These were forces aligning against an anti-establishment president who was just annoying enough to ask the wrong questions and strip this society of their secret powers. "We fully intend to get the 'missing" Strzok and Page documents.
Lawmakers said they were shocked at the incomplete record-keeping.
And if Strzok thought that starting a "secret society" was feasible, he must have had some idea who'd be willing to join it.
On the day after the election, FBI official Peter Strzok and senior FBI lawyer Lisa Page, his paramour, discussed how they could undo the damage they did in the Clinton investigation, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) revealed on Fox News Tuesday morning.
"You and I both know the odds are nothing", Strzok wrote to Page about Mueller's upcoming investigation into ties between Russian Federation and Trump's Republican presidential campaign. The text messages between agents Peter Strozk and Lisa Page are instructive for several reasons.
"You and I both know the odds are nothing", Strzok said in a text to Page on May 19, 2017. "But Fox News is told that the glitch affected the phones of "nearly" 10 percent of the FBI's 35,000 employees".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that his office intends to "use every technology available" to recover the missing.
"Bias is one thing, but acting on bias is another", Ratcliffe said.
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The FBI is reportedly working to restore the lost data and to track down the devices that were used.
There is more than a little reason to believe this thinking extended beyond Strzok and Page. "And I can tell you, Dana, having gone through all of these text messages, there's more than just bias".
Johnson said on the show that he thinks the text is "shocking". "I promise you, I would tell you if you should", she wrote.
Where is this White House in all of this? A reference to a real anti-Trump secret society? Why would patriotic elected officials thwart a probe of what we now know was a sustained attack on our democratic system by a foreign adversary? Is that person simply disgruntled?
The FBI and Justice are trying so hard to hide the facts here, I can only come up with one theory for why they seem willing to die on this hill: That the wrongdoing they desperately don't want exposed is that of none other than Barack Obama. "A secret society? Secret meetings off-site of the Justice Department?"
Missing from the huge trove of documents were around five months' worth of correspondence - or roughly 50,000 texts - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation said were not captured in their system due to an error on the Samsung 5 phones the Federal Bureau of Investigation had provided their agents with.
"But the key information, Martha, is that on December 13 of 2017 we had Mr. [Michael] Horowitz, the inspector general for [the Department of Justice], actually send a letter to Senator Ron Johnson saying that they had these text messages all the way through the month of June".