Rep. Jim Jordan’s office confirmed Wednesday that the Ohio Republican was one of the lawmakers whose text messages to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were released this week by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The acknowledgment comes two days after the Jan. 6 committee made public numerous documents, including text messages, provided to the panel by Meadows. The House committee revealed several text messages sent to Meadows by GOP lawmakers but did not name any of them.
Jordan’s office said Wednesday that the message cited by the panel on Monday was a forwarded text and that it was truncated by the committee.
“Mr. Jordan forwarded the text to Mr. Meadows and Mr. Meadows certainly knew it was a forward,” Jordan’s spokesman told NBC News on Wednesday.
Some smartphones do not specify that a text message has been forwarded.
The text message from Jordan to Meadows released by the committee on Monday read: “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 shortened version misrepresented the content of the text with an “inadvertently” placed period.
The Jan. 6 committee acknowledged trimming the text before making it public.
“The Select Committee is responsible for and regrets the error,” a spokesman told NBC News on Wednesday.