In a Fox News interview on Tuesday evening, Sen. Ron Johnson told Bret Baier that special counsel Robert Mueller is not qualified to investigate the apparent misconduct among FBI employees revealed in text messages released this week.
Baier asked Johnson about text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI agents who were ultimately removed from the ongoing investigation into whether Donald Trump and his campaign associates colluded with Russian officials to sway the 2016 election. Officials discovered anti-Trump texts between the two, who were allegedly having an affair with one another.
From several messages, it appears that former attorney general Loretta Lynch knew Hillary Clinton would not face charges for illegally using a private, unsecured e-mail server for official government business during her tenure as secretary of State. And it appears Lynch may have known Clinton would not face these charges even before the FBI interviewed the then-presidential candidate.
This is about “corruption at the highest levels of the FBI,” Johnson said.
“And that ‘secret society’?” Johnson said, in reference to messages between Strzok and Page intimating individuals within the government agency were part of an anti-Trump conspiracy. “We have an informant that’s talking about a group that were holding secret meetings off site. There’s so much smoke here, there’s so much suspicion. . .”
“Wait, let’s stop there,” Baier interjected. “A secret society? Secret meetings off-site of the Justice Department? You have an informant saying that?”
“Yes,” Johnson confirmed.
“This is not a distraction,” he continued. “This is bias, potentially corruption at the highest levels of the FBI.”
“By the way, Robert Mueller used to run the FBI,” Johnson said. “He is in no position to do an investigation over this kind of misconduct. I think at this point in time we probably should be looking at a special counsel to undertake this investigation, but Congress is going to have to dig.”