After the Democratic managers of the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump used as an argument a selectively edited video of the riots that took place on Jan. 6, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) questioned whether its content did not violate the rules stipulated by the House.
The video in question presented on Feb. 9 by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) contains several carefully selected and edited excerpts from Trump’s Jan. 6 speech to reinforce the idea that he incited the riots on Capitol Hill.
Chaffetz questioned whether the altered video did not violate House rules for the 17th Congress that prohibit videos that have been “distorted or manipulated with the intent to mislead the public.”
On his Twitter account, Chaffetz wrote: “Go to page 34 of House Rules. Did the manipulated video violate the House Rules?”
House Rules, stipulates, “The Committee on Ethics is directed to report to the House, not later than December 31, 2021, any recommended amendments to the Code of Official Conduct, as well as any accompanying regulations, intended to address the circumstances and instances, if any, for which a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House may be subject to discipline for the dissemination by electronic means, including by social media, of any image, video, or audio file that has been distorted or manipulated with the intent to mislead the public.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) also criticized the Democrats’ efforts at editing the video, manipulating the information in it, “If they’re going to start playing the video of what the president said, how do you cut off at the point where the president tells his supporters to [protest] in a peaceful and patriotic manner?”
Zeldin questioned that while the Democrats were showing their arguments, “they aren’t going to give the full story of the FBI warning a day ahead of time that this attack was going to take place or that pipe bombs were being found.”
“They’re being placed and found before the president’s remarks were even concluded, or that the Capitol perimeter was being breached before the president was done with his speech,” Zeldin added.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asserted that the Democrats’ doctored video told only part of the story, emphasizing a comment by Trump where he points out that we must fight back emphatically, downplaying the part of his speech in which he calls on his supporters to make their voices heard in a peaceful and patriotic manner.
“The one line from the president’s speech that wasn’t in the Democrats’ video is the line that’s most important, and that’s where the president said, ‘Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,'” Jordan said.
Jordan further assured that the American people were not going to tolerate the Democrats’ hypocritical speech to back up their claims in the impeachment trial against Trump, referring to past statements where they clearly incited unrest in the country.
“Democrats last summer—Democrat members of the Congress—said there needs to be more unrest in the streets, while there was unrest in the streets—and somehow that’s not incitement?” Jordan said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the evidence presented by Democrats during the trial against Trump was “cockamamie” and “absurd,” which is why he predicted that the impeachment trial would end next Sunday.
“This thing is collapsing before their eyes, and the not-guilty vote is growing, so it’ll be over by Sunday, I hope, for the good of country,” Graham said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.