Jerome Corsi, an associate of Republican operative Roger Stone, is negotiating with special counsel Robert Mueller on a plea deal that could result in Corsi agreeing to plead guilty over his alleged knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the Washington Post reported Friday.
A person with knowledge of the alleged negotiations said Corsi has been working with Mueller’s team, which is investigating alleged collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials, on an agreement that could lead him to plead guilty in exchange for leniency.
The reported talks could help Mueller determine whether Trump or other campaign advisers had any ties to WikiLeaks’ 2016 release of hacked Democratic emails.
Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser, famously tweeted on August 21, 2016 that “it will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel.” On October 7, 2016, WikiLeaks began publishing thousands of emails stolen from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s email account in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 presidential election.
Stone has claimed his tweet was unrelated to WikiLeaks. He also has denied speaking with Corsi about the emails.
“There was NO WikiLeaks context,” Stone said in a text message this week to The Washington Post, referring to his interactions with Corsi.
Along with knowing Stone, Corsi reportedly has a relationship with Trump based on their belief in the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Corsi told The Daily Caller last week that prosecutors were focused on whether he had a source with inside information about WikiLeaks’ plans to release the emails.
On https://t.co/g9MjyVUWd4, we have set up https://t.co/Q1zxnHblsO a legal defense fund for those willing and able to assist me in my battle with DOJ – to help pay legal fees & help my family in case I am incarcerated by Mueller. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.
— Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. (@jerome_corsi) November 16, 2018
In a video statement issued earlier this month, Corsi, former Washington bureau chief for Alex Jones’ far-right Infowars operation, said he fully anticipates to be indicted by Mueller for “giving false information” to the special counsel or a grand jury and that he will be criminally charged. Corsi, however, denied he is guilty of such a charge.
Corsi’s attorney David Gray and a spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment on the reported negotiations, as did an attorney for Trump, the Washington Post reported.