FBI says no raid was conducted at home of conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman
By RACHEL WEINER | The Washington Post | Published: September 14, 2020
WASHINGTON — The FBI's Washington Field Office on Monday afternoon released a statement saying it had not conducted any law enforcement activity earlier in the day at the home of lobbyist, conspiracy theorist and right-wing operative Jack Burkman, who had claimed that agents raided his house.
A spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington Field Office said the office "was not present at the specified location for law enforcement activity." Earlier in the day, she said she was unable to confirm the account provided by Burkman.
Burkman had claimed that his home in Arlington was raided by authorities. His associate Jacob Wohl said that the agents took computers, papers and cellphones.
Burkman, who commented earlier in the day, hung up Monday afternoon when asked whether his claims had been fabricated. Wohl did not answer his phone Monday afternoon.
Wohl and Burkman suggested without evidence that the raid they claimed had happened was tied an upcoming news conference they have planned. "We're not going to be intimidated," Burkman said.
Burkman and Wohl have publicized baseless, inflammatory sexual assault allegations against former special counsel Robert Mueller, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, among others. Several people have claimed the pair paid them to concoct those accusations.
The Daily Beast reported in the past year that Wohl drafted a $1 million business proposal to game political betting markets by disseminating false information about Democratic presidential candidates.
Wohl, a former stock trader, faces a felony charge in California for allegedly selling an unregistered security.
Earlier this year, as President Donald Trump's longtime friend Roger Stone was fighting his conviction in a D.C. federal court, the pair released juror and grand jury information from the trial.
The attorney general of Michigan is investigating a racist robocall aimed at discouraging voters in battleground states from casting their ballots by mail. The recorded message features a woman who says she works for Wohl and Burkman. They have denied involvement in the calls.
The Washington Post's Meryl Kornfield and Spencer S. Hsu contributed to this report.