Republican Congressman Jim Jordan Admits Sending Text Messages to Meadows

The office of Rep. Jim Jordan confirmed Wednesday that the Ohio Republican was among the legislators whose text messages to Mark Meadows, then-White House chief staff, were released by the congressional investigation committee into the attack on Capitol Hill Jan. 6.

This acknowledgement is two days after Meadows provided text messages to the panel, which were made public by the Jan.6 committee. Although the House committee found several text messages that GOP lawmakers had sent Meadows, they did not identify any.

Jordan’s office stated Wednesday that Monday’s message was just a forwarded text and was edited by the panel. Moreover, some smartphones do not state if a text message was forwarded.

“Mr. Jordan forwarded the text to Mr. Meadows and Mr. Meadows certainly knew it was a forward,” Jordan’s spokesman told NBC News.

A portion of the text message from Jordan to Meadows released by the Jan. 6 committee stated: “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.”

Jordan’s office said the truncated version distorted the meaning of the text with an unwittingly placed period. The Jan. 6 panel themselves admit to trimming the text messages before they were made available for public scrutiny.

“The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error,” a spokesman told NBC News earlier this week.

In its complete form, the text stated: “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 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.’”

Conservative lawyer Joseph Schmitz, a one-time national security adviser on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was responsible for getting the legal theory into Jordan’s hands before passing it along to Meadows.

Jordan has been a close ally to Meadows since their time together in Congress and as members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He is also a loyal Trump supporter and was among the Republican legislators who were tapped by Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), to serve on the Jan. 6 committee.

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