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Mueller office asks FBI to investigate claims women offered money to falsely accuse Mueller

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  • The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has referred to
    the FBI an alleged scheme to pay women to falsely accuse Mueller
    of sexual misconduct.
  • The scheme came to light when several journalists covering
    the Russia investigation revealed on Twitter that they’d been
    contacted by a woman who said she was offered a five-figure
    payment to say the special counsel sexually harassed her.
  • The lobbyist at the center of the scheme said that he “will
    reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sex assault
    victims” on Thursday.

The special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has referred an
alleged scheme to the FBI in which an operative offered to pay
women to falsely accuse Mueller of sexual misconduct and
workplace harassment, a spokesman for his office told Business
Insider.

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 spokesman, Peter Carr, said in a statement.

The lobbyist at the center of the alleged scheme, Jack Burkman,
claimed that on Thursday he “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,” Burkman tweeted.

Scott Stedman, a freelance reporter who has closely tracked the
Mueller probe, first publicly divulged details about Burkman’s
alleged offer late Monday night.

“Based on information that I am privy to, I believe false
accusations will be spread about Mueller in order to discredit
him and possibly the journalists who are preparing this story,”
he tweeted.

Stedman said he was contacted earlier this month by a woman
claiming to be Mueller’s former colleague who said she got a
phone call from a man working on behalf of a GOP operative
offering women money to make sexual assault allegations against
Mueller.

He added that the woman turned out to be “unreliable” and
that the operative was also “extremely willing” to confirm that
he had paid women to come forward with false claims about the
special counsel.

Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who gained
recognition for her coverage of the Scooter Libby trial in the
2000s, said she’d had a similar experience.

Journalists working at The Atlantic and The New Yorker also
said they’d been contacted.

Mueller’s office first learned of the scheme when a woman
got in touch with them and said she herself had been offered
money to make false claims of sexual harassment against the
special counsel.

The special counsel’s office was also contacted by several
reporters who were told about the alleged scheme by a woman who
said Burkman offered her around $20,000 “to make accusations of
sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert
Mueller,” according to The Atlantic.

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