Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) spent seven minutes on the House floor Tuesday disputing the contempt charges against Mark Meadows, whom he described as “a good man, and he is my friend.” Jordan was responding to the House Select Committee’s release of texts sent to Meadows on January 6th from Fox News anchors and others close to Trump as the riot raged throughout the Capitol.
But in his attempt to distract from the reason the body was assembled to vote, Jordan not only didn’t help his friend, but he also ended up incriminating himself.
Jordan’s office was forced to confirm on Wednesday that he is the sender of at least one text message to Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff that was partially revealed this week by the Select Committee and attributed only to “a lawmaker.”
NEW: Rep. Jim Jordan's office is confirming he sent this text (left) to Mark Meadows.
The Jan. 6 commitee revealed half of this longer message (right), which was a forwarded legal argument by former Pentagon IG Joseph Schmitz.https://t.co/iXTFU8Q0NThttps://t.co/iXTFU8Q0NT pic.twitter.com/HJZaRHj9lN
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 15, 2021
Here’s the full text: “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. ‘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).”
The Federalist is spreading a conspiracy that Adam Schiff “doctored texts” between Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan. This is false. But what else would you expect from Meghan McCain’s corrupt husband? Mark and Gym coordinated the J6 attack. Can’t argue with the evidence. Lock’em up.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) December 15, 2021
Jordan’s text does not make clear that it was a forward “from one attorney to another”, as Jordan is claiming, and the Committee has indicated that it would have questioned Meadows about the context of the text message had he appeared for a deposition.
You finally wore a jacket on the House floor to cover up all of the flop sweat, right? We know what you sent to Mark Meadows on January 6th, so I hope you enjoy the singular freedom of short sleeves in prison, Texty McTexter #GymJordan #TrumpCoupAttempt https://t.co/Jur7JHJN9O
— Tara Dublin (Taylor's Version) (@taradublinrocks) December 15, 2021
Jordan is just one of eleven Republican members of the House whose phone and social media records have been subpoenaed by the Select Committee, so it’s anticipated that the public will see the release of more incriminating messages and posts on and around January 6th.
BREAKING – 11 House Republicans’ phone and social media records subpoenaed by January 6 committee:
Marjorie Taylor Greene
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) December 15, 2021