This is unacceptable.
The House Select Committee on the January 6th attack admitted to altering a text on Wednesday (December 15th).
According to The Federalist, the text in question had been forwarded to former White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Originally sent by attorney Joseph Schmitz to Jordan, the text contained a legal summary of a four-page legal memo written by Schmitz concerning the congressional certification of the 2020 presidential electoral vote count. Jordan then forwarded the text to Meadows.
A spokesperson for the Select Committee acknowledged that the text had been edited. The Federalist reported that it was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) and his staff who edited the text, adding a period that cut the sentence in half and eliminated the rest of Schmitz’s legal argument.
The spokesman wrote that the Select Committee had created and provided Representative Schiff with a graphic he could use during a meeting that quoted the text sent to Meadows.
“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.’”
The spokesman went on to say that the panel was responsible for and regretted the error.
Yet, the committee still has to explain why the text was attributed to Jordan, while it was written by Schmitz and sent to Jordan on January 5th.
Jordan writes, “Good luck tomorrow!” before including a four-page legal memo. Schmitz replies with a three-paragraph summary of the memo, which Schiff would edit and attribute to Jordan.
When asked, several lawmakers agreed that the text in question wasn’t Jordan’s writing style, saying that the thought Jordan would write a long-winded legal summary was “absurd.” And that if he texted at all, it was usually concise responses.