On December 15, the United States House Select Committee admitted that it had doctored a text message that was utilized by Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, in an attempt to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt.
Schiff manipulated at least one text message, cutting out important context and adding punctuation, changes he falsely implied were authorized by a Republican lawmaker.
Adam Schiff took a message that 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.”
And changed it to simply 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 addition, Schiff falsely claimed that the message was crafted by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
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