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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GOP Lawmakers May Force Capitol Police To Release Unseen J6 Footage

GOP Lawmakers May Force Capitol Police To Release Unseen J6 Footage


GOP Lawmakers May Force Capitol Police To Release Unseen J6 Footage

Capitol Police and House Democrats continue to block all efforts to force the release of all surveillance video footage and emails

Post by Tyler Durden | Written by Patricia Tolson via The Epoch Times

As the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol continues its effort to prove allegations of insurrection against former President Donald Trump and his supporters, Capitol Police and House Democrats continue to block all efforts to force the release of all surveillance video footage and emails, which could possibly exonerate those being accused of wrongdoing. Now, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) is citing a United States Code that could legally force the release of that evidence.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 25, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

In a July, 29, 2022 letter to Capitol Police Board Chair William J. Walker, obtained by The Epoch Times, Gohmert—backed by the signatures of 23 additional GOP lawmakers—demanded the release of footage captured on Capitol Hill security cameras on Jan. 6, 2021, currently being withheld under “sovereign immunity.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) questions Attorney General William Barr who appears before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 28, 2020. (Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images)
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As you must be aware,” Gohmert wrote, “2 U.S.C. § 1979 states that ‘any Member … of either House of Congress’ can ‘obtain information from the Capitol Police regarding the operations and activities of the Capitol Police that affect the Senate and House of Representatives.’ Subsection (c) makes clear that nothing in that law may be construed to prevent us, as Members of the House of Representatives from our ability to obtain those videos.”

Gohmert concluded that “Releasing this information is absolutely essential to proper governance and truth to protect and perpetuate this self, governing nation.”

‘It’s About Revenge’

As The Epoch Times reported July 5, attorneys of Jan. 6 prisoners and defendants have provided evidence in several cases that indicate the government is manufacturing evidence to arrest and incarcerate people who attended the protest at the Capitol. In the meantime, Gohmert insists the government is also hiding evidence that could be used in the defense of these people.

That’s exactly what they’re doing,” Gohmert reiterated, noting how he himself has been a victim of the Jan. 6 Committee’s “Soviet-style propaganda.”

Reports disclose how Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to the then-Whitehouse Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, told the Committee during her June deposition that Gohmert asked then-President Donald Trump for a pardon.

Gohmert demanded a release of the full, unedited video and transcript of Hutchinson’s deposition, saying the way the video was presented erased the fact that he was actually seeking pardons for “very deserving military members, former military, and one civilian servant.”

“I’ve been personally affected by the lies created by using tape,” Gohmert told The Epoch Times. “They had Cassidy Hutchinson saying I requested a pardon without getting the full context. I have never asked for a pardon for myself. I’ve never done anything that needed a pardon. But I was requesting pardons for a number of people that have been screwed over by the justice system.”

While a spokesperson for the Capitol Police declined to comment on the letter to The Washington Times, they did push back on allegations that Jan. 6 prisoners and defendants were not provided full access to video that has been provided to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO).

“Every January 6th defendant has access to the same footage, which is everything the USAO is releasing,” the spokesperson told The Washington Times. “They do not just get what is relevant to them.”

The Road to 2 U.S.C. § 1979

In a May 19, 2022 letter (pdf) to Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Select Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote that the Board was seeking the Congressman’s “voluntary cooperation” in advancing their investigation.

“Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee’s possession,” Thompson said, “we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021.”

“The American people deserve a full and accurate accounting of what happened on January 6th,” Thompson’s two-page letter concluded. “We aim to make informed legislative recommendations taking account of all relevant facts. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.”

The letter was also signed by the Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) speaks during a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 6, 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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In an immediate same-day response, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Committee Member Loudermilk issued a joint press release, calling out the Select Committee for its false accusations.

“A constituent family with young children meeting with their Member of Congress in the House Office Buildings is not a suspicious group or ‘reconnaissance tour,’” the letter states. “The family never entered the Capitol building.”

The 1/6 political circus released the letter to the press before even notifying Mr. Loudermilk, who has still not received a copy,” the letter accuses. “The Select Committee is once again pushing a verifiably false narrative that Republicans conducted ‘reconnaissance tours’ on January 5th. The facts speak for themselves; no place that the family went on the 5th was breached on the 6th, the family did not enter the Capitol grounds on the 6th, and no one in that family has been investigated or charged in connection to January 6th.”

In a letter dated May 20, 2022, addressed to Capitol Police Board Chair William Walker and members Karen Gibson and J. Brett Blanton, Davis demanded the release of “all January 5th Capitol Tapes.”

“If the Board does not release the relevant footage in a timely manner, I will have no choice but to exercise my authority under 2 U.S.C. § 1979 to release the footage myself.

