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December 18, 2021

Jan. 6 Committee Admits to Altering Text Messages [Video]

The committee investigating January 6 admitted to altering a text message between former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan, omitting relevant context about how they wanted then-Vice President Mike Pence to handle electoral votes.

The doctored text message. Credit: The Federalist

A spokesperson for the committee said that the graphics Rep. Adam Schiff showed during a hearing on Monday evening about newly obtained correspondence between top Trump officials had been doctored to support the view that Meadows wanted Pence to overturn the election results.

“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 spokesperson wrote in an email to The Federalist, who first broke the story.

“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 spokesperson admitted. “The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error.”

The committee altered the message to include closing punctuation, making it look as though it was the entire message.

Also, the committee’s graphic attributed the message to a “lawmaker,” but the full message was a summary of a legal briefing Jordan forwarded from lawyer Joseph Schmitz to Meadows.

The committee’s spokesperson provided the full paragraph “in the interests of transparency.”

“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,” Schmitz’s original text read. “‘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 Federalist reported that many lawmakers they spoke to mocked Schiff for using an obviously altered text, saying “anyone even remotely familiar with Jordan would know that he was forwarding an analysis without comment.”

“That’s just not Jim’s style,” one lawmaker told the outlet. “Long, nerdy paragraphs might be my style, but that’s not Jim’s style at all.”

Another laughed when asked if Jordan would ever write out such a lengthy message.

“If he texts at all, it’s usually something like ‘yes’ or ‘call me,'” the colleague said.



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BREAKING: January 6 Committee Admits It Doctored Text Message Between Meadows and Jordan

December 11, 2021

House Passes Trump-inspired Bill to Limit Presidential Power

The House passed a sweeping legislative package to limit presidential power, which Democrats designed in response to former President Donald Trump’s time in the White House.

The so-called Protecting Our Democracy Act passed by a vote of 220-208, with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) as the only Republican to vote in favor.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the bill’s chief author who led the first impeachment inquiry against Trump in 2019, said, “the need for stronger guardrails is greater than ever.”

“Although the Trump presidency demonstrated the need for wholesale reinforcement of our democratic institutions, the Protecting our Democracy Act is less about the past than it is about the future,” Schiff said.

The comprehensive legislation, in part, would require the Justice Department to inform Congress about any presidential pardon or communication in cases involving a president or their relatives. It would also do away with the statute of limitations on any federal crime committed by a sitting president or vice president.

House Republicans criticized the package, arguing that it “diminishes the power of the executive branch.”

“After nearly a year in power, it’s time for Democrats to actually start governing and abandon their obsession with Donald Trump,” Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said.


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House Approves Post-Trump Curbs on Presidential Power

September 10, 2021

Democrats malign Amazon for promoting COVID misinformation

Congressional Democrats are going after Amazon for its algorithms promoting hoax COVID-19 cures, anti-vaccination claims, and other misinformation.

“Amazon is directly profiting from the sensationalism of anti-vaccine misinformation, while these conspiracy theories continue to directly contribute to COVID-19 deaths,” Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) wrote in a letter to CEO Andy Jassy.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) said the company is “either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of falsehoods or the sale of inappropriate products.”

Warren said her staff conducted searches on Amazon for “COVID-19” and “vaccine.” The top result was a book authored by a physician who promotes long-debunked claims about vaccines.

“Collectively, this is an astonishing sample of misinformation that appeared in only a few potential searches relating to COVID-19,” Warren wrote.

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Democrats Slam Amazon For Promoting False COVID Cures And Anti-Vaccine Claims

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