Exclusive — Elise Stefanik Previews Weaponization Committee: ‘Deep State Needs to Be Rooted Out’ of Agencies

Exclusive — Elise Stefanik Previews Weaponization Committee: ‘Deep State Needs to Be Rooted Out’ of Agencies

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) expects the House’s newly created subcommittee examining the “weaponization” of the federal government to be “some of the most important work of the 118th Congress.”

Stefanik, who chairs the House Republican Conference, spoke to Breitbart News in an interview about what to anticipate from the panel after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) named her and 11 other Republicans as members of it this week.

“We’re coming off of two years of single-party Democrat rule, when there was virtually no oversight effectively of these agencies that have run afoul, and, in many cases, I believe, have committed illegal acts,” Stefanik said.

The subcommittee, led by Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), will have far-reaching authority to investigate the Justice Department, intelligence community organizations like the FBI and CIA, and private companies like Twitter.

Modeled after the famous 1975 Church Committee chaired by former Sen. Frank Church, the subcommittee is expected to have a massive budget — roughly the size of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) now-dissolved January 6 committee — to probe allegations of civil liberties violations within the agencies.

“Take the FBI and DOJ for starters,” Stefanik said. “There is a long, long list of abuses and illegal targeting, not just of high-profile Americans who happen to be conservatives or Republicans but everyday Americans, whether it’s the raid on Mar-a-Lago, whether it was the illegal spying on the Trump campaign in 2016, whether it was the tampering with the FISA documentation, or whether, most recently, it was the fact that one of Bob Mueller’s top FBI officials working on the special counsel was, at the time, he was the FBI, New York, head of counterintelligence, was just found guilty of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Russia.”

The official, Charles McGonigal, a former special agent in charge at FBI Counterintelligence Division in Stefanik’s home state of New York, was recently indicted on charges of conspiring to violate and evade U.S. sanctions against Russia and money laundering.

McGonigal allegedly had a business relationship with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whose name made headlines during special counsel Mueller’s 2016 investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion because of Deripaska’s ties to Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager.

“These agencies are ripe for transparency and ultimately reforms, and this select committee is going to be one of the many tools we have in the majority to get to the truth and make sure the American people know the truth,” Stefanik said.

While some of the subcommittee’s investigations will target agencies’ work that predates the Biden administration, Stefanik said the “deep state needs to be rooted out at the core of these agencies, and it’s culminating in the politicization and how the Biden White House has used these agencies as their political arm and a political weapon.”

The New York Republican said Republicans going to be “coming to the table with ideas” at a meeting Friday as the subcommittee begins its work, and as Republicans await the appointment of Democrat members, whom Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is expected to choose soon.

The subcommittee, which originally was set to have 13 members, is now expected to have 21 — 12 Republicans and nine Democrats — pending a resolution expanding the panel’s bench.

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Stefanik: Rooting Out Deep State Corruption Is A Top Priority For House Republicans

Stefanik: Rooting Out Deep State Corruption Is A Top Priority For House Republicans

House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York pledged that aggressive oversight of executive agencies to rid the federal government of overt corruption will be a top priority for Republicans in the new Congress.

On Tuesday, Stefanik became one of a dozen Republican lawmakers appointed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

In an exclusive interview with The Federalist on Wednesday morning, Stefanik characterized the select panel, which was established under the Judiciary Committee led by Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as House Republicans’ primary vehicle for pursuing accountability for the Biden administration’s abuses.

“A top priority for House Republicans is rooting out the weaponization of the federal government against everyday Americans,” said Stefanik. The No. 3 lawmaker in GOP leadership highlighted the nation’s top intelligence agencies as the committee’s primary focus.

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“The FBI and DOJ are ripe for oversight, and they deserve oversight,” she said, while also pledging that investigations would come for the Internal Revenue Service and National Institutes of Health. Both agencies “have run rampant in targeting Americans,” Stefanik said, adding that Congress has a “constitutional duty” to conduct meaningful oversight.

“Democrats failed to do that when we were in one-party rule,” she added.

Whom the committee plans to subpoena remains an open question. “We’re going to make that decision as a select committee,” Stefanik said.

Other prominent members of the Republican conference named to the panel include Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie and Wyoming Rep. Harriet Hageman. In August, Hageman successfully toppled three-term incumbent Liz Cheney in the Wyoming Republican primary by 37 points. Cheney, who ran House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Select Committee on Jan. 6 as vice chair, relied on Democrats switching parties to blunt a loss that might have otherwise been near unanimous among the state’s Republicans.

