Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, a New York family doctor, is being scrutinized by the Justice Department after a conservative associate sent an email meant for Zelenko to a federal prosecutor by accident, reports the Washington Post.
Aaron Zelinsky was sent an email from Corsi about the debated anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, saying that Zelenko had “an FDA approved randomized test of HCQ underway”. This has proven to be false, and the mistaken email has prompted Zelinsky to ask Corsi for all his correspondence with Dr. Zelenko.
Zelinsky was a member of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team and had spent months scrutinizing Corsi’s activities during the 2016 presidential election. It seems his interest is renewed after this email. Zelinsky has been tasked by the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office to investigate coronavirus-related crimes as part of a directive from U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr. The department has already brought down many schemes looking to profit from the pandemic.
Dr. Zelenko is a frequent guest on Fox News and has already appeared on TV talking about the anti-malarial drug in connection with the novel coronavirus. The doctor has claimed on the cable news network that he’s treated hundreds of people with COVID-19 successfully with “a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin and zinc sulfate”.
Corsi had hosted Zelenko and other doctors on his podcast earlier this month to talk about COVID-19. On Corsi’s website, which sets people up with virtual doctors for non-emergency conditions, he lists Zelenko as an “unpaid medical advisor”. Corsi has close ties to President Donald Trump and Roger Stone:
Corsi is best known for his promotion of the false theory that former president Barack Obama was not born in the United States, a topic over which he bonded with Trump before the celebrity mogul ran for president.
Corsi was in close contact with Trump associate Roger Stone during the 2016 campaign and the two men communicated frequently about WikiLeaks, as the anti-secrecy group published Democratic Party emails that U.S. officials say were stolen and provided to the group by Russian intelligence.
Corsi was interviewed extensively by Muller prosecutors. At one point, a plea deal was drafted for Corsi, stating that he lied in interviews about Wikileaks. Ultimately, Corsi did not plead guilty nor was he charged with a crime.
The email which has gotten Zelinko and Corsi into this mess asserts that Zelinko had an FDA approved clinical trial in the wings, which is false:
By Corsi’s account, Zelinsky went to a government website that lists approved clinical trials and found no reference to Zelenko.
After learning of the federal prosecutor’s interest, Corsi said he asked Zelenko about whether he had an FDA approved study — as Corsi said Zelenko had told another physician at a training event. Zelenko, Corsi said, then suggested his study was approved instead by an internal hospital panel.
“I pointed out to Zelenko, ‘But it’s not registered as an FDA test, and you can’t say it is,’ ” Corsi said Thursday on YouTube, adding that he did not feel Zelenko was trying to defraud anyone, but rather did not understand what it meant to have an FDA-approved test.