Jerome Corsi, It's Your Time In Bobby Mueller's Barrel!
There's a smell of BenGay and cat pee in the air that can only mean one thing: It's time to talk about Jerome Corsi again. The old attention whore is on a whirlwind tour, using his failed plea negotiations with Robert Mueller to flog the latest hairball he coughed up and had bound as a hardcover "book." So let's hold our noses and run through the highly incriminating timeline revealed in the draft Plea Agreement Corsi inexplicably dumped on the media last night. It's even dumber than you think!
July 25, 2016
Roger Stone emails Corsi and tells him, per the draft agreement, "Get to [the founder of Organization 1] [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending [Organization 1] emails . . . they deal with Foundation, allegedly." We'll just stop here in delight at the "masking" of "founder of Organization 1" AT THE ECUADORIAN EMBASSY, because that is goddamn hilarious. (Assange, idiots. They meant Julian Assange.)
Anyway, Corsi may be a goddamn moron, but he knew that Stone, when he said "Foundation," meant the Clinton Foundation, so Corsi immediately forwarded the marching orders to Ted Malloch, a Trump stooge living in England who got picked up by the FBI in March at Logan airport and subsequently spent some quality time with the grand jury.
Unlike Stone and Corsi, who have been texting reporters 24/7, Malloch has gone radio silent because he's not A IDIOT.
July 31, 2016
Stone sends another email ordering Corsi to get with Assange and find out what he's got on Clinton.
August 2, 2016
Corsi, who is vacationing in Europe, emails Stone and tells him, "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 [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."
It's not clear whether Corsi himself visited Assange, whether he got his info from Malloch (who denies ever having met with the allegedly rapey recluse), or if he had another source. But he definitely knew the emails were hacked (not leaked by Seth Rich, as he'd later claim), that further dumps were planned, and the subject of the upcoming dumps. The Trump campaign immediately started flogging the Hillary Is Diseased story line, led by Donald Trump himself, after that email, at a time when Roger Stone claimed to be in touch with Trump himself. Which is a heckuva coincidence!
August 4, 2016
He also goes on Infowars and says that Wikileaks is about to drop some "devastating" shit on the Clinton Foundation.
August 10, 2016
Stone tells a group of GOP supporters in Florida that he's "communicated with Julian Assange."
August 21, 2016
Stone tweets, "it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel." Which might lead a person to think that he knew that Assange was about to drop John Podesta's prize risotto recipe in October. But NO! In Stone's telling he was inspired by his buddy Jerome Corsi, who had been doing a "research memo" on John and Tony Podesta prior to that tweet.
Except, LOL, Corsi didn't start work on that "research memo" until after Stone's tweet. In fact, he and Stone cooked up the memo explicitly to cover their tracks when Assange started dumping Podesta's emails.
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Mr. Stone has long said his tweet was related to the lobbying activities of Mr. Podesta and his brother Tony, and that it was inspired by research done for him by Mr. Corsi in mid-August. He denies having advance knowledge about the acquisition of Mr. Podesta's emails by WikiLeaks.
Mr. Corsi, a longtime acquaintance of Mr. Stone, is contradicting that version of events. He said in an interview Tuesday that Mr. Stone called him on Aug. 30, 2016—nine days after the tweet—and asked Mr. Corsi for help in creating an "alternative explanation" for it.
Shortly after that conversation, Mr. Corsi said he began writing a memo for Mr. Stone about Mr. Podesta's business dealings. In the following months, both Mr. Stone and Mr. Corsi said the memo was the inspiration for his tweet, even though it was in fact written afterward, Mr. Corsi said.
August 30, 2016
In case you missed that, Corsi and Stone have an OH, SHIT moment when they realize they gave the game away by revealing that they knew Assange had Podesta's emails. So they conspire to invent a back story in the form of a "research memo."
Corsi later says that he was just using his super-sleuth detective skills to deduce that Podesta's emails were coming.
In August, I knew that the emails remaining — that Julian Assange had — were Podesta's emails," he said. "I basically figured it out, which is what I do.
Winter 2017: AMNESIA!!!!!
