As the midterm elections draw closer, the FBI is now investigating claims that women were being offered money to accuse Special Counsel Robert Mueller of sexual 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,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

A woman who only identified herself as “Parsons” sent journalists a statement through email that explained her part in this. Allegedly, a man who claimed to work for Surefire Intelligence, “a private intel agency,” contacted her and offered to generously compensate her if she signed a sworn affidavit accusing Mueller of “sexual misconduct and workplace harassment.” The man offered her $20,000 on top of clearing her debt. “He knew exactly how much credit card debt I had, right down to the dollar, which sort of freaked me out,” she added.


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Parsons’ account also adds how the man’s boss is “some sort of politics guy in Washington named Jack Burkman.” Notably, Burkman is a conservative talk show host who has posited conspiracy theories, like the Seth Rich murder conspiracy. He has recently been highlighting Mueller’s supposed history of sexual misconduct.

Surefire’s domain records mention Jacob Wohl, a Donald Trump supporter. He was among the first to champion a “scandalous story about Mueller” on Tuesday morning. All of Surefire’s employees listed on LinkedIn appear to have been falsified accounts, most of them using stock photos or, in one case, a photo of Wohl himself.

Parsons’ claims also need vetting. She mentions that she briefly worked for Mueller in 1974, although the law firm lacks any record of her having worked there. Thus far, no journalist has been able to verify her account. Vermont Law School professor and former CNN contributor Jennifer Taub did confirm that she too received a similar email and forwarded it to the Department of Justice.

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