Top US House Republicans set Wednesday vote for Cheney ouster
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Liz Cheney speaks to the media during the 2017 Joint Conference on Republican Issues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States, on Jan. 25, 2017. REUTERS / Mark Makela / File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican in the US House of Representatives has set a Wednesday date for the Chamber’s 212 Republican members to vote on the removal of Donald Trump critic Liz Cheney from her leadership position.
The vote, announced in a letter to fellow Members of the House of Representatives Republican Chairman Kevin McCarthy on Monday, is likely to topple Cheney, who voted in January for the indictment against Trump and reiterates the former president’s false claim criticized that the 2020 election was stolen.
“After hearing from so many of you over the past few days, it’s clear we need to make a change, so expect a vote on the conference chair’s recall this Wednesday,” McCarthy told Reuters in the letter has seen .
McCarthy cast Cheney’s expected dismissal as chairman of the House Republican Conference – the party’s third post in the Chamber – as necessary to unite Republicans ahead of the 2022 congressional election if they hope to regain control of the House.
“Every day we religious the past is one less day we have to seize the future,” he said.
Most Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy, have tried to appease Trump, who continues to falsely insist he lost the November election for widespread fraud, an allegation that was shot down in multiple courts and by state and federal election officials.
But other Republicans view the move to kick Cheney from her post as the latest sign of Trump’s control of the party, warning that it could ultimately destroy Republican hopes in 2022 by sweeping swing voters like Independents, women and Alienate suburbanites. Cheney is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“Liz Cheney’s expulsion from the leadership won’t get the GOP an extra voter, but it will cost us some,” Republican Senator Mitt Romney said on Twitter Monday after he himself came under fire for inciting Trump Riot had condemned this year.
Trump was indicted in the House of Representatives and tried in the Senate and acquitted after delivering a fiery speech on Jan. 6 to supporters, many of whom stormed the U.S. Capitol to block the certification of his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Five people, including a police officer, died in hand-to-hand combat.
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