GOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke

A GOP senator who opposed both impeachments of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE said Sunday that he believes impeachment-supporting Republicans such as Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements GOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Former speed skater launches bid for Stefanik seat MORE (R-Wyo.) still have a place in the party.

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"I want to always make sure we nominate somebody who can win in November. Lisa Murkowski knows Alaska better than anybody, and she's an incredible fighter for American energy. She hasn't made an announcement if she's even going to run again. If she does, I'm going to support her," Barrasso said.

"With regard to Liz Cheney in Wyoming, we work closely together fighting the Biden administration," he added of his fellow Wyoming lawmaker. 

"So, I support her. I disagree with her completely on the issue of impeachment. She voted one way. I voted the other," he continued.

His comments came in response to a statement the former president released this week after Murkowski broke with her party to vote for the confirmation of Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandWe have a moral obligation to learn Native American history Haaland creates task force on Interior law enforcement after incidents draw scrutiny The Memo: Democrats face vulnerability as crime moves up voters' agenda MORE (D-N.M.) to be President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE's Interior secretary. Trump promised to travel to Alaska personally and campaign against Murkowski in a a GOP primary.                

"I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be — in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator," Trump said.

Trump's ire reportedly remains focused on Cheney as well due to her prominence as the only impeachment-supporting member of House GOP leadership.

A CNN investigation last month uncovered the president's efforts to encourage GOP leaders to remove Cheney from her leadership position while also pushing for primary challengers.