Robert Mueller Subpoenas Roger Stone-Linked Conspiracy Theorist Jerome Corsi
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who has links to political operative Roger Stone, to testify before a grand jury on Friday.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Corsi may be able to provide witness testimony relating to whether President Donald Trump’s campaign and its associates knowingly participated in Russian efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.
Corsi was also one of the people who fed Trump’s conspiracy theory about Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
“Mr. Corsi was also one of the people whom President Trump, before he was a candidate, contacted for information about former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate,” Maggie Haberman writes, “in pressing the false claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States.”
Corsi “fully intends to comply with the subpoena,” his attorney David Gray said. Gray added that the subpoena had to with Corsi’s “communications with Roger Stone.”
Stone is of particular interest to federal investigators for his role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee by Wikileaks in 2016. Stone is considered to be a possible conduit between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks.
Prior to the election, Stone predicted that stolen emails and other data would be released and pose a potential danger to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The hacked DNC emails were used by Russian operatives to spread damaging information on Clinton, the goal of which was to nudge the election in favor of Trump.
Stone has stated publicly that he believes he is an unnamed co-conspirator in a series of indictments filed against a dozen Russian nationals in July.
The indictments refer to a “U.S. person” who “was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump.”
Stone believes this person is himself.
“As I testified before the House Intelligence Committee under oath, my 24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0 is benign based on its content, context and timing,” Stone told ABC News in July. “This exchange is entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails, as well as taking place many weeks after the events described in today’s indictment,” he said.
The unnamed American is accused of exchanging messages with hacker Guccifer 2.0.
“Please tell me if I can help u anyhow…it would be a great pleasure to me,'” the message said. “What do u think about the info on the turnout model for the Democrats’ entire presidential campaign.’ The unnamed American responded, ‘pretty standard.'”
Corsi is not the only person within Stone’s orbit that is of interest to Mueller.
“Another former associate of Mr. Stone, the New York political gadfly Randy Credico, is also expected to testify before the grand jury on Friday,” the Times writes.
Stone has maintained that Credico acted as a middleman between Stone and Wikileaks. The Times said Credico “had a friend in common” with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and that Stone denies having any direct contact with Assange.