Rep. Elise Stefanik goes scorched earth on federal intelligence agencies: ‘There were crimes’

As a newly-appointed member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) says she “absolutely believe[s] crimes were committed.”

Speaking with the New York Post following her appointment by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) last week, Stefanik pointed to the indictment of former FBI Special Agent Charles McGonigal in Change of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in New York on charges of violating U.S. sanctions on Russia to work for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

“Look at most recently the bombshell news report of FBI head of counter-intelligence in New York state — part of the Mueller special investigation — he was taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Russia,” Stefanik said.

“So yes,” she added, “there are crimes.”

As BizPac Review previously reported, the new House Select Subcommittee will be looking into abuses by the federal government and intelligence agencies, much as the Church Committee did in the mid-1970s.

It was during that investigation, led by Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho), that Americans learned of such nefarious deeds as the CIA’s “Behavioral Modification” program, known as “Project MKULTRA,” and the FBI’s tendency to “disrupt” groups such as the Black Panthers with COINTELPRO, short for “Counterintelligence Program.”

The FBI’s tactics under the latter program, many so-called conspiracy theorists will note, is not unlike the agency’s infiltration of the Wolverine Watchmen, the group those same “conspiracy theorists” say was pushed into a hair-brained scheme to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

In August of last year, FBI informant Dan Chappel, who was involved with the Watchmen’s plot,  accused the Bureau of asking the Michigan State Police to let protesters into the Capitol on January 6.

Stefanik told The Post she hopes the new subcommittee will yield “transparency and accountability” for the intel agencies.

Church 2.0 will receive “at least as much” funding as the Trump-hating Dems received for their Jan. 6 committee, BizPac Review noted, and Stefanik believes it will result in new legislation.

“There will be legislation, I think, that will be introduced as a result of this oversight,” she told The Post. “That’s not a partisan goal. These government agencies have a responsibility to serve the American people, not the other way around.”

The formation of the Church-style committee was one of the promises Speaker Kevin McCarthy made to the America First conservatives, such as Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Dan Bishop of North Carolina, who, along with Freedom Caucus members, held out and won a host of crucial concessions from the California Rep. before handing him the gavel.

The Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government will be chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and will reportedly be comprised of eight Republicans and five Democrats.

“America’s greatness is defined by the freedoms enshrined by our founders,” tweeted Speaker McCarthy of its formation. “When government colludes with private companies to infringe on those rights, it MUST answer for that abuse.”

“The Select Committee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government,” he vowed, “will bring accountability.”



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