Jerome Corsi Is Our Duke Of The Week

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Jerome Corsi, the birther who in recent years has been most regularly referenced as an associate of GOP provocateur Roger Stone, has propelled himself to household-name status in recent days; a brand of fame that his former Infowars Washington bureau chief title was never able to bring him.

And the longtime conspiracy theorist deserves to be finally taken seriously.

He predicted — based on sheer political savvy and literally nothing else — that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would hack Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails and release them during the 2016 election, after all!

Allegedly in the crosshairs of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe this last month, Corsi’s relevance has truly skyrocketed in recent days, as federal prosecutors look into whether Corsi was truthful in interviews about his psychic abilities or if he somehow knew about the Podesta email arrangement in advance, as new emails with Stone might (clearly) suggest. 

Facing a “perjury trap” and the prospects of going to “prison for the rest of my life because I dared to oppose the deep state,” Corsi has handled the turmoil of his impending indictment with poise on par with Queen Elizabeth. He humbled himself before the masses in a Nov. 12 YouTube broadcast to solicit donations for his legal defense fund and has generously supplied select media outlets with copies of his upcoming book about his political imprisonment, simply to help reporters! Not as a publicity plug!

That poise carried over into cable news interviews as well this week, when he made nothing but sound arguments about his predicament. Like when he told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Tuesday the Mueller investigation is “completely rigged” and driven by “Clinton operatives” who are out to get him. Makes sense.

After spending at least 40 hours of his precious time speaking to Mueller’s team over the last three months, Corsi expects he will be charged with “some form or other of lying” and has told the media that a possible plea deal was in the works, but he refused it due to his crystal clear innocence.

“They want me to say I willfully lied,” he reportedly told NBC. “I’m not going to agree that I lied. I did not. I will not lie to save my life. I’d rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to.”

For handling his impending jail time with grace, remaining fiercely defensive of his ability to predict Assange’s every move and definitely not using his status as a martyr to make a few book bucks, Jerome Corsi is our Duke of the Week.

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