Conservatives Move to Strip Rep. Liz Cheney of Leadership Job

Conservatives Move to Strip Rep. Liz Cheney of Leadership Job liz cheney smirks and turns during a news conference Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Wednesday, 13 January 2021 07:30 PM

Conservative colleagues have moved to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from House leadership after she said she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Cheney, House GOP conference chair and the No. 3 Republican, announced Tuesday how she would vote when the House met to vote on impeachment Wednesday.

Some of Trump's closest allies began taking steps to remove Cheney from leadership, according to Politico.

Freedom Caucus members reportedly began circulating a petition Wednesday to force a special conference meeting so they could debate and vote on a resolution calling on Cheney to resign from her post.

Only 42 members (20%) of the House GOP is required to sign the petition in order to force the meeting. However, a majority of the conference would need to agree to the resolution for it to be adopted in a secret-ballot vote.

"The conference ought to vote on that," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a co-founder of the arch-conservative caucus, said Wednesday. "We ought to have a second vote."

Cheney was unanimously reelected to her position in November.

Politico obtained a copy of the resolution, which states Cheney's position "does not reflect that of the majority of the Republican Conference and has brought the Conference into disrepute and produced discord."

After two hours of intense debate, the House voted 232-197 to impeach Trump for the second time in his term of office. Cheney was one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach.

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