"When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the special counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation", Mueller's spokesman Peter Carr said. The tale is a convoluted one, and it involves one of Mueller's most vocal critics on the right, a self-identified lobbyist named Jack Burkman, reports CNBC.
The office of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation about an alleged scheme to discredit Mueller that apparently backfired on Tuesday, a spokesman confirmed.
He and other U.S. journalists said they had received an email from a woman named Lorraine Parsons earlier this month, who claimed someone working for a Republican lobbyist called Jack Burkman had contacted her. "I applaud the courage and dignity and grace and strength of my client", Burkman tweeted Tuesday.
But now, Wohl is at the centre of a much more serious hoax than that of his kind-of-hard-to-believe hipster coffee shop experiences.
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Burkman, the conservative activist and talk show host at the center of the alleged drama, claims that he has indeed been in contact with a woman claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Mueller - and has promised to reveal her name on November 1 at noon.
The post also noted that it had spoken to Jack Burkman, another conservative publicity-hound involved in the apparent smear campaign against Mueller. "The left is trying to defend Mueller against sex assault allegations so they attack me in desperation".
The woman - who has since been unreachable - said that the person who contacted her claimed to work for Burkman, the Hill Reporter said.
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There were indications - including in the firm website's domain records and on a voicemail that led callers to another phone number belonging to Wohl's mother - that he was behind "Surefire Intelligence", though he has denied involvement.
Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School, said she received an email on 22 October from an individual offering to compensate her if she would discuss her "past encounters" with Mueller, who she says she has never met. "This isn't something I take any delight in", said Burkman.
"I can't figure out why they would have contacted me", Taub said.
Given that Mueller is now investigating Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation, it looks like the political battle lines will be drawn soon, with Republicans eager to believe the allegations, while Democrats will likely seek to dismiss them as an effort to destroy Mueller's Russian Federation probe - despite the frequent calls to "believe all women" accusers. The president has declared Mueller's probe is "illegal" and a "witch hunt", and some supporters of the president have attempted to discredit Mueller's investigation.
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