An explosion of political fury caused a ripple effect across American politics last week, after U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson suggested that the FBI may have a “secret anti-Trump society.” The Republican Senator claims an unknown informant” advised his committee about secret meetings between FBI agents who were conspiring to have Trump removed from office. Johnson also pointed to the presence of what may have been a joke text between FBI agents as “proof” of a counter-movement, suggesting “corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.”
• The initial controversy occurred after thousands of texts between two FBI agents, who were having an affair together, went missing. The data loss was attributed to an upgrade glitch on the Samsung 5 smartphone.
• ABC News later sourced the text Johnson was referring to during his statement. Although the Senator made it sound clear-cut, others have suggested that the exchange may be little more than a joke. FBI lawyer Lisa Page sent, “Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society,” to FBI agent Peter Strzok.
• In context, Page was referring to the fact that Strzok had purchased Russia-themed calendars boasting pictures of Vladimir Putin as gag gifts for the FBI team working on the Russian interference case.
• The timing of the text may be part of the reason some people are feeling suspicious. The two FBI agents engaged in the exchange just one day after the 2016 election.
• But Johnson was not convinced; he has long held the belief that the current FBI is biased against the Trump administration. “The secret society — we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off-site,” he said, later claiming that the conversation raised, “so much suspicion.”
• Senator Chuck Schumer reacted severely to Johnson’s claims, suggesting that, “…it looked delusional. It looked paranoid.” He then claimed the situation had devolved into “…delusional, self-serving paranoia.”
• Johnson continues to affirm his belief that the exchange is suspicious, although he has conceded the possibility it was a joke. He also indicated that he only used the term “secret society” because Page and Strzok used the term, suggesting that anything else would be incorrect or lacking in accuracy.
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If there is a “secret society,” what would be their end goal and how should they be handled. Or, do you think the whole concept of a secret society is a joke?