Roger Stone, friend, main propagandist, swiftboater and Harvard Ph.D. Jerome Corsi has had a busy week. After saying on Monday that he would reject a plea agreement that would involve admitting perjury because "I'm not going to sign a lie," Corsi also said he has a joint defense agreement with President Trump.
The new claims come from a book written by Corsi and obtained by the Daily Caller, the conservative website. In the book, the Daily Caller reports, Corsi says he received "limited immunity" from Mueller's team to speak freely about a "cover story" he claims to have created for Trump confidant Roger Stone. "
Federal prosecutors suspected that Corsi could be a connection between Roger Stone and Wikileaks, CNN reported.
Corsi says the cover story was specifically designed to explain the now infamous Roger Stone 2016 tweet that it would soon be the "time in the barrel" of Democratic agent John Podesta, published shortly before Podesta's pirated emails were released. They will throw to the public.
The Daily Caller reports that Corsi told Mueller's team that "he and Stone devised a plan in which Corsi would write a note on [John Podesta and his brother Tony] allow Stone to cite it as the basis of his tweet. "If true, that would contradict Stone's testimony that his tweet about John Podesta was inspired by the" opposition investigation into the commercial activities of the Podesta brothers. "
But there are reasons to doubt Corsi's new statements, especially his claim that he has an agreement with the president and his legal team. According to the Daily Caller, the book says "that his joint defense agreement with Trump's legal team was meant not to be seen by the public" and that one of the president's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, "suggested that the agreement could be verbal by nature and does not need to be put in writing. "
Joint defense agreements allow lawyers of different subjects of an investigation to communicate with each other under the privilege of attorney-client. Trump and Paul Manafort have such an agreement. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, has said that his team and the lawyers of Manafort have had an "open communication" and that the communication would be "a privilege of attorney-client, not only from our point of view, but also from they". Corsi writes in his book. that his agreement with Trump allowed his lawyers to share information about Mueller's line of questions. Corsi says he used the agreement to warn Trump "NOT to give oral testimony in person to Mueller under any circumstances," for fear of a "perjury trap."
As for Corsi's claim that Stone hired him to make a paper trail to explain the potentially incriminating Podesta tweet, apparently Corsi has no documentation. "I do not have a precise recollection of that phone call," Corsi wrote in the book, "but from what happened next, I reconstructed it in the phone call Stone told me he was being criticized for his tweet and needed some coverage. "
Stone told CNN on Monday: "I never received any notice from anyone, that Podesta's e-mails had been" erased, "as the British would say, and would be published."
Corsi's own claim is that he helped Stone cover up a bad tweet, but that there was no crime. "So, what if Roger Stone used my cover story to testify before the House Intelligence Committee? Roger was able to amend that testimony and Congress seldom pursues anyone on criminal charges of perjury, "he wrote in the book, according to the Daily Caller." Without the link to Assange, there was not a 'Russian Collusion & # 39; that could be attributed to Roger Stone. "
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