Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post, and reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia have been added to a lawsuit by Jerome Corsi, a New York Times best-selling author who is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of trying to coerce false testimony against President Trump.
The amended complaint was filed by lawyer Larry Klayman, who is representing Corsi in his case against Mueller, who was appointed nearly two years ago to investigate alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
“There is a coordinated effort by the defendants to indict and/or remove the president from office. Dr. Corsi, my brave client, has been coerced, threatened and blackmailed into providing false testimony which special counsel Mueller intended to use to accomplish this design,” Klayman said in a statement.
“But rather than caving in to the threat to indict Dr. Corsi if he did not ‘play ball’ with the special counsel or be indicted himself, Dr. Corsi refused and would not accept a so-called ‘sweet heart’ plea deal, which would have allowed him to plead guilty to one count of perjury, a felony, with a recommendation for no prison time.
“Now, ratcheting up the coercion and blackmail, the special counsel in this coordinated effort with the new defendants Jeff Bezos and his WaPo reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia, have ‘upped the ante.’ They too, along with Mueller and the other defendants, will be held legally accountable for their despicable and illegal acts,” Klayman said.
The complaint alleges the defendants “acted and continue to act in concert to coerce, extort and blackmail Dr. Corsi into providing false testimony under oath to the special counsel with the design to indict and/or remove President Donald J. Trump from his duly elected office.”
It also alleges violations of the Fourth Amendment, the USA Freedom Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, grand jury secrecy laws under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, “as well as tortious interference with business relations and defamation.”
The collective damage claims, including a demand for punitive damages, exceed $1.6 billion.
It also demands preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.
The case, Corsi v. Mueller in the District Court for the District of Columbia, is before Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle.
Defendants now include Mueller, the DOJ, the FBI, the NSA, CIA, Bezos, the Washington Post and Roig-Franzia.
The filing explains Corsi “is a recognized and distinguished investigative conservative journalist and author who has written two (2) New York Times best-selling books.”
He written about 20 books since 2004, including seven on the best-seller list and two that reached No. 1.
Mueller’s investigative team believes Corsi had contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and was involved in the timing of the release of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails to counter the Access Hollywood video that threatened Trump’s campaign.
Corsi has declared he doesn’t know Assange and has had no contact with him.
“Based on these misrepresentations by defendant Mueller and his leftist and Democrat partisan prosecutorial and ethically and legally conflicted staff, defendant Mueller has threatened to indict plaintiff Corsi and effectively put him in federal prison for the rest of his life unless plaintiff Corsi would provide the false sworn testimony under oath that they demanded even after being informed that the testimony desired would be false,” the new filing notes.
WND reported last month on Corsi’s claim that Mueller was harassing his family members.
Klayman, a former U.S. Department of Justice trial lawyer and founder of Freedom Watch, said: “Not to be undone by having previously criminally threatened Dr. Corsi with indictment if he did not lie under oath to try to incriminate President Donald J. Trump, and then when Dr. Corsi refused to accept an illegal plea deal, having criminally smeared him with leaks of grand jury information in retaliation, the less than ‘special counsel’ is now sending FBI agents to intimidate and effectively threaten my client’s family members as well as continuing to illegal surveil them without any probable cause to do so.”
Corsi said he refused a plea bargain with Mueller because the special counsel was demanding that he lie. He said filed his multi-million dollar lawsuit against Mueller and his team of mostly Democratic investigators in response.
He’s also told the Senate Intelligence Committee, which demanded that he produce massive quantities of his records, to “take a hike.” They later subpoenaed him, but he is promising to fight that.
Corsi contends Mueller set up a “perjury trap” to force him to testify against the president.
“Just over the last few days, black FBI SUVs, obviously on the orders of Mueller and his lackeys at the FBI, have been sent to the homes and workplaces of Dr. Corsi’s family members and friends and parked outside for days in order to scare and threaten them. This is intended to coerce my client to accept the fraudulent plea deal and testify falsely under oath against the president. Particularly coming during this joyous and holy Christmas, and now New Year’s season, this despicable misconduct effectively constituted a legally actionable assault on these family members,” Klayman said previously.
Klayman said details about the allegations are at Corsination.com.