Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), co-founder of the Arch Conservative Party, said at the Capitol on Wednesday: “The meeting should have a vote on this.” “We should have a second vote.” Cheney won in November. Unanimously re-elected.
The resolution obtained by POLITICO stated that Cheney’s position “does not reflect the position of the Republican majority meeting, which humiliated the meeting and created discord.”
Cheney however made it clear that she had no intention of leaving voluntarily.
She told Politico at the Capitol: “I will not go to anything. This is a vote of conscience. This is where we have different views at the meeting. However, due to the civil war and the constitutional crisis, our country is facing unprecedented Challenges.
She added: “This is what we need to focus on.”
At the same time, according to a copy of POLITICO, New York Republican Representative John Katko also voted for impeachment. He began to distribute a letter on Wednesday expressing his support for Cheney and rejecting the call for Cheney to step down. .
The party’s right-wing counterattack emphasized that even after Trump instigated a mob to attack the Capitol, supporting Trump’s removal may still be a politically harmful move by the Republican Party. In addition to being condemned by colleagues, Republicans who voted for impeachment may also find themselves the subject of a major pro-Trump challenge.
In addition to Cheney and Katko, eight other Republicans voted against Trump on Wednesday: Rep. Adam Ginger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Jaime Erre of Washington. La Betteler, Dan Newhouse in Washington, David Varadou in California, Tom Rice in South Carolina, Gonzalez in Anthony Ohio and Peter Meyer in Michigan.
The source said, however, Cheney had told colleagues that she wanted to stand on the right side of history and described it as a “vote of conscience” in a private conversation.
Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican who publicly supports impeachment, issued a statement on Tuesday explaining her support for Trump’s impeachment, saying that he “called this mob, assembled the mob, and ignited this time. The flame of the attack” at the U.S. Capitol last week.
She said: “The President of the United States has never betrayed his office and his pledge to the Constitution more than ever.”
Cheney’s stance directly aligns her with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and minority whip Steve Scalise (Minority Whip Steve Scalise) (R-Calif.) La.) both opposed the impeachment of odds and created a dramatic rift in the leadership of the Republican Party.
Some in the Republican meeting were frustrated with all of its leaders.
“I think Kevin and Steve support the unconstitutional challenge of the election and when [Liz Cheney] To support impeachment that is flawed in the constitution, we have leadership issues. “Rep. Ken Barker (R-Colo.) told reporters.
McCarthy declined to answer questions from reporters on Wednesday, asking whether he thinks Cheney should continue to assume leadership positions. But an intervening House Republican was not a member of the Liberty Caucus and did not want to see Cheney step down. He predicted that the majority of the GOP meeting would support her release from leadership.
However, Cheney’s allies want her to stay safe and believe that it is a bad thing for the Republican Party to punish Cheney instead of Trump.
Other Republicans participated in Cheney’s defense on Wednesday, including freshman Rep. Nancy Mace. South Carolina Republicans did not vote to impeach Trump, but she was critical of the president and his Republican colleagues’ role in the crisis.
Metz said: “We should not silence dissenting voices.” “That’s one of the reasons we are today. We allow QAnon conspiracy theorists to lead us.”
Representative Roper (R-Texas) also rejected Cheney’s call to step down, even though they were different in impeaching them. He said: “Liz should be praised, not condemned, because she defends the Constitution and is true to her beliefs.”
Democratic Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) tweeted that Cheney is “much more spineless than most people” and “With my full support, it will continue to be the much-needed leader in the conference.” .
He added: “We can disagree and not tear each other.”
In addition to supporting impeachment, Cheney also annoyed some of her colleagues to adopt such a public stance, opposing to vote ahead of January 6 to challenge the election results, even if a 21-page memo was sent to argue why the victory against President-elect Biden would be unconstitutional. of. In the end, more than 120 House Republicans joined the opposition.
Republicans who supported the president’s baseless allegations of election fraud have now triggered a deadly siege of the Capitol, and they are now leading the charges against Cheney. However, some of these lawmakers are now facing censure, calls for resignation or investigation because of their responsibilities.
This episode is just the latest chapter in the ongoing conflict between Cheney and the right in the House Republican meeting. Although Cheney has long rejected Trump on foreign policy and national security issues, last summer, when she criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and supported Congressman Thomas Massey’s (R-Ky) main opponent At that time, the hardliners began to take a tough attitude towards her. ).
At the time, some conservatives even discussed the idea of recruiting someone to challenge her as the chairperson of the conference, but the result did not materialize. Cheney was unanimously approved in November and once again held the leadership position for two years.
But some Republicans regret that after she issued a statement calling on Trump to respect the “sacredness” of the election (if he could not prove voters’ fraudulent claims in court), they did not force a roll-call vote. The Liberal Caucus, composed of about 30 conservative hardliners, constitutes an important voting group for the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, although their power has weakened among the minority.
“She shouldn’t serve this meeting,” said Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), chair of the Freedom Caucus. “That’s it.”
Ben Leonard and Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.