Special counsel Mueller's team asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe 'false claims' against him

Special counsel Mueller's team asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe 'false claims' against him

Special counsel Mueller's team asks Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe 'false claims' against him

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing an alleged scheme to pay women to accuse Special Counsel Robert Mueller of sexual harassment in a bid to discredit him, his office said on Tuesday.

Mueller is investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

He and other U.S. journalists said they had received an email from a woman named Lorraine Parsons earlier this month, who claimed someone working for a Republican lobbyist called Jack Burkman had contacted her.

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 then contacted the special counsel's office to report that they had been approached regarding an alleged sex assault.

"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", the Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told me in an email on Tuesday.

In a video posted to Facebook, Burkman claimed Mueller "has a whole lifetime history of harassing women".

Christensen, speaking in a British accent, told the unidentified woman he represented Burkman, a GOP lobbyist infamous for perpetuating a debunked conspiracy theory claiming Hillary Clinton was responsible for the 2016 death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. He is also looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe.

Burkman had promoted a press conference at noon Thursday to unveil the accuser and her allegations, and it appears the press conference will go on without her.

NBC News contacted the firm formerly known as Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro, and found that no one with the name the woman gave had ever worked there, nor did any work there under the maiden name she gave. He also promised to reveal new accusations against Mueller at a news conference Thursday.

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.

A second woman has come forward saying she was offered money to talk about "encounters" she's had with Robert Mueller, in an apparent bid to discredit the US special counsel charged with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. She says she received that email October 22. A phone number on the Surefire website refers callers to a number for Wohl's mother, according to NBC.

But reached for comment on Tuesday, Burkman told Fox News he does not know the woman who spoke with The Atlantic and has "never paid anyone to do such a thing".

Frick asked Taub for her "beginning rate" to talk about any encounters with Mueller and offered to pay her "for any references that you may have".

Despite the incriminating links, Jacob Wohl has denied all knowledge of involvement - tweeting that the mainstream media were spinning "FAKE NEWS" to "protect the Mueller witch hunt".

"Sometimes I get unsolicited emails but this one was a little weirder than most", Taub said.

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