McCarthy raises “concerns” about Cheney impeachment vote, future in leadership

McCarthy raises “concerns” about Cheney impeachment vote, future in leadership

House
GOP
Leader

Kevin
McCarthy,
R-Calif.,
voiced
“concerns”
about
Rep.
Liz
Cheney’s
role
in
leadership
and
said
the
Wyoming
Republican
needed
to answer
to
her
GOP
colleagues
for voting
to
impeach
former

President
Trump.

In
a
new
interview
with Greta
Van
Susteren
set
to
air
Sunday,
McCarthy
said
Cheney,
the
No.
3
House
Republican,
did
not
give
him
a
heads
up
about
her
vote
to impeach
Trump.

“Look,
I
support
her,
but
I
also
have
concerns,”
McCarthy
told Gray
Television’s
“Full
Court
Press
with
Greta
Van
Susteren.” 
“She
took
a
position
as
a
No.
3 member
in
conference,
she
never
told
me
ahead
of
time.”


MCCARTHY
SAYS
TRUMP
STILL
HAS
ROLE
IN
FUTURE
OF
GOP,
SHOULD
‘CONTINUE
TO
ENGAGE’

Cheney
was
one
of
10
Republicans
to
vote
to
impeach
Trump
for
“incitement
of
insurrection” for
his
role
in
inciting
the
Capitol
riot
on
Jan.
6.
But Cheney’s
rebuke
of
Trump
was
most
poignant
because
of
her
leadership
position.
She
has
since
drawn
a

primary
challenger
in
Wyoming. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

House
Minority
Leader
Kevin
McCarthy
(R-Calif.)
arrives
for
the
59th
Presidential
Inauguration
at
the
U.S.
Capitol
for
President-elect
Joe
Biden
in
Washington,
Wednesday,
Jan.
20,
2021.
(Win
McNamee/Pool
Photo
via
AP)

“We
know
that
this
is
going
to
become
a
difficulty,”
McCarthy
said
of
Cheney’s
decision.
“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
took
a
decisive
stance
after
the
Jan.
6
riot
that
left
five
people
dead
including
a
Capitol
police
officer
that
the
attack
could
not
have
happened
without
Trump.
She
has resisted
any
calls
to
step
down
and
called
impeachment
a
vote
of
conscience. 


CHENEY
ON
CALLS
TO
STEP
DOWN
AFTER
IMPEACHMENT
VOTE:
I’M
‘CONFIDENT’
GOP
WILL
BE
UNITED
AGAINST
BIDEN

“The
president
of
the
United
States
summoned
this
mob,
assembled
the
mob,
and
lit
the
flame
of
this
attack,”
Cheney
said
in
explaining
her
vote
at the
time. “Everything
that
followed
was
his
doing.”

McCarthy
took
a
different
approach.
On
the
day
of
the
impeachment
vote,
McCarthy
made
a
floor
speech
that
he’d support
the
censure
of
the
president. 

“The
President
bears
responsibility
for
Wednesday’s
attack
on
Congress
by
mob
rioters,”
McCarthy
said.
“He
should
have
immediately
denounced
the
mob
when
he
saw
what
was
unfolding. These
facts
require
immediate
action
by
President
Trump.”

FILE: Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was one of 10 Republicans to vote for President Trump's second impeachment. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

FILE:
Rep.
Liz
Cheney,
R-Wyo.,
was
one
of
10
Republicans
to
vote
for
President
Trump’s
second
impeachment.
(Photo
by:
William
B.
Plowman/NBC/NBC
NewsWire
via
Getty
Images)

At
a
press
conference
Thursday,
however,
McCarthy
seemed
to
make a
distinction
when
asked
if
Trump

provoked
the
attack,
just
as
GOP
Leader
Mitch
McConnell,
R-Ky.,
said. 

“I
don’t
believe
he
provoked
it
if
you
listen
to
what
he
said
at
the
rally,”
McCarthy
said
at
a
news
conference. 


MCCONNELL
SAYS
TRUMP
‘PROVOKED’
THE
CAPITOL
RIOT
AS
SENATE
WEIGHS
ANOTHER
IMPEACHMENT
TRIAL

During
the
interview
with Van
Susteren,
she
asked
why
McCarthy
changed
his
stance
on
Trump
bearing
responsibility. McCarthy
denied
any
flip
flop.

“No,
I
have
not
changed
in
that,”
McCarthy
said.

“I
thought
the
president
had
some
responsibility
when
it
came
to
the
response.
If
you
listen
to
what
the
president
said
at
the
rally,
he
said,
‘demonstrate
peacefully.’
And
then
I
got
a
question
later
about
whether
did
he
incite
them.
I
also
think
everybody
across
this
country
has
some
responsibility.”

McCarthy’s
comments
on
“everybody”
bearing
some
responsibility
for
the
riot
were
quickly
called
out
on
social
media,
including
by
Rep.
Adam
Schiff,
D-Calif.,
who
said:
“McCarthy
has
no
principle,
save
ambition.”

McCarthy
went
on
to
talk
about
lowering
the
temperature
of
political
discourse
in
the
country
overall
and
calling
out
the
left’s
resistance
movement
against
Trump.


TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
MANAGER
SWALWELL
ON
TRIAL:
‘IF
THE
SENATE
ALLOWS
WITNESSES,
WE
WILL
BE
READY
WITH
WITNESSES’

“[A] whole
nation,
we
should
take
this
moment
in
time
to
find
how
we
can
correct
ourselves,”
McCarthy
said.
“But
President
Trump
said
‘peacefully.’ What
I
said
on
the
floor
was
that
President
Trump
could
have
responded
faster
when
the
riots
first
started.
I
thought
his
video,
the
second
video,
was
a
very
good
video.
I
wish
that
was
the
first
one.”

McCarthy
said
he
was
also
blindsided
by
Rep.
Marjorie
Taylor
Greene,
R-Ga.,

filing
articles
of
impeachment
against
Biden
during
his
first
days
in
office.
He
said
he
disagrees
with
her
decision. 


FRESHMAN
GOP
REP.
MARJORIE
TAYLOR
GREENE
FILES
ARTICLES
OF
IMPEACHMENT
AGAINST
BIDEN

“She
said
to
the
public
before
she
told
me,”
McCarthy
said
of
the
new
freshman
congresswoman.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) yells at journalists after setting off the metal detector outside the doors to the House of Representatives Chamber on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives plans to vote on Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D-MD) resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. On Wednesday, House Democrats plan on voting on articles of impeachment. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON,
DC

JANUARY
12:
Rep.
Marjorie
Taylor
Greene
(R-GA)
yells
at
journalists
after
setting
off
the
metal
detector
outside
the
doors
to
the
House
of
Representatives
Chamber
on
January
12,
2021
in
Washington,
DC.
Today
the
House
of
Representatives
plans
to
vote
on
Rep.
Jamie
Raskin’s
(D-MD)
resolution
calling
on
Vice
President
Mike
Pence
to
invoke
the
25th
Amendment,
removing
President
Trump
from
office.
On
Wednesday,
House
Democrats
plan
on
voting
on
articles
of
impeachment.
(Photo
by
Chip
Somodevilla/Getty
Images)

“I
think
it’s
best,
especially
with
what
we
have
gone
through
with
the
Democrats,
let’s
not
stoop
to
their
level,”
McCarthy
said.
“Let’s believe
in
the
rule
of
law.
And
if
President
Biden
does
something
that
rises
to
the
occasion
on
the
level
of
impeachment,
that’s
when
we
do
offer
articles
of
impeachment.”

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