emails had been obtained by anyone and would be published he never shared this information with me nor did he give me any such documents.’
If Corsi cuts a deal with Mueller, he would be the 33rd individual defendant charged by the special counsel’s team.
Mueller is thought to be wrapping up his investigation now that the midterm election is over.