The Deep State’s war against President Donald Trump has started to unravel — and Tuesday’s bombshell reveal could destroy special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election once and for all.
There exists a “secret society” of anti-Trump agents within the FBI that gather together in secret, offsite meetings to plot their so-called “resistance” against the White House.
This isn’t a fringe conspiracy theory. This claim is straight from the mouth of Minnesota Sen. Ron Johnson, the Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman.
Johnson told Fox News’ “Special Report” on Tuesday about a “secret society” of anti-Trump FBI agents that have clandestine, unofficial meetings to coordinate and undermine the very White House they’ve been tasked with investigating.
The information begs the question: Is the group linked to the disappearance of the 50,000 text messages between FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who had spoken about the “secret society” in the past? The Justice Department admitted to conservative lawmakers Thursday that it inexplicably lost all the texts sent between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 by the two disgraced, outspokenly anti-Trump agents.
FBI leadership has blamed a cellular phone company for the missing texts, and claimed the Samsung 5 mobile phones it provided to employees “did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities.”
Johnson and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley demanded Tuesday that the Justice Department reconcile the lost data immediately. “This is all about making sure that whatever information’s out there is preserved and that eventually, the American people understand exactly what happened inside the highest levels of the FBI,” Johnson told Fox News. The senator added, “I’m suspicious.”
In response to the growing scandal — which has been called “bigger than Watergate” by experts — FBI Director Christopher Wray announced major changes to his senior leadership team Friday.
Officials said Tuesday that Wray, who started the job in August, is replacing two senior officials who were promoted into their roles by his predecessor James Comey. Such changes are not unusual when a new director takes change, but they are notable amid the growing anti-Trump scandal.
Trump has put significant public pressure on Wray to get rid of officials who were confidantes of Comey, who was fired by the president in May.
The Justice Department confirmed that Dana Boente, the outgoing U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia who has also been acting as head of the department’s national security division, will become the FBI’s general counsel. He replaces James A. Baker, an ally of Comey’s who was reassigned in December.
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Wray also claimed his chief of staff, Jim Rybicki, notified him last month of his decision to take a job in the private sector. Zachary Harmon, a former Justice Department official who also worked with Wray in private practice, will be taking Rybicki’s place.
Wray, a Trump nominee, has faced relentless criticism from Republicans over perceived political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election, as well as in the handling a year earlier of an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, which ended without criminal charges.
Trump has been especially critical of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who plans to retire from the bureau in March. McCabe’s supervision of the Clinton’s email investigation came under scrutiny because his wife’s Virginia Senate campaign received contributions from Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe’s political action committee.
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The president fumed again Tuesday over the scandal —
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
— Stephen Dietrich, the Associate Publisher of The Horn News, and The Associated Press contributed to this article.