GOP Sen. Ron Johnson admitted to CNN and ABC News on Thursday that “it’s a real possibility” the single text from an FBI employee mentioning a “secret society” that sparked a right-wing conspiracy theory was written in jest.
Ron Johnson, who raised alarms this week about the FBI agents’ “secret society” text, just told me: “It’s a real possibility” the text was written in jest.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 25, 2018
Q: On the secret society text message, is it possible it was said in jest? @SenRonJohnson: “It’s a real possibility.”
— Mariam Khan (@MKhan47) January 25, 2018
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Johnson claimed that he had been in contact with a whistleblower with knowledge of “off-site” meetings between FBI and Justice Department officials that proved the existence of a “secret society” who gather to discuss undermining President Trump and reflected “corruption, more than bias.”
In stunning admission, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) reveals an informant is briefing Congress on "offsite" meetings by "Secret society" mentioned in Strzok-Page texts. pic.twitter.com/pGEgL3Fwfr
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) January 24, 2018
He acknowledged on Wednesday, that he did not know what had been said in the alleged meetings.
The Wisconsin Republican further backed away from his “secret society” conspiracy today by admitting the text messages sent exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, were likely a joke.
The entirety of the message in question, sent by Page, states: “Are you going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.”
Sen. Ron Johnson, yesterday: THERE IS A SECRET SOCIETY IN THE FBI! THIS IS A MAJOR SCANDAL!
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 25, 2018