The conservative author Jerome Corsi, who is accused of lying under oath to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, submitted a federal lawsuit on Sunday accusing the special counsel of leaking grand jury items and several different constitutional violations which include illegal surveillance, Fox News informed.
According to Politico, the lawsuit claims that the special counsel attempted to get Corsi to give testimony that Corsi said is false. The author is reportedly seeking $100 million in actual damages and $250 million in damages due to injury to his reputation.
Corsi’s has said that investigators hoped that he would admit to a connection with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. The ties would bolster their Russian collusion probe, he said. A link between Corsi and Assange would make it easy to tie in President Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone, he stated.
U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that Russia was the source of hacked material released by WikiLeaks during 2016 election that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Mueller’s office is making an attempt to determine whether Stone and other associates of Donald Trump had advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans.
Corsi’s suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington and named Mueller as the defendant. The lawsuit states that the special counsel and his team “demanded” that Corsi falsely testify that he acted as a liaison between Stone and Assange. Politico reported that the suit accuses Mueller of unconstitutional surveillance through the NSA program that was revealed by Edward Snowden, PRISM.
“Defendants Mueller, DOJ, NSA, CIA, and FBI have engaged in ongoing illegal, unconstitutional surveillance on Plaintiff Corsi, in violation of the Fourth Amendment and the USA FREEDOM Act as well targeted ‘PRISM’ collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Sovereignties Immunity Act at the direction of Defendant Mueller,” the suit said, according to Politico.
National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss has pointed to the lawsuit’s apparent misciting of “the Foreign Sovereignties Immunity Act” rather than “the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
“Larry Klayman (Corsi’s lawyer) is alleging 4A violations by Mueller against Jerome Corsi in reliance upon section 702 of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” Moss tweeted. “He meant the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He wrote FSIA.”