House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik is pushing full steam ahead with her support for former President Trump ahead of his possible impeachment on Tuesday.
“We need Trump more than ever,” the New York Republican told DailyMail.com in an interview at the House Republican retreat in Orlando, Florida.
“In fact, I think Trump will be in a stronger position than ever before,” Stefanik said, assuring that he would support the former president even if he were convicted of a crime.
House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik is pushing full steam ahead with her support for former President Trump ahead of his potential indictment on Tuesday.
The Republican conference chairwoman said she had spoken with Trump since breaking the news of a possible indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, but would “not go into detail” about what they discussed. ‘We communicate regularly.’
“I am concentrating on the work of the weapons selection subcommittee,” she said. I think Alvin Bragg should be brought before Congress to testify under oath.
This morning, three Republican leaders of the Judiciary, Oversight and Administration committees demanded that Bragg testify before them and provide any communication between the New York district attorney’s office and the Justice Department.
Stefanik supported Trump’s call to protest if impeached, even as President Kevin McCarthy urged “calm.”
“When President Trump turned that off, he said he was protesting peacefully,” Stefanik said.
“It’s up to the American people to make sure that we’re communicating that this is fundamentally un-American and overreach by a radical district attorney.”
The Republican conference chairperson also signaled that she would agree if Trump asked her to run as his vice president.
“It would be an honor to serve in a Trump administration,” the president said. “I am focused on doing my job as chairman of the House Republican conference. I’ll tell you that’s a long time in politics. That’s like a lifetime in politics from here to then.
Trump said he expects to be arrested this week on New York state charges related to his payment ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Prosecutors argue that he violated a New York law that prohibits falsifying business records when he marked a $130,000 payment to Daniels as “legal expenses.”
Trump could be charged with falsifying business records in connection with payments to his former attorney, Michael Cohen, who served jail time after pleading guilty to using campaign finances on Daniels.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York (left) and former President Donald Trump (right)
Donald Trump asserted Saturday that his arrest is imminent and issued an extraordinary call for his supporters to protest as a New York grand jury investigates hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, who alleged sexual encounters with the former president.
It is not a case. It is what is considered a zombie case because there is no case there,” Stefanik said.
While House Republicans were in Florida to discuss their agenda, Trump once again dominated the news cycle, and coverage of his possible impeachment has dwarfed any new policy.
More moderate Republicans are more hesitant to comment on a potential impeachment that has yet to be released.
“I would withhold any judgment on the impeachment until I see it,” Rep. Dusty Johnson, chairman of the centrist GOP Main Street Caucus, told DailyMail.com.
I don’t even know what has been confirmed that it will actually come. It seems we have more rumors than anything right now.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential rival to Trump in the 2024 White House bid, was among those reluctant to defend the former president, drawing the ire of the Trump world.
‘So, I’ve seen rumors swirling; I haven’t seen any facts yet,” DeSantis finally said Monday morning. The Manhattan District Attorney is a Soros-funded prosecutor.
DeSantis added that he doesn’t know “what goes into paying hush money to a porn star to ensure silence about some kind of alleged affair.”
When asked about the Florida governor’s tepid comments, Stefanik said: ‘Well, people are going to have to back up their own statements. I’ve been very clear: I think it’s important that people stand up for equal justice under the law.’
Later in the day, he delivered a more forceful rebuke of DeSantis and his comments to reporters. “I think it’s going to start to fall in the polls. It has already seen landslides in the last two weeks.