CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tore into Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal Overnight Defense: Senate panel delays Iraq war powers repeal | Study IDs Fort Hood as least-safe base for female soldiers | Pentagon loosens some COVID-19 restrictions MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday, accusing him of promoting "conspiracies" related to newly released text message between FBI employees.

Johnson released a report Tuesday that included the exchange between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page, arguing that the texts raised questions about President Obama's involvement in the investigation into Clinton's email use.

However, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the text messages exchanged between two FBI employees stating that then-President Obama wanted “to know everything” referred to the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, not a probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Cooper on Wednesday night went off on Johnson for "sounding the alarm" on the FBI texts and calling it evidence of bias in the Justice Department investigation in January. 

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"Cue the conspiracy theories, cue the hyperbole," Cooper said, referring to President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE's tweet on Wednesday that the new texts are "bombshells." 

"This is the second time Sen. Johnson has made a claim alleging some conspiracy based on these text messages only for it to turn out to be either not true or not in context," the host said, referencing claims by Johnson in January that the text messages proved the existence of an anti-Trump "secret society." 

Johnson is one of a number of GOP lawmakers to have expressed concern that the Strzok and Page messages reveal a political bias against the president within the top levels of the government.

 

 

Trump and congressional Republicans have pointed to anti-Trump texts between Strzok and Page, who both served on the special counsel's Russia probe, as evidence that the FBI was politically motivated against the president in opening an investigation into Russian election meddling looking into his campaign. 

Strzok was removed from the probe last summer after the Justice Department became aware of the text messages.