Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is quite the change from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the third spot in Republican leadership.
Cheney demonstrated this past week exactly why she was well and truly booted from that spot and replaced by Stefanik. She supported the dog and pony show on behalf of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the purpose of which is not to get to the truth, but to demonize Republicans, Trump, and Trump supporters. She’s repeatedly shown her bias on the subject of President Donald Trump. She also went along with Pelosi booting other Republicans off the Committee. Thus, we’re not talking about an unbiased look here, but a completely partisan committee, all of whom share the same opinion already – that of Pelosi.
Stefanik was having none of that, though, as she explained to Sean Hannity.
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“And when it comes to Liz Cheney,” Stefanik told Sean Hannity Tuesday evening on his Fox News program. “She is a Pelosi Republican, a Pelosi pawn at this point. She does not represent the Republican conference, or Republican voters, or the American people.”
She also told Hannity that she thought Nancy Pelosi bore some responsibility for not providing proper security for the Capitol.
“[Republicans] are not focused on protecting the speaker of the House, who is a lame-duck speaker. We want truth, accountability and we want to make sure that the U.S. Capitol is secure as the people’s house and that the violence on January 6 never happens again,” she added.
“Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility because we know that as early as December, there was information and intelligence that there were potential security threats and the Capitol was not going to be secure on January 6th,” she added.
While Pelosi has tried to lay everything at the foot of Trump, Republicans have raised questions about the lack of security at the time of the riot. Rep. Jim Banks says it was his desire to raise those questions as a part of the Committee that got him rejected from the Committee by Pelosi in a completely unprecedented move.
In February, Republicans laid out questions in a letter to Pelosi raising questions, as my colleague Jennifer Oliver O’Connell previously reported:
“When then-Chief Sund made a request for National Guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied?” they wrote.
“Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your staff on January 4th prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the National Guard?”
They went on to claim that Sund’s request “to over an hour” to be approved, which “undoubtedly included” Pelosi and her “designees.”
The Republican’s went on to slam the Speaker for her decision to fire Irving and demand Sund resigned.
“These decisions were made in a partisan manner without any consultation of House Republicans and therefore raise questions about the political motivations of your decision,” they wrote.
Now Stefanik is carrying those questions forward and letting Cheney know how you’re supposed to lead.