Mueller's Office Notifies FBI Of Alleged Scheme Involving Harassment Claim

Special counsel asks FBI to investigate scheme to bring abuse allegations against Mueller

Mueller is leading the Department of Justice's investigation into whether the Trump team colluded with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.

The woman's identity is now unknown but she recently contacted a number of journalists with allegations that she had been offered $20,000 (€17,632) to provide false testimony as a way to discredit Mueller. The reporters each independently verified that the harassment allegations were most likely a hoax and referred them to the special counsel's office.

The Atlantic reported Tuesday that Mueller's office sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports of an alleged scheme to pay women to fabricate sexual assault allegations against the special counsel.

Within minutes of Carr's statement, Burkman posted a video on Facebook announcing he plans to host a press conference in Arlington, Va., on Thursday focused on "the first of the sex assault victims of Robert Mueller".

Burkman, who previously promoted conspiracy theories involving the 2016 death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, says he and his staff are now vetting additional accusations against Mueller.

The plot appeared to be the latest, and one of the more freakish, in a string of attempts by supporters of President Donald Trump to discredit Mueller's investigation as a hoax and a witch hunt.

Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School, said she received an email on October 22 from an individual offering to compensate her if she would discuss her "past encounters" with Mueller, who she says she has never met.

She told the magazine that she had worked for Mueller 44 years prior and had experienced no such harassment.

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.

According to media reports, Surefire is a straw company for US-based Trump activist Jacob Wohl who tweeted on Monday that big allegations against Mueller were on their way. 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.

Burkman, who has pushed conspiracy theories related to the murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich and has a reputation for seeking attention, had made a similar promise to reveal sexual assault allegations against a sitting congressperson at a press conference in November 2017, but he failed to do so.

Ms Taub said she found the email, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, to be "creepy" and forwarded it to Mr Mueller's office. In an email, the company offered her compensation for her time to give anything she may have had on Mueller.

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.

Russian Federation denies the allegations that it interfered in the election.

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