Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions

Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions
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Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Sen. Bob Dole dies at 98 No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Wis.) is slated to host a virtual fundraiser for House Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyMeadows suing Pelosi, Jan. 6 committee Roger Stone to plead the Fifth in Jan. 6 investigation Jan. 6 committee moving forward with contempt charges against Meadows MORE (R-Wyo.) amid backlash she received for speaking out against former President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE

To co-host, donors have been asked to pay $5,800, and $2,900 to attend the event, according to an invitation first obtained by Politico.  

The fundraiser comes as Cheney will face two primary challengers — Wyoming state Rep. Chuck Gray (R) and State Sen. Anthony Bouchard (R) — after the Wyoming representative voted to impeach Trump following the Capitol insurrection Jan. 6. 

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Cheney has come under fire from a number of her GOP colleagues in the House. A group of conservative hardliners attempted to oust her from her leadership role following her criticism of Trump after he encouraged a group of his supporters to march to the Capitol to demand that Congress halt the certification of the 2020 election. 

Trump has repeatedly taken aim at Cheney, who broke with him in key foreign policy issues during his time in office. Earlier this year, Trump released a statement slamming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — McConnell searches for debt deal votes GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Debt limit maneuvers; Biden warns Putin MORE (R-Ky.) and vowing to support primary candidates who aligned with Make America Great Again policies. 

"Get rid of them all," Trump said during his recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Ryan also had a turbulent relationship with the former president during his time as House speaker, with Trump repeatedly attacking the Wisconsin Republican.  

Ryan’s decision to host the fundraiser comes at a time when the party grapples with the direction it should head in the post-Trump era.