A few days ago, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent shock waves through the conservative media when he said that an “informant” had told him that there was a “secret society” within the FBI meeting “off-site.”
“The secret society — we have an informant talking about a group holding secret meetings off-site,” Johnson told Fox News. “There’s so much smoke here, there’s so much suspicions.”
Johnson’s comments were clearly derived from a single text message sent by an FBI agent who wasn’t a fan of Trump prior to last year’s election.
However, after ABC News released a longer version of that text (something lawmakers have been refusing to do) it seems rather obvious the “secret society” comment was meant as a joke — not a sign of an actual “secret society” of U.S. intelligence officials.
Johnson has since walked back his comments. Though with the “secret society” nonsense already being heavily spread to tens of millions of conservatives, the damage has clearly already been done. If history is any indicator, the vast majority of them are going to believe it as some sort of truth that the “liberal mainstream media” wants to keep suppressed.
This is just my opinion based on what I’ve heard, what I know about this “president,” and what I feel as someone who analyzes politics, but I can almost guarantee Jonson’s “informant” (if there even was one) is someone sent by Trump or his “team.”
Donald J. Trump almost certainly posed as his own publicist to brag about himself, and has a long history of “leaking” information while trying to manipulate the media. He’s also someone who was once busted setting up a fake anti-gambling organization that used blatantly racist rhetoric against Native Americans trying to prevent the tribe from building a competing casino.
In other words, there’s really no level to which Trump won’t stoop if he feels doing something will benefit his personal agenda.
Including calling a Gold Star widow a liar — multiple times.
So when I first heard that Sen. Johnson said he had an “informant” telling him that concerns of a “secret society” were true, the first thing that went through my mind was, “This is either total b.s. or Trump’s sent someone to spread this nonsense.”
If there were actually a secret society of FBI or U.S. intelligence agents meeting at some off-site location, I highly doubt these professional intelligence experts would be talking about it through text messages they know could be hacked or used against them while literally calling it a “secret society.”
I’m sorry, but life doesn’t typically tend to be a crime novel geared toward a teenage audience.
Furthermore, the fact that Johnson’s supposed “informant” seems to have used the words “secret society” definitely raises red flags. It’s amazing that this “informant” would use the exact same language used in a text we now know was almost certainly a joke; unless, of course, they were just some idiot trying to spread propaganda by using those exact words as a way to make it seem more plausible that this “secret society” did, in fact, exist.
In my opinion, that’s classic Trump. A man who’s fired the head of the FBI for not giving into his pressure to end a federal investigation into his former national security advisor, has frequently suggested he’s recorded conversations with people as a way to try to bully them into not talking publicly about something he doesn’t want people knowing, and has proven that he’s willing to say or do practically anything to save his own backside.
I also feel it’s important to point out that, unlike credible journalists, Johnson apparently made absolutely no effort to back up the accusations made by this supposed “informant.”
What credible journalists typically do is confirm stories from multiple sources they know are reliable and have given them accurate inside information in the past. You’re not going to see major stories broken based on some random “informant” contacting a reporter with information they can’t either prove or verify through other sources.
Based on what I’ve heard from Johnson, he didn’t make any attempt to vet the credibility of this “informant” or what they supposedly told him. All he did was hear something he felt would benefit his party’s agenda, then went out and gave interviews presenting this information as “credible” because he knew it would be warmly accepted as truth by a conservative audience eager to exercise their pitchforks and torches.
That’s not only reckless and extremely irresponsible, it’s flat-out dangerous.
This wasn’t a buffoon like Sean Hannity spreading more lies and conspiracies on Fox News, this was a United States senator suggesting that he has “proof” that a “secret society” does, in fact, exist within the FBI.
Months ago I warned people that I believed Trump would try to put out disinformation in the form of “sources” hoping to disseminate the lies he felt would be most convenient, or try to trap media entities he doesn’t like into reporting blatantly false information to hurt their credibility.
Nevertheless, I have absolutely no doubt that either Sen. Johnson’s informant never existed (which, if true, means that he needs to be investigated), or it was someone sent by Trump hoping to help this administration and the GOP push conspiracies against Robert Mueller and the FBI as part of their continuing effort to undermine their credibility.
Though I’d like to know what everyone thinks, so be sure to leave a comment and let us know!