The office of the special counsel has referred to the FBI allegations that his opponents have paid women to make “false claims” about him, according to spokesman Peter Carr.
Carr released a statement to CNBC saying, “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.”
On Tuesday, conservative commentator Jack Burkman, who has often called for the firing of the special counsel, wrote on Twitter that “the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sex assault victims” would be revealed on Thursday.
The news outlet further writes that Mueller’s office has confirmed it had learned of the “scheme” from journalists who had been approached by a woman claiming Burkman had offered her $20,000 to accuse the special counsel of “sexual misconduct and workplace harassment.”
In a Facebook video, Burkman says the first victim is “coming out this Thursday at high noon” and adds that Mueller “is a bad guy not just because of what he does inside the courtroom, but because of what he does outside the courtroom.”
The New York Times writes that the plot to smear Mueller quickly unraveled Tuesday as many news organizations found gaps and inconsistencies in the allegations. The woman, who identified herself as Lorraine Parsons, said she worked as a paralegal with Mueller at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in 1974, but the company said they had no records of Parsons ever working there.
She further said in the email that she had been contacted by a man working for Burkman, who once before planned a similar event where a woman was to accuse a congressman of sexual harassment, only to cancel the event later.
In another email sent to a professor at Vermont Law School, Jennifer Taub, a man identified himself as Simon Frick saying he was interested in her encounters with Mueller and was willing to pay for the information. But, Taub said she had never met the special counsel, while Frick was found to be a false identity.