The conservative grifters who said that they would be presenting to the press on Thursday a woman making sexual misconduct allegations against special counsel Robert Mueller are now reversing those plans, while backtracking on key details about how their apparent smear campaign came to be.
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.
The special counsel has referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegations that Wohl and conservative activist Jack Burkman have offered women large sums of money to lie about having been sexually harassed by Mueller.
The FBI is now investigating whether women have been offered money to publicly make false claims against Mr. Mueller. The special counsel's office says it was alerted to the matter by journalists following up on e-mails from the woman.
Robert Mueller's office says somebody is offering women money to make false allegations of sexual harassment against him, and it's asking the FBI to investigate.
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The woman said in the email that the man said he worked for Jack Burkman. Burkman was the first to claim he had access to Mueller accusers, saying he would go public with them this week.More news: Trump Plans Big Change to Citizenship Rules
The woman told the reporters that she had worked for Mueller as a paralegal at the Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro law firm 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.
At least two conservative media personalities appeared linked to an apparent hoax that may have been created to ensnare Washington reporters, if not also cause political damage to Mueller.
The scheme was uncovered after a woman who said she had worked for Mr Mueller years ago told journalists she was offered US$20,000 (S$28,000) to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
Taub said in an interview that she had never met Mueller.
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.
As for Surefire Intelligence, it also appeared to be highly dubious. 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.
"I have a signed dossier from her", Burkman claimed.