Right-wing conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi is now admitting that he helped Trump ally Roger Stone concoct a false story that he would subsequently use to explain how he had advanced knowledge that WikiLeaks was in possession of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails.
In August 2016, Stone infamously wrote on Twitter that it would soon be Podesta’s time “in the barrel” — weeks before WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed that he was in possession of Podesta’s emails.
According to Corsi, in an excerpt of his new book obtained by the Daily Caller, Stone came to him and asked him for help creating a “cover story” that could help him explain how he knew the Podesta emails would be released weeks before the actual drop.
“I suggested Stone could use me as an excuse, claiming my research on Podesta and Russia was the basis for Stone’s prediction that Podesta would soon be in the pickle barrel,” Corsi writes. “I knew this was a cover-story, in effect not true, since I recalled telling Stone earlier in August that Assange had Podesta emails that he planned to drop as the ‘October Surprise,’ calculated by Assange to deliver a knock-out blow to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.”
Stone subsequently used this cover story in testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee — but he suggests in his book that lying to Congress isn’t that big of a deal.
“So, what if Roger Stone used my cover story to testify before the House Intelligence Committee,” he writes. “Roger could amend that testimony and Congress rarely pursues anyone for criminal charges of perjury.”