McCarthy endorsed Hageman in the race two years after Cheney endorsed a primary challenge to Massie from her perch in leadership. In the spring of 2021, House Republicans replaced Cheney with Stefanik as GOP conference chair.

Stefanik plans to take a lead role on the new panel probing the weaponization of the federal government as she did during the first impeachment saga of former President Donald Trump in 2019.

“The government has the responsibility to serve the American people, not go after them,” she said.

While Pelosi barred McCarthy’s appointments to the Select Committee on Jan. 6, Stefanik said the new House speaker was likely to seat Democrats on the probe. No minority appointments, however, have been made so far.

On Tuesday night, McCarthy kept his word to bar California Democrat Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee. McCarthy has also pledged to kick Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee. Stefanik told The Federalist that while it was ultimately the speaker’s choice to approve Democrat appointments to the Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, neither Schiff, Swalwell, nor Omar would likely be admitted to the panel.

McCarthy explained to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday night that the trio of lawmakers would still serve on committees but none related to the nation’s top secrets.

“They’ll serve on committees,” McCarthy said, “but they will not serve on a place that has national security relevance because integrity matters to me.”


Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at Tristan@thefederalist.com.

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Special Counsel Robert Hur Worked with Rod Rosenstein

Special Counsel Robert Hur Worked with Rod Rosenstein

Special Counsel Robert Hur, appointed Thursday by Attorney General Merrick Garland to probe President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified information, was among those at the Justice Department who had knowledge about the Russia hoax perpetrated on former President Donald Trump.

According to a Justice Department document, Hur is a former DOJ official “who handled, participated in, or have personal knowledge of the FBI’s relationship and communications with” Christopher Steele, who authored the infamous dossier that paved the way for the Russia hoax.

Hur began his career by clerking for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist after graduating from Harvard and Stanford. Hur was then hired as the principal associate deputy attorney general, “serving as the top aide to Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general under President Donald Trump. Before that, he had also been special assistant to Christopher A. Wray, who was leading the Justice Department’s criminal division at the time and went on to become the FBI director,” according to the Washington Post.

Rosenstein announced Hur’s appointment in a press release, praising him as having “experience and judgment [that] will advance our efforts to deter crime, promote the rule of law, and ensure equal justice for everyone.”

In 2018, Trump nominated Hur to lead the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office. Hur was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in March of that year.

Under Hur’s direction at the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office, he “brought and resolved charges for corruption and/or fraud against dozens of elected officials, public office holders, and public employees,” according to the Justice Department’s press release.

During Hur’s service, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office was reportedly one of the busiest in the nation. Hur prosecuted a case of a former National Security Agency contractor who allegedly stole classified information from the federal government. The theft was reportedly the largest of classified documents in U.S. history.

In February 2021, Hur departed the U.S. attorney’s office and joined the global legal offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which handles white-collar criminal issues and regulatory matters. The law firm employs “1,800 lawyers in 20 offices in major cities throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America,” its website states.

Hur’s appointment as a special prosecutor on Thursday comes as Republicans have slammed Biden’s double standard of justice. Two weeks after Biden’s classified documents were unearthed at the Penn Biden Center, Garland named a special counsel to investigate Trump, not Biden. Garland only appointed Hur after classified documents were found at Biden’s residence.

“The double standard of the corrupt DOJ and FBI, which have been weaponized against Joe Biden’s political opponents, could not be more clear,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third highest ranking House Republican, told Breitbart News.

“The American people are watching as classified documents are uncovered at Joe Biden’s ‘think tank’ and now in Joe Biden’s own garage, but they have yet to see the same action taken by these agencies that launched an unprecedented raid against President Donald Trump’s home,” she added.

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) stated that “With or without a special counsel, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee will investigate President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents”

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who barely won reelection in 2022, said she hopes the special counsel was not just created to cover up Biden’s wrongdoing. “Let’s hope this amounts to more than just a cover-up of the scandal.”

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Exclusive: Elise Stefanik, Trump Senior Adviser Condemn NYT for Portraying Donald Trump as Distrustful of Stefanik

Exclusive: Elise Stefanik, Trump Senior Adviser Condemn NYT for Portraying Donald Trump as Distrustful of Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and former President Donald Trump’s 2024 senior adviser Boris Epshteyn slammed the New York Times on Sunday for portraying Trump in a Saturday hit piece as distrustful of the New York state congresswoman, despite the fact Stefanik and Trump speak with one another multiple times a week.

The Times article, which cited two anonymous sources close to Trump, alleged the former president does not trust Stefanik, a claim Stefanik’s team and Trump’s adviser, Boris Epshteyn, told Breitbart News was totally fake news.

