Editor’s note: Scroll down for updates on this developing story.


Earlier today, reports that a big scoop on Robert Mueller would be dropping today had tongues wagging and eyebrows raised.

Jacob Wohl got the ball rolling yesterday:

The voices in your head don’t count as “sources,” Jacob. But we digress.

Well, the scoop’s out there now:

More from the Atlantic:

An alleged scheme to pay off women to fabricate sexual assault allegations against Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been referred to the FBI for further investigation, according to a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, Peter Carr. “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,” Carr said in a statement on Tuesday.

The special counsel’s attention to this scheme—which was brought to the office by a woman claiming she herself had been offered money to make up sexual harassment claims against Mueller—and its decision to release a rare statement about it to reporters indicates the seriousness with which the office is taking the purported scheme to discredit Mueller in the middle of an ongoing investigation.

The special counsel’s office confirmed that the scheme was brought to its attention by several journalists who were told about it by a woman alleging  that she herself had been offered roughly $20,000 by a GOP activist named Jack Burkman “to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller.” The woman told journalists that she had worked for Mueller as a paralegal at the Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro law firm in 1974. The firm has not returned a request for comment about whether the woman actually worked there.

More:

Here’s what Jack Burkman tweeted earlier today:

This sounds kinda familiar, to be honest.

Heh. But seriously. Burkman doesn’t exactly ooze credibility:

Helluva guy. Basically, this could wind up having the exact opposite effect of what Jacob Wohl was hoping for.

Once again, Wohl appears to have made an ass of himself. This time, though, he could be in actual trouble.

Forget it … he’s Wohl-ing.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet and text.

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Updated:

Oh man …

This could get ugly … for Wohl, that is.

Oooooof.

Editor’s note: We’ve added still more tweets to this post. Because this Jacob Wohl stuff is straight-up insane.

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Update:

Holy sh*t! There’s still more:

You guys. We can’t.

For the record, Jacob Wohl’s denying any wrongdoing:

Bless his heart.

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Update:

That’s putting it mildly.

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We’ve died at least a dozen times since this story broke.

Editor’s note: Some tweets and text have been removed from this post for use in a follow-up post. You can read that one here.

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