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Roger Stone Associate in Plea Talks with Mueller


FILE - Jerome Corsi, center, who wrote "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, follows an immigration department officer holding his passport.

A conservative writer and conspiracy theorist who is an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump and Trump confidant Roger Stone said Friday that he was in plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.

Jerome Corsi declined to comment further on his talks with Mueller's team, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But Corsi said on a YouTube program last week that expected to be charged with lying to federal investigators.

Mueller's team questioned Corsi about Stone's links to WikiLeaks. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia provided to WikiLeaks hacked material aimed at hindering Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

The talks with Corsi could help Mueller's office determine whether Stone and other associates of Trump were aware of WikiLeaks' plans to release the material.

Corsi is a former Washington bureau chief of the conspiracy theory website InfoWars. He reportedly cooperated with investigators for about two months, giving them computers and a cellphone. He also gave the FBI access to his email and Twitter accounts.

Stone has denied acting as a conduit for WikiLeaks, which was founded by Julian Assange and published thousands of emails allegedly stolen from the computer of Clinton's campaign chairman weeks before the election. Stone has also said he expects to be indicted.

Corsi's attorney, David Gray, declined to comment, as did a spokesman for Mueller and an attorney for the president.