Late Night Russiagate Open Thread: Corsi (Claims He) Sings for Mueller

Failed investment specialist Corsi first came to national attention as the scriptwriter for the Swiftboat libels against John Kerry in 2004, and has made himself a nice living since then embroidering conspiracy theories ranging from Obama’s foreign birth to abiogenic petroleum origin (‘dinosaurs cannot turn into oil’). A man whose commitment to the truth is so feeble that Alex Jones’ Infowars fired him is not necessarily a reliabe source, even about his own legal jeopardy. And yet…

The talks with Corsi — an associate of President Trump and GOP operative Roger Stone — could bring Mueller’s team closer to determining whether Trump or his advisers were linked to WikiLeaks’ release of hacked Democratic emails in 2016, a key part of his long-running inquiry.

Corsi provided research on Democratic figures during the campaign to Stone, a longtime Trump adviser. For months, the special counsel has been scrutinizing Stone’s activities in an effort to determine whether he coordinated with WikiLeaks. Stone and WikiLeaks have repeatedly denied any such coordination.

Stone has said that Corsi also has a relationship with Trump, built on their shared interest in the falsehood that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States…

The deal is not yet complete and could still be derailed. Last week, Corsi said his efforts to cooperate with prosecutors had broken down and that he expected to be indicted on a charge of allegedly lying. He described feeling under enormous pressure from Mueller and assured his supporters that he remains supportive of the president.

In a webcast and a series of interviews, Corsi said he had spoken to prosecutors for 40 hours and feared that he could spend much of the remainder of his life in prison…

It is not clear what information Corsi could leverage to get a deal with prosecutors. However, he told the Daily Caller last week that prosecutors are focused on whether he had developed a source with inside information about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plans.

Corsi said he did not have a direct source to the group. Instead, he said he developed a theory that Assange had access to hacked emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and that WikiLeaks would release them in October 2016.

He told the Daily Caller that he shared his prediction with many people, including Stone…

Much more detail at the link. Corsi’s defense, such as it is, seems to be that he’s an established fabulist whose aging memory is being mined as a weapon against much more significant criminals figures.

Roger Stone, of course, is happy to concur: It is clear from his recent videos and his recent interviews that my friend Dr. Corsi has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and it is beginning to affect him profoundly. He has stated publicly that he is being asked over and over to say things he simply does not believe occurred.”

That’s not really fair, because Corsi’s ugly lies have brought pleasure to any number of ring-wing book buyers, at least a few of whom must have gone beyond hearing the laudatory Limbaugh/Fox News reviews to actually read their tomes.






33 replies
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    danielx says:

    Really hope Roger Stone doesn’t get offered a plea bargain that doesn’t involve doing time.

    On the other hand, I’m not sure god loves me enough for Roger Stone to be indicted anyway.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    He described feeling under enormous pressure from Mueller and assured his supporters that he remains supportive of the president.

    Translation: “The price of my silence has increased”.

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    Jerzy Russian says:

    Christ, what an asshole!

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    Corsi said he had spoken to prosecutors for 40 hours and feared that he could spend much of the remainder of his life in prison…

    “I deny doing the crime. Also, I accept that the evidence of me doing the crime is enough to put me in prison for decades.”

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    Mary G says:

    Assuming that there's something to the Jerome Corsi stories, Mueller indicting a conspiracy theorist for lying is a hell of a metaphor— Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic) November 23, 2018

    I think Jerome needs money. Mueller is well beyond him now.

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    Platonailedit says:

    There are so many successful and filthy rich rw cons, conspiracy peddlers and outright liars including the totus thug. How come there are no equivalent lw cons and liars?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Never forget, Corsi is the guy who is so dumb that he built an entire conspiracy theory based on the fact that he didn’t know that Barack Obama Jr. was named after his father. The Obama family in Kenya tried repeatedly to get Corsi to understand that the Barack Obama who was born in Kenya was the president’s father, but Corsi was unable to process that information.

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    Redshift says:

    @Platonailedit:

    How come there are no equivalent lw cons and liars?

    Because there is no left-wing equivalent to right-wing billionaires willing to fund anyone who will help build a plutocracy.

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    MobiusKlein says:

    @Redshift: There are Left Wing cons, mostly on the woo-side. Also on the ‘look at me’ side too.

    Water memory, OMG.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    I’ve known 5 yr olds who understand what the word junior at the end of someone’s name means. And yet he gets support from all the usual suspects because he’s such an idiot that he’ll repeat any bullshit he’s told and make up more bullshit on his own. Does anyone think that he’s got any idea what is true and what isn’t?

    I’m wondering how all this fanatical lying about everything and nothing is going to end. So many people just believe the lying, because they want to and because it’s repeated so often by a circular bullshit manufacturing industry. It’s ruining the lives of millions, all so a few billionaires can add to the piles of money they can and will never spend. It’s insanity.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Begins with solo baritone, ends with a great choral sing-along.
    Morris, Atlanta, Shaw: “Libera Me,” Faure

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    Shalimar says:

    If Corsi is telling the truth about having no contacts within Wikileaks and just figuring out on his own that there would be a Podesta October surprise, then there is nothing prosecutors would need 40 hours with him to talk through and he wouldn’t fear prison time. Mueller obviously has documentation that this statement is bullshit.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    A man hears what he wants to hear, and disregards the rest.

