Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly digging for more information surrounding Nigel Farage’s role in Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
The Guardian reported that Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and conservative author, was questioned by investigators working on the Mueller probe over his links to the right-wing former British politician, Nigel Farage.
Corsi also indicated Mueller’s team were interested in Ted Malloch, an academic with close ties to Farage. Malloch was formally interviewed by FBI agents earlier in 2018.
Corsi told the Guardian, “they asked about both Nigel and Ted Malloch”, adding, “but I’m really not going into detail because I respect the special counsel and the legal process”.
Nigel Farage was a prominent Brexit advocate and was one of the faces of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum. His involvement in the Mueller investigation comes as the UK questions whether Russian forces were working to influence the 2016 EU referendum.
Farage and his team denied Corsi’s allegations and told reporters that he has not been contacted by the special counsel. A spokesperson for Nigel Farage called Corsi’s comments, “ill-informed, intentionally malicious gossip”.
It is not the first time Nigel Farage’s name has come up in connection with Mueller’s investigation. The Guardian reported in 2017 that the British political figure was a “person of interest” in the investigation.
Nigel Farage built close ties with President Donald Trump through their mutual connection, White House strategist Steve Bannon. Ted Malloch has also informally advised President Trump in the past.
Members of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign have also been tied to Russian figures. Arron Banks, the biggest funder of the Brexit campaign, was in contact with Russian diplomats, although Corsi said Banks’ name did not come up during his interview with Mueller’s investigators.
A spokesperson for Robert Mueller denied the Guardian’s request for comment.
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