“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society,” Page texted Strzok, who was later removed from his post on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election meddling after it was revealed he’d texted partisan opinions critical of President Donald Trump.
Over the last few days, Republicans have touted the Page text as “evidence” of a clandestine group within the DOJ, though they’ve admitted their investigation is still in its early stages when reporters push back. The claim appears to have first been made by Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) on Fox News Monday night, and has since been echoed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). The latter walked his claim back earlier on Wednesday after saying he had an “informant” who provided intel on the secret society.