July 28th, 2023
by Jenny Goldsberry
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) remained hopeful for former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign despite the indictments against him.
The chairwoman of the House Republican Conference appeared on Fox and Friends on Friday to discuss the three new charges brought against Trump, including allegations of deleting security footage at his Mar-a-Lago home, bringing the total number of charges in the indictment to 40. Stefanik was elected to head the GOP in the House with Trump’s support, as her predecessor, then-Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, was his vocal opponent.
“But what the establishment doesn’t realize is this will strengthen President’s Trump position, not only in the primary but in the general election because it epitomizes the weaponization of these federal agencies and the Department of Justice against President Trump,” Stefanik said. “They need to be reined in. And the reason why President Trump is in such a strong position among many is he is uniquely positioned to drain the swamp.”
Stefanik referred to the recently failed plea deal the DOJ had made with Hunter Biden over the charges against him for tax and gun crimes. The deal, agreed to by U.S. Attorney David Weiss, has since been struck by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika for being “much broader than just the gun charge” in possibly not allowing prosecution for further crimes related to the investigation.
“Now, we know how deep the swamp really goes and how weaponized it is, not only against Joe Biden’s top political opponent but everyday American people who don’t get to live by the same rules as if your last name happens to be Biden or Clinton,” Stefanik said.
The former president is facing off against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, political commentator Larry Elder, businessman Perry Johnson, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy in the race to win the GOP presidential nomination.
Read the article in the Washington Post here.