On Thursday, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) layed out some of the priorities of the newly formed Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
Stefanik said that she believes the Committee could very well find illegal acts on the part of federal government agencies such as the FBI after two years with virtually no oversight in to their activities.
Among acts that Stefanik believed were abusive or potentially criminal, she mentioned the Department of Justice raid on Mar-a-Lago, illegal spying against the Trump campaign in 2016, and the more recent news of one of the top Special Counsel investigators in a Trump impeachment probe being found guilty of accepting bribes from Russia.
Stefanik cited the need for the agencies to face reform and said that the American public has a right to know of the extent to which they have been politicized under the Biden administration to target conservative politicians, activists, and members of the media.
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Stefanik, who chairs the House Republican Conference, spoke to Breitbart News in an interview about what to anticipate from the panel after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) named her and 11 other Republicans as members of it this week.
“We’re coming off of two years of single-party Democrat rule, when there was virtually no oversight effectively of these agencies that have run afoul, and, in many cases, I believe, have committed illegal acts,” Stefanik said.
The subcommittee, led by Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), will have far-reaching authority to investigate the Justice Department, intelligence community organizations like the FBI and CIA, and private companies like Twitter.
Modeled after the famous 1975 Church Committee chaired by former Sen. Frank Church, the subcommittee is expected to have a massive budget — roughly the size of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) now-dissolved January 6 committee — to probe allegations of civil liberties violations within the agencies.