Has a company’s name ever been more oxymoronic than Surefire Intelligence? Twitter conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl’s firm, who ‘investigated’ the egregious, partially retracted claim by Carolyne Cass that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had sexually assaulted her in 2010, has now implicated itself in another case involving a Resistance figurehead.
Stormy Daniels lawyer and presidential very-hopeful Michael Avenatti is blaming Wohl and his firm for the TMZ story that reported he had been arrested on domestic violence charges. The attorney told Cockburn he believes that ‘Wohl will be in jail in a matter of months.’
The TMZ story initially reported that Avenatti had been involved in an altercation with his estranged wife, a claim it later redacted. ‘TMZ is garbage,’ Avenatti told Cockburn. ‘For instance, their entire story from last week has now been proven false. They know it’s false and they refuse to do the right thing.’
Surefire Intelligence initially claimed responsibility on Twitter for the Avenatti arrest, posting ‘Surefire Intelligence strikes again.’ Wohl later claimed to the Daily Mail that this was ‘just a joke.’
Surefire Intelligence strikes again. https://t.co/hdbWEjN38h
— Surefire Intelligence (@SurefireIntel) November 14, 2018
The lawyer has been firing off angry tweets about Jacob Wohl and TMZ for the last week:
.@tmz was presented with conclusive evidence yesterday that their story of last week is completely false. If they do not retract the story and issue an apology, they will be sued. Their conduct is outrageous and they need to be held accountable. Trying to help Trump is no excuse.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 20, 2018
Here is something that I thought I would never type: I have located someone more dishonest with less of a moral compass and lower standards than Donald Trump. His name is Jacob Wohl. And I am going to make it part of my life's work to bring him to justice.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 18, 2018
Jacob Wohl – you continue to make false accusations against me to try & destroy my life. You are now claiming I have been charged with a felony when I have not been charged with anything. I promise that you will soon learn the hard way that you are not as smart as you think.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 17, 2018
Whomever wrote and approved that TMZ article better get their checkbook ready because it was purposely malicious and false. It was designed to harm Lisa, me and my family and we are going expose TMZ for what they did. No journalist should rely on or defend garbage like that.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 16, 2018
First Mueller and now me. When we are fully exonerated I am coming for you Jacob Wohl aka Surefire.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 15, 2018
For his part, Wohl denied being behind the Avenatti charges. ‘Any claims that I am involved in Avenatti’s arrest are false,’ he told Cockburn.
When asked to respond to the lawyer’s claim about him being destined for prison, he said, ‘I’m not going to dignify that kind of dopey remark with a response.
Avenatti has also been accused of untruthfulness in the past. Senate Judiciary committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley referred the lawyer and his Kavanaugh-accusing client Julie Swetnick to the FBI and Department of Justice for ‘materially false statements’ made to the committee during hearings for the newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice.
There are still so many unanswered questions. How will this clash of the Twitter titans end? Who to believe? And can you think two people you’d rather see locked in a lengthy court battle that keeps them occupied for a while?