After he was implicated in a conspiracy to concoct false sexual-assault allegations against special counsel Robert Mueller, Jacob Wohl, a prominent young supporter of President Donald Trump on social media, was ruthlessly mocked on Twitter for a hack job at covering his tracks.
Wohl, 20, who has been accused of defrauding investors in his financial firms, is known for peddling conspiracy theories, far-right talking points and boosting Trump on his social media accounts.
It looks as if Wohl is behind a pretend company called Surefire Intelligence named Tuesday on documents published by The Gateway Pundit, a far-right fake-news website for which he writes, alleging Mueller was accused of raping a woman.
The Gateway Pundit quickly took down the article and the documents. “Earlier today we were given information on accusations against former FBI Director Robert Mueller,” Jim Hoft, the editor, wrote in their place.
“We took the documents down and we are currently investigating these accusations. There are also very serious allegations against Jacob Wohl. We are also looking into this.”
Journalists from The New Yorker,The Daily Beast, Bellingcat, NBC News and other publications quickly got to work, establishing that the LinkedIn profile pictures of supposed Surefire Intelligence employees were either models or actors, such as the Hollywood star Christoph Waltz.
Other sleuthing revealed that Surefire’s website was registered by someone using Wohl’s email address, that Wohl was actually the man in a shaded anonymous image purporting to be company managing partner “Matthew Cohen” and that the firm’s phone number redirected to Wohl’s mother’s voice mail.
On Tuesday, Wohl tweeted: “Several media sources tell me that a scandalous story about Mueller is breaking tomorrow. Should be interesting. Stay tuned!”
Burkman promised a press conference on Thursday, during which one of the women would identify herself.
A couple of weeks ago, multiple journalists, including two reporters at Newsweek, received an email claiming women were being offered money to accuse Mueller, a former FBI director, of sexual misconduct.
A woman purportedly named Lorraine Parsons claimed that an associate of Burkman’s had offered to pay off her late husband’s credit card debt and give her a check for $20,000 if she falsely accused the special counsel of sexual assault. She would not speak further to reporters.
Burkman denied paying any women to come forward. Wohl, whose own apparent efforts to discredit Mueller were connected to Burkman, had also denied this.
In an interview with Hill Reporter, Burkman acknowledged working with Surefire and that Wohl was behind it.
“Surefire is a real company, an intel operation in Los Angeles," Burkman said. "We have known them for a long time. The guy’s name is Jacob Wohl. They do a lot of intel work. They do a lot of good research.”
Wohl later tweeted: "Very credible allegations are set to be made against Robert Mueller—The MSM is scrambling! They're accusing me of offering to pay accusers with ZERO PROOF and ZERO EVIDENCE!"
The special counsel’s office said it referred to the FBI the allegations that women were offered money to make false claims against Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign.