Robert Mueller recently asked the FBI to investigate a possible scam in which women were offered cash to fabricate sexual misconduct accusations against him, a representative for the special counsel revealed Tuesday. 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.
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.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation today to allegations that women have been offered cash to fabricate sexual assault accusations against Robert Mueller. An Internet registry record associated with the "agency" listed the email of Jacob Wohl, a writer for the conservative website Gateway Pundit; a phone number listed in connection with it belongs to Wohl's mother, NBC News reported. So far, however, he has offered no proof to back them.
He launched his own private investigation into the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, dangled uncorroborated claims of sexual harassment against a sitting member of Congress, and earlier this year offered $25,000 to FBI whistleblowers for any information exposing wrongdoing during the 2016 election.
Mueller's office called for a probe to address an email sent to New York Magazine reporter Yashar Ali by a woman who claims to have worked with Mueller at the Pillsbury Madison and Sutro law firm in 1974.
She said Christensen was reluctant to explain over the phone and urged her to download Signal, a secure messaging app.
"In more of an effort to get him to go away than anything else, I asked him what in the hell he wanted me to do. He said (and I will never forget exactly what it was) 'I want you to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller, and I want you to sign a sworn affidavit to that effect'".
Within minutes of Carr's statement, Burkman posted a video on Facebook announcing he plans to host a press conference in Arlington, Va., on Thursday focused on "the first of the sex assault victims of Robert Mueller".
Wohl has denied involvement in the situation in several Twitter posts, but SureFire has been revealed to be a fake company registered to Wohl.
Burkman, who is also a right-wing commentator on social media, has been critical of the Mueller probe and sought to raise funds for Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, two former aides for U.S. President Donald Trump who pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by Mueller's team.