A spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed to Splinter on Monday that the Special Counsel’s office has notified federal investigators of an alleged scheme to falsely accuse Mueller of sexual harassment.
“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,” spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to Splinter on Tuesday afternoon.
According to The Atlantic, the case forwarded to the FBI involves a woman who claimed to have been a former employee of Mueller during his time at a private law firm in the 1970s. The woman said in an email obtained by The Atlantic that she was approached by conservative activist named Jack Burkman, who “offered to pay off all of my credit card debt, plus bring me a check for $20,000 if I would do one thing.”
That “one thing,” the woman alleged, was to “make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller.”
Instead, the Atlantic reported, the woman approached a number of journalists, who brought her story to the Special Counsel’s office, prompting their referral to the FBI.
Burkman, who previously made headlines as one of the right-wing fever swamp’s foremost Seth Rich murder conspiracy theorist, denied to The Atlantic that he knows the woman who had reached out to the journalist. He did, however, share a video on Facebook promising to “unveil the first of the sex assault victims of Robert Mueller.”
“This isn’t anything I take any delight in,” Burkman explained on camera. He offered zero evidence to support his allegations.