NBC News reports that a Republican conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman and Gateway Pundit blogger Jacob Wohl have been pushing a false sex scandal smear against Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller asked the FBI to investigate a possible smear in which a woman was planning to make false claims of sexual misconduct and harassment, notes NBC News.
Burkman — a Republican lobbyist, conspiracy theorist and radio host — has reportedly been contacting reporters and promoting the sex scandal smear via his Facebook page.
Burkman said today that will hold a press conference in days to “reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sex assault victims.”
Right Wing Watch notes Burkman’s past promotion of conspiracy theories:
This wouldn’t be Burkman’s first fiasco. He has long been a promoter of conspiracy theories about the murder of Seth Rich, a former Democratic National Committee staffer killed in what police believe was a botched street robbery. In July, on the two-year anniversary of Rich’s killing, Burkman held a press conference at the same Holiday Inn in Arlington, Virginia, where he has promised his Mueller bombshell.
Ed Krassenstein, of the Hill Reporter, told NBC News:
I gave Burkman a call. I wanted to know who “Surefire Intelligence” is. That’s when he told me about Jacob Wohl, To me, this was all a setup from somebody trying to discredit the media.
Wohl reportedly pushed Burkman’s conspiracy theory this morning on Twitter: “Several media sources tell me that a scandalous story about Mueller is breaking tomorrow. Should be interesting. Stay tuned!”
NBC News reports that Wohl — a hedge fund manager who has been banned by the National Futures Association and writes for Gateway Pundit — denied participating in any plot to pay women to make false allegations against Mueller:
I don’t have any involvement in any investigations of any kind. I’m not quite that cool.
NBC News adds:
Wohl declined to comment on his involvement with Surefire Intelligence.
However, his email is listed in the domain records for Surefire Intelligence’s website and calls to a number listed on the Surefire Intelligence website went to a voicemail message which provided another phone number, listed in public records as belonging to Wohl’s mother.
Wohl stopped responding to NBC News after being told Surefire’s official phone number redirects to his mother’s voicemail.