Stefanik caught the attention of the nationals in this first race – she was the youngest woman elected to Congress at the time – and was seen as a rising star among Republican types.
But something big happened last week during the early days of a public impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's behavior toward Ukraine: It became a viral sensation in Trumpworld.
Stephanic tried to speak and / or question Ambassador Marie Jovanovic, who testified before the House Intelligence Committee about her removal by President Trump as Ukraine's top diplomat. It was silenced by the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (California). Ranking member Devin Nunes (California) then interrupted Schiff to say that he recognized Stephanic to use some of the 45 minutes of time for questions set aside for him and Schiff. Schiff continued to hit the hammer, noting that, according to the rules of investigation, Nunes was not allowed to give his 45 minutes to any other member.
"Are you looking at the young lady from New York?" Nunes told Schiff.
Now, according to the established rules, Schiff was right. Both he and Nunes have 45 minutes to interview witnesses in the impeachment hearings. (All other members have five minutes.) But the only person each of the men can allow to use this time – different from them – is the committee lawyer sitting next to them on the daisy. The rules are forbidden from devoting a portion of those 45 minutes to another member of Congress.
It doesn't matter! The image of Schiff going down with a young woman in Congress who refused to let her speak was a trap for the wing of Trump from GHG.
When Stephanik received a call – in the five minutes she had given up – she raised questions about the expediency of Hunter Biden to serve on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company and focused on the fact that anti-tank weapons were shipped to Ukraine under Trump and not Barack Obama.
She also categorically defended Trump in the news conference after the hearing, after much of the hearing was spent talking about whether Trump knew Jovanovic on twitter.
"These hearings are not for tweets, but for the impeachment of the President of the United States," Stefanik told a controversial press briefing after Friday's hearing. "It's a constitutional question. You may disagree or dislike the tweet, but we're here to talk about impeachment and nothing in this room today. Nothing in this room this week, nothing rises to the level of imminent crime. "  Stefanik herself told CNN earlier on Friday that she did not agree with the tweet in question.
Stefanik's viral moment continues to remain in the political consciousness thanks to George Conway, husband of White House Senior Counselor Kelly Conway and one of Trump's most outspoken and harsh critics and his Republican allies.
like it or not, the result of all this for Stefanik is nothing but good. Obviously, she has a look at leadership roles within the Parliamentary Parliament, and it has emerged that since Trump's election, the only path to success within the WFP is to be a fervent ally of the president.