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Stone associate says he expects to face Mueller indictment in next couple of days

A Roger Stone associate on Monday said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller will indict him in the next couple of days for giving false information to federal investigators despite cooperating with the Russia investigation.

“I’m going to be criminally charged,” Jerome Corsi, a conservative commentator and conspiracy theorist, said during a YouTube livestream. “As of today, right now, I expect to be indicted.”

Corsi, who said he tried to cooperate with the investigation, claimed that his “mind was mush” after speaking with investigators, and alleged that they set up a “perjury trap” for him by not allowing him to see what documents and statements they were referring to during his “interrogation.”

{mosads} However, he did not go into the full details about his version of events, stating that he wants to know what the indictment looks like before he does.

His livestream comes after NBC News reported in late October that Mueller was scrutinizing whether Corsi was aware that WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers and whether he may have shared information about the email release with Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump.

Corsi said during the livestream on Monday that he predicted that WikiLeaks would release the hacked emails because he “figured it out,” and not because of any contact he had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

He said that “to the best of my recollection,” he did not meet with Assange or have sources connect him with Assange, somebody he considers a “journalist.”

FBI agents, according to Corsi, served him a subpoena on Aug. 28, even though he had been working with the Mueller investigation for the past two months.

He said that he had handed over two computers to the special counsel, and also granted the office access to his cell phone, emails and Twitter account.

Corsi also sought to undermine the legitimacy of the Mueller investigation, claiming that the Department of Justice was being run “by criminals.”

“My crime really was that I dared to support President Trump,” he said. “Now I’m going to have to go to prison for the rest of my life because I dared to oppose the Deep State.”

The special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Corsi’s attorney David Gray also declined to comment to The Hill.

Stone said in an email to The Hill that his attorneys have seen all of his communications with Corsi and that they “prove everything I have said under oath regarding my interaction with Dr. Corsi is true.”
“I stand by my statement to the House Intelligence Committee and can prove it is truthful if need be,” Stone said. “I have passed two polygraph tests administered and analyzed by two of the nations leading experts to prove I have truthful.”
Stone added that after watching Corsi’s livestream, he “strikes me as a man who has been squeezed hard but refuses to do anything but tell the truth which is why they may be indicting him.”

Corsi used the livestream as an opportunity to raise money for his legal fees, appealing to viewers to help pay for his legal expenses through PayPal, while stating that at his age of 72, he could die in prison.

And he read aloud messages from supporters in the chat accompanying the livestream.

Even during the livestream, the well-known conspiracy theorist pushed baseless claims, including that Democratic mega-donor George Soros is secretly funding the migrant caravan that is heading to towards the U.S..

News of a possible indictment comes after Trump tapped Matthew Whitaker to serve as his acting attorney general, following his abrupt decision to fire Jeff Sessions last week.

Whitaker, who has been described as a Trump loyalist, has previously criticized the Mueller investigation — the same probe he now oversees in his new top Justice Department role.

If Corsi’s prediction proves true, he would become the first individual to be indicted under Whitaker, whom Democrats have called on to recuse himself from overseeing the probe.

“I think we’ll know more in the next few days,” Corsi said of a possible indictment on Monday.

Stone has faced increased scrutiny from Mueller’s team over the past few weeks, with several associates of Trump’s longtime confidante facing subpoenas and being interviewed by the special counsel’s team.

Mueller’s queries center around whether Stone was aware that WikiLeaks would release hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.

Those emails were later revealed to have been obtained by Russian military officers, who Mueller indicted as his team looks into the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Stone has denied having any prior knowledge of the email dump, maintaining that the information he shared about a potential WikiLeaks release was all publicly available.

“I had no advance notice of the source or the content of allegedly hacked emails nor of John Podesta’s stolen emails published by WikiLeaks,” Stone said in a statement to The Hill last week. “If the decision to file charges is made on the basis of facts and evidence then I believe no charges will be filed.”

— Updated 6:55 p.m.

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