Adam Schiff Busted, Fakes Evidence in Text Messages at January 6 Committee
Schiff used fake message to support his argument
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) seemed to have doctored evidence he cited in the recent hearing at the January 6 committee.
The same thing happened during Donald Trump's impeachment investigation in 2019.
History does indeed repeat itself.
As Breitbart reported, the committee was in the discussion of its motion to recommend that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over information which Trump has exerted executive privilege.
According to the Federalist, Schiff doctored text messages which he presented to the committee.
The outlet reported that Schiff altered the text, which created a false impression that he was quoting original text messages rather than fabrications.
Sean Davis reports:
During a hearing, Monday night on the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Adam Schiff claimed to have proof that a member of Congress texted former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, to instruct former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Not only did Schiff misrepresent the substance of the text message and its source, he even doctored original text messages, which were obtained and reviewed by The Federalist in their entirety.
One message which was doctored, 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.”
Schiff used the message to support his argument to compel Meadows to testify and hold him in contempt.
However, the original text message came from former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, who drafted legal arguments that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) forwarded to Meadows.
But Schiff left out the entire exchange, which read:
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).
Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all.
Schiff also omitted the portions in bold, referring to a legal basis for rejecting electors.
As Davis reported:
In his statement and on-screen graphic, Schiff erased the final two paragraphs and the final clause of the first paragraph of the text message before inserting punctuation that was never there, all without disclosing what he was doing. The graphic displayed by Schiff, which was doctored to look like an exact screenshot, was similarly doctored, as it contained content that was never in the original message and eliminated content that was.
In 2019, Schiff faked a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the opening hearing of the House Intelligence Committee investigation into President Trump.
When Schiff was caught out, he claimed he was acting out a “parody,” rather than creating a false public impression.
Schiff also faked a Trump quote to Zelenskyy in arguments before the Senate in Trump’s impeachment trial.