Sen. Ron Johnson Looks Ridiculous Buying into ‘Secret Society’ Nonsense

US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), left and US Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.)


One could excuse US Sen. Ron Johnson running with the nonsensical, conspiracy theory that the there’s a “secret society” within the FBI out to get the president if he was just another Republican drinking the Fox News Kool-Aid. But in addition to looking like a fool now that the comment is being dismissed as a joke between two people on email, Johnson has managed to disparage the nation’s top investigatory agency.

The whole “secret society” thing started with another conservative hump, US Rep. Trey Gowdy, telling Fox News about a one-off text between two romantically involved FBI agents that mentioned the phrase.



Johnson took it and ran.



The consensus now is that the phrase was used in jest and wasn’t referring to some super-secret body with the FBI that gives credence to the conspiracy theory that there is some sort of deep state dedicated to bringing down President Trump.

To make things worse, Johnson claimed to have a “source” within the FBI that told him about the secret society. It’s now all on him to explain that one.



In the bigger picture, it’s troubling that a United States senator is willing to easily impugn the reputation of the FBI with so little as a single email reference as proof. It’s all part of a bigger effort to attack the integrity of the investigatory body looking into a Russian attack on our democracy—chip away at the credibility of the FBI so when the Mueller team reports out wrongdoing by the Trump campaign, transition and White House, it will be less likely to be believed.

But why would Sen. Johnson put his own reputation at risk by so easily buying into the “secret society” canard? He either isn’t all that bright, owes something to Trump or is simply consumed by the anti-Mueller fever whipped up by the likes of Fox News, the laughable Sean Hannity and the shrill, shrieking Mark Levin.

Johnson would do well to come and say he was just wrong—that an off-handed, throw-away reference to a “secret society” is not indicative of a bigger conspiracy. One would think that does without saying. However in today’s Washington, nothing goes without saying.