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Il.) speaks in Washington on Jan. 9, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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On June 15, 2022, Thompson sent another letter (pdf) to Loudermilk, again accusing him of personally escorting individuals through the Capitol Building for the purposes of conducting reconnaissance ahead of the rallies on Jan. 6. Thompson also reminded Loudermilk that the Committee had “invited” him to meet with them on May 19, 2022, about the “evidence,” which consisted of surveillance footage of Loudermilk leading a “tour of approximately ten individuals” through areas that are “not typically of interest to tourists, including hallways, staircases and security checkpoints.”

Surveillance footage shows a tour of approximately ten individuals led by you to areas in the Rayburn, Longworth, and Cannon House Office Buildings, as well as the entrances to tunnels leading to the U.S. Capitol,” Thompson said in his letter. “The below image shows you leading individuals on the tour:”

Screenshot of image from a June 15, 2022 letter written by Select Committee Chairman Bernie G. Thompson to United States Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), accusing him of personally escorting individuals through the Capitol Building for the purposes of conducting reconnaissance ahead of the rallies on Jan. 6. (Letter from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol)
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Two additional images in the letter show “an individual appearing to photograph a staircase in the basement of the Longworth House Office Building” while Loudermilk speaks “with others nearby,” and of people from Loudermilk’s tour “taking photographs of the tunnel leading from the Rayburn House Office Building to the Capitol.”

Images from a June 15, 2022 letter sent by Select Committee Chairman Bernie G. Thompson to United States Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), showing members of the Congressman’s tour taking photos. (Letter from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol)
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Loudermilk did not comply with the interview request.

On June 16, 2022, the Committee released surveillance footage of Loudermilk’s “tour,” overlayed with graphics and preceded by selected footage from other videos that add to their narrative of Loudermilk’s supposed guilt.

The Problems with Pick-and-Choose

For Mike Howell, senior advisor for Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation, the threat by Davis to release the Jan. 5 footage of Loudermilk, if the Capitol Police do not, raises a serious question.

Howell noted how Davis only threatened to release video footage that pertained to the Loudermilk incident and insisted he had the authority to do so.

“The question that’s been percolating is, ‘If you have the authority to release the tape from January fifth, why are you not releasing all of the tapes?’ That would be of major importance because there are a lot of major criminal cases coming down and defense attorneys have had problems trying to get access to these tapes themselves,” he told The Epoch Times.

Gohmert agreed the Committee should not be allowed “to just pick-and-choose which sections they show.”

“Yes, they should be able to show the defense what they’re going to use in prosecution. But they are also required to show the things that were more exonerating and exculpatory and that does not appear to have happened at all,” he said.

Howell sees at least two problems with this game of pick-and-choose.

First, the request by Davis only to release a segment of video he believes will prove his point is no different than the Jan. 6 Committee “selectively releasing portions they think show the best side of their version of events.”

Second: “If the authority exists, and Davis has the power through this statute to release the footage from Jan. 5,” Howell surmised, “why haven’t the tapes already been released in full?”

While Howell did remark that some will cite security issues as the reason for withholding most of the footage captured by cameras at the Capitol, he said he’s “got news for them.”

There are cameras all over the Capitol,” Howell countered. “So it’s not a matter of special camera angles. I think the real reason why they’re not being released is because it can potentially show information and video footage that could be helpful to people being charged by the Department of Justice as well as damaging to the narrative that the January 6 Committee is trying to establish.”

According to a sworn affidavit from Capitol Police General Counsel Thomas DiBiase, surveillance camera footage from the U.S. Capitol Police’s extensive system of cameras on U.S. Capitol grounds states “disclosure of any footage from these cameras is strictly limited and subject to a policy that regulates the release of footage.”

“Per Department 1000.002, Retrieval of Archived Video (see attachment 1), the release of any footage from the Department’s CCV system must be approved by the Assistant Chief of Police for Operations.”

Howell said the tapes need to be released to give people a “full accounting” of what happened on Jan. 2, 2021 and allow attorneys to go through the footage to find out if there is anything in there that may be helpful to their clients.

“In the minds of many Americans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, this event has been made out to be akin to 9/11.” Howell said. “So, the question is, why can’t the American people see what actually happened that day. I think there’s massive public interest in this, and that outweighs any other concerns, so the tapes belong in the public.”

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House Votes to Approve January 6th Select Committee 222-190, Cheney and Kinzinger Vote With Pelosi and 19 Republicans Did Not Vote

The House of Representatives voted today to approve a House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th DC protest.  The vote was 222-190 [LINK] to approve House Resolution 503, with Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger voting to support the Pelosi mid-term election scheme.

The January 6th House Select Committee investigation is to MAGA voters what the Mueller Investigation was to President Trump. A tool to attack political opposition and frame a narrative for the 2022 mid-term election. Nothing more.

