Mueller asks FBI to probe smear campaign against him

Nov 01, 2018, 10:00 IST | Agencies

The statement didn't specify what the claims were, but the referral to FBI suggests that Mueller's office believed there was a potential crime for federal law enforcement to investigate

Mueller asks FBI to probe smear campaign against him
Robert Mueller. Pic/AFP

Robert Mueller's office has referred to the FBI allegations that women were "offered money to make false claims" about the special counsel, according to Mueller's spokesman. In a statement, spokesman Peter Carr says that once the office learned of the allegations, it immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation.

The statement didn't specify what the claims were, but the referral to FBI suggests that Mueller's office believed there was a potential crime for federal law enforcement to investigate.

The attempt to spread what Mueller's office says are false claims about him also appears to be an effort to discredit the former FBI director as his team enters a critical stage of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president attempted to obstruct justice. Mueller's office has charged 32 people so far, with four former associates of the president pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with investigators.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday told hardliners not to "confront the State" and refrain from vandalism after the verdict. In a video message, he said, "I ask these elements [protestors] to avoid confronting the State. But if they opted to do so, the State will fulfil its responsibilities... We will protect life and property of people...We will not let them [protestors] indulge in vandalism or close down the roads."

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