Speaking exclusively to Big League Politics on the eve of his arrest as a part of Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation, long-time Trump confidant Roger Stone laid out his frustrations with statements from former Infowars Washington Bureau Chief Jerome Corsi that he calls “devoid of logic.”
BLP reached out to Stone for response to a recent MSNBC appearance in which Corsi reveals he is considering extending a defamation lawsuit he has filed against a number of media outlets and individuals to include Stone.
But Stone contends that Corsi is mistaken, and it’s him who has been wronged.
“I think Jerry has it backwards — I should actually sue him,” Stone said.
Stone then laid out what he considers defamatory statements against himself that Corsi has been making.
One of those claims from Corsi is that Infowars cut off payments to him in response to a Washington Post inquiry.
Corsi has filed a legal complaint with the Washington Post in response, which includes the site’s owner, Jeff Bezos.
The former Infowars employee claims the payments were “hush money,” and were cut off because he opened his mouth.
But Big League Politics has reviewed documents from Infowars that reveal Corsi was relieved of his duties at Infowars in June of last year. Corsi has continued to receive payments of $15,000 per month from Infowars as severance, without having any work duties, in order to pay out his agreed upon contract. That contract expires on January 31st, where payments are scheduled to cancel.
Infowars‘ attorney, Marc Randazza backs this claim in a statement to the Post.
“Any claim that he stopped receiving those payments because of The Washington Post asking questions does not appear to be supported by any facts I know of,” Randazza said.
Since his termination at Infowars, Corsi has become outspoken against both Stone and Infowars host Alex Jones.
“It appears that Jerry is reading from a script prepared for him by the Mueller team when it comes to Roger Stone,” Stone told Big League Politics.
Corsi has claimed that he told Stone to contact Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about releasing stolen emails from Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta.
This is a claim that Stone adamantly denies, saying that “there is no evidence to corroborate this false charge.”
The media often uses Stone’s now-infamous August 21, 2016 Tweet about how it will be the “Podesta’s time in the barrel” soon as proof.
But Stone denies this to BLP, saying that while the Tweet was in response to something Corsi stated, it had nothing to do with Wikileaks.
“I steadfastly maintain that Jerry, who had been researching the Podesta brothers, brought their business dealings to my attention, and that is what prompted my Tweet,” Stone said.
Stone also requested that Corsi write a story on it, something that took Corsi until the end of the month to do. Corsi is claiming this was meant to cover him from allegations of advanced WikiLeaks knowledge.
But Stone loudly denies this, pointing out the fact that his Tweet only received attention weeks later after the Podesta emails were released by WikiLeaks.
“Go back and look at the reporting at the time, it was not until AFTER the Podesta emails were released that my Tweet got any attention,” Stone declares. “Jerry is simply mistaken that what we discussed was a cover. Ask yourself, ‘a cover for what?’ In August 2016, there was no investigation, no special counsel, no congressional committees, and no subpoenas, why would a story be necessary?”
Also relating to this leak is the claim that Stone asked WikiLeaks to schedule the data dump of Podesta’s emails to distract from the infamous Billy Bush Access Hollywood tape, which Stone calls “bulls***.”
“As for the claim that I had advanced knowledge of that Billy Bush tape and asked Dr. Corsi to contact WikiLeaks to urge them to schedule their data dump to distract from this news event it is pure unmitigated unadulterated bullshit,” Stone contends. “It is allegedly based on Cori’s his memory of a phone call. There is no email or text record that would indicate that this is even remotely true.”
With all this context, Stone told BLP that he has a strong case against Corsi, while Corsi has nothing on him.
But more than anything, Stone stresses how badly he was betrayed by Corsi, who he helped get his job at Infowars.
“I did recommend him for his position at Infowars where he served as Washington bureau chief until he was fired after a drunken meltdown in a Washington DC restaurant,” Stone said. “I also recommended him for various freelance writing gigs because he is both an excellent writer and researcher.”
Stone did not delve into the details around the alleged “drunken meltdown.”
Corsi’s statements are causing a headache for Stone, who, as he explained on Tucker Carlson Tonight, is on the brink of bankruptcy due to legal assaults from Robert Mueller, and the Democratic National Committee. This legal assault came a fever pitch on Friday of last week with his arrest.
To combat these attacks, Stone has a legal defense fund at www.StoneDefenseFund.com.
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