More than half of House GOP commits to vote for resolution calling for Cheney to step down from leadership
House conservatives have received a commitment from 115 members to back their effort to oust House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her leadership position in the wake of voting in favor of impeaching President Trump for inciting a riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, a senior GOP aide told The Hill on Tuesday.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) are leading the effort on circulating a petition to force a special conference meeting where proponents are looking for a debate and a vote be held on a resolution calling on Cheney to resign from her role at the leadership table.
The vote will be conducted via secret ballot.
Critics of Cheney’s vote on impeachment argue that the timing of her announcement, which came a day before Wednesday’s vote on impeachment, provided Democrats with talking points to go after Republicans.
“Rep. Cheney did not consult with the rest of our conference before supporting impeachment,” Rosendale tweeted last week.
“She failed to abide by the spirit of the Conference rules & is ignoring the preferences of Republican voters. I’m calling on her to step down as Conference Chair,” he added.
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