>> Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has called for a new FBI probe, looking at allegations that women were offered money to make up sexual assault claims against Mueller. A spokesman for the special counsel says they learned of the claims last week, and that they immediately referred it to the FBI for investigation.
Meanwhile, a university professor in Vermont has come forward with an email that she says offered to pay her if she discussed past encounters with Mueller, who she says she's never met. The FBI has declined to comment. But Washington lawyer and Republican operative Jack Burkman told Reuters he was speaking to five women who each claim they were sexually assaulted by Mueller and denied paying them for the information.
He said he'll hold a news conference on Thursday with a woman who claims she was assaulted by Mueller in 2010. Burkman has been critical of Mueller's politically sensitive investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion between between Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian officials, claims President Trump denies. Burkman's also sought to raise funds for Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, two former Trump aides who pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by Mueller's team.