Ironically, the document revealing the investigation was filed just days after Wohl and Burkman staged a fake FBI raid on Burkman’s home in a bid for media attention.
The FBI investigation centers on Wohl and Burkman’s February release of confidential juror questionnaires from the trial of Trump associate Roger Stone. The FBI is investigating the pair for potential witness harassment, criminal contempt, and obstruction of justice, according to the filing.
The case could mark more legal trouble for the pair, who have become notorious in the political world for their quickly foiled schemes to smear Trump opponents with bogus sexual assault allegations.
In an email to The Daily Beast, Burkman said he wasn’t aware of any FBI investigation. Wohl told The Daily Beast via a text message that he also didn’t know about the case.
“I have heard they’re investigating us for the Kennedy assassination,” Wohl wrote sarcastically.
Stone’s legal team didn’t respond to a request for comment.
The Sept. 18 document, filed by prosecutors from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, asks for a court order mandating voice-over-IP company HD Carrier LLC not reveal the existence of a grand jury subpoena related to the FBI investigation.
The filing was first noticed by Offshore Alert, a website covering offshore banking, after an editor there was able to quickly grab it from the website of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia before it was sealed. The document is no longer publicly available in the federal PACER court system, and a search for its case number brings up a sealed docket.
“I’m in and out of PACER all day and just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Offshore Alert editor David Marchant told The Daily Beast in an email. “I believe the document was available only for a matter of minutes.”
In late February, Wohl and Burkman held an impromptu press conference outside the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland to allege that the Stone jury, which had convicted him on seven counts three months earlier, was biased against him. As their supposed proof, Wohl and Burkman published confidential juror questionnaires, which mostly focused on the jurors’ media diet.
“On February 27, 2020, Burkman and his associate, Jacob Wohl, held a press conference during which they disseminated copies of the juror questionnaires,” the filing reads. “During that press conference, Burkman and Wohl did not provide the manner by which they obtained the court documents other than to say neither Roger Stone nor Stone’s legal team provided them.”
The court filing also notes that Burkman published some of the confidential questionnaires on Twitter.
“On or about February 20, 2020, John M. Burkman, Jr. (a/k/a Jack Burkman) released via his Twitter account (@Jack_Burkman) a sample of juror questionnaires filled out by jurors in the matter of U.S. v. Roger Stone,” the filing reads. “Continuing from on or about February 20, 2020, a…