Unraveling Jacob Wohl’s convoluted plot to smear Robert Mueller

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into claims that women were offered money to fabricate sexual assault allegations against Mueller, who leads the probe into Russia's attempts to influence the USA election in 2016. If a woman publicly comes forward in this climate with allegations against Mueller the thinking is that initial reception would be empathetic: There would be belief and support-and an immediate call for Mueller to recuse himself from his investigation into President Donald Trump.

The Hill Reporter website said the scheme surfaced after it and other news outlets were contacted by an anonymous woman saying she had been offered cash to make allegations against Mr Mueller.

This latest - albeit not entirely surprising - twist in the freaky effort to make the allegations against Mueller comes after mysterious claims that there was a payoff scheme to bring forward accusers, as well as the revelation that Wohl - a failed-hedge-fund-manager-turned-pro-Trump-Twitter-personality - had set up a fake private intel firm linked to the effort.

The FBI declined to comment and referred reporters back to the statement the Office of the Special Counsel.

"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.

UPDATE: We also spoke with Jack Burkman on Tuesday evening. Burkman tweeted on Tuesday that he will hold a press conference to "reveal the first victim" of Mueller on November 1. He is also looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe. "The only time I've seen him is on TV", she said in an interview with VTDigger.

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

NBC News adds: 'The allegations still took off as far-right news sites tied to Wohl and known for spreading fake news and disinformation published viral posts.

The plan unravelled across U.S. media on Tuesday, one day after Jacob Wohl, a 20-year-old conservative blogger, tweeted on Monday night that a "scandalous" story about Mr Mueller was about to break.

Surefire's domain records list Wohl's email address and a phone number provided by a recording when calling the number listed on Surefire's website belongs to Wohl's mother. Reluctantly, I downloaded the app and he called me on that app a few minutes later, ' she wrote, according to the Atlantic.

What have Wohl and Burkman said?

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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. 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.

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