Her office had said in a previous statement that Wohl and Burkman’s alleged campaign had reached “대략 5,500 New Yorkers, sought to undermine and interfere with the then-ongoing efforts by the state of New York to fairly and safely administer its elections during the COVID-19 crisis and protect its citizens from voter intimidation and harassment.”
Reached by CNN on Wednesday evening, Burkman said in a text message that the case is “political nonsense” 과 “we expect to prevail.” Wohl did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
제임스 — who is separately suing the company hired to send the robocalls and its owner
— 에 말했다 statement earlier this month that her complaint against Wohl and Burkman seeks to prohibit them from
“further engaging or undertaking in harassing and discriminatory voter intimidation.
The complaints also seeks the forfeiting of “all profits or payments made to the defendants as part of the robocall campaign” and looks to require them to “pay a penalty of up to $ 500 for each violation of the state law prohibiting New Yorkers from being subject to any discrimination in their civil rights.”
CNN previously reported the voice on the robocall said it was sponsored by a group founded by Burkman and Wohl, who have spent years perpetrating hoaxes and false smears against Democratic politicians and opponents of President Donald Trump.
In a brief interview with CNN last August, Wohl denied that he or Burkman was responsible for the misleading and racist calls and said they had learned about them only after Burkman started receiving angry messages from people who had seen his number on their caller ID.
“We’ve never done any robocalls,” Wohl said. “We are categorically uninvolved.”
One of their most notorious stunts was in
2018, when Wohl and Burkman attempted to slime then-special counsel Robert Mueller with a sexual assault allegation
. That story collapsed after journalists and internet sleuths tied the scheme to the duo