FACT CHECK: Did Senator John Kennedy Present A Letter During The January 6 Hearing That Implicated Adam Schiff?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy presented a letter to the Jan. 6 committee that implicated Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff.

Verdict: False

None of the clips featured in the video stem from the January 6 committee hearings. There is no evidence Kennedy has presented such a letter to the committee. 

Fact Check:

A large crowd of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Jan. 6, 2021 in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election, according to Britannica. The U.S. House of Representatives formed a committee in July 2021 to investigate the origins and causes of the attack.

A widely viewed video shared on Facebook claims Kennedy presented the committee with a letter that allegedly implicated Schiff in some unnamed crime. “Boom! John Kennedy Presents Surprising Letter During January 6 Hearing Implicating Adam Schiff,” reads the July 22 post’s caption.

The claim is baseless. No such letter appears on Kennedy’s congressional website or his social media accounts. Likewise, no such response to any letter can be found on Schiff’s congressional website or respective social media accounts.

There are no credible news reports to suggest Kennedy ever presented such a letter implicating Schiff in any crime during any of the Jan.6 committee hearings, which involve members of the House, not the Senate. (RELATED: FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Issue This Statement About Flushing January 6 Notes Down The Toilet?)

The over 15-minute video is a compilation of unrelated committee hearings. The clip featuring Kennedy shows him questioning Labor Secretary Marty Walsh during a July 2021 Senate Appropriations Committee hearing about expenditures from the department. No letter is presented nor is Schiff mentioned at any point in the video.

One clip features Republican Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene clashing with Democrat Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin over a bipartisan gun reform bill during a House Rules Committee meeting. Another clip features Raskin and Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz arguing about former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 riot during another House Rules Committee meeting.

The last clip features Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton questioning Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen about plainclothes officers on January 6. At no point does Schiff appear or a letter is mentioned in any clip featured in the post.

Check Your Fact has reached out to Kennedy and Schiff’s offices for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter
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