REP Liz Cheney will remain the No. 3 Republican as GOP members backed her despite her controversial vote to impeach then-President Donald Trump.
Cheney kept her leadership role after a 145-61 secret-ballot vote among House Republicans on Wednesday that overshadowed a push by hard-right conservatives to oust her.
Rep Liz Cheney remained the No. 3 Republican after a 145-61 secret-ballot voteCredit: Reuters
Rep Liz Cheney voted to impeach then-President Donald TrumpCredit: AP:Associated Press
The Wyoming representative reportedly told her colleagues during the closed-door session that she would not apologize for voting to impeach Trump.
During a press conference after the vote, Cheney said, “We’re not going to be divided and we’re not going to be in a situation where people can pick off any member of leadership,” according to The New York Times.
“It was a very resounding acknowledgment that we need to go forward together,” she said.
Hard-right Freedom Caucus members accused Cheney of “aiding the enemy” by issuing a statement on why she backed the impeachment effort against Trump on the day before the vote, The Times reported.
Democrats set a vote on Thursday to remove Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committeesCredit: Reuters
Only 10 House Republicans voted to impeach then-President Donald TrumpCredit: Reuters
Some of Cheney’s colleagues were especially angry that she referred to herself as the House Republican Conference chairwoman in her statement abandoning Trump.
Rep Jim Jordan, one of Trump’s biggest allies, argued that Cheney could not represent the GOP, since the majority of members opposed impeaching Trump.
Cheney was one of only 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching the 45th president.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reinforced his support for Cheney during a break in the private session.
Rep Liz Cheney said the secret-ballot vote was showed that Republicans ‘need to go forward together’Credit: AP:Associated Press
Rep Liz Cheney did not apologize for voting to impeach then-President Donald TrumpCredit: AFP or licensors
“People can have differences of opinion. That’s what you can have a discussion about. Liz has a right to vote her conscience,” McCarthy said, referring to her impeachment vote.
After the meeting, McCarthy told reporters that Cheney’s position on impeachment, though in the minority, was not reason enough to further fracture the party.
“Two years from now, we’re going to win the majority. That’s because this conference is more united,” he said.
“We’ve got the right leadership team behind it.”
Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who previously chaired the House Republican Conference, stood by Cheney and said it was not the time to reconfigure the party’s leadership.
A vocal critic of Trump, Rep Adam Kinzinger, also defended Cheney and accused McCarthy of putting more effort into keeping conspiracy theorist Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene on her committees.
Hours before the vote on Cheney, McCarthy slammed Democrats for scheduling a House vote on Thursday to remove Greene from her committees, after she endorsed violence against Democratic lawmakers.