Stone as­so­ciate in plea talks with spe­cial coun­sel

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - News - BY CHAD DAY

A con­ser­va­tive writer and as­so­ciate of Trump con­fi­dant Roger Stone said Fri­day that he is in plea talks with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s team.

Jerome Corsi told The As­so­ci­ated Press he has been ne­go­ti­at­ing a po­ten­tial plea but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. He said on a YouTube show last week that he ex­pected to be charged with ly­ing to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors, though he said at the time that he was in­no­cent of wrong­do­ing.

Mueller’s team ques­tioned Corsi as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Stone’s con­nec­tions with Wik­iLeaks. Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have as­sessed that Rus­sia was the source of hacked ma­te­rial re­leased by Wik­iLeaks dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion that dam­aged Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign. Mueller’s of­fice is try­ing to de­ter­mine whether Stone and other as­so­ci­ates of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had ad­vance knowl­edge of Wik­iLeaks’ plans.

The Wash­ing­ton Post first re­ported on Corsi’s plea ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Corsi, the for­mer Wash­ing­ton bu­reau chief of the con­spir­acy the­ory out­let In­foWars, co­op­er­ated with the probe for about two months.

But he said talks with in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cently had “blown up.”

Stone, who also has said he is pre­pared to be in­dicted, has de­nied be­ing a con­duit for Wik­iLeaks, which pub­lished thou­sands of emails stolen from Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta in the weeks be­fore the elec­tion.

Jerome Corsi

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