Draft Jerome Corsi statement of offense

A document prepared by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team as part of plea talks with conservative author Jerome Corsi allege that he alerted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone in early August 2016 that WikiLeaks planned to release material damaging to Hillary Clinton.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.

Criminal No.:
Violation: 18 U.S.C. ASS 1001(a)(2) (False
Statements)

JEROME CORSI,
Defendant.

STATEMENT OF THE OFFENSE
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, the United States of America and the
defendant, JEROME CORSI, stipulate and agree that the following facts are true and accurate.
These facts do not constitute all of the facts known to the parties concerning the charged offense;
they are being submitted to demonstrate that sufficient facts exist that the defendant committed the
offense to which he is pleading guilty.
1.

On or about September 6, 2018, the defendant, JEROME CORSI, was interviewed

voluntarily by the Special Counselas Office, including Department of Justice prosecutors and
Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the time of the interview, the Special
Counselas Office was investigating the Russian governmentas efforts to interfere in the 2016
presidential election, including:
a. the theft of campaign-related emails and other documents by the
Russian governmentas Main Intelligence Directorate of the General
Staff (aGRUa);
b. the GRUas provision of certain of those documents to an organization
(aOrganization 1a) for public release in order to expand the GRUas
interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign; and

c. the nature of any connections between individuals associated with the
U.S. presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (aTrump Campaigna)
and the Russian government or Organization 1.
2.

CORSI was represented by counsel during the September 6, 2018 interview. At

the outset of the interview, CORSI was warned that intentionally making false statements to the
investigators was a violation of federal law. CORSI said that he understood.
3.

During the interview, CORSI said that in the summer of 2016 an associate (aPerson

1a) who CORSI understood to be in regular contact with senior members of the Trump Campaign,
including with then-candidate Donald J. Trump, asked CORSI to get in touch with Organization 1
about materials it possessed relevant to the presidential campaign that had not already been
released. CORSI thereafter knowingly and intentionally made the following materially false
statements during the interview:
a. CORSI said he declined the request from Person 1 and made clear to
Person 1 that trying to contact Organization 1 could be subject to
investigation. CORSI also stated that Person 1 never asked CORSI to
have another person try to get in contact with Organization 1, and that
CORSI told Person 1 that they should just wait until Organization 1
released any materials.
b. CORSI further stated that after that initial request from Person 1, CORSI
did not know what Person 1 did with respect to Organization 1, and he
never provided Person 1 with any information regarding Organization
1, including what materials Organization 1 possessed or what
Organization 1 might do with those materials.

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4.

In truth and in fact, and as CORSI well knew, after Person 1 asked CORSI to get in

touch with Organization 1, CORSI did not decline the request as he stated in the interview. Instead,
CORSI contacted an individual who resided in London, England (aoverseas individuala) to pass
on Person 1as request to learn about materials in Organization 1as possession that could be relevant
to the presidential campaign. Corsi thereafter told Person 1 that Organization 1 possessed
information that would be damaging to then-candidate Hillary Clinton and that Organization 1
planned to release damaging information in October 2016.
a. On or about July 25, 2016, Person 1 sent an email to CORSI with the
subject line, aGet to [the founder of Organization 1].a The body of the
message read: aGet to [the founder of Organization 1] [a]t Ecuadorian
Embassy in London and get the pending [Organization 1] emails . . .
they deal with Foundation, allegedly.a On or about the same day,
CORSI forwarded Person 1as email to the overseas individual.
b. On or about July 31, 2016, Person 1 emailed CORSI with the subject
line, aCall me MON.a The body of the email read in part that the
overseas individual ashould see [the founder of Organization 1].a
c. On or about August 2, 2016, CORSI responded to Person 1 by email.
CORSI wrote that he was currently in Europe and planned to return in
mid-August. CORSI stated: aWord is friend in embassy plans 2 more
dumps. One shortly after Iam back. 2nd in Oct. Impact planned to be
very damaging.a| Time to let more than [the Clinton Campaign
chairman] to be exposed as in bed w enemy if they are not ready to drop
HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton]. That appears to be the game hackers

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are now about. Would not hurt to start suggesting HRC old, memory
bad, has stroke -- neither he nor she well. I expect that much of next
dump focus, setting stage for Foundation debacle.a
5.

Between approximately January 13, 2017 and March 1, 2017, CORSI deleted from

his computer all email correspondence that predated October 11, 2016, including Person 1as email
instructing CORSI to aget to [the founder of Organization 1]a and CORSIas subsequent forwarding
of that email to the overseas individual.
6.

After the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on

Intelligence (aHPSCIa), the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (aSSCIa), and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (aFBIa) began inquiring in 2017 about Person 1as connections
with Organization 1, CORSI communicated with Person 1 about developments in those
investigations. For example, on or about November 28, 2017, after Person 1 had identified to
HPSCI a certain individual (aPerson 2a) as his asourcea or aintermediarya to Organization 1,
Person 2 received a subpoena compelling his testimony before HPSCI, and Person 1 learned of the
subpoena. On or about November 30, 2017, Person 1 asked CORSI to write publicly about Person
2. CORSI responded: aAre you sure you want to make something out of this now? Why not wait
to see what [Person 2] does? You may be defending yourself too much a raising new questions
that will fuel new inquiries. This may be a time to say less, not more.a Person 1 responded by
telling CORSI that the other individual awill take the 5thabut letas hold a day.a
7.

Following his September 10, 2018 interview, CORSI met with the Special

Counselas Office for several additional interviews and voluntarily provided access to his email
accounts and electronic devices. CORSI made numerous claims during these interviews, including

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that his representations to Person 1, beginning in August 2016, that he had a way of obtaining
confidential information from Organization 1, were false.
ROBERT S. MUELLER, III
Special Counsel
By:

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____________________________
Jeannie S. Rhee
Andrew D. Goldstein
Aaron S.J. Zelinsky
L. Rush Atkinson, V
The Special Counselas Office

DEFENDANTaS ACCEPTANCE
The preceding statement is a summary, made for the purpose of providing the Court with
a factual basis for my guilty plea to the charge against me. It does not include all of the facts
known to me regarding this offense. I make this statement knowingly and voluntarily and
because I am, in fact, guilty of the crime charged. No threats have been made to me nor am I
under the influence of anything that could impede my ability to understand this Statement of the
Offense fully.
I have read every word of this Statement of the Offense, or have had it read to me.
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11, after consulting with my attorney, I agree
and stipulate to this Statement of the Offense, and declare under penalty of perjury that it is true
and correct.

Date:__________________

______________________________
Jerome Corsi
Defendant
ATTORNEYaS ACKNOWLEDGMENT

I have read this Statement of the Offense, and have reviewed it with my client fully. I
concur in my clientas desire to adopt and stipulate to this Statement of the Offense as true and
accurate.

Date:

________________________________
David E. Gray, Esq.
Attorney for Defendant

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