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WASHINGTON – The vote Wednesday onas a member of House Republican leadership was conducted by a voice vote behind closed doors.
Cheney was in the room when the vote to oust her as the chair of the House Republican Conference, the chamber's, took place.
Under, votes were cast in a closed-door meeting by the members who physically show up to the morning meeting in the Capitol. No proxy voting is allowed.
A simple majority of those voting decided Cheney's fate.
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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. Theby voice vote to keep Cheney on as conference chair.
At the time, Cheney benefitted from the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the lack of a clear alternative. But her support from those in GOP leadership is running dry. Some members including McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican., and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who chairs the chamber's largest GOP caucus, the Republican Study Committee, all have come out against Cheney.
Congressional votes on official business, such as bills, resolutions and nominations, are open and recorded, forcing lawmakers to go on the record with their positions. Party machinations are different, often hidden from public view.
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Because of the closed-door nature of the vote, it won't be immediately clear who voted with Cheney or against her.
Cheney had some allies in the room. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who also voted to impeach Trump, has come out in favor of the Wyoming Republican.
“I think the reality is that we as a party need to have an internal look and a full accounting as to what led to January 6,"I mean, right now it’s basically like we’re the Titanic. We’re in the middle of this slow sink, there’s a band on deck telling everyone it’s fine, meanwhile, Donald Trump is looking for women’s clothing trying to get on the first life boat."
On Wednesday morning, after the vote, Kinzinger said, “What happened today was sad.”
Cheney's vote to impeach Trump in January and her continued pushback against Trump's baseless claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the November election have fueled the momentum to remove her from leadership.
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House Republicans could vote as early as Wednesday to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair, a move that would underscore former President Donald Trump's firm grip on the party months after leaving office. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 14: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) attends a press conference following a House Republican caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House Republican members spoke about their recent trip to the southern border and the surge of migrant children entering the United States.
Trump has endorsed her ouster,as a "warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership" in a statement issued last week through his Save America PAC.
"We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First," the former president said.
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Liz Cheney said she regrets voting for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, speaking in a "This Week" interview with ABC Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl. "It was a vote based on policy, based on substance and in terms of the kinds of policies he put forward that were good for the country. But I think it's fair to say that I regret the vote." © ABC News Cheney, R-Wyo., also blasted House Republicans for elevating Rep.