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REVEALED: Vladimir Putin ‘beefcake’ calendars spawned FBI ‘secret society’ conspiracy theory

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, shirtless, feeding a horse. Image via Kremlin archives.

Republicans frenziedly touted their discovery of a Justice Department “secret society” as discussed via text message by FBI agents — but it looks like they might have been trolled.

A source familiar with the exchange between FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok told the Huffington Post that in their single-text discussion of a “secret society,” the “calendars” they mentioned were gag gifts that featured “beefcake” photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin doing macho things like riding horses.

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“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing,” Page texted Strzok the day after the 2016 election. “Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.”

“As a joke, Strzok had purchased calendars featuring ‘beefcake’ photos of Vladimir Putin doing manly, tough-guy things like riding a horse,” HuffPost reported.


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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loathe to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.

Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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‘Whiny kid’ Trump’s tantrums over election loss getting ignored by Pennsylvania swing county voters

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President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are being met with shrugs in a key Pennsylvania swing county that helped deliver the state to President-elect Joe Biden this year.

The New York Times reports that many Biden voters in Bucks County say they aren't worried about Trump's frantic efforts to get hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania votes tossed out.

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