Stefanik and Trump’s relationship has appeared to be one of the strongest alliances within the America First movement. Trump endorsed Stefanik in 2021 to replace Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as GOP conference chair. “Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL Endorsement for GOP Conference Chair,” Trump said. “Elise is a tough and smart communicator!”

Stefanik, as the third highest ranking Republican in the House, is also the highest-ranking Republican to have endorsed Trump’s 2024 campaign. “Republican voters determine who is the leader of the Republican Party and it’s very clear President Trump is the leader of the Republican party,” she told Breitbart News in November.

In a Breitbart News exclusive, Trump’s senior adviser Boris Epshteyn defended Stefanik from the Times‘ “baseless” smear as one of the strongest supporters of the American First moment.

“Rep. Elise Stefanik is one of President Trump’s staunchest supporters and strongest champions of the America First movement,” Epshteyn said. “I am proud to have helped Elise defeat Liz Cheney to become GOP Conference Chair as well as to have worked with her during the 2020 Presidential campaign. The baseless smears against Elise Stefanik are a great testament to her strength, impact, and standing.”

Boris Epshteyn, special assistant to President Donald Trump, walks into the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Boris Epshteyn, special assistant to President Donald Trump, walks into the West Wing of the White House, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Executive director for team Elise, Alex Degrasse, characterized Stefanik’s relationship with Trump as completely on solid footing and denied the allegation in the Times‘ article as simply a “lie” from “socialists and their sycophant press stenographers.”

“The middle-aged men of the mainstream media are creepily obsessed with Congresswoman Stefanik and will lie to smear her simply because she is an effective Republican and a champion of President Trump’s agenda,” Degrasse told Breitbart News. “What the lamestream media doesn’t realize is that their relentless lies and baseless smears only serve as more rocket fuel in Elise’s skyrocketing mission to help Save America from the disastrous reign of Socialists and their sycophant press stenographers.”

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-lago on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Multiple sources conveyed to Breitbart News that Stefanik and Trump’s relationship is so strong that Trump publicly and privately sings her praises, a fact that directly contradicts the Times’ reporting by far-left reporter Nicholas Confessore, who used quotes from anonymous sources to attack Stefanik.

Epshteyn and Stefanik were not the only Republicans to push back against the hit piece. Mike Caputo, who served as an adviser to Trump for over 25 years and is close with Stefanik as well, told Breitbart News the Times’ story was “canard” and that Trump “admires” Stefanik for her strength and courage.

“I read that story and laughed,” Caputo said. “It’s a canard. President Trump admires people of strength, courage and resolve and I can promise you Elise has his friendship and respect while the anonymous coward who lied about their relationship does not.”

Mike Davis, founder and president of the pro-Trump Article III Project, echoed Caputo’s opinion and noted Trump “trusts” Stefanik and believes their relationship is “genuine and strong.” Davis also defended Stefanik from the Times‘ anonymously sourced “criticism and smears.”

“Elise has been a conservative warrior since we worked together in the Bush 43 White House 17 years ago. Her relationship with President Trump is genuine and strong,” he told Breitbart News. “As I’ve followed her congressional career, it is clear she has always supported Trump — and endured endless criticism and smears from the media and Democrats for her fierce loyalty to Trump.”

“Whether it was the Access Hollywood drama or two impeachment hoaxes, Elise has always and firmly held the line for Trump. It’s obvious from their very close and public partnership — for years — that Trump knows this and trusts her. Anyone claiming otherwise is trying to divide the America First movement for their own personal gain,” Davis said.

The Times has a record of false reporting. Just in December, the Times falsely claimed that Hunter Biden’s laptop was “stolen” from a laptop repair shop. Hunter’s laptop was actually abandoned at a computer repair shop where he had taken it to be repaired by Hunter. It took the Times 17 months to finally report that Hunter’s laptop was authentic after Breitbart News’s Emma-Jo Morris first reported on the laptop story in October 2020.

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Elise Stefanik: Twitter Lied to Congress About Shadow Banning Conservatives 

Elise Stefanik: Twitter Lied to Congress About Shadow Banning Conservatives 

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) exclusively told Breitbart News Friday that Twitter’s former CEO Jack Dorsey lied to Congress in 2018 about the platform’s policy of shadow banning conservatives.

“Twitter shadow banned conservatives, clearly interfered in the election, and then lied under oath about it,” Stefanik said.

“The House GOP Majority will investigate this abuse of power and put an end to Big Tech’s bias and targeted censorship,” she added.

According to the second round of “Twitter Files” released Thursday, several conservative media personalities, like Charlie Kirk to Dan Bongino, were shadow-banned on the platform under the guise of “Visibility Filtering”:

Dorsey testified to Congress in September 2018 that Twitter does not shadow ban Republicans.

