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Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has confirmed that he sent texts to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows giving, what he believed, was the legal case for Vice President Mike Pence to not certify the election of President Joe Biden.
The text was a three-paragraph summary of the much longer legal argument that was sent to Jordan by attorney Joseph Schmitz. The representative then forwarded that argument to Meadows, The Daily Mail reported.
“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 – in accordance with guidance from founding father Alexander Hamilton and judicial precedence,” Schmitz’s text to Rep. Jordan said.
“’No legislative act,’ wrote Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 78, ‘contrary to the Constitution, can be valid,’” it said.
“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).
“Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all,” it said.
A spokesman for Jordan confirmed, “Mr. Jordan forwarded the text to Mr. Meadows, and Mr. Meadows certainly knew it was a forward.”
But word twister and perennial propagandist, Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, did not exactly read the etxt the way it was.
The Federalist reported.
Following reporting by The Federalist that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his staff doctored a text message between Rep. Jim Jordan and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the House Jan. 6 committee admitted over email that it did, in fact, doctor the text message.
As The Federalist reported on Wednesday morning, on Jan. 5, 2021, Jordan forwarded to Meadows a three-paragraph legal summary from attorney Joseph Schmitz, summarizing a four-page legal memorandum Schmitz had written regarding congressional certification of the 2020 presidential electoral vote count.
In an emailed statement to the outlet, a Democrat spokesman for the Jan. 6 committee admitted that, yes, the committee doctored the text message.
“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,” the spokesman wrote. “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.’”
“In the graphic, the period at the end of that sentence was added inadvertently,” the spokesman acknowledged. “The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error.”
The spokesman didn’t go into details about how it was possible to “inadvertently” cut a sentence in half then go on to eliminate the last two paragraphs of a detailed legal summary. Also, the spokesman did not “explain why Schiff attributed the content of the text to Jordan, ‘a lawmaker,’ rather than to Schmitz, the attorney who wrote it,” The Federalist continued.
“We shouldn’t be surprised given his actions over the past 5 years and given how my emails magically had their dates changed, but he will continue to do this till someone steps up & says enough!” Donald Trump Jr. said.
We shouldn’t be surprised given his actions over the past 5 years and given how my emails magically had their dates changed, but he will continue to do this till someone steps up & says enough!
Schiff Doctored J6 Texts Between Mark Meadows & Jim Jordan https://t.co/PIHl5LASfK
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2021
“Adam Schiff and his staff doctored a text message between @Jim_Jordan and @MarkMeadows. Expect a lot more of this. Schiff and the contemptible Jan6 committee will twist and smear the narrative every chance they get, Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs said.
Adam Schiff and his staff doctored a text message between @Jim_Jordan and @MarkMeadows.
Expect a lot more of this. Schiff and the contemptible Jan6 committee will twist and smear the narrative every chance they get. https://t.co/0CTVo61yqx
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 15, 2021
On Tuesday, Meadows was found to be in contempt of Congress by a vote of 222-208.