The Republican Party is pulling out all the stops in their desperate efforts to somehow discredit the FBI’s investigation into President Trump and his alleged collusion with Russia.
Senators and Representatives alike have been appearing on the President’s personal propaganda network, FOX News, and endorsing the most ridiculous of conspiracy theories.
The latest is that the GOP has an “informant” who discovered that there is a secret FBI society dedicated to overthrowing President Trump, as Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) stated in an interview with FOX’s Scott Baio.
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Sen Ron Johnson claims "informant" who has news about the FBI "Secret Society" working to overthrow President Trump. pic.twitter.com/QzGhXBEUYD
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 24, 2018
Johnson is attempting to argue that he has a “whistleblower” who alleges that FBI agents held “secret meetings” to discuss how to undermine President Trump and his administration.
These remarks come hours after the Head of the Benghazi Inquisition, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), announced that he had evidence that FBI agents referred to a “secret society” in texts messages ostensibly in the possession of Republicans.
This follows a weekend in which the latest Republican smokescreen, the “Nunes Memo” that apparently details abuse of the FISA court by the FBI – a court whose powers were renewed by Republicans less than a week ago – was initiated and then promptly forgotten in the hubbub over the government shutdown.
It is ironic indeed that Republicans are pulling out this card, since it can be argued that former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress about the ultimately meaningless discovery of Hillary Clinton’s emails on aide Huma Abedin’s laptop helped tilt the election for Trump in the first place.
The Republican talking points stem from the text messages recovered from agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were having an affair and discussed their jobs more candidly than they perhaps should have.
Strzok’s referring to Trump as an “idiot” have been bandied about by the right-wing as evidence of some anti-Trump bias rather than an objective statement of fact echoed by the majority of Trump’s own staffers.
Republicans have seized on this remark and the as-yet-unseen contents of the messages as evidence that the investigation into Trump and his alleged collusion with Russia is somehow “biased” against the President.
But considering that their last few efforts to discredit the Mueller investigation have all proven to be toothless conspiracies, we aren’t holding our breath.