Kirsters Baish| It has been reported by Fox News that Conservative (Trump-supporting) author Jerome Corsi filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday. Corsi accused the team of attempting to bully him into delivering a “false testimony” against Trump.
Fox News reports:
The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets.
The 78-page document, asserting the existence of a “slow-motion coup against the president,” was filed to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel.
“Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth,” the complaint reads.
The author of the anti-Obama book, “The Obama Nation,” also has ties to political operative Roger Stone. Corsi has been insisting for the last week that he had been bullied by Mueller’s Special Counsel to make a plea deal. He now refuses the sign the deal.
The complaint claims that Mueller’s team wanted Corsi to say that he had “acted as a liaison between Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on one side and the Trump campaign on the other.” (This was in reference to the DNC’s hacked emails.)
The complaint against Mueller’s team claims that his office is “knowingly and deceitfully threatening to charge Dr. Corsi with an alleged false statement,” unless he gives them “false testimony” against the President and others.
Fox News reports:
The purported threat of a false statement charge, according to the complaint, pertains to a July 2016 email from Stone asking him to “get to” Assange and get the pending emails.
Corsi’s complaint says he was unable to initially give “accurate” testimony on that point, until he could reload emails on his laptop. The complaint says he later amended his answers. In an interview last week with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Corsi said Mueller’s team “was happy” with his answers until he couldn’t “give them what they wanted.”
Asked about Monday’s complaint, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said they would decline to comment, as did a Justice Department spokesman.
Corsi’s lawyers also included one of Mueller’s team’s draft court filings, which is to be used for the author to enter a guilty plea to “make false statements.”
Fox reports that this document has an email from August 2, 2016, in which Corsi referenced Assange and the soon-to-be released emails to Stone
“Word is friend in embassy plans 2 more dumps,” Corsi wrote in the email, which was sent roughly 10 weeks before John Podesta’s (Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager) emails were released.
In Monday’s complaint, Corsi’s legal team denied that their client had any inside knowledge. They also denied that he had colluded with Assange.
They argued that their client “logically concluded” that further emails were to be released.
“Employing his professional skills and considerable experience as an analyst and investigative journalist, Dr. Corsi logically concluded that WikiLeaks would release Podesta’s emails soon in a second round ‘data dump’ from the same group of DNC emails stolen on July 5, 2016,” the complaint stated.
Fox News writes:
Corsi, the onetime Washington bureau chief of the right-wing website Infowars, told host Tucker Carlson last week that he has had “no contact with Julian Assange whatsoever.”
The complaint is the latest sign of turbulence between Mueller’s team and investigation targets and witnesses. The team recently accused ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of breaching his plea deal by lying to investigators.
Meanwhile, the special counsel’s office stunned Washington with the revelation last week that it had struck a plea deal with former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is speaking to investigators about Trump’s real estate pursuits in Russia among other topics.
While Trump maintained his stance that there is no collusion and blasted Mueller’s investigation in stark terms last week, the developments showed the probe focusing more closely on Trump himself.