Beyond the votes to approve there were 19 representatives who did not vote.  It does not go unnoticed that every single non-vote was a republican representative.  [link]

The Republicans who did not vote include: Jodey C Arrington (TX-19th CD), Jim Banks (IN-3rd CD), Earl “Buddy” Carter (GA-1st CD), Michael Cloud (TX-7th CD), Russ Fulcher (ID-1st CD), Louie Gohmert (TX-1st CD), Bob Good (VA-5th CD), Yvette Herrell (NM-2nd CD), Clay Higgins (LA-3rd CD), Darrell Issa (CA-50th CD), Ronny Jackson (TX-13th CD), Mike Johnson (LA-4th CD), Mary Miller (IL-15th CD), August Pfluger (TX-11th CD), John Rose (TN-6th CD), Chip Roy (TX-21st CD), Thomas Tiffany (WI-7th CD), Randy Weber (TX-14th CD), Roger Williams (TX-25th CD).

A non-vote is essentially a vote to approve.  Keep in mind, some of the Texas delegation may have been at the U.S-Mexico border event with President Trump; bad timing, but ok.  However, the rest of the Republican non-votes should be must be questioned by their constituents for why they are essentially supporting Nancy Pelosi’s scheme by not voting against it.  This is a critical point in history, question your representatives.

[Pictured Above, “did not vote” – NOTE: Roger Williams (TX-25th CD) missing from group picture]

WASHINGTON DC – […] Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have the final say over the panel’s GOP members, assuming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appoints them at all. But many in her caucus are still anxious about the prospect of Republicans starting another bitter fight by trying to appoint members who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s win.

[…] Pelosi has signaled she wants one of her eight appointments to the Jan. 6 committee to be a Republican, and Democrats speculate that outspoken Trump critics like Cheney and Kinzinger could be chosen. The speaker declined to say Tuesday whether she would veto any GOP select panel members who opposed certifying Biden’s victory, and declined again Wednesday to discuss the committee’s makeup.

[…]  Asked about his five picks for the panel, McCarthy has repeatedly declined to comment on who he might choose. He might also decline to appoint members at all, a decision that could help the GOP leader avoid such a highly charged issue within his conference. Out of their roughly 200-member conference, two-thirds voted not to certify the president’s Electoral College win.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a close Trump ally, told POLITICO that no decisions had been made yet by McCarthy (read more).

January 6th Select Committee will be entirely run by democrats and their Lawfare operatives within staff. The purpose of the select committee will carry the same intents as the Mueller investigation in 2017 through 2019: to frame a narrative against their political opposition. The difference this time will be that President Trump is not the sole target; the Pelosi January 6th committee will be using Alinsky methods to target Trump voters.

Because the larger mid-term election operation requires it, the House Select Committee was a foregone conclusion.  The only question was how many DeceptiCons would join with Pelosi to execute it.  If Republicans are smart, not likely, the entire GOP House caucus should boycott the insufferable pantomime, leave the stage, let the Democrats do their silly show…. and use Alinsky moves against the Left by ridiculing and marginalizing their performances in real time.

Alas, the GOP are an insufferably annoying and predictable bunch of purposeful idiots, and -as a result- they will likely end up participating because they will say they need to counter the Leftist narrative or something… and the only way they can do that is by providing the democrats with legitimacy. This is how DeceptiCons roll.

Do not be naive to think the GOP want the FBI involvement in the January 6 events to be exposed any more than the Republican wing of the UniParty wanted to see the IRS targeting of conservative groups exposed. The vast majority of DC republicans want to see the MAGA base destroyed just like they wanted to see the Tea Party base destroyed so they could get back to the business of self-indulgence in 2012.

Investigations are only done by DC to serve their own interests.  Sometimes those interests are in throwing a bag over DC corruption: Fast n Furious, Benghazi Committee, IRS scandal and the VA scandal for recent reference points.  However, sometimes those DC interests are best protected by targeting opposition to DC itself, just like the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel and the upcoming House Select Committee.

Again, the legislative branch was/is working with the executive branch on the common objectives of a corrupt intelligence apparatus, that includes the FBI {examples here}. So the legislative branch is not going to investigate intelligence community or FBI corruption.  The HPSCI and SSCI are participants in the corruption, they will not investigate themselves regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans control the chambers.  This is not a partisan issue.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was not only involved in the intelligence targeting of President Trump through surveillance and counterintelligence operations; the SSCI was actively participating in that targeting and doing everything they could to assist the FBI, DOJ and Intelligence community (IC) on that goal.

The MAGA voters (the republican base) will be targeted, ridiculed and marginalized in the run up to the 2022 election. They will be made to look like domestic terrorists, “Domestic Violent Extremists”, and much worse as defined by narrative engineering between a corrupt House, corrupt FBI, and a corrupt U.S. corporate media. That is the entire purpose of Nancy Pelosi’s House Select Committee.

The only way to avoid the scheme is not to play the game.

As we always note, watch who wants to participate from the GOP side of the aisle.  Those are the DeceptiCons, the implants into the system purchased by larger elements like BlackRock financial.  DeceptiCons are essentially interchangeable with BlackRock Republicans.  The system, the administrative state, is designed this way….  The parties are clubs presented to give the illusion of choice.  Those who control the outcomes of government are never on a ballot.

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