Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson on Tuesday told Fox News of a “secret society” within the FBI that holds clandestine meetings apart from the rest of the agency. If true, his claim could spark charges of treason.
Johnson’s claim is based on 384 pages of text messages provided to lawmakers last Friday. The messages, sent between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, suggest both agents knew Hillary would not be charged in the email investigation before she was even interviewed by the FBI.
The level of bias revealed in the texts is “stunning,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). “It is manifest bias not just against Trump, but against his kids, against his business interests.”
“What this is all about is further evidence of corruption, more than bias. 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,” said Johnson, adding that Robert Mueller is “in no position to do an investigation over this kind of misconduct.” Johnson also said the messages between Strzok and Page suggest they were having an “extramarital affair.”
Johnson is not the first person to speak of a secret society within the FBI.
“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 DOJ and FBI – to include Page and Strzok – that would be working against him,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) on Monday.
Speaking with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Rep. Gowdy pointed to specific messages sent the day after Trump won the election. “There’s a text exchange between these two FBI agents…saying that perhaps this is the first meeting of the ‘secret society.’”
Lawmakers are also asking questions about a time period of about five months during which no messages were collected.
Speaking with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Johnson said he was “suspicious” about the missing data. “The loss of records from this period is concerning because it is apparent from other records that Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page communicated frequently about the investigation.”
The FBI claims technical issues with its retention software prevented the agency from collecting messages sent from December 14th to May 17th. This gap conveniently covers Trump’s inauguration, the firing of Michael Flynn and James Comey, and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation.
On Monday, AG Jeff Sessions promised to “leave no stone unturned” in an investigation to determine how and why the messages are missing.