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How We Busted Smear Artist Jacob Wohl

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For The Daily Beast’s membership drive, we’re asking our reporters and editors to tell the stories behind some of their biggest stories.

In early 2019, we got a call from a stranger who wanted to talk about two of the political internet’s most notorious fraudsters. They were about to become even more notorious.

The tipster had been referred by a mutual acquaintance in Republican politics to two men with an audacious plan to take down Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. The duo wanted to enlist him to falsely accuse Buttigieg, the first openly gay presidential candidate with a shot of winning his party’s nomination, of sexual assault. 

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