Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY), the third-ranking Republican in the House GOP conference, fired back at fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), who dinged her earlier in the day for saying that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) “bears responsibility” for the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Cheney held Stefanik’s job as conference chair until House Republicans ousted her from the position in May.
On Tuesday, Cheney was asked on CNN about Stefanik’s comment and responded:
If I were saying the things that you just played, I’d be deeply ashamed of myself. What happened is absolutely clear. We had, as we heard this morning, just intolerable cruelty. A mob that was assembled by President Trump, was provoked by him. He lit the flame for what happened. We’ve seen that not just in the speech on the ellipse but throughout. What this committee needs to understand is exactly what the details were of the planning and the financing. But for anybody to be suggesting that somehow he wasn’t responsible, I think it’s shameful.
Later that evening, Stefanik appeared on Sean Hanity’s show and the Fox News host asked her about Cheney.
“I noticed Liz Cheney took a shot at you today,” he said. “You said that the American people deserve to know the truth, that Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility. There’s a specific reason, isn’t there, that you make that statement? Can you explain it to people?”
The congresswoman proceeded to make two dubious claims about why Pelosi is allegedly at fault.
“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 said.
However, Pelosi’s aides said she was not briefed on that intelligence.
Stefanik also claimed, “We also know on January 6 Nancy Pelosi was passed the note by sergeant-at-arms, her political appointee asking for her permission to bring in the National Guard… The American people deserve to know what the Speaker’s office knew and when and why the Capitol wasn’t secure.”
The problem with this is that the Speaker of the House does not control the National Guard. Instead, the Department of Defense does.
“And when it comes to Liz Cheney,” said Stefanik, “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.”
“Republicans are focused on the facts,” she added.
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