A newly minted top Republican in Congress is accusing the Biden administration’s Department of Justice of engaging in something unconstitutional.
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who became a leader in the Republican Party last week after Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from leadership, appeared with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo and made the accusation against the Department of Justice.
“I support that audit. Transparency is good for the American people. And again, this should be a non-partisan issue, whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent or conservative transparency is important. And the audit was passed by the Arizona State Senate. The Biden Department of Justice is trying to block that audit. That is unconstitutional from my perspective. Our states, constitutionally, are responsible for writing states constitution law,” she said.
But Rep. Cheney continued her bashing of the Republican Party, of which she is a member. Namely those who support Donald Trump, CNN reported.
“I think it’s very dangerous. I think that we have to recognize how quickly things can unravel. We have to recognize what it means for the nation to have a former President who has not conceded, and who continues to suggest that our electoral system cannot function, cannot do the will of the people,” she said to ABC News.
She was asked if she meant that having Cheney in leadership meant that an insurrection, as they call it, could happen again.
“I think there’s no question. We’ve now seen the consequences. We’ve seen how far President Trump was willing to go. We’ve seen not only his provocation of the attack, but his refusal to send help when it was needed,” she said.
Cheney went on to say that she believed other Republicans would have backed her but that were in fear for their lives.
“I know that there are many members who have expressed concern about their own security, and I think that’s an important point to think about as well, that we now live in a country where members’ votes are affected because they’re worried about their security, they’re worried about threats on their lives. So I think that’s part of it,” she said.
The congresswoman was removed from House Republican leadership on a voice vote, with no roll call, CNN reported.
House Republicans have removed Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair over her opposition to former President Trump.
Cheney voted to impeach Trump and has repeatedly rebutted his baseless claims of election fraud.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he supports replacing Cheney with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has a more moderate voting record but is a staunch Trump supporter.
“If you want leaders who will enable and spread [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from,” she said before the vote.
“I promise you this, after today, I will be leading the fight to restore our party and our nation to conservative principles, to defeating socialism, to defending our republic, to making the GOP worthy again of being the party of Lincoln,” she said on Tuesday, the day prior to the vote.
“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar,” she said.
“I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” she said.
But even after Cheney was removed from leadership she gave a defiant speech in which she admitted that she will do everything she can to prevent Trump from getting back to the White House.
Cheney does not have much power left but her plan appears to be some attempt to wrestle the party away from Trump supporters.
“I will do everything in my power to see that the former president never gets anywhere near the oval office again,” she said.
Before Cheney was removed, Trump issued a statement calling Cheney a warmonger.
“The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a great opportunity today to rid themselves of a poor leader, a major Democrat talking point, a warmonger, and a person with absolutely no personality or heart,” he said. “As a representative of the Great State of Wyoming, Liz Cheney is bad for our Country and bad for herself. “
“Almost everyone in the Republican Party, including 90% of Wyoming, looks forward to her ouster—and that includes me!” he said.