Jacob Wohl’s introduction to Washington politics and reporting in the real world—as opposed to the Twitter universe—went sideways on Thursday during a press conference that Wohl attended with conspiracy theorist and lobbyist Jack Burkman.
The pair held their show in a Holiday Inn just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The premise of this press conference was to “present a credible witness” who would accuse Robert Mueller of sexual assault. But any credibility Burkman and Wohl had hoped for was gone before they ever walked into the Rosslyn-area hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
They were scooped on their own story by the Atlantic when the outlet reported that Burkman was behind a scheme to pay women to falsify allegations against Mueller. We even knew the dollar amount that Burkman was offering— $20,000.
Wohl was implicated when it was revealed that he was behind the company, Surefire Intelligence, that had published the official-looking documents outlining the allegations. Surefire’s LinkedIn pages also featured photos of stock models. The profile for an employee in Tel Aviv used a photo of actor Christoph Waltz. The phone numbers listed on Surefire’s website were registered to Wohl’s mother’s name.
The Daily Dot went to the physical address listed for Surefire’s Washington office on Wednesday and, unsurprisingly, discovered that no such office exists. According to Surefire’s website, its D.C. office should be at 1050 Connecticut Avenue in suite No. 510. That address exists and I walked around the fifth floor for about 30 minutes searching for the suite but there was nothing. I also asked a handful of receptionists about the address, they knew nothing about any company called Surefire Intelligence and they told me that suite No. 510 doesn’t exist.
Burkman has a history of being sloppy—his last press conference we attended was ridiculed by his fellow conspiracy theorists—and Wohl proved to be no more cunning. As the press conference got underway there was a bank of cameras present; Wohl had been complaining the mainstream press wasn’t giving him the necessary attention but it seemed well accounted for on Thursday.
Before the show began, Claude Taylor—a left-leaning activist—popped up in a green Hawaiian shirt and announced that he’d brought a giant inflatable rat dressed as President Donald Trump. The rat was in the bed of a pickup truck in the parking lot.
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