October 30, 2018

WHAT OBSTRUCTION?:

Inside the Crazy Cabal Trying to Smear Robert Mueller (Lachlan Markay,  & Will Sommer, 10.30.18,  The Daily Beast)

One of the shadier characters in politics, along with a number of fringe internet figures, appears to be behind an attempt to pay women to accuse Special Counsel Robert Mueller of sexual assault.

The scheme became public on Tuesday when Mueller's staff formally asked the FBI to launch an investigation into the matter. But for weeks it has been simmering below the surface, with numerous reporters having been tipped off by a woman who claimed she had been approached with promises of cash.

At the center of the scheme is publicity-hungry Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman, who has repeatedly dabbled in internet conspiracy theories in the past, including promoting the idea that murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was killed by deep-state government operatives. [...]

Burkman has proved eager to attach himself to a wide array of causes that have the possibility of getting him on cameras. He once introduced legislation (which lobbyists don't formally do) to get gay players banned from the NFL--a campaign that sparked a sharp rebuke from his gay brother.  

Posted by at October 30, 2018 5:17 PM

  

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