“I want to read a few quotes about Twitter’s practices and I just want you to tell me if they’re true or not,” Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), said. “Social media is being rigged to censor conservatives. Is that true of Twitter?”

Dorsey responded, “No.”

“Are you censoring people?” Doyle followed up.

“No,” Dorsey said.

“Twitter’s shadow-banning prominent Republicans… is that true?” Doyle asked again.

“No,” Dorsey said.

In the same hearing, Dorsey was asked by then-Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) if Twitter discriminated against Republicans’ points of view.

“Do you discriminate more on philosophy, like anti-conservative versus pro-liberal?” Barton questioned.

“No, our policies and our algorithms don’t take into consideration any affiliation, philosophy or viewpoint,” Dorsey responded.

Dorsey appears to have also lied to the media. When Fox News’s Sean Hannity in 2018 if “Twitter has ever been involved in shadow banning,” Dorsey said no.

“We do not shadowban according to political ideology or viewpoint,” he responded:

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Report: Hunter Biden’s Drug Abuse Delaying Charges in Tax, Gun-Related Probe

Report: Hunter Biden’s Drug Abuse Delaying Charges in Tax, Gun-Related Probe

President Joe Biden’s Justice Department has reportedly delayed its “final decision” on whether Hunter Biden will be charged for alleged tax and gun-related violations.

Hunter, the son of President Joe Biden, may never be fully held accountable for “tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun he purchased,” people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal this week.

Charges were expected to be brought by the end of the summer, but Joe Biden’s Justice Department, the same department investigating former President Donald Trump, is reportedly wrestling with facts of the case related to Hunter’s drug addiction.

People familiar with the matter told the Journal Hunter’s drug abuse could be a scapegoat the defense could successfully use to defend the president’s son against potential charges.

The president’s son is likely aware of potential charges he could face. The president’s Justice Department reportedly met with Hunter’s defense team in recent weeks to “counter” the potential charges to be levied against at least one member of the Biden family business.

Hunter’s former business partner and whistleblower Tony Bobulinski believes Joe Biden has acted like the “chairman” of the organization, which Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third highest ranking House Republican, has coined the “Biden Crime Family” syndicate.

“As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense,” Hunter’s attorney Chris Clark told the Journal.

On Thursday, the Washington Post reported federal agents have “sufficient evidence” to charge Hunter with tax crimes and making false statements regarding a gun purchase.

The decision of whether Joe Biden’s DOJ will ultimately charge Hunter is reportedly up to United States Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed in 2017 by former President Donald Trump. “[I]t is ultimately up to prosecutors at the Justice Department, not agents, to decide whether to file charges in cases where prosecutors believe the evidence is strong enough to lead to a likely conviction at trial,” the Post reported. Attorney General Merrick Garland has been clear Weiss is overseeing the case.

Hunter has reportedly tried to settle the case out of court with authorities and has paid $1 million to the IRS to evade conviction or a long sentence, the New York Times reported in March.

The nature of the DOJ’s probe into Hunter, the president’s son, has raised alarm bells among legal experts, who have called for a special counsel to be placed over the investigation to distance the president from the probe. Hunter and Joe Biden have been photographed together multiple times since reports of the probe surfaced.

US President Joe Biden (L) waves alongside his son Hunter Biden after attending mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Johns Island, South Carolina on August 13, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden (L) waves alongside his son Hunter Biden after attending mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Johns Island, South Carolina on August 13, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland has refused to say in front of Congress whether a special counsel should be placed over the investigation to maintain a just evaluation of the potential changes against Hunter.

Questions remain if Joe Biden will be implicated in any potential wrongdoing by his son. Joe Biden has been involved in the family business at least 17 instances. In one 2013 instance, Hunter flew to China with Vice President Joe Biden aboard Air Force Two.

During the excursion, Hunter introduced the vice president to his business partner Jonathan Li, the CEO of CEFC, a Chinese energy company. “Ten days later, Hunter’s company inked a deal with the state-owned Bank of China and created the $1 billion investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), according to reporting by Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute,” the New York Post reported.

In 2018, Joe Biden called Hunter and left a voicemail about a business deal with the Chinese energy company CEFC. The voicemail revealed the Biden family’s concern that sensitive information was included in a New York Times article about Hunter’s involvement with CEFC’s chairman Ye Jianming.

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you,” Joe Biden said.

With doubts as to the DOJ’s willingness or ability to charge Hunter, Republican House members, Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Nancy Mace (R-SC), have stated a select committee could be implemented to investigate the “Biden Crime Family.”

