Conservative author Jerome Corsi reaffirmed Sunday he merely “connected the dots” in asserting in 2016 that a damaging WikiLeaks’ data dump involved emails hacked from ex-Hillary Clinton presidential campaign chair John Podesta.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Corsi insisted he didn’t personally communicate with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign, and said special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence that he did.
“I made an honest effort to go through everything I was in communication with in 2016, to see if there was anybody directly or indirectly providing me information from Wikileaks,” he said. “And I can't find anyone and the special counselor couldn't suggest anyone. So I'm concluding that my recollection is correct — namely, that I did just connect the dots and figure it out on my own.”
“And I admit, that's hard to accept,” he continued. “People are going to have a hard time understanding that. But throughout my life, I have been having this ability, deductively or inductively, to really understand situations and, remarkably, often I'm correct.”
Corsi conceded it’s been “frustrating” that he couldn’t recall whether or not he ever had contacts with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“That's why I made such an incredible effort to look through every one who showed up in my 2016 emails or the phone conversations I had,” he said, adding: “The FBI went and interviewed, I found out later, almost everyone who showed up in my 2016 conversations, emails, phone calls, et cetera, and I can't find anyone who provided me direct or incorrect information from Assange and Assange himself has affirmed that.”
He added that longtime ally Roger Stone’s actions prove he didn’t have any contact.
"If I had a contact with WikiLeaks, I think Roger would have leapfrogged me immediately and taken the contact himself,” he said.
Corsi also confirmed that he was the “Person 1” identified in an indictment against Stone — and that he’ll testify to it. In the indictment, Stone is accused of trying to prevent “Person 1” from contradicting Stone’s false statements to a House committee.
"I will affirm that what is in the indictment about me is accurate. And I will affirm that, if asked to in court,” he said.