House Republicans vote to kick Liz Cheney out of leadership

The House Republican caucus voted Wednesday to kick Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her GOP conference chairman post.

According to Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the caucus held a voice vote, so no final tally numbers will be known. Kinzinger also said that no replacement had yet been voted on.

Cheney, who served as the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, was a constant critic of former President Donald Trump and his reported role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. She was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers to vote for impeachment in January, which sent her down a path of constant criticism from Trump, fellow House members, including GOP leadership, and the Wyoming Republican Party, which voted to censure her for her impeachment vote.

A slew of primary challengers has thrown their hats in the ring to take on Cheney in her re-election bid. A recent poll showed that Wyoming Republicans appear ready to send Cheney packing, with more than half of primary voters saying they will vote for anyone but her.

What’s going on?

Cheney blamed Trump for the Jan. 6 violence, claiming he “summoned” the rioters and then “lit the flame of this attack.” According to Cheney, “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the president. The president could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”

This did not sit well with Trump or any of her fellow Republicans in the U.S. House and in Wyoming, where the state party voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney in February for “voting to impeach even though the U.S. House didn’t offer Trump ‘formal hearing or due process,'” the Associated Press reported.

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