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Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi says he received plea deal offer from Mueller, plans to reject it

Roger Stone ally Jerome Corsi said Monday that he has received an offer from special counsel Robert Mueller for a plea deal on one count of perjury, but that he plans to reject it.

Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and conservative writer, told CNN that the special counsel “can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie.”

The report comes shortly after Corsi said he was in plea deal negotiations with Mueller’s team.

His attorney, David Gray, and the special counsel declined to comment to The Hill.

{mosads}Corsi had appeared before the special counsel’s grand jury last month, as Mueller has reportedly shown interest in his ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Mueller has indicted 12 Russian military officers in the hack of Democratic National Committee emails in the weeks ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The damaging emails were released on WikiLeaks.

Corsi has said that to the “best of [his] knowledge” he had no communication with Assange.

He said during a livestream earlier this month that he expected to be indicted for lying to federal investigators after he was questioned as part of the Mueller probe.

Corsi also said during the livestream that he had been cooperating with the special counsel’s team for two months and had handed over personal items as part of the investigation, including two computers and access to his email and Twitter accounts.

However, he said that talks with the special counsel had since fallen apart.

Corsi has been tied to Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump and an informal adviser to his 2016 presidential campaign.

Stone too has been scrutinized by Mueller’s team for his ties to WikiLeaks after he suggested that he had prior knowledge of its email dump ahead of the 2016 race.

Stone has claimed that he wasn’t in contact with Assange before the damaging emails were released, but got a heads up through a backchannel that WikiLeaks had information that would disrupt the election.

He has claimed former New York radio host Randy Credico served as the backchannel. Credico, who has testified before Mueller’s grand jury, has repeatedly denied the allegation.

Updated at 11:38 a.m.

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