Dems embrace Cheney’s pro-impeachment stance, fueling backlash from some Trump supporters

Dems embrace Cheney’s pro-impeachment stance, fueling backlash from some Trump supporters

Democrats
name-checked

House
Republican
Conference
Chair
Liz
Cheney
at
least
18
times
during
the
debate
on
the
article
of
impeachment
against

President
Trump
for
inciting
insurrection
on
Wednesday
– emphasizing
the
high-ranking
Republican’s
support
for

impeaching Trump
after
a
mob
of
his
supporters
stormed
the
U.S.
Capitol
last
week. 

“On
Jan. 6,
2021,
a
violent
mob
attacked
the
United
States
Capitol
to
obstruct
the
process
of
our
democracy
and
stop
the
counting
of
presidential
electoral
votes.
This
insurrection
caused
injury,
death
and
destruction
in
the
most
sacred
space
in
our
Republic,”
Cheney,
R-Wyo.,
said
in
a
statement
announcing
her
intention
to
vote
to
impeach
Trump.

She
was
eventually
one
of
10
Republicans
to
vote
that
way
as
Trump
became the
only
president
to
ever
be
impeached
twice. 

“The
president
of
the
United
States
summoned
this
mob,
assembled
the
mob and
lit
the
flame
of
this
attack.
Everything
that
followed
was
his
doing,”
Cheney
continued. “None
of
this
would
have
happened
without
the
president.
The
president
could
have
immediately
and
forcefully
intervened
to
stop
the
violence.
He
did
not.
There
has
never
been
a
greater
betrayal
by
a
president
of
the
United
States
of
his
office
and
his
oath
to
the
Constitution.”

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was named by House Democrats on the floor Wednesday at least 18 times. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

Rep.
Liz
Cheney,
R-Wyo.,
was
named
by
House
Democrats
on
the
floor
Wednesday
at
least
18
times.
(Photo
by:
William
B.
Plowman/NBC/NBC
NewsWire
via
Getty
Images)


PRESSURE
ON
PELOSI
TO
SEND
TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
TO
SENATE
AS
SCHUMER,
MCCONNELL,
TRADE
BARBS
OVER
NEXT
STEPS

As
top
Democrats
lobbied
on
the
House
floor
to
maximize
the
bipartisan
support
for
their
article
of
impeachment,
they
cited
Cheney
over
and
over
while
looking
at
their
Republican
colleagues.
Meanwhile,
some
of
the
most
staunchly
pro-Trump
House
Republicans
slammed
Cheney
as
others
defended
the
top
Republican,
who
is
seen
as
a
potential
future
speaker
of
the
House. 

House
Rules
Committee
Chairman
Jim
McGovern,
D-Mass.,
was
the
first
to
reference
Cheney,
asking
that
her
statement
be
placed
in
the
Congressional
Record
as
debate
on
the
rules
for
impeachment
got
underway.
He
named
her
at
least
once. 

House
Majority Leader
Steny
Hoyer,
D-Md.,
was
the
next
to
reference
Cheney
– he
did
so
at
least
14
times
on
the
House
floor
Wednesday. 

“This
attack
was
not
from
abroad,”
Hoyer
said.
“It
was,
as
Liz
Cheney
said,
summoned,
assembled and
inflamed by
the
president
of
the
United
States
of
America.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., talks to reporters just outside the House chamber after a resolution calling for the removal of President Donald Trump from office was blocked by Republicans, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Hoyer repeatedly cited Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., on Wednesday as he advocated for his Republican colleagues to vote to impeach Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House
Majority
Leader
Steny
Hoyer,
D-Md.,
talks
to
reporters
just
outside
the
House
chamber
after
a
resolution
calling
for
the
removal
of
President
Donald
Trump
from
office
was
blocked
by
Republicans,
at
the
Capitol
in
Washington,
Monday,
Jan.
11,
2021.
Hoyer
repeatedly
cited
Rep.
Liz
Cheney,
R-Wyo.,
on
Wednesday
as
he
advocated
for
his
Republican
colleagues
to
vote
to
impeach
Trump.
(AP
Photo/J.
Scott
Applewhite)

Rep.
Jamie
Raskin,
D-Md.,
who
will
be
the
lead
impeachment
manager
when
the
matter
goes
to
trial
in
the
Senate,
also
mentioned
Cheney
at
least
three
times. 

“Cheney
says
there’s
never
been
a
greater
betrayal
by
a
president
of
the
United
States
of
his
office
and
his
oath
to
the
Constitution,”
Raskin
said.
“Read
Ms.
Cheney’s
statement.
Let’s
come
together
and
impeach
the
president
for
this
high
crime
against
the
republic.
We
don’t
have
a
minute
to
spare.
He
is
a
clear
and
present
danger
to
the
people.”

THESE
ARE
THE
10
REPUBLICANS
WHO
VOTED
TO
IMPEACH
TRUMP

Cheney
herself
did
not
speak
on
the
House
floor
Wednesday. 

Cheney’s
move
to
back
impeachment
angered
some
of
the
president’s
most
vocal
allies
in
the
House
– most
notably
House
Judiciary
Committee
Ranking
Member
Jim
Jordan,
R-Ohio,
who
said
Cheney
should
resign
as
the
GOP
conference
chair. 

