But it is also around this time that reporters started receiving emails from a woman who said she had been approached by a person offering to pay her money to come forward with allegations against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The special counsel's office says it was alerted to the matter by journalists following up on e-mails from the woman.
Over the last few weeks, several political reporters were contacted by a woman who said that she was offered money to accuse Mueller - who is investigating the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russian Federation - of sexually harassing her in 1974 when they both worked at the firm Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro. Parsons said she had worked for Mueller as a paralegal at a MA law firm in 1974.
Taub said in an interview that she had never met Mueller.
The details are still unclear, but centre around an apparent attempt to pay women to invent allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Mueller in an alleged effort to discredit his probe.
Burkman had promoted a press conference at noon Thursday to unveil the accuser and her allegations, and it appears the press conference will go on without her.
At least two conservative media personalities appeared linked to an apparent hoax that may have been created to ensnare Washington reporters, if not also cause political damage to Mueller.
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Police in IN said the girl and her brothers died at the scene near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis. Elgin Ingle, the uncle of the children who died, told ABC News in an emotional interview, referring to the driver.
On Tuesday, Kimmel tore into Jacob Wohl for his alleged involvement in an elaborate plot to smear the name of Robert Mueller, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a spectacular case of fraud that the Federal Bureau of Investigation have now been asked to investigate.
Burkman also reportedly was attacked by a man he hired to conduct that investigation, as The Washington Post reported. There are also very serious allegations against Jacob Wohl.
Burkman, who has pushed conspiracy theories related to the murder of former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich and has a reputation for seeking attention, had made a similar promise to reveal sexual assault allegations against a sitting congressperson at a press conference in November 2017, but he failed to do so.
Wohl is now claiming his role as "founder" of Surefire Intelligence, which had become the subject of mockery after journalists discovered that the LinkedIn profiles of a number of individuals claiming to be firm employees had profile photos poached from models, actors and stock photo images.
This is not the first time that Burkman - a GOP lobbyist who has peddled a number of conspiracy theories - has seen his plans to announce some salacious revelation fall apart at the last minute.
"I gave Burkman a call". The 20-year-old pro-Trump activist stopped responding following the Surefire Intelligence revelations.
"In addition to any civil liability that they might have for a defamation claim, I think that you could make an argument that this is an effort to obstruct justice", said Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of MI.