‘Reminder’: Jan. 6 panel ‘has altered evidence and lied about it’

By Art Moore

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., during the House Jan. 6 committee hearing June 13, 2022. (Video screenshot)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., during the House Jan. 6 committee hearing June 13, 2022. (Video screenshot)

U.S. Rep Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, reminded Americans on Sunday that the House select Jan. 6 committee from which he was barred from serving has altered evidence, vowing to hold members accountable.

Jordan apparently was referring to to an altered text message exchange he had with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

But others have pointed out many other examples of the committee’s selective editing and omissions to fit the charge that Donald Trump orchestrated a violent “insurrection” that somehow would keep him in office.

“I want to see all the depositions,” Jordan told Maria Bartiromo on the Fox News show “Sunday Futures.” “I want to see all the documents.”

Jordan noted that the ranking member of the Committee, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Il., has already sent a preservation letter to the January 6 panel so “the American people can get the full story, not just this one-sided, choreographed presentation we got — excuse me — we got the other night.”

His reference was to the primetime hearing Thursday night that was produced by a former ABC News producer.

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Jordan recalled that Nancy Pelosi rejected his nomination and the nomination of Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., to the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Pelosi said she rejected the nominations “with respect for the integrity of the investigation,” claiming their “statements and actions” and the “unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

Jordan agreed that the decision was unprecedented but insisted that that fact made it illegitimate.

“Never in the history of this country, in the history of the House of Representatives, has a minority leader not been able to put on a select committee that individuals he or she has selected,” he said Sunday.

Jordan said the committee “has altered evidence and lied to the American people about it, so much so that they had to issue a statement which says, we regret the error, which is government-speak for, we got caught lying.”

“So that’s what this committee is about,” he said. “I think the country sees it for what it is, a partisan political activity.”

Last December, the Jan. 6 committee admitted it altered a text message between Jordan and Meadows that changed the context, excluding the fact that the two wanted then-Vice President Mike Pence to handle electoral votes.

See the interview:

Independent investigative journalist Julie Kelly, who has reported extensively on Jan. 6, pointed to testimony Thursday night that omitted evidence regarding Ray Epps, the figure seen in many videos orchestrating the breach of the Capitol who, nevertheless, has not been indicted by the Justice Department.

The Jan. 6 committee, claiming the Proud Boys group was part of a grand conspiracy directed by Donald Trump, featured the testimony of Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards on Thursday night.

Edwards mentioned video showing a Pennsylvania man, Ryan Samsel, whispering in the ear of Proud Boys member Joe Biggs before the first breach of the Capitol perimeter.

But missing in her testimony is the fact that there is video evidence showing Epps whispered into the ear of Samsel immediately before Samsel whispered in Biggs’ ear. Another video shows Epps, the night before, urging Trump supporters to break in to the Capitol the next day while people around him chant “fed, fed, fed.”

Revolver News has reported evidence that FBI informants and Antifa operatives turned a peaceful Jan. 6 rally into a riot, spotlighting the role of Epps. In a follow-up report, Revolver News presented evidence, backed by videos and images, that there were others who worked in tandem with Epps to orchestrate the break-in.

The New York Times reported last September that a member of the Proud Boys who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 was an FBI informant. The paper reported that the informant – who texted his bureau handler during the riot – insisted the Proud Boys had no advanced plan to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification.

The FBI said in August it had not found evidence that Jan. 6 was the result of an organized plot to overturn the election, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.

Kelly is among many who have pointed out that despite the repeated claims that the event was an “armed insurrection” of “white supremacists,” not one person has been charged with carrying or using a firearm inside the Capitol building. The only person who used a firearm inside the Capitol, she noted, was the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed an unarmed female veteran, Ashley Babbitt.

See the clip of Edwards’ testimony:

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