Jordan
was
joined
by
a
handful
of
other
Republicans,
including
House
Freedom
Caucus
Chairman
Andy
Biggs,
R-Ariz.,
and
Rep.
Paul
Gosar,
R-Ariz.
Gosar
and
Biggs
are
among
the
GOP
representatives
who
are

distancing themselves
from
an
organizer
of
the
rally
in
Washington,
D.C.,
on
Jan.
6
after
the
organizer
credited
them
in
a
Dec.
28
video as
co-architects
of
the
event.

Those
members
were
joined
by
freshman
Reps.
Matt
Rosendale,
R-Mont.,
and Bob
Good.,
R-Va.

Good,
who
has
already
earned
a
reputation
as
a
firebrand
after

denying
that
the
coronavirus
is
a
pandemic
in
an
interview
with
Fox
News
– then
at
a
pro-Trump
rally
– specifically
noted
Democrats’
Cheney
references
in
his
statement
calling
for
her
to
resign.

TRUMP
IMPEACHED
BY
HOUSE
OVER
CAPITOL
RIOTS,
BECOMES
FIRST
PRESIDENT
TO
FACE
REBUKE
TWICE

“Her
decision
to
impeach
the
president
does
not
represent
the
majority
of
our
conference.
It
has
only
served
to
become
a
Democrat
talking
point
to
be
used
against
our
party
during
this
impeachment
debate,”
Good
said.
“Leadership
is
a
privilege and
carries
great
responsibility.
I
believe
that
privilege
has
been
violated,
and
I
am
calling
for
her
to
step
down
as
Republican
Conference
chair.”

But
many
other
House
Republicans
backed
Cheney,
including
those
who
did
not
vote
to
impeach
Trump.
A
spokesman
for
House
Minority
Leader
Kevin
McCarthy,
R-Calif.,
told
Fox
News
he
does
not
support
efforts
to
oust
her
as
the
GOP
conference
chair.
McCarthy
opposed
impeaching
Trump
but
said
the
president
was
partially
responsible
for
the
carnage
at
the
Capitol
last
week
during
his
Wednesday
floor
speech. 

“Let’s
get
some
truth
on
the
record:
@Liz_Cheney
has
a
hell
of
a
lot
more
backbone
than
most,
&
is
a
principled
leader
with
a
fierce
intellect,”
Rep.
Dan
Crenshaw,
R-Texas,
who
voted
against
impeaching
Trump,
said. “She
will
continue
to
be
a
much
needed
leader
in
the
conference,
with
my
full
support.
We
can
disagree
without
tearing
eachother
(sic)
apart.”

Added
Rep.
Mike
Gallagher,
R-Wis.:
“Make
no
mistake:
@RepLizCheney
is
a
principled
leader
and
we
are
lucky
to
have
her
in
our
conference.
She
has
my
full
support.”

“Congressman
Buck
does
not
support
the
Freedom
Caucus
letter
calling
for
the
removal
of
Rep.
Cheney,”
a
spokeswoman
for
Rep.
Ken
Buck,
R-Colo.,
a
prominent
member
of
the
Freedom
Caucus,
told
Fox
News
on
Thursday. 

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus, backed Rep. Kuz Cheney, R-Wyo., to remain as the House Republican conference chair after some members of the Freedom Caucus called on her to resign. (Official)

Rep.
Ken
Buck,
R-Colo.,
a
prominent
member
of
the
House
Freedom
Caucus,
backed
Rep.
Kuz
Cheney,
R-Wyo.,
to
remain
as
the
House
Republican
conference
chair
after
some
members
of
the
Freedom
Caucus
called
on
her
to
resign.
(Official)

A
number
of
other
Republicans who
did
not
back
impeachment
have
voiced
their
support
for
Cheney
in
recent
hours,
including
multiple
members
of the
House
Freedom
Caucus.
And
Reps.
Adam
Kinzinger,
R-Ill.,
John
Katko,
R-N.Y.,
and
Peter
Meijer,
R-Mich.,
who
voted
for
impeachment,
have
supported
Cheney
as
well. 


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Cheney
responded
to
calls
for
her
resignation
by
saying,
“I’m
not
going
anywhere…
This
is
a
vote
of
conscience.
It’s
one
where
there
are
different
views
in
our
conference.”
That
quote
was
first
reported
by

Politico. 

Indecision
from
House
Speaker
Nancy
Pelosi,
D-Calif.,
and
public
quibbling
between
Senate
Majority
Leader
Mitch
McConnell,
R-Ky.,
and
Senate
Minority
Leader
Chuck
Schumer,
D-N.Y.,
have made
the
next
steps
on
the
impeachment
trial
in
the
Senate
unclear.

But
Schumer made
very
clear
he
intends
to
hold
the
trial
once
he
becomes
majority
leader if
McConnell
does
not
initiate
it
on
his
own
in
the
coming
days.
And
It’s
widely
expected
that
at
least
some
Senate
Republicans
will
vote
to
convict
Trump.
McConnell
has
even
left
the
door
open
to
voting
to
convict
Trump
himself. 

“While
the
press
has
been
full
of
speculation,
I
have
not
made
a
final
decision
on
how
I
will vote and
I
intend
to
listen
to
the
legal
arguments
when
they
are
presented
to
the
Senate,”
he
said
in
a
note
to
GOP
colleagues
Wednesday. 


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