Vermont professor helps unravel alleged scheme to smear Mueller

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Over the last few weeks, several political reporters were contacted by a woman who said that she was offered money to accuse Mueller - who is investigating the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russian Federation - of sexually harassing her in 1974 when they both worked at the firm Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro.

Carr did not offer any additional details, but his rare public statement made clear that Mueller's office was taking the claims seriously. Taub said she forwarded the email to the special counsel's office and had not yet spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl have been implicated in the plot to pay women to accuse Mueller of sexual harassment, which the special counsel's office has referred to the FBI for investigation.

Wohl is allegedly involved in an attempted plot to smear Robert Mueller - who is now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US election- orchestrated by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman.

Within minutes of Carr's statement, Burkman posted a video on Facebook revealing he plans to host a news 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 president has declared Mueller's probe is "illegal" and a "witch hunt", and some supporters of the president have attempted to discredit Mueller's investigation.

Burkman declined to say if he was working with Surefire.

A man claiming to work for a private intelligence agency contacted a Vermont Law School professor last week and offered to pay her for dirt on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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The profile also described him as a veterinary student at High Point University in North Carolina . The suspect has been charged with five crimes, including illegal mailing of explosives.

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None had exploded, and it wasn't immediately clear if they were meant to cause physical harm or simply sow fear and anxiety. His ended up at the Sunrise, Fla., office of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was listed as the return address.

Wohl has also posted online about accusations against Mueller. The email was sent to her by a person who claimed to be a researcher at Surefire Intelligence, Ltd. 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.

The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand reported that journalists were informed about the apparent smear job by a woman claiming she was offered money to fabricate allegations of sexual misconduct against Mueller.

A phone number on the Surefire Intelligence website was allegedly the number of Wohl's mother, an aspect that Kimmel enjoyed very much.

Burkman toldThe Atlantic he does not know the woman who contacted journalists about the alleged scheme against Mueller, and called his client a "very credible witness." .

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

As for Surefire Intelligence, it also appeared to be highly dubious.

When contacted by NBC News, Wohl denied all involvement. "The law firm she named, Pillsbury, says no Lorraine worked in its S.F. office with Mueller in the 1970's", Mayer wrote on Twitter.

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