Politics House Republicans are plotting to oust Liz Cheney and replace her with a pro-Trump woman
Liz Cheney live updates: House Republicans expected to vote on removing her from leadership
The vote is the result of weeks of drama among House Republicans, some who see Rep. Liz Cheney's criticism of Donald Trump as a distraction.Cheney, the third most-powerful House Republican, has angered some in the party for her repeated criticism of Trump and his claim the 2020 election was stolen from him. A vote behind closed doors and by secret ballot is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
- House Republicans are plotting to replace Rep. Liz Cheney, Axios reported.
- It follows her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump.
- Potential replacements include Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, .
House Republicans are lining up replacements for the GOP leadership spot held by Rep. Liz Cheney following her sustained criticism of former President Donald Trump,.
Liz Cheney's future in Republican leadership decided by voice vote in closed-door meeting
Under long-standing conference rules, votes were cast in secret by the members who physically show up to the morning meeting in the Capitol. No proxy voting is allowed. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. A simple majority of those voting decided Cheney's fate. That's what happened in February when some Republicans sought to strip Cheney of the leadership post following the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump that she supported. The vote was 145-61 (with one abstention) by voice vote to keep Cheney on as conference chair.
Cheney, the third most senior House Republican, has been a vocal critic of the former president and voted to impeach him in January.
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Her most recent criticism of Trump came on Monday when she tweeted: "The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."
Axiosthat House Republicans are now considering introducing efforts to replace her with one of her female colleagues, including Reps. Elise Stefanik, Ann Wagner, and Jackie Walorski, none of whom joined Liz Cheney in calling for Trump's impeachment.
Both Stefanik and Walorski objected to the Electoral College certification of the election in January.
The House Republicans believe Cheney can't be succeeded by a white man and their could move against her as soon as May 12, when the Conference next meets,.
Who is Liz Cheney? House Republicans' No. 3, daughter of a VP, Trump critic
Liz Cheney is the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who held the same GOP leadership position from which she may be ousted.Cheney was one of 10 Republicans in the House to vote for Trump's impeachment over his alleged incitement of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, and has since remained firm in her belief that Trump's rhetoric led to the violence.
-Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney)
Cheney comfortablyfollowing intense criticism over her decision to vote for Trump's impeachment.
But several factors have imperiled Cheney's leadership position since then, not least the continued efforts of Trump - who still exerts a vice-like grip on the Republican Party - to ensure Cheney's political demise.
The schism between Cheney and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has also grown far more apparent since February,.
McCarthy publicly backed Cheney to remain in post in February, but last week refused to offer the same endorsement, saying instead: "."
He alsoin last week, saying: "There's a responsibility, if you're gonna be in leadership, leaders eat last. And when leaders try to go out, and not work as one team, it creates difficulties."
She was also intensely criticized by House colleagues for giving a fist bump to President Biden last week.
House GOP set to vote on ousting Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership .
Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, has repeatedly bashed Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged against him. Your browser does not support this video House Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday on whether to strip vocal Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney of her party leadership role and replace her with pro-Trump Rep. Elise Stefanik.A no-confidence vote is likely to come during a closed-door GOP conference meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. ET.