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    @Platonailedit: I’ll let you in on the secret for, say, 50 bucks?

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    prostratedragon says:

    @wasabi gasp: Nice, I hope they’re still around.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @sm*t cl*de: Just call him Alford.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @Ruckus:

    It’s insanity.

    It’s an ideology. By virtue of being rich they are therefore superior. The richer they are the more superior they are. Their wealth is the result of the workings of natural order (aka divine providence) and anything that detracts from that wealth is an unnatural perversion.

    Therefore they feel an obligation to use that wealth to maintain this natural order.

    It’s social darwinism. Which of course provides the basic ideological underpinnings of fascism.

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    JR says:

    @Platonailedit: be careful what you wish for

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    evodevo says:

    @Viva BrisVegas: Yes. You have hit the authoritarian nail on the head.

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    Geoboy says:

    @Mnemosyne: “Never forget, Corsi is the guy who is so dumb that he built an entire conspiracy theory based on the fact that he didn’t know that Barack Obama Jr. was named after his father. The Obama family in Kenya tried repeatedly to get Corsi to understand that the Barack Obama who was born in Kenya was the president’s father, but Corsi was unable to process that information.”

    The explanation is quite simple: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair.

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    Gvg says:

    I don’t think this is an attempt for a pardon. Trump never forgives a disloyalty and has no strategic sense. In addition advisors have probably explained how certain pardons would look like an addition of guilt. At this point I suspect there won’t be any pardons, even if they would help. Frankly, Trump is not generous or loyal and to stupid to get why he should be. Any pardons will be random to piss off the left or any enemies.
    Corsi may just have encouraged this storie because his life’s experience has previously always benefitted by being in the news.

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Stone’s the big prize for Mueller’s current phase. And Stone has every reason to sing, hard and loud. Prison’s a tough place for a man with a full-sized tattoo of Nixon’s face on his back.

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    J R in WV says:

    So RWNJ W. Moron says:

    Not one person can bring up a negative about Nancy it’s all blind worship. I don’t know how we constantly complain about how the DNC has no spine yet somehow Nancy, the leader, is not to be held accountable for it? Just odd is all just odd

    How many lies and misunderstandings are there in this short exerpt? I didn’t extract it just to maximize the numbers, it’s just dropping off some whimpers.

    First line: “Not one person can bring up a negative about Nancy…” How can he type this after the years of negative propaganda his party has pushed about Nancy Smash? All negative, all false, yet he doesn’t remember any of it? Amazing. Just amazed!

    Second line: The DNC worked with Barack for his election, yet “the DNC has no spine.” Plus he dreams that Nancy Pelosi is the leader of the DNC? This is so not so! We would be in better shape if she was!

    Pretty odd, alrite, as in IQ = shoe size for this bandit RWNJ! NO wonder these miracles of dumassery are hornswoggled by every con artist that comes down the pike!

    ETA typo… son should be con artist!

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    @Platonailedit: they tend towards medical woo and such. They hang around the Green Party.. they’re not nearly as numerous though as the righties. it’s like there are a few Stalin and Trosky fans still on the left, but they’re vastly outnumbered by the white supremacists on the right…

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    JGabriel says:

    @Platonailedit:

    There are so many successful and filthy rich rw cons, conspiracy peddlers and outright liars including the totus thug. How come there are no equivalent lw cons and liars?

    [JGabriel puts on best his racist Thanksgiving uncle mask and shouts:]

    wHAT ABOUT mICHAL mORE? hUH? nICOLE wALLACE? oR abc? oR nbc? cbs? pbs? bILL nYE, tHE sCIENCE-LIAR gUY! nEIL dEmIKE tISON! eVEREEWON ON UtOOB! eVEREEWON IN hOLLOWOOD! yOU CANT EVEN SEE ALL THE LIARS ON THE LEFT BECUZE YOUR SOKE-ING IN IT!!! :( :–(( !! ::–((( !

    !

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    MattF says:

    @JGabriel: That explains it.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Asking only wingnut welfare, I came peddling my con
    But I got no takers,
    Just a teaser from the Mercers & Shel Adelson–

    This I avow,
    After 40 hours with Mueller
    On my way to the hoosegow…

    (Lie-la-lie-lie-lie-lie-lie-lie…)

    (instrumental bridge – take it, Amir!)

    (ETA to improve scansion; sue me.)

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    Nora says:

    When my husband was reading the Corsi article in the FTFNYT this morning, I mentioned that Corsi was the Swift Boat guy, and my husband correctly noted that there is not a single mention of that basis for Corsi’s fame in the entire article, nor is there any mention of his full throated support of the Obama birther conspiracy. It’s almost as if the New York Times has no memory at all.

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    Captain C says:

    @Platonailedit: Lefties are doing it for the art, not the money.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Nora:
    You don’t think it might just be willful partisanship on the part of a fairly conservative newspaper do you? I do as well.
    As long as they have the same owners, nothing will change. This is who they are.
    Failed investment specialist Corsi has two books on the (FTF)NYT best selling list, which I imagine wouldn’t even be useful as door stops and therefore wouldn’t have “sold” so many copies if it wasn’t for the FTFNYT.

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    jc says:

    From what I can tell, Corsi is a serial fabricator. He’s one of the alt-right swamp creatures like Alex Jones who traffic in “rage-fueled disinformation.” If he’s caught lying to Mueller, shit will get real in a hurry.

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