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Roger Stone turns on Jerome Corsi: He worked with Mueller to 'sandbag me'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/31/2018 Daniel Chaitin
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Political trickster Roger Stone appears to have turned on Jerome Corsi.

In an Instagram post Sunday, Stone said the man he has called a "friend" was working with special counsel Robert Mueller to trap him with a perjury charge.

"So Jerry Corsi was working with Mueller to sandbag me on a fabricated perjury charge," Stone said in a post Sunday morning along with a photo of Corsi.

"Mueller’s minion even promised Corsi no jail time if he would lie and say he gave me John Podesta’s stolen e-mails (which he did NOT) Then they were going to say I passed them on to Trump (which I did NOT)," Stone added. "Jerry was willing to LIE about me but not himself! Now Jerry is lying about legitimate research he did for me regarding the Podesta brothers lucrative business in Russia."

Stone did not immediately return a request for comment on how he came to this determination.

Both Stone and Corsi, who have made appearances on conspiracy theory website InfoWars, are being scrutinized by Mueller's team.

Corsi is a key part of Mueller’s investigation into whether there was a connection between WikiLeaks and President Trump’s inner circle, but has not yet been indicted after he says he rejected a plea deal because he was unwilling to lie. He filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month that accused Mueller of “illegal and unconstitutional surveillance” of his phone and electronic records and of leaking grand jury information.

In his lawsuit, Corsi said Mueller's team has unfairly targeted him because it has “misrepresented the investigative research” that Corsi conducted into the Hillary Clinton emails, and because of Corsi’s “investigative deduction” that the emails would “probably be released at a later date.”

Corsi's defense team wrote in the lawsuit that the special counsel has “demanded” that Corsi “false testify” that he acted as a liaison between Stone — an ally of President Trump — and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. WikiLeaks had obtained emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, which were stolen by Russian intelligence officers. In the summer of 2016, during the height of the presidential campaign, WikiLeaks published troves of Democratic National Committee emails.

The lawsuit also alleged that Mueller’s team has leaked grant jury information about Corsi.

Stone's tone in referring to Corsi has shifted over the past month. In late November, Stone lamented how he saw "my friend Dr. Jerry Corsi is being harassed by the special counsel, not for lying but for refusing to lie."

Now Stone appears to be parsing his words, claiming that Corsi is not willing to lie about himself, but is willing to lie about Stone.

"Jerry Corsi is starting to make Michael Cohen look like a stand up guy!" Stone said Sunday on Instagram, referring to Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who reached a plea deal in the Mueller investigation last month.

Kelly Cohen contributed to this report.

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