Federal Bureau of Investigation looking into bid to smear Russian Federation probe chief Mueller

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A US official confirmed to the Daily News that the special counsel's office learned of the apparent scheme from reporters inquiring about receiving emails from a Florida woman who alleged right-wing conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman had offered her more than $20,000 to come forward with misconduct claims against Mueller, who's probing possible collusion between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government. Taub told Seven Days on Wednesday that she has never met or spoken to Mueller, who's investigating President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

News outlets say an unknown woman contacted them by email, claiming someone offered her cash to say Mueller sexually assaulted her in the 1970s when they worked together at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The special counsel office broke its usual silence on Tuesday to confirm to United States media it had been made aware of the saga.

The FBI has been asked to investigate whether women were offered money to make sexual assault claims against Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the USA presidential election.

Burkman claimed the first of the women will "unveil a very bad sexual assault" at a news conference Thursday at noon.

Burkman has a long history of promoting conspiracy theories, like claiming government agents killed Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. Mueller's investigation has so far brought charges against a number of Russian operatives and a handful of Trump's former associates. "The only time I've seen him is on TV", she said in an interview with VTDigger.

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Burkman says he'll appear this Thursday in a press conference with a woman with a credible accusation against Mueller. "So if the goal here was to get Robert Mueller fired, to prevent him from completing his work, then certainly that could be an accusation of obstruction of justice". Reporters only began publicly hinting at the existence of the email after Burkman and Wohl previewed earlier this week a "sad" and "scandalous" story coming out about Mueller. A Surefire telephone number redirects to Wohl's mother's voicemail, NBC News reported.

Taub told the Atlantic the email came from an address linked to a company called Surefire Intelligence, which appears to be a fake company created by Twitter personality Jacob Wohl.

"I received this email and do not plan to respond", she wrote.

Burkman told TPM that he did not give the documents to Gateway Pundit and said they might have been "leaked" by someone else on his team. The firm was namechecked in threatening calls received by journalist who were sniffing around the alleged payoff scheme, though until now Wohl was denying any involvement in the firm.

This series of mysterious events triggered a rush to discover the just who was behind Surefire Intelligence and all the evidence points towards.

Around that time, college professor Jennifer Taub, who was a frequent cable news guest where she spoke about the Mueller investigation, was approached by a person from SureFire Intelligence-a bogus "intelligence" firm made up by Wohl, with contact info that reaches his mom.

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