Plot to Smear Mueller Unravels as FBI Is Asked to Investigate

01 November, 2018, 22:19 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Scheme or not? FBI investigate claim woman offered money to fake assault allegations against Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller last week asked the FBI to investigate a possible scam in which a woman would make false claims that he had sexually assaulted her, after several political reporters were contacted about doing a story on the alleged assault. Mueller is investigating whether any Trump associates conspired with Russia's 2016 election interference and whether the president tried to obstruct the inquiry.

The Hill Reporter website said the scheme surfaced after it and several other news outlets were contacted by an anonymous woman saying she had been offered cash by a man to make allegations against Mueller.

"We immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation", Carr said, calling the claims against Mueller "false".

Last year, Burkman called for a press conference, claiming to represent a woman who would make an allegation of sexual assault against a member of Congress.

This is not the first time that Burkman - a GOP lobbyist who has peddled a number of conspiracy theories - has seen his plans to announce some salacious revelation fall apart at the last minute.

The plot appeared to be the latest, and one of the more freaky, in a string of attempts by supporters of President Donald Trump to discredit Mueller's investigation as a hoax and a witch hunt.

She also told the Times that the man told her he was working for Jack Burkman.

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Burkman claims to represent a woman who he said will make an allegation against Mueller public on November 1. Parsons said she had worked for Mueller as a paralegal at a MA law firm in 1974. He also promised to reveal new accusations against Mueller at a news conference Thursday. She says she received that email October 22.

In her emails, "Lorraine" said the man alleged he could help her pay off some of her family's $30,000+ credit card debt in exchange for her making accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Mr Mueller, whom she told the journalists she worked with in the 1970s.

Taub told the Atlantic the email came from an address linked to a company called Surefire Intelligence, which appears to be a fake company created by Twitter personality Jacob Wohl.

Taub said in an interview that she had never met Mueller. On Twitter, Wohl denied any attempt to discredit Mueller and said a smear campaign had been launched against him. In a statement to the Atlantic, Burkman said the Federal Bureau of Investigation referral was "a joke" and Mueller "wants to deflect attention from his sex assault troubles by attacking me".

Surefire Intelligence was incorporated in DE less than three weeks ago, according to online records, and describes itself as "a private intel agency that designs and executes bespoke solutions for businesses and individuals who face complex business and litigation challenges".

Burkman told TPM that he did not give the documents to Gateway Pundit and said they might have been "leaked" by someone else on his team.

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