Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney’s ongoing feud with former President Donald Trump has sparked a discussion within the House GOP leadership over her future as the party conference chair, with a vote on the whether she should continue in that role next week, according to sources familiar with the situation.
A leading House GOP source said it was “more than likely” that Republicans will hold a vote on Cheney’s status as conference speaker when the House resumes session next week.
Cheney has become one of Trump’s leading critics in the GOP since January, when she was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him for his role in the Capitol Riot. House GOP leaders are said to be concerned that the public war of words conflicts with Cheney’s role as conference chair, a position that dictates the party’s message.
“When you have little time, she wants to talk about Trump, not the people running the country in the ground,” a source said.
As conference chairperson, Cheney is the third-highest ranking Republican in the House and the oldest GOP woman in Congress. In February, she defeated a push by Trump loyalists to oust him as conference chairperson following a tense closed-door meeting over her leadership.
Speculation about Cheney’s future resurfaced this week on Monday after she publicly tore Trump up for issuing a statement in which he described his loss in the 2020 presidential election as “The Big Lie” – a phrase that Trump’s critics have often used about his unproven claim that the election was stolen.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it is is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their backs on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system,” Cheney wrote on Twitter.
Cheney’s tweet sparked yet another attack from Trump, who said in a statement that “she will never run in the Wyoming election again!”
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Cheney first drew support from prominent Republicans, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, when she criticized Trump in January. But prominent party figures began to question his leadership.
Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Review Committee, told Axios last week that Cheney’s repeated criticism of Trump was an “unwanted distraction.”
Minority House Whip Steve Scalise has also raised concerns.
“This idea that you just ignore President Trump is not where we are at, and frankly he still has a lot to offer,” Scalise told the outlet.
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