Jerome Corsi, Friend of Roger Stone, Is in Plea Talks With Mueller

Asked about the plea talks on Friday, Mr. Stone said, “My friend Dr. Corsi has been under a tremendous amount of pressure, and it is beginning to affect him profoundly.” Mr. Stone insisted, as he has repeatedly, that he had only secondhand information, at best, about WikiLeaks’ plans to disrupt the presidential race.

Among other issues, investigators have been asking about an Aug. 21, 2016, Twitter message in which Mr. Stone predicted that John D. Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, would soon face his “time in the barrel.” Mr. Stone posted his message six weeks before WikiLeaks began releasing tens of thousands of Mr. Podesta’s emails, throwing the Clinton campaign on the defensive a month before the November election.

Mr. Corsi has publicly backed Mr. Stone’s explanation of the message, saying Mr. Stone was predicting that Mr. Podesta would face controversy about his overseas business dealings, not stolen emails. “Having reviewed my records, I am now confident that I am the source behind Stone’s tweet,” he wrote in an early 2017 article on Infowars, a site that promotes conspiracy theories.

In a broadcast on YouTube this month, Mr. Corsi insisted that he had possessed no inside information or ties to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. He compared the special counsel’s team to the Gestapo, saying that “they asked the same questions over and over again,” until “my mind was mush.”

Like Mr. Stone, he said that he had relied mostly on public information to “connect the dots” about the role of WikiLeaks in the November election. “To the best of my recollection, I didn’t have anyone who connected me to Julian Assange,” he said in the YouTube video. “And what I knew in advance about what Julian Assange was going to do, I figured out.”

“I guess I couldn’t tell the special prosecutor what they wanted to hear,” he said then.

Mr. Mueller’s team has charged several people who have misled federal investigators. Three former Trump campaign officials or advisers have pleaded guilty to that offense: Michael T. Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. So did a Dutch lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, who had business dealings with Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman.

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