On Wednesday, the office of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) confirmed that he was one of the lawmakers who texted Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows regarding a scheme to subvert the January 6 certification of the Electoral College.
The January 6 Commission shared the text message as evidence to support a House Vote. Meadows to be held in contempt by Congress. Although the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack has been seeking more information about text messages to and from Meadows – including the message from Jordan – the former chief of staff has so far refused to testify about the messages, even though he was the one who provided the documents to the commission.
Jordan’s office has maintained that the message he sent to Meadows was a forwarded one, saying that Meadows “certainly knew” this was the case. But as NBC News reported, some smartphones don’t indicate if a sent message is a forward.
According to Meadows’ text, Jordan encouraged him to devise a plan to invalidate Electoral College voting results from states Biden won. He suggested that he use false claims of election fraud to do so.
“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,” Jordan’s text read. The text then quotes Hamilton’s commentary from Federalist 78, which says that “No legislative act contrary to the Constitution, can be valid.”
“Following this rationale, an unconstitutionally appointed elector, like an unconstitutionally enacted statute, is no elector at all,” the text from Jordan concluded.
There is no evidence that electors for the Electoral College were “unconstitutionally appointed” — and according to rules outlined in the constitution, the vice president of the United States doesn’t have the authority to invalidate electors.
Politico Nicholas Wu and Kyle Cheney, reporters who first reported that Jordan sent the message, said that the context was still unclear.
“Why did Jordan forward this analysis to Meadows? Did the former chief of staff request it? Or did Jordan send it unprompted?” the journalists asked.
Jordan’s involvement in the plan to overturn the election results is significant, especially because He was originally nominatedHouse Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R.California), to serve on the January 6, commission. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) rejected Jordan’s nomination On the ground that he was not trustworthy.
After being rejected by Pelosi, he was allowed to serve on the commission for a few days. Jordan acknowledged that he was in touch with TrumpA mob of Trump loyalists attacked Capitol building on the same day.
In light of the texts that the commission released this week — and the revelation that Jordan sent one of the messages — journalists are questioning the extent of McCarthy’s knowledge about Jordan’s involvement in the scheme to thwart the will of the American electorate.
“Does anyone still think Jim Jordan should have served on the Jan 6 committee? Did Kevin McCarthy know about Jordan’s activities to overthrow the election when he tried to put him on the committee investigating all this?” asked journalist Elizabeth Vargas.