TO DETERMINE “RELATED” STATUS TO PREVIOUS CASE
by Sharon Rondeau
The hearing is to determine whether or not Leon, who presided over a 2013 lawsuit brought by Atty. Larry Klayman against the NSA, should hear Corsi’s case because the two are “related,” as Klayman avers.
Although Klayman stated in his press release that Leon “is assigned” to Corsi’s case, he added that “His order setting a hearing on January 3, 2019, is to decide this related case issue…”
“I must decide whether the cases in question are, in fact, related,” Leon wrote in his December 12 order.
Last month Corsi announced that Mueller’s team had offered him a plea agreement on one count of perjury which he rejected outright. Corsi said he was interrogated for at least 40 hours over the course of two months and suffered “abuse” at the hands of Mueller’s prosecutors, who are tasked with discovering whether or not anyone from the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russian operatives to gain Trump the advantage in the November 2016 presidential election.
Corsi has said that he had no contact with WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian Assange, and that he and Republican strategist/Trump ally Roger Stone were simply theorizing in emails they exchanged in 2016 as to the information WikiLeaks might have possessed. Between July and early November that year, WikiLeaks released thousands of emails from the account of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta which not only cast Clinton in a poor light with many, but also showed coordination with certain journalists for favorable coverage and a preordained decision that Sen. Bernie Sanders would not receive the Democrat presidential nomination even if he garnered the most primary votes.
Corsi has claimed that Mueller’s team is guilty of “illegally searching his phone records and leaking grand jury information,” Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan reported Monday night with Corsi on-set.
Item #22 in the lawsuit claims that “Defendant Mueller and his staff have leaked grand jury information to the press concerning Plaintiff Corsi, in violation of Plaintiff Corsi’s privacy rights as well as the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.”
Item #26 states, “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.”
“They have the contents of my phone calls…I’m sure my phone’s being listened to tonight; my computer’s being listened to tonight; this program’s being listened to tonight,” Corsi told Regan on Monday. “This lawsuit fights back. I want to call them out for leaking; I want to call them out for how much surveillance have I been on?…I want to know how long I’ve been under surveillance and by what agencies. This is a nightmare.”
On December 3, Klayman announced the filing of a criminal complaint with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Corsi’s behalf alleging unprofessional and criminal conduct on the part of Mueller and his prosecutors leading to their offering to Corsi of the rejected plea agreement.
The 78-page criminal complaint was also sent to the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division; the Justice Department’s inspector general; and the Washington, DC Bar Disciplinary Counsel.
In December 2013, Leon ruled in Klayman’s favor in a case he brought against the NSA on behalf of Verizon customers who objected to their personal data having been collected by the latter and provided to the former without a warrant. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed Leon’s decision in favor of the government, although NSA metadata collection was expected to cease under a new federal law passed in June 2015.
In an online petition, Klayman has suggested that Mueller be removed and that Klayman be appointed Special Counsel to investigate “the Clinton Email, Uranium One, and Fusion GPS Scandals.”
Klayman wrote in Thursday’s press release that “Judge Leon is the jurist who in a related case brought by Klayman as the lead plaintiff previously entered preliminary injunctions ordering that illegal surveillance cease and desist after mass spying, without probable cause, on hundreds of millions of Americans, was disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. See Klayman v. Obama, Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-851 (D.D.C. 2013). The case was similar to Dr. Corsi’s insofar as Klayman alleged that the spying violated his attorney client confidences with clients, among other grounds.”
Leon officially retired from the bench on December 31, 2016 but retains “senior status.”
Since refusing the plea deal last month, Corsi has repeatedly said that he expects to be indicted at any time. On Wednesday morning, he told Regan by phone that members of his family are now the objects of government “harassment” out of “retaliation.”
On November 30, Klayman wrote a column titled, “Big Mistake for Mueller to Indict Jerome Corsi.”
In another development Thursday, Corsi announced the release on Amazon of the Kindle edition of his upcoming book, “Silent No More: How I Became a Political Prisoner of Mueller’s ‘Witch Hunt.’”