Between the lines: Republican leaders believe Stefanik, the only GOP woman on the Intelligence Committee, provides a fresh, female voice for the party.
Trump on Tuesday afternoon retweeted House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, who gave a shout-out to Stefanik for making the point that the president ultimately sets foreign policy, not his staff.
“It’s pretty powerful for Republicans to have a split screen of a young woman going after Schiff — this older white man,” said one GOP official working on impeachment.
Some Republicans are comparing Stefanik to star Democratic freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “She’s an attractive, young, woman, that can contrast perfectly against Adam Schiff,” a second Republican aide working on impeachment texted. “That’s what the Dems do with us. Say we’re a party of old white guys, while they trot out AOC as the young face of the party.”