There’s so much talk about secret societies within the FBI since the latest group of Peter Strzok text messages that one feels like they’re an Alex Jones devotee if they even consider it.
“GOP lawmakers seize on ‘secret society’ texts to cast doubt on FBI” reads NBC News‘ headline, which raises doubts about the seriousness of it. ABC News openly scoffs at the seriousness: “The full ‘secret society’ text between FBI agents: Was it meant in jest?” (Spoiler alert: ABC says yes.)
However, one top senator revealed an informant has said a “secret society” within the FBI has held clandestine meetings and that he was “suspicious” about five months of missing texts between agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, Bureau lawyer Lisa Page.
So, in case you weren’t caught up, here’s the lowdown: Among the many text messages between Strzok (the lead investigator on the Clinton email investigation) and Page (the paramour of the lead investigator on the Clinton email investigation) was one that that happened within hours of Donald Trump’s election.
“Seems kind of depressing,” Page texted Strzok. “Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.”
According to Newsmax, Sen. Rob Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said a source had told him and other lawmakers about “secret meetings” and suggested there may have been corruption “at the highest levels.”
“What this is all about is further evidence of corruption, more than bias,” Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News.
“Corruption of the highest levels of the FBI. The secret society — we have an informant talking about a group that was holding secret meetings off-site.
“There is so much smoke here.”
“Let’s stop there,” interviewer Brett Baier said. “Secret society? Secret meetings off-site of the Justice Department? You have an informant saying that?”
“Yes,” Johnson replied. “We have to dig into it … This is bias, potentially corruption, at the highest levels of the FBI. Robert Mueller used to run the FBI. He’s in no position to do an investigation over this kind of misconduct.”
“I think at this point, we probably should be looking at a special counsel to undertake this investigation. Congress is going to have to continue to dig.”
Johnson wasn’t the only one referencing the “secret society” in interviews.
“We learned today about information that in the immediate aftermath of (Trump’s) election, that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI — to include Page and Strzok — that would be working against him,” Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas said.
Most media seemed to downplay the remarks of Johnson and others.
“Johnson backtracked somewhat on Wednesday, saying he had merely ‘heard’ about the existence of a secret society and did not have direct evidence of such a rump organization within the FBI,” MSNBC reported.
“All I said is when I read those in those texts, that’s Strzok’s and Page’s term,” Johnson was quoted as saying when pressed as to the group’s existence by reporters. “I have heard there was a group of managers in the FBI that were holding meetings offsite. That’s all I know.”
However, this was not substantially different from what Johnson had actually said, in spite of allegations of him having “backtracked.”
As for the Strzok/Page text messages, there remains to be a lot unpacked, particularly considering the fact that there are five months of them missing.
And that’s going to make a lot of investigators wonder.
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