"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", Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel, said in a statement. 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 special counsel Robert Mueller requested last week that the FBI investigate alleged offers to pay money to women who would accuse Mueller of misconduct.
Under Mueller, the special counsel's office has been investigating interference of the 2016 elections, along with possible coordination between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. "I applaud the courage and dignity and grace and strength of my client", Burkman tweeted Tuesday.
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.
Jacob Wohl describes himself as a conservative, a Zionist and one of President Trump's most loyal supporters.
When a matter is referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the agency must investigate the merits of the complaint.
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Within minutes of Carr's statement, Burkman posted a video on Facebook revealing he plans to host a news conference in Arlington, Va., on Thursday focused on "the first of the sex assault victims of Robert Mueller".
According to CNBC, a woman told journalists she had been offered $20,000 by Burkman "to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller".
Wohl is allegedly involved in an attempted plot to smear Robert Mueller - who is now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election- orchestrated by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman.
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. "It looks like they DON'T EVEN EXIST".
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. The special counsel's office did not go into detail about the allegations or who is behind them.
Jacob Wohl is a pro-Trump Twitter personality who appears tied to a supposed private intel firm, Surefire Intelligence, that was revealed to be bogus as reporters began looking into sketchy allegations of a payoff scheme for Mueller accusers. He has repeatedly called on President Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe.