Challenger wants Stefanik to release correspondences

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SARATOGA — Following recent reports that the White House records turned over to the House Committee investigating the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 contained a more than seven-hour gap in former President Donald Trump’s phone logs, congressional candidate Matt Castelli, who is challenging Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, Schuylerville, has called on Stefanik to release all her correspondence with the White House between Election Day 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021.

“Trump’s missing phone logs on January 6 span the duration of the violent Capitol insurrection when he is reported to have spoken with numerous individuals, including members of Congress,” Castelli’s statement said.

“This news comes the same week as a federal judge noted that Trump’s actions leading up to January 6 likely amounted to federal crimes,” the statement continued.

“The people of NY-21 deserve truth, accountability, and transparency from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. With her close ties and blind allegiance to former President Trump and recent revelations that Trump’s call logs contain a 7-hour gap spanning the violent Capitol insurrection, I am once again calling on Congresswoman Stefanik to release all correspondence between her and the Trump White House on January 6th,” said Castelli, a former officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“NY-21 deserves to know what Elise Stefanik and President Trump are hiding from the American people. Stefanik’s failure to at a minimum go on record about what she knew and when she knew it about January 6th is great cause for alarm and a reminder that there are still
those in power that remain an ongoing threat to our democracy,” the Democratic challenger added.

“On behalf of the people of the NY-21 and my oath to our Constitution, I am repeating my demand that Representative Stefanik release any and all correspondence — including e-mails, notes, phone records, and text messages — between her, her office, and her staff with the Trump White House between November 3, 2020 and January 6, 2021,” Castelli said.

Stefanik has repeatedly denied any and all allegations of impropriety.

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