December 8, 2022

A top Republican just got caught red-handed lying about the FBI’s probe into Trump

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This morning, Wisconsin Republican, Senator Ron Johnson, took to the airwaves in bumbling fashion to try to rationalize his piling on a disingenuous Republican conspiracy theory designed to discredit the FBI’s and Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigations into Trump’s high crimes against the country he was elected to serve.


Republicans have based this latest witch hunt — designed to wriggle the Presidon’t out of accountability for the Russia conspiracy, money laundering, and obstruction of justice — entirely on a text message between two FBI employees who were romantically involved, in which they joked about a “secret society” in the FBI.

In an NPR interview this morning, Sen. Johnson repeated his preposterous claim  that the light-hearted text proved the FBI is staging a “presidential coup.”  Never mind the fact that former FBI Director James Comey helped Trump get elected.

The NPR interviewer was having none of Johnson’s lies:

You [focused] on two words from one of the texts which was a ‘secret society’ . . . you suggested this might mean a secret group within the FBI holding meetings offsite and you went on to say ‘this could be corruption at the highest levels of the FBI . . . That reference may have been a joke. I’m just wondering if you feel you might have jumped to conclusions here?

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Uncomfortable that he had been caught in his party’s charade, he did what Republicans always do when faced with their own guilt — switched the topic to Hillary Clinton:

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My involvement goes back three years and the sham investigation into what I believe was a crime by Secretary Clinton . . . By the way, another pretty important piece of information to come from the last batch of texts is that we now know that President Obama received a text or an email from Clinton–

At which point, the host rapidly cut in, saying,  “We don’t have the time to go back in history.”

Johnson knows he has been caught in a lie, which is why last night he walked back his claim that an inside source had told him about the “secret society,” changing his story to say he had learned of it from the text message.

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Now, he is struggling to keep this clear obfuscation tactic alive, while trying to salvage his Senatorial reputation.  However, he is finding that he can’t have his cake and eat it, too.

With their weak “I know you are, but what am I?” defense of the Criminal-in-Chief, Republicans are only inviting more shame upon their party, and more proof that they are obstructing justice.


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Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to Follow her on Twitter: @luciabrawley

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