On November 23d Jerome Corsi stated he was in plea negotiations with the Mueller team. A normal part of that process would be for the government to prepare a “Statement of Offense” for Corsi to sign, essentially confessing to facts the government asserts. On November 26th Corsi claimed to have rejected the deal. On November 27th Corsi released the draft Statement of Offense the government presented him to sign. The document is significant because it itemizes facts, to include emails Mueller clearly already has, that the Mueller’s Special Prosecutor Office believes it can prove.
The Statement of Offense sets forth facts evidencing collusion between Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone and Wikileaks, which in turn was getting the information from the Russian GRU. Further, it is clear Corsi and Stone knew the materials were stolen, or hacked. The Statement of Offense serves as the basis for a draft plea agreement, rejected by Corsi (at least so far).
Because the Statement of Offense employs euphemisms for organization and person names it can be hard to read. These euphemisms include:
Person 1 = Roger Stone
Organization 1 = Wikileaks
Founder of Organization 1 = Julian Assange of Wikileaks
Overseas individual = Ted Malloch, a London-based consultant and friend of Corsi
Person 2 = Randy Credico, a radio talk show host and friend of Roger Stone who Stone previously claimed was his intermediary to Wikileaks
I have taken the liberty of making the Statement of Offense more readable by substituting the actual names in place of those euphemisms. Corsi’s name is in all caps because it is in the original document, which is typical for the subject of the document. To increase readability I have also italicized certain quotes and used bold to emphasize certain provisions. Beyond that I have not altered the text of the document. Here is the translated version of the Statement of Offense. It is worth reading because Mueller believes he can prove all of this.
STATEMENT OF THE OFFENSE
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, the United States of America and the defendant, JEROME CORSI, stipulate and agree that the following facts are true and accurate. These facts do not constitute all of the facts known to the parties concerning the charged offense; they are being submitted to demonstrate that sufficient facts exist that the defendant committed the offense to which he is pleading guilty.
1. On or about September 6, 2018, the defendant, JEROME CORSI, was interviewed voluntarily by the Special Counsel’s Office, including Department of Justice prosecutors and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the time of the interview, the Special Counsel’s Office was investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including:
a. the theft of campaign-related emails and other documents by the Russian government’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff (“GRU”);
b. the GRU’s provision of certain of those documents to Wikileaks for public release in order to expand the GRU’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign; and
c. the nature of any connections between individuals associated with the U.S. presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign”) and the Russian government or Wikileaks.
2. CORSI was represented by counsel during the September 6, 2018 interview. At the outset of the interview, CORSI was warned that intentionally making false statements to the investigators was a violation of federal law. CORSI said that he understood.
3. During the interview, CORSI said that in the summer of 2016 an associate (Roger Stone) who CORSI understood to be in regular contact with senior members of the Trump Campaign, including with then-candidate Donald J. Trump, asked CORSI to get in touch with Wikileaks about materials it possessed relevant to the presidential campaign that had not already been released. CORSI thereafter knowingly and intentionally made the following materially false statements during the interview:
a. CORSI said he declined the request from Roger Stone and made clear to Roger Stone that trying to contact Wikileaks could be subject to investigation. CORSI also stated that Roger Stone never asked CORSI to have another person try to get in contact with Wikileaks, and that CORSI told Roger Stone that they should just wait until Wikileaks released any materials.
b. CORSI further stated that after that initial request from Roger Stone, CORSI did not know what Roger Stone did with respect to Wikileaks, and he never provided Roger Stone with any information regarding Wikileaks, including what materials Wikileaks possessed or what Wikileaks might do with those materials.
4. In truth and in fact, and as CORSI well knew, after Roger Stone asked CORSI to get in touch with Wikileaks, CORSI did not decline the request as he stated in the interview. Instead, CORSI contacted an individual who resided in London, England (Ted Malloch) to pass on Roger Stone’s request to learn about materials in Wikileak’s possession that could be relevant to the presidential campaign. Corsi thereafter told Roger Stone that Wikileaks possessed information that would be damaging to then-candidate Hillary Clinton and that Wikileaks planned to release damaging information in October 2016.
a. On or about July 25, 2016, Roger Stone sent an email to CORSI with the subject line, “Get to Julian Assange.” The body of the message read: “Get to Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending Wikileaks emails . . . they deal with Foundation, allegedly.” On or about the same day, CORSI forwarded Roger Stone’s email to Ted Malloch.
b. On or about July 31, 2016, Roger Stone emailed CORSI with the subject line, “Call me MON.” The body of the email read in part that Ted Malloch “should see Julian Assange.”
c. On or about August 2, 2016, CORSI responded to Roger Stone by email. CORSI wrote that he was currently in Europe and planned to return in mid-August. CORSI stated: “Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps. One shortly after I’m back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging.… Time to let more than [the Clinton Campaign chairman (John Podesta)] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC. That appears to be the game hackers are now about. Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory bad, has stroke — neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle.”
5. Between approximately January 13, 2017 and March 1, 2017, CORSI deleted from his computer all email correspondence that predated October 11, 2016, including Roger Stone’s email instructing CORSI to “get to Julian Assange” and CORSI’s subsequent forwarding of that email to the Ted Malloch.
6. After the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“HPSCI”), the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (“SSCI”), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) began inquiring in 2017 about Roger Stone’s connections with Wikileaks, CORSI communicated with Roger Stone about developments in those investigations. For example, on or about November 28, 2017, after Roger Stone had identified to HPSCI a certain individual (Randy Credico) as his “source” or “intermediary” to Wikileaks, Credico received a subpoena compelling his testimony before HPSCI, and Roger Stone learned of the subpoena. On or about November 30, 2017, Roger Stone asked CORSI to write publicly about Randy Credico. CORSI responded: “Are you sure you want to make something out of this now? Why not wait to see what Credico does? You may be defending yourself too much — raising new questions that will fuel new inquiries. This may be a time to say less, not more.” Roger Stone responded by telling CORSI that the other individual “will take the 5th — but let’s hold a day.”
7. Following his September 10, 2018 interview, CORSI met with the Special Counsel’s Office for several additional interviews and voluntarily provided access to his email accounts and electronic devices. CORSI made numerous claims during these interviews, including that his representations to Roger Stone, beginning in August 2016, that he had a way of obtaining confidential information from Wikileaks, were false.
ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
Some thoughts on this.
- Roger Stone confirms the accuracy of the emails recounted in the Statement of Offense.
- In Paragraph 6 Stone tells Corsi that Randy Credico will plead the 5th Amendment to avoid testimony before the House Select Committee on Intelligence. In fact, Credico did exactly that.
- The statement in Corsi’s August 2, 2016 email to Stone, detailed in Paragraph 4c, describing those getting the emails as “hackers” proves Corsi and Stone knew they were pedaling in stolen materials.
- The naming of Donald Trump in Paragraph 3 should be very concerning to the President. Giuliani has made clear Trump was concerned about it. Trump attorneys received an advance copy and filed a complaint seeking to have his name removed.
- Anyone reading this document should conclude that Stone and Corsi are going to be indicted for offenses that directly relate to collusion. The “no collusion” narrative is about to fall.