Conspiracy theorist and associate of Trump adviser Roger Stone will cooperate in Russia inquiry, lawyer says
Corsi, an associate of the longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, was asked to appear at 9am in Washington on Friday, according to his attorney, David Gray.
We intend to cooperate fully with the special counsels office and we suspect that the focus of the questions will be about my clients communications with Roger Stone, Gray said in an email.
Corsi frequently appears on fringe media and has written several books, including one that promoted the false conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not born in the US. The news of his subpoena was first reported by the New York Times.
In March this year, Corsi abruptly announced on Twitter that Ted Malloch, a conservative academic with ties to the UK Independence party, had been detained and questioned at Bostons Logan airport by FBI agents working for Mueller.
Corsi noted to his followers three times that agents had taken Mallochs cellphone, warning: Ted OUT OF CONTACT. That evening, Corsi joined an emergency broadcast on InfoWars, the far-right conspiracy website, to discuss Mallochs detention.
Stone has said that he, Corsi and Malloch dined together at a New York steak restaurant during 2016 but denied the meeting related to the election. Stone has said in recent emails to supporters that he expects to face imminent action from Mueller and may be indicted. He denies any wrongdoing.
Stone has come under scrutiny by Mueller after exchanging messages during the 2016 campaign with Guccifer 2.0, a supposed independent hacker said by Mueller to be a front for Russian intelligence officers.
Emails stolen from the accounts of senior Democrats were made public at the height of the election campaign by Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks, the campaigning pro-transparency website run by Julian Assange. Stone has made contradictory statements about being in contact with Assange during the campaign.
Corsi is also key to Stones explanation for another controversial episode during the campaign. Stone tweeted on 21 August 2016 that it will soon [be] the Podesta’s time in the barrel [sic]. That led to suggestions that he knew in advance about the hacking of emails from John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clintons 2016 campaign.
But Stone later claimed in testimony to congressional investigators that the tweet was actually inspired by opposition research, given to him by Corsi, about the Podesta Group, a lobbying firm run by John Podestas brother Tony.
Muellers team has spent months looking into Stones circle of friends and aides. Several have testified to the grand jury, including Stones protege Sam Nunberg, his former social media adviser Jason Sullivan, and his housemate Kristin Davis. Prosecutors appear to be reviewing Stones financial history in addition to his actions during the 2016 election campaign.
Randy Credico, a radio DJ and comedian previously identified by Stone as his go-between for communications with Assange, is also scheduled to testify before the grand jury on Friday, following a subpoena from Muellers team.
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