Jerome Corsi, a conservative author and conspiracy theorist, said Sunday that he would be happy to testify against Roger Stone and let his testimony about what occurred during the 2016 presidential election and whether anyone coordinated with WikiLeaks’ efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign “speak for itself.”
“I will be happy to testify if — I would suspect to be subpoenaed,” Corsi told CNN host Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “And I will let the testimony fall wherever it falls. I’m going to tell the truth, to the best of my ability.”
Corsi has been identified as “Person 1” in the 24-page federal indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller against Stone that was revealed Friday and charged the longtime associate of President Donald Trump with seven felonies. Among other things, Stone stands accused of lying to Congress and intimidating radio host Randy Credico, who was in contact with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange in 2016.
According to the indictment, Stone and Corsi exchanged multiple emails about WikiLeaks in 2016. Corsi speculated on Aug. 2, 2016, that the organization had “2 more dumps” in store. The U.S. intelligence community has since accused WikiLeaks of receiving stolen emails from and related to Clinton’s campaign from Russia’s intelligence agency.
As of August 2016, WikiLeaks had already released emails from the Democratic National Committee before the party’s convention in a bid to sow disunity but had not yet released emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Podesta’s emails were not released until Oct. 7, shortly after a The Washington Post published the “Access Hollywood” tape on which Trump brags about his ability to sexually assault women because of his celebrity status.
While Corsi has said the information about him in the indictment is true, he stressed to Tapper that he never made direct or indirect contact with Assange. Instead, Corsi said his statements were due to deduction.
“I was referring to, I had, I believe, figured out that Assange had Podesta’s emails,” Corsi said. “And I did tell this, not only to Roger, but to others. And it turned out that I was right. Now, that was deduction on my part, as best I can remember. It was putting together the dots. But I felt like that should have been valuable information, just that I figured it out, not that I had communications with WikiLeaks.”
Stone is set to be arraigned in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Trump tweeted Saturday that Stone “didn’t work for me anywhere near the Election!”
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