Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) confirmed on Wednesday that he was the GOP lawmaker who texted then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that Vice President Mike Pence “ought to name out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes in any respect” on Jan. 6.
On Wednesday evening, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) mentioned the information that Jordan despatched the textual content is additional proof that the staunch Trump loyalist is a “traitor to the Structure of the USA” who helps lead a “slow-moving coup.”
After the Jan. 6 Home choose committee earlier this week unveiled a bevy of bombshell texts despatched to Meadows from outstanding conservatives, Jordan ran to right-wing media to assert that the committee had “doctored” his message and offered an incomplete model of it, outing himself because the sender.
The graphic of the textual content that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) shared through the committee listening to learn: “On January 6, 2021, Vice President Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, ought to name out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes in any respect.”
This was solely a portion of your complete textual content that Jordan had forwarded to Meadows on Jan. 5. The whole message outlined a doubtful authorized idea, despatched to Jordan by D.C. lawyer Joseph Schmitz, arguing that Pence had the power to throw out electoral votes and refuse to certify the 2020 election. “Mr. Jordan forwarded the textual content to Mr. Meadows and Mr. Meadows definitely knew it was a ahead,” Jordan spokesperson Russell Dye mentioned in an announcement.
The Ohio lawmaker’s declare that the textual content was altered stems from a interval that was inadvertently added to the top of the sentence within the portion shared by the committee. “The Choose Committee is chargeable for and regrets the error,” a committee spokesperson said to NBC News.
Throughout an look Wednesday on MSNBC’s The Final Phrase with Lawrence O’Donnell, Gallego was requested by host Lawrence O’Donnell concerning the “unsurprising revelation” that it was Jordan “urging an unlawful act by the vp.”
“Yeah, I really feel like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca proper now,” Gallego quipped. “Completely not a shock.”
Having disbursed with the pop-culture references, the Arizona Democrat proceeded to tear into Jordan, one of many dozens of Home Republicans who voted to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.
“Jim Jordan is a traitor,” Gallego exclaimed. “He’s a traitor to the Structure of the USA, he has been a traitor to the Structure of the USA for fairly some time. And now now we have it in textual content. However we shouldn’t be shocked, and why is anyone shocked?”
Gallego continued: “We noticed it on the ground after they have been calling out, you realize, Arizona, for instance, the place that I characterize, and saying that there have been fraudulent votes, they usually made up lies on the Home ground. So how are we shocked proper now? How is anyone shocked by any of this, proper?”
He went on to say his “greatest challenge” wasn’t with Jordan however quite with “the truth that there are lots of people who should not taking this critical,” including that there’s “a slow-moving coup that’s occurring proper now throughout this nation that [is] led by the Jim Jordans, and you realize, different individuals.”
Gallego additionally expressed concern that as an alternative of “storming the Capitol,” a lot of election denialists are actually attempting to win state and county legislative seats “so they might really overturn the longer term election.”
“So the coup is ongoing. The traitors are nonetheless there, they usually’re going to proceed to attempt to destroy our Structure each alternative they’ve,” the Democratic lawmaker sighed.