Now that Jerome Corsi has ripped up a potential plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and announced that he’s hiring a fellow far-right conspiracy nut as his criminal defense attorney, he’s trying to put his side of the story out there. Unfortunately for Corsi, his “side” is a mix of admitting to previous lies, telling new lies, and pure gibberish. This brings us to his MSNBC interview this evening.
Jerome Corsi appeared on MSNBC with host Ari Melber, and tried to lay out an argument that he didn’t actually lie to the grand jury, as Robert Mueller is alleging. Corsi insisted to Melber that he was simply remembering things incorrectly when he made false statements to the grand jury. The trouble for Corsi is that he deleted his own emails which proved he was making false statements, and that goes to intent; Mueller ended up with the emails anyway.
Corsi also used the interview to reveal that he admitted to the grand jury that he had been lying when he initially helped Roger Stone concoct a phony cover story about Stone’s infamous John Podesta tweet. So Corsi’s defense is essentially that, because he admitted to the grand jury that he had previously lied about other aspects of the scandal, it means the false statements he made to the grand jury weren’t lies. If you follow any of that, bless your heart.
Jerome Corsi also appears to have incriminated Roger Stone by essentially confirming that Stone lied to Congress about the circumstances behind the Podesta tweet. Corsi spent the remainder of the interview insisting that he’s right about President Obama having been born in Kenya, because no one can prove to him that it’s not true. To give you an idea of how poorly this whole thing went for Corsi, the first MSNBC commentator to respond to the interview simply said “Liar liar pants on fire.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report