Robert Mueller possible target of false sexual abuse scheme

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A scheme to pay women to make "false claims" of sexual assault against special counsel Robert Mueller has been forwarded to the FBI for investigation, the investigator's office said on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear if the special counsel was referring to Burkman's claims. After investigating the allegations, according to the political website Hill Reporter, the reporters each independently determined them to be a hoax and that the woman had been offered a significant amount of money to make the claim. The reporters then contacted the special counsel's office to report that they had been approached about the scheme.

A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller said Tuesday that the matter of the alleged payoffs for "false" allegations was referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In a Twitter post Tuesday morning, Burkman said he will reveal the identity of "the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's sex assault victims" on Thursday.

Burkman is known for peddling right-wing conspiracy theories.

Burkman has been critical of the Mueller probe and sought to raise funds for Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, two former Trump aides who pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by Mueller's team.

The email, which was screen-grabbed and posted on social media by several journalists, states someone named Bill Christensen recently called the woman and asked questions about Mueller, whom she said she worked for as a paralegal at the San Francisco offices of law firm Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman in 1974. There are also very serious allegations against Jacob Wohl. Reporters only began publicly hinting at the existence of the email after Burkman and Wohl previewed earlier this week a "sad" and "scandalous" story coming out about Mueller.

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According to The New York Times, she said the man offered her more than $50,000 U.S. to "make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller".

Despite the Tuesday drama, Jack Burkman has promised to host a press conference on Thursday to unveil an accuser of Mr Mueller regardless.

Vermont law professor Jennifer Taub says she received an email from someone asking her to suggest a "beginning rate" for a phone call about her interactions with Mueller. He did not respond when asked by NBC why a telephone number listed on Surefire's website referred callers to another number that's listed in public records as belonging to Wohl's mother. The firm was namechecked in threatening calls received by journalist who were sniffing around the alleged payoff scheme, though until now Wohl was denying any involvement in the firm.

Surefire Intelligence was incorporated in DE less than three weeks ago, according to online records, and describes itself as "a private intel agency that designs and executes bespoke solutions for businesses and individuals who face complex business and litigation challenges".

Taub said because she's a real person and "this is an email I got", that gave "credibility to scam".

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