Migrant flights, Cuomo cover-up top Stefanik’s priority list for GOP investigations

Upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik, the powerful leader of the GOP House Conference, has vowed to subpoena the Department of Homeland Security for information about secret migrant flights into New York state if Republicans regain control of Congress after this fall’s midterm elections.

“We need all the data, all the information from the Department of Homeland Security, from every federal agency that’s involved in this smuggling operation, this human trafficking operation that’s being funded by taxpayers in the dark of night,” Stefanik exclusively told The Post interview.

The Post exclusively revealed last fall that charter flights from Texas landed at Westchester County Airport — usually in the early hours of the morning — to help the federal government smooth a rush of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Flights were briefly suspended after The Post’s initial synopsis, but resumed last month.

“We have received little to no response from all of our deployments [Homeland Security] secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas,” said Stefanik. “This will have an oversight role. If you have a Republican majority, you can demand and subpoena those records. That’s what we want to do.”

After the migrants land in Westchester, they are placed on buses and distributed across the tri-state area. A source told The Post in October that the migrants’ destinations are in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Newburgh state, and Bridgeport and Danbury in Connecticut.

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Republicans feel Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is leaving them in the dark with unanswered questions.
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Stefanik wants a detailed report on the secret flights that immigrants bring in.
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In April, a busload of teenagers being pursued by The Post drove the length of the New Jersey Turnpike before dropping off their passengers at the Walt Whitman rest stop in Cherry Hill, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. After disembarking, the teenagers retrieved their bags and left with adults who had been waiting for them.

Similar flights have been reported by officials in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

In addition to the migrant flights, Stefanik also wants to subpoena Gov. Kathy Hochul’s government over records related to the disgraced ex-government. Andrew Cuomo’s cover-up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 as a result of his pandemic policies.

“I want to go back to the very beginning,” she said, beginning with the introduction of the infamous “March 25 ordinance,” which required nursing homes to accept “medically stable” COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals.

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New York has recorded the deaths of more than 15,000 nursing home residents with COVID-19.
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Independent experts estimate there have been at least 1,000 more deaths in long-term care facilities thanks to the order. More than 15,000 residents have died from the deadly virus — either in long-term care facilities or after being transferred to hospitals because they were so ill, data from the New York State Department of Health shows.

“I want to know how much Kathy Hochul knew – because she definitely knew. She was an incumbent vice governor, she had access to this data on a daily basis,” said Stefanik.

Hochul recently announced that her administration is hiring independent experts to conduct a review of New York’s response to COVID-19, including an examination of how the state’s policies have affected people in nursing homes.

Stefanik told the Post she will also subpoena the Biden administration for additional information about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Your priority list also includes:

  • Subpoena for records related to the horrific 2018 Schoharie County limo accident that killed 20 New Yorkers
  • Documents subpoena related to the firing of an upstate Pre-K teacher for her views on COVID-19 masking
  • Protecting dairy farmers’ rights and the ability for students to choose what kind of milk they drink in schools – a nod to their ongoing battle with NYC Mayor Eric Adams and his opposition to the use of chocolate milk in public schools the city
  • Ensure that “Federal dollars only go to states that have law enforcement and security policies in place.”
  • Drafting legislation to curb drug overdoses and the illegal flow of fentanyl into the United States

Experts say the GOP is favored to win back the House this November after four years in minority, meaning Stefanik could take on the role of majority whip if the House Republican hierarchy remains the same.

Elise Stefanik and Donald Trump
Stefanik and former President Donald Trump have a good relationship.
Facebook / Elise Stefanik

However, recent reports suggest that Stefanik could also be in line for an even bigger role: former President Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024 should he decide to run.

Stefanik is a well-known favorite of Trump, who is hosting his fourth fundraiser for her at his fancy Westchester golf course next month and has even featured her as his 2028 presidential pick.

“People know I’m there to work for them, and serving as the conference chair just increases my ability to get things done,” she told the Post. “I mean, when you become a senior member of Congress, you know how to run the process.

“I’m always focused on delivering results.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/migrant-flights-cuomo-coverup-top-stefaniks-gop-probe-priority-list/ Migrant flights, Cuomo cover-up top Stefanik’s priority list for GOP investigations

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