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Politics Senior Republicans Back Liz Cheney amid Calls for Replacement over Impeachment Vote

11:41  22 january  2021
11:41  22 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Rep. Liz Cheney just backed impeaching Trump — and even Mitch McConnell may be open to it

  Rep. Liz Cheney just backed impeaching Trump — and even Mitch McConnell may be open to it For the first time, there are signs some top Republican leaders are ready to take action against Trump.Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third-ranking Republican leader in the House of Representatives, is already on board — she announced Tuesday afternoon that she will vote in favor of House Democrats’ impeachment article accusing Trump of incitement of insurrection. And, even more intriguingly, several anonymously sourced leaks claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes Trump committed impeachable offenses and that McConnell welcomes the impeachment process.

Rep. Liz Cheney reacts to the heat she's taken from her caucus over voting to impeach former President Trump on 'America's Newsroom.'

Liz Cheney , R-Wyo., was less interested Thursday in discussing backlash from the party over her She has faced calls to step down from her post after she was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Wyoming republicans censure cheney over trump impeachment vote .

Several senior Republicans are lining up behind congresswoman Liz Cheney as calls for her to be replaced as chair of the House Republican Conference have grown since her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Liz Cheney, Kevin McCarthy are posing for a picture: U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other Republican members of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senior Republicans are backing Cheney to remain as House Republican Conference chair. © Samuel Corum/Getty Images U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a news conference with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other Republican members of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senior Republicans are backing Cheney to remain as House Republican Conference chair.

Cheney, who represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district, is the third ranking Republican in the House. Some of her colleagues have been pushing for her to be replaced.

The Cheney-McCarthy rift busts open

  The Cheney-McCarthy rift busts open The Republican leaders' split on impeachment presages a bigger battle over Trump and the GOP.The decision by Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, to split with the minority leader and embrace Trump’s impeachment marks the most dramatic rift in the upper rungs of GOP leadership since Trump took office. It caps a years-long tussle between the party leaders over how closely the GOP should align itself with Trump and where the party should go after he leaves office.

Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) to remain chairwoman of the House Republican Conference as she faces pushback from conservatives for voting to impeach Cheney has asserted she has no plans to vacate her position, telling reporters last week that it was a “ vote of conscience” and that “she’s not

Liz Cheney , R-Wyo., one of the top Republicans in the House of Representatives, has a primary challenger for the 2022 election after voting to impeach President “By announcing her decision to vote for impeachment Representative Cheney denied President Trump due process; she judged the

However, some of the most senior House Republicans have backed Cheney in recent days amid a push for unity in the party, which now finds itself in a minority in both the House and Senate, though the Democratic majority in the Senate depends on Vice President Kamala Harris' deciding vote.

Congressman Michael McCaul, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, publicly opposed replacing Cheney on Thursday.

"Removing Liz as the Conference Chair when she did exactly what the Leader told all of us to do – vote her conscience – sends a bad message," McCaul said.

"And I've spoken with many members of our Conference who have expressed their support for Liz and her leadership. I have confidence she will remain in her position and she has my support."

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Liz Cheney , R-Wyo., for voting with nine other House Republicans to impeach President Trump on Washington republican who backed trump impeachment faces backlash "I will continue to talk to and hear from my constituents all over Wyoming," Cheney told the Casper

Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for voting to impeach President Trump along with nine other GOP House lawmakers, Fox News reports"Representative Cheney has violated the trust of The Carbon County Republican Party in Wyoming voted unanimously to censure Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for voting

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump for a second time. At the time, she pulled no punches in a strong statement explaining her actions.

House Freedom Caucus chairman Congressman Andy Biggs of Arizona and freshman Congress Matt Rosendale of Montana have been leading figures in an effort to force a vote on Cheney's future. Other members have publicly called for her resignation, including prominent Trump ally, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz.

However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican Whip Steve Scalise, the two most senior Republicans in the House, have both said they want Cheney to stay in her role.

GOP divided over Liz Cheney's future

  GOP divided over Liz Cheney's future Republicans are divided over the future of House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) after her vote Wednesday to impeach President Trump.Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) are circulating a petition that seeks to force Cheney out of her leadership role for her decision, which she called a "vote of conscience."They say her decision to announce her position a day before the vote gave Democrats talking points to go after Republicans.Cheney didn't take part in the floor debate, but she was mentioned repeatedly by Democratic Speakers.

Rep. Liz Cheney tells 'America's Newsroom' that the House GOP conference has much to unite on after she cast her impeachment vote against President Trump.

Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach President Trump this month. Back in Wyoming, the response has been mixed, reflecting the durability of the Cheney name — her father There have been calls for Cheney to resign from Congress and defenders who say her vote reflects

"We will have a conference next week. We won't air it to the public. But we'll answer the questions everybody has. This is the same leadership team with the ranking members and others that came five seats away from winning a majority when everybody in America thought we were going to lose 20 seats," McCarthy said on Thursday.

"Yes, we allow differences of opinion inside our conference. They're welcomed. But I think there's questions that need to be answered, style in which things were delivered. At the end of the day, we will unify because our policies are right, which will unify us," he said.

"Do we have growing pains? Yes, we will. But we will do it in our private manner of a conference that we hold every time and we'll have it next week."

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Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy discussed 2022 election during Florida meeting as Trump allies target pro-impeachment Republicans .
The Trump-McCarthy meeting takes place less than two weeks before the Senate impeachment trial, and a year before potentially divisive GOP primaries.Trump and McCarthy "discussed many topics, number one of which was taking back the House in 2022," said a readout from the ex-president's office. "President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his endorsement means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time.

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