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The Atlantic reported Tuesday that the special counsel learned of the scheme from several journalists who had been contacted by a woman who alleged that a man claiming to work for Burkman offered her about $20,000 to accuse Mueller of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Mueller's team is looking into whether U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign had ties to Russian Federation.

Multiple U.S. news outlets are reporting that the alleged plot came to light when journalists were emailed on October 17 by a woman who says she was asked to make false claims against Mueller.

Taub said the email struck her as weird and suspicious, and she immediately forwarded it to the special counsel's office.

The Gateway Pundit ran with a purported investigative report from SureFire Intelligence claiming to have vetted a woman who was assaulted by Mueller on August 2, 2010.

Conservative media personality and lobbyist Jack Burkman, who was referenced in the unsolicited email from the alleged Florida woman, said on Twitter that he planned to convene the news conference to announce sexual misconduct allegations against Mueller.

Mr Burkman, who has a radio show, is notorious in Washington for spreading conspiracy theories and has been involved in a number of other high-profile publicity attempts around them. Many Trump allies have sought to publicly discredit Mueller and the president himself has repeatedly decried the investigation as a "witch hunt".

Burkman declined to say if he was working with Surefire.

After Taub came forward yesterday afternoon, Bertrand updated the story with information about how she had been contacted by Surefire Intelligence, a company run by Jack Burkman a GOP activist who the New York Times has said "is known for peddling right-wing conspiracy theories".

She told the magazine that she had worked for Mueller 44 years prior and had experienced no such harassment. He also promised to reveal new accusations against Mueller at a news conference Thursday. In an email, the company offered her compensation for her time to give anything she may have had on 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.

"I think I'm the victim of a hoax", Burkman said.

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".

She said the man "offered to pay off all of my credit card debt, plus bring me a check for $20,000" if she would carry out the proposal.

This series of mysterious events triggered a rush to discover the just who was behind Surefire Intelligence and all the evidence points towards. 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.


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