Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday revealed a "jaw-dropping" 2017 text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok that the "odds are nothing" that collusion took place between the campaign of Donald Trump and Russia.
In an interview with Milwaukee conservative radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read verbatim the text between Strzok and Lisa Page, his mistress and FBI attorney, two days after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate collusion with Russia.
Strzok: "You and both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I'd be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there there."
Strzok was debating whether to join the special counsel, something he eventually did before getting the boot over his anti-President Trump messages with Page.
Strzok had been investigating collusion since the summer of 2016, months before Mueller's appointment.
"In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI assistant director of the counterintelligence division … is saying that in his gut sense, there's no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation," Johnson told Weber.
"Doesn't know that he really wants to join that because his gut sense is that there's no big there there," Johnson said.
"I think that's kind of jaw dropping."
Johnson said the Strzok-Page activities were emblematic of a deeper problem with the Department of Justice, making it imperative that the 5,000 missing texts are found.
"They're completely unguarded in their communication. So we're getting an insight into exactly what's happening inside the FBI at the highest levels," Johnson said.
"That's part of the corruption we're talking about within the high levels of the FBI, possibly the Department of Justice. It's just hard to tell," Johnson told Weber.
"These are hard partisans in these agencies and they're carrying out a political agenda, looks like to me."
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