Associate of Trump confidant Roger Stone in plea talks with Mueller

Roger Stone Ally Jerome Corsi Reportedly in Plea Negotiations With Mueller

Conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi - an associate of Roger Stone - is in plea talks with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russia's role in the election and any links with President Donald Trump's campaign.

Jerome Corsi told The Associated Press he has been negotiating a potential plea but declined to comment further. He said on a YouTube show earlier this month that he expected to be charged with lying to federal investigators, though he said at the time that he was innocent of wrongdoing.

Mueller's investigators are also looking into whether Stone gave Trump a heads-up of the WikiLeaks dumps, and the focus on Corsi suggests the special counsel is moving closer to determining whether the president's campaign colluded with the Kremlin ahead of the 2016 election.

The Post reported on Friday that the deal between Corsi and the special counsel was not yet complete.

But he said earlier this month that talks with investigators recently had "blown up".

Corsi previously said he felt like he was going to be indicted.

Mueller has reportedly been investigating Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who provided opposition research on Democrats. "He looks like he has been squeezed, but as far as I know, he refuses to lie", Stone said. "#CrookedHillary." WikiLeaks began releasing Podesta's emails on October 7, 2016.

During the 2016 campaign, Stone publicly bragged about having "backchannel communications" with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and on several occasions appeared to predict the WikiLeaks releases that roiled the race in the final stretch of the campaign.

If Corsi were to cut a plea deal with Mueller and agree to cooperate with the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, he would be the 33rd individual defendant charged by Mueller's team.

The special counsel is scrutinizing whether Corsi and Stone coordinated with WikiLeaks ahead of its mass releases of Podesta's emails.

He told AP in a separate statement Friday, "It is clear from his recent videos and his recent interviews that my friend Dr. Corsi has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and it is beginning to affect him profoundly".

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