Salacious and unfounded accusations that special counsel Robert Mueller engaged in sexual misconduct were even a bridge too far for the far-right conspiracy website Gateway Pundit, which had posted "exclusive documents" Tuesday alleging a 2010 rape, only to take them down a few hours later as scrutiny of the other conservative activists hyping the allegations grew.
He and other United States 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.
"Mueller has done bad things to a number of women, the first of whom is coming out this Thursday".
There were indications - including in the firm website's domain records and on a voicemail that led callers to another phone number belonging to Wohl's mother - that he was behind "Surefire Intelligence", though he has denied involvement.
On Tuesday, Bellingcat also pointed out the company was registered using an email address that pointed back to to Jacob Wohl himself. Parsons said she had worked for Mueller as a paralegal at a MA law firm in 1974.
The special counsel's office was also contacted by several reporters who were told about the alleged scheme by a woman identifying herself as Lorraine Parsons, who said a man working for the agency Surefire Intelligence and Burkman offered her around $20,000 "to make accusations of sexual misconduct and workplace harassment against Robert Mueller", according to a copy of the email obtained by Business Insider. "The only time I've seen him is on TV", she said in an interview with VTDigger.
The FBI declined to comment on the referral. "I don't know who that person is and we certainly didn't pay anyone to say anything". "That's when he told me about Jacob Wohl", the Hill Reporter's Ed Krassenstein told the outlet.
US President Donald Trump stops to talk to the media before walking across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, October 22, 2018, to board Marine One helicopter for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland., en route to Houston.
Wohl's political activism ramped up with the start of Trump's campaign in 2015, and since has skyrocketed. He launched his own private investigation into the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, dangled uncorroborated claims of sexual harassment against a sitting member of Congress, and earlier this year offered $25,000 to FBI whistleblowers for any information exposing wrongdoing during the 2016 election. He has repeatedly called on President Trump to fire Mr. Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe.