For the better part of two years, right-wing millennial provocateur Jacob Wohl was perhaps Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleader on Twitter. Whenever Trump went on one of his patented Twitter screeds, without fail Wohl chimed in with what amounted to a 280-character standing ovation.
But Wohl spent most of the fall and winter under fire for some of the less savory things he’s done to support his dear one. Now it looks like the legal fallout from those shenanigans may continue well into 2019. All indications are that Wohl is the target of at least two criminal investigations–one at the federal level, the other in Minnesota.
Let’s review. Back in October, Wohl’s attempt to expose supposed sexual misconduct by Robert Mueller crashed and burned when he called a press conference to introduce one of the accusers–only to have the “accuser” bail at the last minute. By then, reporters had exposed Surefire Intelligence, the private intelligence firm that gleaned this supposed evidence had been exposed as a Potemkin front created by Wohl himself.
Then in February, Wohl boasted about his plans to create an army of pro-Trump bots on Facebook and Twitter ahead of the 2020 election. Within literally hours, Twitter had banned him. On the same day, we learned that the woman who was supposed to speak at the October press conference, Carolyne Cass, had accused Wohl of deceiving her–even going as far as to docu-sign her name to the statement accusing Mueller of assaulting her.
And in March, Wohl told Minneapolis police that someone had tweeted him a death threat while he was filming a documentary there with Laura Loomer. One problem–the “threat” came from a Twitter account already flagged as a Wohl bot. As if that wasn’t enough, it looks like Wohl created that bot by swiping the picture of an innocent Minneapolis realtor. Knowing this, it would be more than reasonable to wonder if this Trump cheerleader was under a law enforcement microscope.
But we didn’t know for sure until Tuesday, when Ken Klippenstein of The Young Turks’ investigative unit, TYT Investigates, revealed that the FBI turned down an FOIA request for information on Wohl’s bogus intelligence firm, Surefire Intelligence. Why? As Klippenstein revealed on Twitter, apparently things have progressed to the point that even discussing this information could interfere with “law enforcement proceedings.”
There would be no reason for the FBI to be concerned that disclosing information about Surefire Intelligence could potentially “interfere with law enforcement proceedings” unless there were indeed “law enforcement proceedings” underway. According to the Department of Justice manual on FOIA exemptions, the DOJ is allowed to turn down FOIA requests not only when there is an active criminal investigation, but also when there are “civil actions and regulatory proceedings” underway in which the agency “must be prepared to respond to a third party’s challenge.”
Cenk Ugyur and Ana Kasparian discussed this further on Tuesday’s edition of Young Turks TV. Watch here.
Cenk noted that if the FBI were not investigating Wohl, it would have simply denied there was an investigation. In response, Wohl denied that he’d been questioned by law enforcement. But Cenk warned Wohl that he can’t rest easy yet, since the FBI usually waits until the tail end of the investigation to talk to the suspect. When it comes time to question the suspect, FBI agents have usually gleaned enough evidence to know whether he’s lying.
Cenk speculated that there are a number of possible avenues the FBI could be pursuing. Besides the attempt to frame Mueller and Cass’ claim that Wohl swindled her, Cenk thinks the FBI could be investigating Wohl’s role in celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti briefly facing charges of domestic violence. Not long after Avenatti was arrested, Surefire Intelligence’s now-suspended Twitter feed boasted, “Surefire Intelligence strikes again.”
Another possibility could be the fake police report Wohl filed in Minnesota. As it turns out, Wohl is almost certainly under investigation by Minnesota authorities for that escapade. Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch sent a FOIA request to the Minneapolis Police Department about that incident–only to be turned down because the investigation was still underway.
In a colossal understatement, Cenk said that Wohl is staring down the barrel of some “serious felonies.” All things considered, if his life wasn’t already ruined before he was 30 due to his involvement in defrauding investors in 2017, it’s very likely it will be. It’s very telling that prosecutors appointed by Trump appear to be actively investigating a Trump cheerleader.
Frankly, it would be derelict not to throw the library at Wohl. Remember, he almost rooked at least one innocent person into his scheme to frame Mueller, and stole the picture of another for one of his bots. This absolutely, positively cannot be tolerated in any civilized society. From the looks of it, Wohl is worse than Trump was at his age. The only difference is that unlike his dear one, the cheerleader is likely about to face the music.
Wohl’s Facebook profile picture shows him smirking confidently. Well, considering the circumstances, Jacob, you’d best wipe that smirk off your face. You’re about to get a serious reality check. And it won’t be because you’re an unashamed Trump cheerleader. It will be because you’re an amoral thug who is long overdue for a reality check.
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