Jerome Corsi, an associate of controversial Trump ally Roger Stone, has said that he has entered into a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office.
Who is Jerome Corsi?
Jerome Corsi is the former editor at Infowars, the website belonging to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Corsi provided opposition research to Stone. Stone has also said that Corsi and President Donald Trump have a personal relationship, which stemmed from their mutual belief that former President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.
What happened now?
Mueller was investigating whether or not Corsi had been involved with coordinating with WikiLeaks to release Hillary Clinton campaign emails.
Earlier in November, Corsi, 72, told NBC News that he had already been contacted by the FBI, and that he expected to be indicted.
“I fully anticipate that in the next few days I will be indicted by Mueller for some form or other,” Corsi said at the time, “for giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury or however they want to do the indictment.”
When the Washington Post contacted Corsi to ask whether it was true he was cooperating with Mueller, Corsi told the paper, “It’s true. Your story is accurate,” but declined to elaborate further.
Corsi confirmed to the Daily Caller in an interview on Nov. 13 that he had told people that he believed WikiLeaks would be releasing the emails of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta shortly before those emails were released. He also said in that interview that he thought he would be indicted for lying to Mueller's team.
WikiLeaks had obtained Podesta's emails through a phishing scam. Corsi insisted that he did not have any direct contact with WikiLeaks, and that his predictions were simply theories that came true.
It is not yet clear at this time what information Corsi could offer Mueller in a plea deal.
If Corsi were to cut a plea deal with Mueller and agree to cooperate with the ongoing Russia investigation, he would be the 33rd individual defendant charged by Mueller's team.