Jerome Corsi emailed ally former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone about a WikiLeaks release of emails stolen from the Clinton campaign two months before they were published, according to two reports Tuesday.
"Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps," Corsi wrote Aug. 2, 2016, NBC News reported Tuesday, citing draft court papers sent to Corsi by special counsel Robert Mueller's office.
"One shortly after I'm back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be very damaging."
Corsi said he has rejected a draft plea agreement from Mueller that sought a guilty plea to one count of lying to federal investigators for a Corsi request of a probation sentence.
According to NBC News, the draft court papers say Corsi told investigators Sept. 6 that an associate — identified by Corsi as Stone — asked him in the summer of 2016 to get in touch with an organization — again, identified by Corsi as WikiLeaks — about unreleased materials relevant to the presidential campaign.
"Get to (Assange) [a]t Ecuadorian Embassy in London and get the pending (WikiLeaks) emails," Stone's July 25, 2016 email read, according to the draft court documents, per NBC News.
Fearing an attempt to contact WikiLeaks would them on investigator's radar, Corsi declined the request, according to the draft court documents, per NBC News.
Mueller's team denies that, saying Corsi did in fact pass it along to conservative author Ted Malloch in London, according to the draft court documents, NBC News reported.
Corsi alerted Stone eight days later about WikiLeaks' information, which would be released in October to damage to Hillary Clinton's campaign right before the election.
"Time to let more than (Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta) to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton)," Corsi's Aug. 2, 2016, email read, per draft court papers, NBC News reported. "That appears to be the game hackers are now about."
WikiLeaks released the first of two batches of emails Russian hackers stole from Podesta on Oct. 7, 2016.
The draft court documents say Corsi met with the special counsel's office for several additional interviews and provided access to his email accounts and electronic devices.
In the interviews, the draft court papers say, Corsi said his claims to Stone that he had a way of obtaining confidential information from WikiLeaks were false.
Corsi has told NBC News he had no direct or indirect contact with WikiLeaks. He claims he anticipated WikiLeaks' release of the hacked emails by "connecting the dots" between public statements from Assange and other available materials.
"Why did I think they were coming out in October? Because I said to myself if I had these emails I'd use them as the October surprise," Corsi told NBC News on Tuesday. "And why did I think they would come out serially, drip by drip? Because Assange is very strategic. He understands the news cycle."
A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment. Corsi's lawyer, David Gray, also declined to comment.
But in a letter drafted by Gray and addressed to Mueller's team, Corsi's lawyer argued he should not be charged with a crime based on a faulty memory.
"He had not had the benefit of reviewing all of his emails prior to the interview and you graciously allowed him to review his emails and amend his statements — which he did," he wrote, NBC News reported. "Now, after various amendments to his statements, Dr. Corsi is being asked to affirmatively state that he lied to FBI agents. The issue is that the statements that Dr. Corsi made were, in fact, the best he could recall at the time."
CNN also reported on the draft court filings' exposure of the Corsi emails.
"Like every politico and political reporter in America, I was curious about what (WikiLeaks) had," Stone told CNN on Tuesday. But he said his interaction with Corsi, as laid out in the draft filing, "certainly does not prove that I had advanced notice that anyone had stolen Podesta's emails or that I knew the source or content of the WikiLeaks disclosures."
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