House GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (R-Calif.) said he has “concerns” over Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyDemocrat Matt Putorti challenges Stefanik for NY House seat Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election Biden fails to break GOP 'fever' MORE’s (R-Wyo.) vote to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE, his sternest comments yet on the controversial vote. 

McCarthy, in an interview with Greta Van Susteren airing Sunday, maintained that he supports keeping Cheney in her role as the No. 3 Republican in the House but said she did not inform him of her decision to impeach Trump before she cast her vote.

“Look, I support her, but I also have concerns. She took a position as a No. 3 member in conference. She never told me ahead of time. One thing about leadership, if we're going to work together, we should understand. We know that this is going to become a difficulty,” he said.


“She can have a difference of opinion, but the one thing, if we're going to lead within the conference, we should work together on that as a whole conference because we're representative of that conference. So I support her, but I do think she has a lot of questions she has to answer to the conference.”

Cheney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

McCarthy has said in the past that he supports Cheney staying in her role as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, but her vote has led to broad pushback from conservative members of Congress.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and first-term Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) are circulating a petition to force a conference meeting where lawmakers could vote on a resolution calling for her to step down.

Cheney is also facing at least one primary challenge following her vote.


Still, the Wyoming lawmaker and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney has support from a wide swath of Republicans.

“I think it'd be a disaster. I think we need to keep our eye on the ball. I think we have a very great chance of taking the majority, and if we continue to give the American people a vision of Republican internal fratricide, that doesn't do us any favors in convincing them that we're better off to lead the House of Representatives come midterm presidency of Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE,” Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Capitol Police Board signals resistance to reform McCarthy says that he will not support bipartisan deal for Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Ill.) told reporters on Tuesday.

The House voted this month to impeach Trump over his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol that led to the deaths of several people.