(TNS) — Jerome Corsi, the right-wing conspiracy theorist and associate of Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, revealed Friday he's in plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Corsi, who also has loose ties to Trump, confirmed he has been discussing a potential plea deal with Mueller's team but declined to comment on specifics.
"There will be a time when I'll talk about all this," the 72-year-old told the New York Daily News.
The right-wing writer and former Infowars editor said on his namesake radio show last week that he expects to be indicted by Mueller for lying to investigators, although he insisted he had committed no wrongdoing.
Corsi's attorney declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the special counsel's office.
Corsi, who found a friend in Trump over their shared interest in the false theory that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S., said on his radio show that he had been cooperating with Mueller's team for months and described it as "one of the most frightening experiences" of his life. He also said he fears he'll die in prison.
Friday's development puts increased pressure on Stone, who has been a target of Mueller's investigation for months over his connections to WikiLeaks and possible advanced knowledge of the Russian government's dissemination of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.
"My friend Dr. Corsi has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and it is beginning to affect him profoundly," Stone said in a text message in light of Corsi's plea talks. "He has stated publicly that he is being asked over and over to say things he simply does not believe occurred."
Corsi did research on Democrats during the 2016 election and provided it to Stone, who served as an informal adviser to Trump's campaign at the time.
The special counsel is scrutinizing whether Corsi and Stone coordinated with WikiLeaks ahead of its mass releases of Podesta's emails.
Mueller's investigators are also looking into whether Stone gave Trump a heads-up of the WikiLeaks dumps, and the focus on Corsi suggests the special counsel is moving closer to determining whether the president's campaign colluded with the Kremlin ahead of the 2016 election.
The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded that Russian government operatives hacked Podesta's emails and provided them to WikiLeaks as part of its multifaceted effort to undermine American democracy, boost Trump's campaign and disparage Clinton.
Stone, a longtime ally and adviser to Trump, has said for months that he expects to be indicted by Mueller on "bogus" charges.
The 66-year-old self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" of politics doubled down Friday on his denial of having had any advanced knowledge of WikiLeaks' activities.
"If Dr. Corsi knew that John Podesta's emails had been obtained by anyone and would be published he never shared this information with me nor did he give me any such documents," Stone told The News.