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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Media Moves To Profit Off Of Ridiculous J6 Commission

Media Moves To Profit Off Of Ridiculous J6 Commission

The New Yorker is teaming up with the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 with a new book out ahead of the fall midterms publishing the probe’s partisan report with activist commentary cloaked as “analysis” throughout its pages.

Since its inception, born out of the ashes of a failed proposal for a 9/11-style commission, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 Committee has served as one of the Democrats’ latest hoaxes to keep voters angry and weaponize the levers of government against political enemies. Allies of the regime’s House probe at The New Yorker are now capitalizing on the committee’s work, monetizing its report in paperback due September, less than two months before the November elections.

In March, Democrats on the committee conceded to The Washington Post that their work was all about the upcoming midterms as a desperate attempt to smear their opponents as extremists in an election cycle historically hostile to the party in the White House.

“Their challenge: Making the public care deeply — and read hundreds of pages more — about an event that happened more than a year ago, and that many Americans feel they already understand,” the Post reported, followed by the passage below (emphasis ours):

They’ll attempt to do so this spring through public hearings, along with a potential interim report and a final report that will be published ahead of the November midterms — with the findings likely a key part of the Democrats midterm strategy. They hope their recommendations to prevent another insurrection will be adopted, but also that their work will repel voters from Republicans who they say helped propel the attack.

Their partnership with The New Yorker is their latest vehicle to meet that challenge, publishing the report in nearly 900 pages as advertised on Amazon.

The corporate media collusion marks another parallel between the Jan. 6 Committee and the witch hunt operation behind the Mueller report, when Democrats monetized its non-findings with The Washington Post in 2019. The government probes have both persecuted political dissidents based on made-up claims, stoked hysteria among voters, and driven profit for friendly press outlets at their conclusion.

The Mueller report was the product of a two-year investigation driven by Democrats who now face prosecution for their crimes involved in fabricating a collusion scandal between former President Donald Trump and the Russian government. After Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation with unlimited resources, not one person, let alone Trump himself, was found seeking to undermine American interests as a double agent on behalf of the Kremlin. In fact, at least one of the phony narrative’s original authors was himself a suspected Russian agent.

The fictitious tale of Russian collusion, however, took deep roots among no small part of the American population in power, leading legacy media to respond to blockbuster revelations surrounding President Joe Biden’s son with a knee-jerk reaction of dismissal as Kremlin disinformation. A top staffer on the Jan. 6 Committee even signed the now infamous letter from October 2020 with dozens of former intelligence officials writing off the Hunter Biden stories as Russian disinformation.


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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