The office of the special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to investigate a plot reportedly led by conservative activists Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl to offer women large sums of money to lie under oath about Mueller committing sexual misconduct.
The office of the special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to investigate a suspected plot linked back to GOP activists Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl to pay women large sums of money to lie about having been sexually harassed by Mueller. In February, Burkman tweeted, "The President has nothing to lose by firing Bob Mueller-nothing".
A "researcher" associated with a GOP activist known for peddling right-wing conspiracies sent an email to Vermont Law Professor Jennifer Taub last week, asking her if she would talk with him on the phone about "past encounters" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The statement comes as Jack Burkman, a conservative commentator, said in a tweet Tuesday that "we will reveal the first of special counsel Robert Mueller's sex assault victims" on November 1.
The man added that he was working for Jack Burkman, a Republican lawyer.
Robert Mueller's office has referred the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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She said the man, whom she identified as Bill Christensen and said had a British accent, contacted her a second time and offered her more than $US50,000 ($70,000) to "make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller".
"I would like to see the Palestinian Authority defunded completely by the United States and treated like ISIS or any other terrorist organization because that's what they are", he said.
"Maybe they saw that and thought this is someone who's written about sex assault", Taub said.
"Mueller has done bad things to a number of women, the first of whom is coming out this Thursday", Burkman said, without providing evidence or specifics. "This isn't something I take any delight in", said Burkman.
The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand reported that journalists were informed about the apparent smear job by a woman claiming she was offered money to fabricate allegations of sexual misconduct against Mueller. It isn't clear whether the intention was to embarrass Mueller or to try to embarrass reporters who reported on the purported allegations against the special counsel.
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.
Trump has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, and calls the investigation a "witch hunt".