Jim Jordan seems to be getting concerned about what the January 6th Committee is doing. He’s now making news appearances to accuse the Committee of ‘lying’ about the text message that he sent to Mark Meadows ahead of the January 6th coup attempt. He characterizes Adam Schiff as having ‘altered’ his text by presenting only a portion of it publicly — but the truth is, the full text is worse than the short form.
Jordan has been subpoenaed to speak to the January 6th Committee, having chosen not to give testimony when the request to do so was a mere polite invitation. He says that he hasn’t yet received the subpoena, and will make his decision after reading it. In the meantime, he’s trying to simultaneously discredit the investigation through accusations of lying and to distance himself from the text, which he emphasizes that he did not author, but merely forwarded to Trump’s Chief of Staff.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) claims Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) “altered” Jordan's texts to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows:
“They’re lying to people, all because … this animosity towards President Trump, who I think was the best president we have had, certainly in our lifetimes.” pic.twitter.com/onAPfypOoi
— The Recount (@therecount) May 16, 2022
Notice that Jordan tries to put a stigma on his colleagues for recording a conversation (presumably he’s talking about the Kevin McCarthy tapes, unless there are other recordings, perhaps of himself, that he knows about that aren’t public yet) in order to divert the focus away from the content of the recordings, and emphasizes that he only forwarded the message, rather than composing it himself.
As for what he’s calling ‘altering’ the text? This isn’t actually new information, and when CNN reported it, way back in December, they covered that the ‘alteration’ was truncation, cutting the text off to a more shareable length, and the accidental insertion of a period where none originally was.
If anything, this truncation made the text (which was publicly unattributed until Jordan claimed it) less damning — Schiff only shared that the text said “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” and not that it continued:
” — 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). Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all.”
The additional text and rationale only adds to the clear evidence of a major pressure campaign to for Pence to abdicate his sworn duty — and Jordan, making an active effort to distance himself from the text, seems to know it.
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