As Twitchy reported earlier Monday, something really seemed “off” about a story that was going around about 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg. On Medium, someone claiming to be a 21-year-old gay man named Hunter Kelly alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Buttigieg. As we noted, only the shadier sites were running with the story, and it was being pushed pretty hard by David Wohl, father of Jacob Wohl, the guy who’s always overhearing things in hipster coffee shops.

It seems that Jacob Wohl has been busted for trying to find young men who will accuse Buttigieg of sexual assault. Lachlan Markay of The Daily Beast says he has a recording of one of those conversations.

Last we checked on Wohl he was reporting a death threat to the Minneapolis Police Department — a threat he allegedly wrote to himself from a fake account he created, posing as a nonexistent gay Hispanic “diversity coordinator.” So, yeah.

Lachlan Markay, Kevin Poulsen, and Noah Shachtman report:

A Republican source told The Daily Beast that lobbyist Jack Burkman and internet troll Jacob Wohl approached him last week to try to convince him to falsely accuse Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, of engaging him sexually while he was too drunk to consent.

The source who spoke to The Daily Beast said Burkman and Wohl made clear that their goal was to kneecap Buttigieg’s momentum in the 2020 presidential race. The man asked to remain anonymous out of a concern that the resulting publicity might imperil his employment, and because he said Wohl and Burkman have a reputation for vindictiveness.

But the source provided The Daily Beast with a surreptitious audio recording of the meeting, which corroborates his account. In it, Wohl appears to refer to Buttigieg as a “terminal threat” to President Donald Trump’s reelection next year.

Remember when we all had a good laugh when Democratic strategist Elizabeth Spiers assumed conservatives found Wohl one iota more credible than Jussie Smollett?

She must have overheard that in a hipster coffee shop somewhere.

People have suggested Wohl and Smollett be forced to live together and do community service.

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