Jerome Corsi, the conservative author accused of lying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, filed a federal lawsuit late Sunday accusing Mueller of leaking grand jury items and various constitutional violations, including illegal surveillance, reports said.
Politico reported that the newly filed suit claims that Mueller tried to get Corsi to give testimony that Corsi said is false. He is reportedly seeking $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in damages due to injury to his reputation. The CIA, FBI, and the National Security Agency were also named in the suit.
The author has theorized that investigators hoped that he would admit to a connection with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. The connection would bolster their Russian collusion investigation, he said. A link between Corsi and Assange would make it easy to tie in President Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, he said.
American intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during the 2016 election that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Mueller’s office is trying to determine whether Stone and other associates of President Trump had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans.
Corsi has rejected a plea deal in which he would have had to plead guilty to perjury. Corsi stated that he would not plead guilty to a lie even if it meant spending the rest of his life in prison.
.@jerome_corsi on being target of #MuellerProbe: “My crime is that I supported @POTUS and I did my best to help get [him] elected. And now, I’m a criminal for having done that. It’s a political prosecution and I filed a complaint with the DOJ against Mueller ...” #TrishRegan pic.twitter.com/5OFWho6Lor— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) December 7, 2018