Ron Johnson on Missing Texts, Secret Meetings: We're Going to Start Investigating the FBI
Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson said Wednesday lawmakers will start to "investigate the FBI," including alleged secret offsite meetings and missing text messages between two romantically involved officials.
The Justice Department admitted to lawmakers Friday that it did not preserve any texts between top counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page sent between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017.
Some Republicans have said previously-released text messages between the two show a clear anti-Trump bias.
Johnson (R-Wisc.) also said there were "a group of individuals within the FBI that were holding secret offsite meetings."
"Strzok and Page were very high-level within the FBI. ... These are people at the top of the FBI," said Johnson, declining to give any indication on where the information about the meetings came from.
"We protect our sources," Johnson told Bill Hemmer on "America's Newsroom," adding that government whistleblowers fear retaliation, "particularly from the FBI."
Johnson said he will push the Justice Department to "aggressively" pursue the missing text messages between Strzok and Page, including possibly going to cell phone carriers.
He said the messages between Strzok and Page - including a reference to a secret society - point to an "impunity" and perhaps a belief on their part that no one would find out.
"They're the FBI, nobody is ever going to investigate them. Well sorry, we are going to start investigating them," said Johnson.
Watch the interview above.