The office of the special counsel said it recently found out about allegations in which women were offered money to say that Mueller had harassed them.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has been the subject of an attempted smear campaign. To get the money, he said, she would need to sign an affidavit and promised a $US10,000 bonus if she did so quickly.
He and other USA journalists said they had received an email from a woman named Lorraine Parsons earlier this month, who claimed someone working for a Republican lobbyist called Jack Burkman had contacted her. She heard nothing from the office and forgot about the incident until she read a story in the Atlantic published Tuesday afternoon about another woman who had been contacted by Surefire Intelligence.
NBC News reported the odd suspected plot may have been concocted by Surefire Intelligence, a self-professed "intel agency" with a website whose domain records contain an email address belonging to Jacob Wohl, a pro-Trump troll known for spreading misinformation and far-right conspiracy theories.
Multiple journalists told Mueller's office that they had been approached by a woman who said Burkman offered her about $20,000 "to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller", according to her email to them, obtained by the Atlantic.
Robert Mueller's office has referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegations that women were "offered money to make false claims" about the special counsel, according to Mueller's spokesman. She says a man she said had a British accent sought to ask her 'a couple questions about Robert Mueller, whom I worked with when I was a paralegal for Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro in 1974'.
Parsons' identity, however, has not been corroborated, according to the New York Times.
In the message, a person identifying herself as a woman from Florida describes having been contacted out of the blue by someone with detailed knowledge about her work history and her personal finances. There is still a press conference scheduled for Thursday at noon in Washington DC.
Taub had a amusing feeling about the email from Frick on October 22, and took screenshots of it, and sent it to two friends - Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham University, and Mimi Rocah, a professor at PACE University, both of whom comment on legal affairs for MSNBC.
The conservative commentator is no stranger to controversy, either.
In the course of the reporting, Surefire Intelligence came up. Shugerman put her in touch with Bertrand.
But she remains perplexed why Surefire reached to her.
"I would like to see the Palestinian Authority defunded completely by the United States and treated like ISIS or any other terrorist organization because that's what they are", he said.
Jack Burkman posted a similar rebuff - saying the left were attacking him in "desperation" and saying the allegations about him promising to pay women were false.
It's particularly perplexing given Taub's political persuasion.