Hunter Biden is the subject of a brand new narrative film, My Son Hunter, marking Breitbart’s expansion into film distribution. The film was directed by Robert Davi (GooniesLicense to KillDie Hard) and stars Laurence Fox (VictoriaInspector LewisThe Professor and The Madman) as Hunter Biden; Gina Carano (The MandalorianDeadpoolHeist) as a Secret Service agent; and John James (Dynasty) as Joe Biden. It was produced by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney (Gosnell movie, FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers) from the Unreported Story Society. The film is available RIGHT NOW for Streaming and Downloading at MySonHunter.comThe trailer below has been viewed almost 5 million times across social media.

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Stefanik: We Still Have ‘Dire’ Baby Formula Shortage, GOP House Majority Will Address It

Stefanik: We Still Have ‘Dire’ Baby Formula Shortage, GOP House Majority Will Address It

During an interview with Newsmax TV on Friday’s broadcast of “National Report,” House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) stated that the baby formula shortage “continues to be” a “dire crisis.” And despite some slight improvements, “it’s still very un-American to not be able to access baby formula.” Stefanik also vowed that if they take control of the House in 2022, Republicans will pass legislation to deal with the issue.

Stefanik said, “We are also proud to stand for mothers and making sure that mothers have the support they need, whether it’s increasing our support for [crisis pregnancy centers] or making sure that mothers have the resources. Another way that we have been protecting life is advocating for baby formula. I know, as a young mom, the shelves were empty. I mean, it was a dire crisis. It continues to be. The shelves are slightly getting better, but it’s still very un-American to not be able to access baby formula. It was House Republicans who have led on this issue, who have held the Biden administration accountable, and who have my bill, the [Babies Need More Formula Now Act of 2022], that we will pass in a House Republican Congress.”

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After GOP Sends Letter, Pentagon to Review ‘Woke’ DEI Chief’s Comments Disparaging White People

After GOP Sends Letter, Pentagon to Review ‘Woke’ DEI Chief’s Comments Disparaging White People

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) applauded the Pentagon for looking into recently surfaced remarks disparaging white people made by the chief of diversity, equity and inclusion for the Department of Defense’s K-12 school system, after she and another Republican congressperson sent a letter to DOD.

“Following House Republicans’ advocacy, the Department of Defense will conduct a review of [Department of Defense’s Education Activity (DoDEA)’s woke diversity chief and her history of divisive rhetoric,” Stefanik said in a statement about Kelisa Wing.

Wing, who oversees the DEI curriculum for all of the military’s K-12 schools that serve more than 66,000 children, disparaged white people on a number of occasions on social media.

Wing wrote in June 2020 on her Twitter account, “I’m exhausted with these white folx in these [professional development] sessions.”

She also tweeted in July 2020: “[T]his lady actually had the CAUdacity to say that black people can be racist too… I had to stop the session and give Karen the BUSINESS… [W]e are not the majority, we don’t have power.”

“Caudacity” is a derogatory slang term combining “Caucasian” and “audacity.”

Wing has apparently deleted her Twitter account, but not before Fox News captured her tweets.

After Stefanik and Rep. Scott Franklin (R-FL) demanded answers from the Pentagon about these statements, a DOD spokeswoman said they would review the “matter.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, and Representative Elise Stefanik (R), Republican of New York and chair of the House Republican Conference, holds a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, and Representative Elise Stefanik (R), Republican of New York and chair of the House Republican Conference, hold a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Navy Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman told Fox News, “We are aware of news reports concerning an official at DoDEA. The office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is reviewing this matter.”

However, Schwegman added, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in … [DoDEA] are an important part of building and sustaining an organizational culture where all students, educators, and staff are valued and respected. … Our focus remains on ensuring military-connected students, their families, and our employees have equitable access to opportunities and resources that support student achievement and readiness for college and careers.”

Stefanik said in a statement on Monday:

The fact that Ms. Wing’s history of advocating for extreme woke ideologies was not uncovered, or worse ignored, must be remedied. The Department of Defense must realign their priorities away from woke ideologies and back to strengthening our national defense. Our military’s focus should be keeping our nation safe, and I am committed to ensuring our service members are fully equipped to defend our country from the host of threats we face around the world. Right now, as the Pentagon fails to fill our military ranks and our adversaries around the world rapidly increase their capabilities, the Department of Defense has routinely prioritized adhering to woke ideologies instead of strengthening our national defense. This is shameful and an insult to the brave men and women who selflessly serve our nation. I am committed to continuing to work to restore Americans’ trust in our military by providing our service members with the resources needed to win our nation’s wars and support their families.

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