March 4, 2024

Elise Stefanik Says She Wouldn’t ‘Have Done What Mike Pence Did’ During 2020 Election

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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 GOP chief within the chamber, seems to be making her case to turn out to be main 2024 main contender Donald Trump’s working mate.

On Thursday, the New York Republican strongly instructed she wouldn’t have licensed the 2020 election outcomes as president of the Senate if she had been Trump’s vp as an alternative of Mike Pence.

“I would not have done what Mike Pence did. I don’t think that was the right approach,” Stefanik told CNN. “I specifically stand by what I said on the House floor.”

She refused to vote to certify the 2020 election outcomes, arguing that there was “unconstitutional overreach” in states like Pennsylvania, the place election legal guidelines had been altered by state officers and courts, not the legislature, as known as for within the U.S. Constitution.

“I think it’s very important that we continue to stand up for the Constitution and have legal and secure elections, which we did not have in 2020,” Stefanik stated.

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Last month, Stefanik (R-N.Y.) tore into the Nancy Pelosi-picked Select Committee on January 6 for reportedly deleting or password-protecting some two terabytes value of information simply days earlier than Republicans took over the House a 12 months in the past.

Earlier this week, the House Administration Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, accountable for investigating each the 2021 Capitol riot and the prior Democrat-led inquiry into the riot, found that throughout the chamber’s transition to GOP management in January 2023, over 100 recordsdata had been encrypted and deleted from arduous drives, the New York Post reported.

The choose committee was anticipated to offer Republican Chairman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia with 4 terabytes of archived information. The outlet, nevertheless, reported that his committee solely obtained two terabytes of information.

In an X submit, Stefanik ripped the committee, of which former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) was a member.

“As I said from day one, Nancy Pelosi’s sham January 6th Committee was illegitimate and unconstitutional. It should come as a surprise to no one that Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney’s fake committee illegally deleted records of their sham investigation and obstructed justice,” Stefanik wrote in a submit to X Tuesday. “The American people deserve full transparency.”

Cheney responded and linked to a press release that Stefanik made on the day of the Capitol riot.

“This is what ⁦⁦@EliseStefanik said, in a rare moment of honesty, about the January 6 attack on our Capitol,” Cheney wrote. “One day she will have to explain how and why she morphed into a total crackpot. History, and our children, deserve to know.”

In her earlier assertion, Stefanik referred to the riots as “a truly tragic day for America.”

Stefanik succeeded Cheney as convention chairwoman following Cheney’s removing from the place resulting from her vote to question Trump, claiming he provoked the riots when, in actual fact, he implored supporters attending his speech that day to display “peacefully” on the Capitol.

A 12 months later, Stefanik launched a statement forward of the one-year anniversary of Jan. 6, calling for transparency and emphasizing the Capitol’s lack of safety that day.

“It is unacceptable that one year later the American people still do not have answers as to why the Capitol was left so vulnerable and how to ensure it never happens again,” she wrote.

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In a press release to The Hill, a spokesperson for Stefanik dismissed Cheney’s comment.

“Liz Cheney’s only remaining relevance is that she will soon have to answer for her role in deleting and hiding evidence from the investigation into the sham January 6 Select Committee,” the spokesperson stated.

Earlier, Fox News reported that the digital forensics agency employed by Loudermilk’s committee found 117 had been each deleted and encrypted on Jan. 1, 2023, just some days earlier than Republicans took over the committee and Thompson’s staff was required handy over all supplies.

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