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Here Are Possible Legal Losers If Roger Stone’s Birther Friend Pleads Guilty


Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and friend of sometime Trump adviser Roger Stone, confirmed in a Washington Post report from Friday that he’s in plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller. He said that he declined to say anything more, but added that there may be new developments next week. This is one of those stories where we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. Corsi’s lawyer, Mueller’s spokesman, and an attorney for President Donald Trump all declined to comment in that story. It’s unclear what Corsi might plead guilty to, though he previously said he expected to be indicted for allegedly lying to the investigators in the ongoing Russia probe.

That said, here are the people put in greater legal jeopardy if the agreement comes to be.

1. Roger Stone

Corsi is largely tied to this Russia probe because of his link to Stone. He was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in September. Sources told NBC news last month that Mueller’s office obtained evidence suggesting that the birther might have known ahead of time that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta‘s email were stolen and given to WikiLeaks. They said that investigators were looking into whether he gave this information to Stone.

Stone has previously denied being told in advance about WikiLeaks releases.

“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 told The Associated Press in a statement on Friday. “He has stated publicly that he is being asked over and over to say things he simply does not believe occurred.”

2. Trump and company

If nothing else, Corsi’s hypothetical plea deal and cooperation could be used to more clearly establish if and what President Donald Trump and his aides knew about WikiLeaks releases.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California, 33rd District), a vocal Trump critic, picked up on this possibility.

[Screengrab via Jerome Corsi and CNN]

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