One of the top Republicans in the House said that she and other GOP leaders have been working with former President Donald Trump in order to craft counteroffensive messaging as Democrats plan controversial prime-time hearings later this week.
The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 has scheduled its first live hearings which will begin airing Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT. The hearings come after former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro was arrested Friday for ignoring a Jan. 6 committee subpoena to testify. He was cited on two counts of contempt of Congress, though then-President Obama’s Justice Department refused to arrest then-Attorney General Eric Holder and former IRS official Lois Lerner when they refused to honor a subpoena issued by a GOP-controlled House.
In any event, Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik told Breitbart News she and her members have been working on a counter-messaging offensive by booking several appearances on various news programs to push back on committee narratives:
Stefanik said the committee is about nothing more than punishing political opponents and targeting “patriotic Trump supporters.” Further, she noted that it does not even address the actual issue — to make sure the U.S. Capitol has adequate security. Meanwhile, she said Americans are dealing with rampant inflation, high gas prices, a border crisis, and baby formula crisis. It is going to be both a “circus” and “political witch hunt,” Stefanik predicted.
Further, the House Republican conference chairwoman said the GOP is ready to counter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) partisan witch hunt.
“[Democrats] are doubling down looking for any desperate attempt to try to change the narrative. But look, the American people are smart. They see through this, they want a Congress that’s focused on the issues that matter to them,” she said.
“We’re working very closely with President Trump and his team with Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Jim Jordan, and really all of the House Republicans will be pushing back in a rapid response fashion,” Stefanik said, previewing what is to come.
“You will see us all over the airwaves, we will be setting the record straight. We will be telling the truth to the American people sharing the facts and also really pointing out how unprecedented and unconstitutional and illegitimate this committee is,” she continued.
Stefanik added that GOP members already have “lots of media bookings already set,” and she predicted that members are “going to shine in this moment.”
“But similar to impeachment sham one and really impeachment sham two, just out there every single day. Number one, talking about issues that matter to the American people,” she continued. “But number two, prosecuting the case against how much Speaker Pelosi, Democrats, and Liz Cheney have failed this country, and they’ve failed to focus on the issue. If they want to talk about securing the Capitol, which they refused to, they have failed to do that job,” Stefanik said, adding that they have instead continued to “shred constitutional precedents.”
“They have shred Congress as an institution, and they are invading on the privacy and really the speech and debate rights of all these elected members of Congress,” she said. “And they’re targeting everyday citizens, young staffers who worked on the Trump campaign.”