Trump Russia: Bungled plot emerges to smear Robert Mueller

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A spokesman for Robert Mueller said Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) that the special counsel's office has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine claims that women were offered money to say Mueller behaved inappropriately toward them decades ago. But the site's founder, Jim Hoft, took down the records, saying that the site was investigating them anew and that there were "serious allegations" against Wohl.

Some journalists also looked into evidence of anyone of her name living in the Fort Myers, Florida area she mentioned, but were unable to verify her existence.

Given that Mueller is now investigating Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation, it looks like the political battle lines will be drawn soon, with Republicans eager to believe the allegations, while Democrats will likely seek to dismiss them as an effort to destroy Mueller's Russian Federation probe - despite the frequent calls to "believe all women" accusers.

He said he would have a news conference close to Washington on Thursday with one of the women who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Mueller in 2010, and that the other four women still needed to be vetted.

The post also noted that it had spoken to Jack Burkman, another conservative publicity-hound involved in the apparent smear campaign against Mueller.

Surefire Intelligence appeared to be linked to Jacob Wohl, a young conservative well known in certain political corners of Twitter who has contributed to The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing news site.

The statement came after several reporters described being approached by a woman who says she was offered money to make up sexual assault allegations against Mueller in what appears to be an effort to discredit the special counsel, who has been investigating the Trump campaign's ties to the Kremlin.

The woman said in the email that the man said he worked for Jack Burkman. Mr. Burkman echoed the promise in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Burkman denied offering payments as part of the alleged scheme, calling the claims "false".

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 website also has a contact number that redirects to a voicemail that belongs to Wohl's mother.

Meanwhile, as reporters had tried to dig into the claims of a payoff scheme, they struggled to corroborate any of the details in the account, including whether the woman who was named as the sender of the email actually exists. "The allegations of paying a woman are false", he wrote on Twitter. Sent by a man who identified himself as Simon Frick, a researcher at Surefire Intelligence, he said he was interested in Taub's encounters with Mueller and was willing to pay for the information. Reverse image searches on the LinkedIn photos of individuals listed as firm employees revealed the photos had been poached from those of actors, models and stock photo images.