Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)appears to have been caught making an unsubstantiated claim that he had proof a member of Congress texted former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to Sean Davis of The Federalist.
According to the lawmaker, his fellow Congressman texted to instruct former Vice President Mike Pence to overthrow the reported results of the 2020 presidential election.
Davis’ report indicated that Schiff not only misrepresented what was in the text message and its source but he also doctored the original messages, which have reportedly been obtained by The Federalist to review, in their entirety.
“I want to display just a few of the message[s] he received from people in Congress,” Schiff said, referring to Meadows. “The committee is not naming these lawmakers at this time as our investigation is ongoing. If we could cue the first graphic.”
The Federalist published photos of the text messages between the congress members and Meadows as they were supposedly sent, according to Schiff, which he displayed on the screen.
“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 continued.
“You can see why this is so critical to ask Mr. Meadows about. About a lawmaker suggesting that the former vice president simply throw out votes that he unilaterally deems unconstitutional in order to overturn a presidential election and subvert the will of the American people.”
According to Davis, the full text, which was forwarded to Meadows from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio was much longer, and text was removed as well as punctuation added to give the impression that Jordan was directing Meadows.
In reality, the text was reportedly written by Washington attorney and former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz and included a link to a lengthy document that offered an opinion about Pence’s potential constitutional authority to make a decision about not accepting the 2020 election results as they were delivered.
Schmitz then texted to Jordan a three-paragraph summary of his Word document, which Schiff sliced and diced and then attributed to Jordan.