Corsi deletes all his emails and promptly forgets that they ever existed. Wink, wink! So when Mueller later asks him if he ever put Roger Stone in touch with Julian Assange, he says NO WAY MAN, I TOLD HIM THAT MIGHT BE ILLEGAL, AND WE ARE BOY SCOUTS!
CORSI said he declined the request from Person 1 [Stone] and made clear to Person 1 that trying to contact Organization 1 [Wikileaks] could be subject to investigation. CORSI also stated that Person 1 never asked CORSI to have another person try to get in contact with Organization 1, and that CORSI told Person 1 that they should just wait until Organization 1 released any materials.
He has similarly forgotten all about reaching out to Ted Malloch and asking him to hit up the stinky hacker at his Ecuadorian hideaway. Also, too, his email telling Stone that the next Wikileaks doc-dump would hit the Clinton Foundation.
CORSI further stated that after that initial request from Person 1, CORSI did not know what Person 1 did with respect to Organization 1, and he never provided Person 1 with any information regarding Organization 1, including what materials Organization 1 possessed or what Organization 1 might do with those materials.
September 26, 2018
Roger Stone testifies before HPSCI and swears that the Corsi memo was his source for the Podesta Tweet. That's his story, and he's sticking to it, the WSJ reports.
Mr. Stone sharply denied this account, calling it "devoid of logic" in a text message. Mr. Stone said he believes Mr. Corsi is contradicting him because he's being "squeezed" by Mr. Mueller's prosecutors. "I steadfastly maintain that Jerry, who had been researching the Podesta brothers, brought their business dealings to my attention, and that is what prompted my tweet," Mr. Stone said.
But Corsi says that Mueller gave him immunity so that he could tell the grand jury that they cooked up that memo after the fact.
"The special counsel gave me immunity on this testimony because I allowed Roger to submit my memo…to the House Intelligence Committee," he said. "I did not object. So I was allowing him to continue using the cover story."
ROGER STONE, CALL YOUR LAWYER!
Actually, it looks like he might have done just that. Yesterday he reached out to the Post with a brand new version of events. Very convenient!
In his text message to The Post on Tuesday, Stone said he sent the email hours after he had been tipped about a possible WikiLeaks disclosure by viewing an email that James Rosen, then a Fox News reporter, sent to blogger Charles Ortel.
November 28, 2017
Randy Credico, whose role in this idiotic debacle is still unclear, is being called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI). Stone believes that Credico, aka "Person 2," will plead the Fifth. But he still asks his birther buddy Jerry Corsi to use his fame in the wingnutosphere to smear Credico in case he fingers Stone.
For example, on or about November 28, 2017, after Person 1 had identified to HPSCI a certain individual ("Person 2") as his "source" or "intermediary" to Organization 1, Person 2 received a subpoena compelling his testimony before HPSCI, and Person 1 learned of the subpoena. On or about November 30, 2017, Person 1 asked CORSI to write publicly about Person 2. CORSI responded: "Are you sure you want to make something out of this now? Why not wait to see what [Person 2] 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." Person 1 responded by telling CORSI that the other individual "will take the 5th—but let's hold a day."
Someone forwards Trump's lawyers Jerome Corsi's plea negotiations with the Special Counsel. WSJ reports,
In another twist, Mr. Giuliani said a member of the president's legal team, Jay Sekulow, received a packet of court papers two weeks ago relating to Mr. Corsi that included the draft plea document. The sender was anonymous, Mr. Giuliani said.
JEROME CORSI, CALL YOUR LAWYER!
November 26, 2018
I am not going to lie to avoid going to prison ... I found my recollection was horrible. But I am not swearing to a federal judge that I intentionally lied to the special counsel.
He just forgot all that stuff from 2016. After wiping his hard drive and hilariously thinking that would remove "emails." (HE DIDN'T EVEN REMEMBER TO ACID-WASH IT!!) Anyone can have a "misremember!" Just look at George Papadopoulos -- well, not right now since he's in federal custody in Wisconsin. Besides which, Jerome Corsi would like you to look at him and buy his book and have him on television, because he is the last honest man in Washington.
DONE. WE ARE DONE WITH THIS PACK OF LOW-RENT, TWO-BIT, WANNABE, WASHED UP LOSERS. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to wipe the catshit off our shoes and pretend this whole thing never happened.
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