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Politics Cheney faces new calls to step down after CPAC comments

07:16  26 february  2021
07:16  26 february  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming is coming under fire again after breaking ranks with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Cheney said Wednesday that it's "up to CPAC" to allow former President Trump to speak, and she added "I've been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6, I don't believe he should be playing a role in the party."

a man wearing a suit and tie: House Republican Leaders Hold Press Conference At The Capitol © Al Drago / Getty Images House Republican Leaders Hold Press Conference At The Capitol

CBS News asked both Cheney and McCarthy if Mr. Trump should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend.

Liz Cheney Says Trump Should Not Be 'Playing a Role' in U.S., GOP's Future Ahead of His CPAC Speech

  Liz Cheney Says Trump Should Not Be 'Playing a Role' in U.S., GOP's Future Ahead of His CPAC Speech "That's up to CPAC. I've been clear about my views about President Trump and the extent to which, following January 6, I don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country," Cheney said.While speaking to reporters, Cheney was asked if she believes that Trump should speak at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC).

McCarthy replied: "Yes, he should."

Cheney, the third-ranking Republican in the House, was one of 10 Republicans who broke with the party to vote to impeach Mr. Trump on a charge of inciting the insurrection of the Capitol on January 6. Three weeks after the impeachment vote, House Republicans voted 145-61 to keep her in a leadership role. But the Wyoming Republican party censured her a few days later.

a man wearing a suit and tie: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) whispers to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a House Republican Leadership news conference in the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. / Credit: Al Drago / Getty Images © Provided by CBS News House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) whispers to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a House Republican Leadership news conference in the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. / Credit: Al Drago / Getty Images

Members of the House Freedom Caucus seized on her statement Thursday and renewed calls for the No. 3 House Republican to be removed from her leadership post.

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"I do not believe she is able to carry that out any further," said Arizona Representative Andy Biggs. "If she had any sense of shame, she would step down."

Texas Republican Chip Roy considers Cheney "a friend" and defended her initial attempted ouster following her vote to impeach the former President but told reporters the House GOP conference should have another conversation about her role.

"Liz forfeited her right to be Chair of the Republican caucus. She cannot stand up and make a statement that is so completely out of step with the Republican conference," Roy said. "I think it was short-sighted, but I also think it was purposeful and I think that's the problem."

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was recently removed from her committee assignments for pushing conspiracy theories, called Cheney a "fool" and said she is "disconnected with the base."

Republican leaders split while CPAC prepares to unite around Trump

  Republican leaders split while CPAC prepares to unite around Trump The annual confab is already showing how top GOP officials are making wildly different bets on the future of their party.The Missouri Republican lawmaker stood at the microphones alongside House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for their weekly news conference, usually a staid affair where GOP leaders project unity before a dubious Capitol Hill press corps. Then Smith watched McCarthy and Cheney clash over Donald Trump's role in their party — all live on C-SPAN.

McCarthy also distanced himself from Cheney when asked for his reaction.

"The idea that a Republican would join with the cancel culture, I just think is wrong. It's beyond just having a difference of opinion," he said in an interview on Fox & Friends.

Cheney's office declined to comment.  Earlier this week during a keynote address to the Reagan Institute, she renewed her criticism of Mr. Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection on January 6.

"The president and many around him pushed this idea that the election had been stolen. And that is a dangerous claim. It wasn't true," she said.

The awkward moment between McCarthy and Cheney exposed a widening rift in the GOP, which has been at odds over the role of the former President.

Trump adviser Jason Miller told CBS News that Mr. Trump will be "a force" in the 2022 midterms.

"He's already committed to helping Republicans win back the House and the Senate. You're going to see a lot more activity on that front," Miller said.

Late Thursday on Fox News, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would not say whether the former President should speak at CPAC but affirmed he would "absolutely" support Mr. Trump if he is the 2024 presidential nominee.

Mr. Trump has called McConnell a "dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack" after the Kentucky Republican suggested Mr. Trump could be subject to criminal prosecution following his acquittal in the impeachment trial.

The former president will address the CPAC conference in Orlando on Sunday afternoon. McCarthy will speak on Saturday. Cheney and McConnell are not listed on the agenda.

Kimberly Brown and Alan He contributed to this report.

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The former president rejected the idea of setting up a rival third party and indicated his desire to have a sway over the Republican Party.Trump listed Republican representatives who voted to impeach him in the House and Senators who subsequently voted to convict him during his speech as he addressed the conference on Sunday, branding them "grandstanders.

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