Liz Cheney (R-WY) departs after a House Republican Caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 3, 2021.
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Liz Cheney, the House’s third-senior Republican, maintained her title as Chair of the House’s GOP conference during a secret ballot on Wednesday.
Three sources told NBC News that the secret ballot among the Republican House members was between 145 and 61.
This comes after Cheney refuses to apologize for it Vote to sue Former President Donald Trump was in camera while meeting with their GOP conference Wednesday night, according to a source in the room. Cheney was among the 10 Republicans in the House who voted to oust Trump for instigating the January 6 riot in the Capitol that killed five people.
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Cheney, a frequent critic of Trump and his rhetoric, said at the time: “There has never been a major betrayal of his office and oath on the Constitution by a President of the United States. I will vote to indict the President.”
The unilateral vote to keep Cheney at the helm, despite her vote to indict Trump, signals a hidden disenchantment with the former president in the ranks of the House’s GOP. The impeachment vote was public, which means lawmakers will be held accountable for their position by his party’s voters. But the Cheney vote was a secret ballot that allowed lawmakers to choose their preference without fear of repercussions.
The move caused anger and rift within the party and prompted some pro-Trump lawmakers to protest against Cheney in their home state of Wyoming be pulled out their GOP conference chair title and a potential primary challenge.
Republican State Senator Anthony Bouchard announced last month that he would challenge Cheney, who is up for re-election in 2022. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., A staunch ally of Trump, also urged the former president’s supporters at their home on state last week to vote them out.
The aspiring GOP leader and former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter face the prospect of criticism from the GOP party in Wyoming, according to the Associated Press.
House of Representatives GOP Chairman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Told reporters after the conference meeting that he stood up for Cheney at the meeting.
“People can have disagreements that we discuss. Liz has the right to choose her conscience. Ultimately, we will agree,” he said.
Tension between those who backed the impeachment and those who are still loyal to Trump was also evident earlier this week when Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Issued a statement in defense of Cheney.
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to respond. She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on critical issues our nation, “said McConnell.