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Crenshaw defends Cheney against calls to resign: 'We can disagree without tearing each other apart'

Crenshaw defends Cheney against calls to resign: 'We can disagree without tearing each other apart'
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Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGOP Rep. Crenshaw to take leave due to eye surgery Koch network urges lawmakers to back 'personal option' health plan A nuclear frontier MORE (R-Texas) took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend fellow GOP Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney on Trump going to GOP retreat in Florida: 'I haven't invited him' RNC raises nearly M in record off-year March donations Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' MORE (Wyo.), who sparked ire from some Republican colleagues over her decision to vote to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE.

Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted.

The Texas Republican added that Cheney, who is the highest-ranking House Republican woman, "will continue to be a much-needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

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GOP Reps. Matt Rosendale (Mont.) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.) led a petition circulated Wednesday that seeks to remove Cheney after she announced Tuesday that she would vote to impeach Trump for inciting last week's riot at the Capitol.

[T]he reality is she’s not representing the conference; she’s not representing the Republican ideals,” Biggs, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday.

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Cheney dismissed calls from Trump's allies in the House for her step down from GOP leadership.

“I’m not going anywhere. This is a vote of conscience. It's one where there are different views in our conference,” Cheney told the Capitol Hill press pool in response to calls for her to resign. “But our nation is facing an unprecedented — since the Civil War — constitutional crisis. That's what we need to be focused on. That's where our efforts and attention need to be.”

Cheney announced her support for impeachment Tuesday, at the time being just the second Republican in the House to do so. She said she felt Trump did not uphold his oath to the Constitution amid last week's violent riot.

The House voted to impeach Trump for a second time Wednesday, with 10 Republicans including Cheney joining Democrats.