A plan to allegedly pay women to make false allegations against Robert Mueller was reported to the FBI by the special counsel’s office.
“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,” special counsel spokesman Peter Carr told Fox News in a statement.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber reported on the “big and unusual” news of the “smear plot” against Mueller on Tuesday, noting that a “Republican linked conspiracy theorist” was trying to “frame” the special counsel.
“Our top story is breaking news unlike anything we’ve seen this year, the FBI is probing a credible plot to frame Bob Mueller,” Melber said. “This sounds big and unusual, because it’s big and unusual.”
“Multiple news outlets reporting tonight on a plot by a Republican-linked operative trying to frame Mueller on what appeared to be made-up allegations of either harassment or sexual misconduct that would be pushed against Mueller,” Melber continued.
Journalists reportedly alerted Mueller’s office of the scheme after a woman who identified herself as Lorraine Parsons told them in an email that she was contacted by a man working for Republican activist Jack Burkman and was offered $20,000 “to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller,” according to The Atlantic.
Portions of Parsons’ story “have gone uncorroborated, and her identity has not been independently confirmed,” The Atlantic reported as the woman would not speak with journalists on the phone.
“While the fallout from this quite strange story is obviously still reverberating because this is all brand-new, legal experts and some White House veterans already noting that if the order of what I just told you had been reversed — if, for example, the world first learned about this kind of accusation in theory against Mueller before these leaks about its potentially illegal framing — well, it could have upended his career and the probe into the heart of the Trump presidency,” MSNBC’s Melber noted.
“They have tried everything, so it does not surprise me that they would go to this length of trying to obstruct this entire investigation by going directly after Mueller,” former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman interjected.
Vermont Law School Professor Jennifer Taub, who contacted Mueller’s office earlier this month with a similar scenario, said it was “really creepy.”
“I found it really creepy, to be honest with you,” she told Melber by phone. “And immediately upon reading it, I went on the internet to try to find a phone number or some other method to contact the special counsel’s office. And all I could find was an email, so I immediately forwarded the email.”
“I have never met Robert Mueller, had no encounters, no phone calls, I don’t know him at all,” she added. “I have no idea why they came to me.”
Burkman, a conservative radio host and a lobbyist, denied the allegations and told Fox News he not only does not know Parsons, but he has “never paid anyone to do such a thing.”
“This is very silly. It is Mueller doing the usual—trying to deflect from his own problems,” Burkman said, but added that he has a “signed dossier” from a woman he is representing who was involved in an “intimate situation” with Mueller in 2010 when an alleged assault occurred.
Burkman plans to present those allegations later this week, he revealed in a tweet on Tuesday.
Some sad news. On Thursday, November 1, at the Rosslyn
Holiday Inn at noon, we will reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert
Mueller’s sex assault victims. I applaud the courage and dignity and
grace and strength of my client. pic.twitter.com/wZVQeHD45r
— Jack Burkman (@Jack_Burkman) October 30, 2018