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.
When the special counsel's office became aware of them last week, it alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said spokesman Peter Carr.
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.
But the law firm she mentioned told USA media outlets they have no record of anyone under her name ever working there.
Around that time, college professor Jennifer Taub, who was a frequent cable news guest where she spoke about the Mueller investigation, was approached by a person from SureFire Intelligence-a bogus "intelligence" firm made up by Wohl, with contact info that reaches his mom.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, confirmed that the matter has been referred to the bureau. Mueller is leading the Department of Justice's investigation into whether the Trump team colluded with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
She told reporters in an e-mail that a man offered her US$20,000 and would pay off her credit card debt to do so, according to the Hill Reporter.
Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, who both were hyping the allegations earlier this week, did an interview with the far-right website Gateway Pundit Wednesday in which they claimed that their "accuser", after arriving in D.C., boarded a flight to another location as she feared for her life.
Longtime LGBTQ Nation readers will remember Jack Burkman from his 2014 claim that he was working on legislation to ban gay men from the NFL.
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.
Shortly after receiving the email, Taub looked up the special counsel's email address online and forwarded the message to Mueller's office. A Surefire telephone number redirects to Wohl's mother's voicemail, NBC News reported.
Burkman toldThe Atlantic he does not know the woman who contacted journalists about the alleged scheme against Mueller, and called his client a "very credible witness." .
She was busy teaching classes Tuesday when she got a text from Shugerman about The Atlantic story and realized she had her own communication from Surefire Intelligence.
"In addition to any civil liability that they might have for a defamation claim, I think that you could make an argument that this is an effort to obstruct justice", said Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of MI.