The Jan. 6 Committee admitted Wednesday that they doctored a text message between Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows which they presented as evidence against the two at a hearing.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his staff admittedly doctored a text from Jordan to Meadows, which they claimed was “evidence” that the two of conspired to force then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Schiff claimed he had proof a member of Congress, who he refused to name at the time, texted Meadows to make Pence overturn the election results, which he claimed ultimately led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
However, Schiff lied about the context of the text message, cutting out parts that gave substance to the context and adding punctuation to make it seem like Jordan himself was ordering Meadows and the Trump administration to overturn the results, according to a committee spokesman.
Schiff read the doctored text sent from Jordan to Meadows aloud to the committee at a Jan. 6 hearing on Monday.
“I want to display just a few of the messages [Meadows] received from people in Congress,” Schiff said.
“This one reads, ‘On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all,'” Schiff stated.
Schiff did not read the full, much longer version of text to the committee. He also added punctuation to the context-less message where it wasn’t, falsely attributing Jordan as the one who wrote the text message.
The text was really written by former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, who detailed his legal opinion behind why he believed Pence had the constitutional authority to reject certain electoral college votes.
Schmitz also sent a four-page attached document detailing his own legal opinion before sending a three-paragraph text to the congressman. Jordan then forwarded the text to Meadows.
Schmitz even published the document online the next day for the public to read, thus curtailing any argument that says Jordan illegally conspired with the Trump administration to overturn the election results.
“On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, should call out all the electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all — in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence,” Schmitz texted Jordan.
“‘No legislative act,’ wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78, ‘contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.’ The court in Hubbard v. Lowe reinforced this truth: ‘That an unconstitutional statute is not a law at all is a proposition no longer open to discussion.’ 226 F. 135, 137 (SDNY 1915), appeal dismissed, 242 U.S. 654 (1916),” Schmitz wrote.
He continued, “Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all.”
Schiff erased the last two paragraphs and the final section of the first paragraph. He added a period to the end of the first statement to make it seem finished, and never disclosed that he was reading a partial statement.
Schiff also presented a fake graphic to the committee to make it appear like an exact screen shot of the text, but it wasn’t.
According to people close with Jim Jordan, they were suspicious of the text because the congressman typically texts with one or two words rather than multiple paragraphs.
“If he texts at all, it’s usually something like ‘yes’ or ‘call me,'” one lawmaker told The Federalist.
The Jan. 6 committee has been scrutinized for its agenda-ridden anti-Trump appointees handpicked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Anti-Trump Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., were the only “Republicans” Pelosi appointed to the committee.
Mark Meadows filed a lawsuit against Pelosi and members of the committee last week citing that they did not have the authority to subpoena his personal phone records or issue political subpoenas directed at him.
Meadows claimed that he had executive privilege as a member of the Trump administration, which the committee refused to acknowledge. The committee moved to hold him in contempt after his refusal to honor their repeated political subpoenas.