The Federalist reports that Rep. Adam Schiff appears to have doctored evidence that he cited in Monday evening’s hearing of the January 6 committee, just as he infamously did during the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump in 2019.
According to The Federalist:
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 Schiff attributed to a Republican lawmaker and cited as an argument for holding Meadows in contempt, was doctored to 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 original message came from former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, who had drafted and summarized legal arguments that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) forwarded to Meadows. Schiff left out the full exchange, omitting the portions which referred to a legal basis for rejecting electors. As The Federalist notes:
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.
Schiff is an inveterate liar who has repeatedly faked evidence in investigations to convict political opponents. If anyone should be held in contempt and prosecuted, it’s Schiff.