A Democrat spokesman for the House Jan. 6 committee admitted that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his staff altered text messages being used in issuing subpoenas and holding people in contempt of Congress.
Specifically, text messages between Rep. Jim Jordan and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were reportedly “inadvertently” doctored by Schiff and his staff. The House select committee which is purportedly investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol voted earlier this week to recommend Meadows be held in contempt for failing to comply with its subpoena.
Schiff, who has notoriously been untruthful in his relentless pursuit of all things related to former President Donald Trump – from the Ukraine whistleblower to the Steele dossier in impeachments – reportedly cut out and misrepresented parts of a legal summary in the committee’s case against Meadows, according to The Federalist.
“The Select Committee on Monday created and provided Representative Schiff a graphic to use during the business meeting quoting from a text message from ‘a lawmaker’ to Mr. Meadows,” a Democrat spokesman said in a statement via email to The Federalist,
“The graphic read, ‘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,’” he wrote.
“In the graphic, the period at the end of that sentence was added inadvertently,” the spokesman added. “The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error.”
An attachment of a four-page draft document was included in that Jan. 5 text to Jordan and was reportedly written by Washington attorney and former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, according to The Federalist.
Although the draft document was published at the website everylegal.vote, Schiff altered portions during the committee hearing.
The Federalist noted:
In his statement, Schiff erased the final two paragraphs and the final clause of the first paragraph of the text message before inserting punctuation that was never there, all without disclosing what he was doing. The graphic displayed by Schiff, which was doctored to look like an exact screenshot, was similarly doctored, as it contained content that was never in the original message and eliminated content that was.
One lawmaker reportedly laughed when asked by The Federalist about Jordan writing out a legal analysis.
“If he texts at all, it’s usually something like ‘yes’ or ‘call me,’” the lawmaker said.
“The idea that Jordan would sit down and punch out a long-winded legal argument via text is absurd,” another person close to Jordan said. “That’s just not how he works.”
“That’s just not Jim’s style,” another lawmaker told the outlet when contacted about the alleged text. “Long, nerdy paragraphs might be my style, but that’s not Jim’s style at all.”
“Plus, you have to remember what was going on at that time,” the lawmaker added. “People were sending around these law review articles and debates left and right because we had an interest in learning the facts and getting them right. And if it’s somehow seditious in this country to debate or share a law review article on Alexander Hamilton’s view on things, that’s not really a country I want to be a part of anymore.”
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