Adam Schiff (D-CA) has a long history of spinning wild narratives and bending the evidence to meet his conspiracy theories. That was most noticeable during Donald Trump’s first impeachment, in which Schiff lied during a hearing about the contents of the now-famous phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s president. The California Democrat was also caught pushing fake, Donald Trump Jr. emails during the Russian collusion farce.
But despite a total lack of credibility given his repeated actions, Schiff has never suffered any consequences. And what does a bad person do when they continually get away with doing bad things? They continue to do bad things. Thus, you get Schiff, during a January 6th Committee hearing yesterday, doctoring a text between Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan to push a false narrative.
Schiff didn’t doctor the text message, you guys. He only fabricated a screenshot that didn’t exist, deleted half a sentence, added punctuation where there was none, deleted two paragraphs, and had no clue it wasn’t even written by Jordan. https://t.co/xsW4GNft92
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 15, 2021
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.
You can see the actual images of the fabricated text at The Federalist, but here’s a description of how they differed significantly from the real one. Schiff and his staff did quite a number on it.
Not only did Schiff lie about the substance of the text message and its source, he even doctored the message and graphic that he displayed on screen during his statement.
The full text message, which was forwarded to Meadows from Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on the evening of Monday, Jan. 5, was significantly longer than what Schiff read and put on screen, but Schiff erased significant portions of the text and added punctuation where there was none to give the impression that Jordan himself was tersely directing Meadows to give orders to Pence on how to handle the electoral vote certification.
This is where Schiff’s imbecility gets exposed. In the rush to doctor the text in order to push his false narrative, he missed the fact that the message in the text wasn’t actually from Jordan. Instead, it was actually a forward from a man named Joseph Schmitz who was trying to make a legal argument about the certification of the election.
Whether you agree with that legal argument or not regarding the certification of the election (you can read it here), Jordan was passing the information along to get Meadows’ reaction. They were not, in fact, hatching a plan to overthrow the election — as Schiff tried to insinuate with his false framing and doctoring of the text.
In short, Schiff was not only caught red-handed lying about the contents of the “bombshell” text message, but he couldn’t even manage to attribute it to the proper person.
Yet, nothing will ever happen to him because Schiff is corrupt in ways that all sides in Washington approve of. Namely, he weaponizes the investigative power of Congress to punish his political enemies. Now, if he shared a meme or told a joke about Ilhan Omar, then he’d really be in trouble. As it stands, I’d guess Republicans do absolutely nothing to Schiff when they regain power next year, and that’s a crying shame.