The news reports that the special counsel is zeroing in on Roger Stone’s contacts concerning the WikiLeaks dump of stolen emails. One contact, Jerome Corsi, may have been the go-between for Stone and WikiLeaks. Reporting suggests the right-wing operative and best-selling author has known President Trump for decades, and was talking with him during the years before he ran for president and during the campaign, and could be key in unraveling the relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
NBC reports that the Mueller team is examining whether Corsi knew before the public that Wikileaks would release emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers. According to the report, “Mueller’s investigators have reviewed messages to members of the Trump team in which Stone and Corsi seem to take credit for the release of Democratic emails.”
“The relationship between Corsi and Stone could be the linchpin in establishing what did or didn’t happen in 2016 between the Kremlin, American accomplices, and the Trump campaign. These questions are on the President’s doorstep. Corsi has known the President for decades, he was his partner in Birtherism, and his involvement in the 2016 attack on elections should be scrutinized,” said Kevin McAlister of Law Works.
Three Things to Know About Donald Trump and Jerome Corsi
Trump and Corsi have known each other for decades.
“I’ve known Donald Trump for many years, going back to at least the 1980s… For a couple of years I about lived in the Plaza Hotel and got to know Donald Trump quite well. Some of the companies I was working with were doing business with Donald Trump… I always admired Donald Trump.” [CSPAN, @20 minutes,3/22/18]
Trump and Corsi Trade Conspiracies
“[Michael] Cohen acknowledged that ‘Jerome Corsi had reached out to Mr. Trump to explain certain facts that are in his book’ and that the two had talked ‘on a handful of occasions.’” [MSNBC, 4/27/11]
“Mr. Trump was egged on by one key adviser – Roger J. Stone Jr. … Stone said that he did not plant the idea with Mr. Trump, but that once Mr. Trump came to him with it, he extolled what he saw as the political upside… Mr. Trump also continued to reach out to Mr. Farah, founder of WorldNetDaily, a conservative website, as well as to Jerome Corsi, another conservative writer and author… Mr. Trump also said repeatedly that he had sent a team of investigators to Hawaii to unearth information about Mr. Obama’s birth records.” [New York Times, 7/2/16]
According to Roger Stone, Trump and Corsi Met Up During the 2016 Campaign
“In an interview, Stone suggested that the special counsel may actually be interested in Corsi’s relationship with Trump… Stone said he asked Trump why he was inquiring about Corsi. ‘I’ve been talking to him,’ Stone recalled Trump saying. Stone said that Corsi also met with Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow declined to comment.” [Washington Post, 10/21/18]