Conspiracy Theory

Senator Ron Johnson Lays Another Egg

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

You may have heard some scuttlebutt about another alleged conspiracy or scandal dredged up from the Obama administration, but that story has already more or less disappeared into the void.

The story, as Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) tells it, is that President Obama asked the FBI to brief him on every detail of their investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server. Ron Johnson's report cited a text FBI agent Peter Strzok sent that read “potus wants to know everything we are doing,” but it wasn't a reference to the email investigation.

In fact, the email investigation was already closed when Strzok sent that text message. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the text message was actually about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Associates of the FBI employees said it refers to preparation to brief Mr. Obama about Russian interference in that year’s election. Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), who released the text Wednesday as part of a 25-page report, said it raises questions about meddling by Mr. Obama in the federal Hillary Clinton email investigation, which wasn’t an active probe at that time. [...]

The associates of Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page said that exchange referred to the president’s wanting information on Russia election meddling, which the FBI was heavily involved in over that period. That exchange occurred just days before Mr. Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in China. Mr. Obama said in December 2016 that he had addressed the issue of tampering with the election process with Mr. Putin at that September meeting.

This is the second time in less than a month that reporters and mainstream publications have had egg land on their face because Ron Johnson said a thing and they took it at face value.

Ron Johnson also said there was some kind of "secret society" at the FBI dedicated to doing evil, or something.

In both cases, Johnson based his accusations on cherry-picked text messages plucked free of any context.

Stop listening to Ron Johnson.

  • fry1laurie

    Wisconsin’s choice, Johnson or Russ Feingold. They made their bed.

  • Badgerite

    What this actually shows, of course, is a president who was doing his homework before meeting with foreign leaders
    Unlike the current squatter in the White House.

  • Aynwrong

    Headline: Obama Wanted To Be Kept Updated Regarding The Attack That Was Being Waged Upon America.

    Conservative interpretation: THE DEEP STATE STRIKES AGAIN!!!

    Me: *sigh* https://media.giphy.com/media/IzIQmDRNegNGg/giphy.gif

    • ninjaf

      Gods forbid a leader be informed before meeting with an adversary. Wouldn’t want that to happen! Might get an appropriate response or something, should the issue come up.

  • muselet

    Stop listening to Ron Johnson.

    Words to live by.

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      Already did. Ages ago. I was certainly amused with his little’ will he vote this way, will he vote that way ‘ drama with respect to healthcare. Of course he was going to vote to gut the ACA. He is bought and paid for.
      There was just never any real doubt.