Right-Wing Troll Used His Mom’s Phone to Spread Mueller Sexual Harassment Hoax

Right-Wing Troll Used His Mom’s Phone to Spread Mueller Sexual Harassment Hoax

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2017. The report also says journalists tipped off the special counsel to the scheme after they were told about it by a woman who said she was offered the cash.

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.

A Washington Post story from that week says that Mueller, then the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was called for jury duty in D.C. that day - something Burkman told TPM he was not aware of despite claiming to have heavily vetted the woman's claims. On Tuesday morning he tweeted that he would hold a press conference two days later to "reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sex assault victims". Many Trump allies have sought to publicly discredit Mueller and the president himself has repeatedly decried the investigation as a "witch hunt". I asked him who he was working for, and he told me his boss was some sort of politics guy in Washington named Jack Burkman.

But she's not the only woman who's come forward: Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School, received an email from a man using a Surefire Intelligence email address around the same time, on October 22.

The woman claimed she worked briefly with Mueller when she was a paralegal in 1974.

A number of media reports have checked a range of other "employees" and found them to be photos of other models or even priests - none of who actually could work at Surefire. Wohl deleted a theory about the "Deep State scum inside the media", and said the hoax emails came straight from Mueller's office.

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".




When contacted by NBC News, Wohl denied all involvement. However, his email is listed in the domain records for Surefire Intelligence's website and calls to a number listed on the Surefire Intelligence website went to a voicemail message which provided another phone number, listed in public records as belonging to Wohl's mother.

"I gave Burkman a call".

According to documents published by the conservative Gateway Pundit blog, the accuser says that Mueller "aggressively" raped her after buying her a drink at the St. Regis Hotel bar in NY in 2010.

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.

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.

"This isn't something I take any delight in", said Burkman.

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