Right-wing provocateurs Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, who failed last year in their plot to smear former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg with false sexual assault allegations, have once again failed in their plot to smear Dr. Anthonry Fauci with sexual assault allegations.
A woman who previously accused Dr. Fauci of sexual assault came forward on Thursday to claim she was paid to lie about the incident by the far-right, Pro-Trump conspiracy theorists.
“Hi Nancy, I hope you are having a nice weekend. I feel very bad about lying to you and others about Dr. Fauci. I took it upon myself to call Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman and record them (see attached)… Many thanks and again, I feel very bad about all this. I apologize to you, the other reporters and Dr. Fauci,” Diana Andrade wrote in an email to Reason.com reporter Nancy Rommelmann.
Andrade previously spoke to Rommelmann about the alleged incident and said she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Fauci in 2014, when she was 20 years old.
“He looked rich and powerful, and I love smart men with grey hair. He told me all about his fantastic career in medicine, so I went upstairs,” Andrade told Rommelmann of her fictional night with Dr. Fauci at Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., before detailing an assault. “Now, when I see him on TV touted as some kind of hero, I want the nation to know the truth. This is my truth. This is my story.”
Andrade now says the pair paid her to use details from an actual sexual assault she survived, but lie about the identity of the assailant and claim it was Dr. Fauci.
“The reality is that I’ve known Jacob since 2018 and that he charmed me into taking money to do this,” said Andrade added in an email that included a picture of her with Wohl.
Andrade then explained that she started to feel uncomfortable about lying and decided to record incriminating evidence against Wohl and Burkman instead.
“What could be wrong, Diana?” Wohl asks in the recorded call. “You did a good job, you got paid. What’s the problem? What seems to be the issue? You’re freaking out. You’re texting me late at night. What’s the issue?”
“Tell me what the problem is? What’s your problem?” Burkman added. “This guy shut the country down. He put 40 million people out of work. In a situation like that, you have to make up whatever you have to make up to stop that train and that’s the way life works, OK? That’s the way it goes.”
The fraudsters have previously attempted to frame Robert Mueller, Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren for sexual misconduct.
A young Michigan man came forward last year to claim he became an unwitting participant in a plot by Wohl and Burkman to smear Buttigieg.
Hunter Kelly, 21, said he was offered an opportunity to help President Donald Trump get re-elected — but ended up the face of a false sexual assault allegation that Kelly claims he wanted no part in.
“I am, from the bottom of my heart, truly sorry for everyone involved in the very serious #MeToo movement,” Kelly said in April 2019. “I will continue to use my voice and HONESTY to make a difference. Jack Burkman may have promised me a lavish lifestyle, but at a price that would cost me the two most important things to me: honesty and integrity.”
According to a statement by Kelly, Wohl reached out to Kelly about a month ago on Instagram and Signal, the secure messaging app.