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Nov 2, 2018

This Week: Far-Right Attempt To Smear Mueller Backfires In Spectacular Fashion

The Russia investigation took a delightfully stupid turn this week thanks to the fumbling maneuvers of pro-Trump acolytes Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman. The duo concocted an elaborate scheme to smear Special Counsel Robert Mueller with sexual assault allegations, claiming that they were contacted by a woman who said the former FBI director raped her at a New York City hotel in 2010. Her account had been thoroughly vetted by private intel firm Surefire Intelligence, they claimed. But holes began to appear in that story almost immediately. As reporters quickly pointed out, Surefire is a bogus firm invented by Wohl. The alleged “staffers” had recently created LinkedIn profiles featuring photos of famous actors and stock photo models, and a number linked to on the site redirected to one that was registered to Wohl’s mother. A quick Google search revealed that Mueller was actually at jury duty in Washington, D.C. on the day of the alleged assault. That didn’t stop Wohl and…

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