‘Smear plot’: Watch MSNBC dissect the ‘plot to frame Bob Mueller’
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller said cyber security will be the number one future threat in the country, but for the time being, "counterterrorism and stopping terrorist attacks" is more important. (Photo: Kit Fox/Medill Flickr)

MSNBC anchor Ari Melber on Tuesday reported on the FBI investigating a "smear plot" against special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Our top story is breaking news unlike anything we've seen this year, the FBI is probing a credible plot to frame Bob Mueller," Melber noted.

"This sounds big and unusual, because it's big and unusual," he noted.

"Multiple news outlets reporting tonight on a plot by a Republican-linked operative trying to frame Mueller on what appeared to be made-up allegations of either harassment or sexual misconduct that would be pushed against Mueller," he reported.

"While the fallout from this quite strange story is obviously still reverberating because this is all brand-new, legal experts and some White House veterans already noting that if the order of what I just told you had been reversed -- if, for example, the world first learned about this kind of accusation in theory against Mueller before these leaks about its potentially illegal framing -- well, it could have upended his career and the probe into the heart of the Trump presidency," Melber noted.

"I think this is very important for the public to know," explained former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman.

"I mean, this is a situation where everything has been thrown at Robert Mueller, they have tried to undermine him through the Congress, they have tried to undermine the Manafort jury deliberation -- you had one juror even referring to the whole investigation as a witch hunt, copying basically what [Rudy] Giuliani and Trump have been saying."

"They have tried everything, so it does not surprise me that they would go to this length of trying to obstruct this entire investigation by going directly after Mueller," Ackerman concluded.

Vermont Law School Professor Jennifer Taub called-in to the show to explain how she was personally targeted by the scheme.

"What did you make of that inquiry?" Melber asked.

"I found it really creepy, to be honest with you," she noted. "And immediately upon reading it, I went on the internet to try to find a phone number or some other method to contact the special counsel's office. And all I could find was an email, so I immediately forwarded the email.

"I have never met Robert Mueller, had no encounters, no phone calls, I don't know him at all," she noted. "I have no idea why they came to me."