Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has been quietly seeking to secure the support of the GOP House even as she continues to be the target of former President Donald Trump’s supporters who want to remove her from her current position, CNN reported. She is listening to their concerns of Republicans even as she explains her decision to vote for impeachment of Trump.
According to a number of GOP lawmakers, the effort is aimed at fending off moves by Trump supporters who want her removal from her position as the No. 3 Republican in House leadership. According to experts, the standoff could come for discussion at the House GOP Conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon’s regular meeting. They say the meeting is expected to focus on the votes of the 10 Republicans who supported impeachment as also controversial freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia’s future.
Rep Liz Cheney Seeks Support Of GOP House
CNN quoted GOP lawmakers as saying Cheney appeared to be building up the support with Republicans following her vote.
Rep Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican said, a lot of members had wanted to talk to her after the vote. He added, she had been very open and had been listening and that was what was wanted of a leader reach out and listen.
Rep. Tom Reed of New York said he had spoken with Cheney and would be ready to defend her during the conference meeting.
He added, he had told her he would say, Republicans did not purge their fellow members. That was not something that they did. He added he would say, Republicans were a family. They aired their differences and settled them in the conference chamber just like he did with his loving older brothers and sisters and they came out of it united.
But Trump defenders seeking to oust Cheney, plan to make their case that she be removed from her spot as she did not represent the views of Republicans and should not serve as conference chairwoman following the crucial vote for impeaching a President from their own party.
Republican Rep Jim Jordan of Ohio, who is supporting her ouster, said he did not know, whether had the backing for it, when he was asked.
Prominent Republicans in the Senate and outside of Washington are also supporting Cheney with Sen Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joining the ranks of high-profile GOP elected officials lending their support to Cheney, earlier Tuesday.
In two successive tweets on Tuesday, Graham wrote that he believed Rep, Liz Cheney was one of the strongest and most reliable conservative voices in the Republican Party. She was a social and fiscal conservative, and no one worked harder to ensure that the US military was well prepared. He added, her experience and leadership were invaluable to the Republican Party.
Earlier, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement to CNN
that Cheney, who as conference chairwoman was the No. 3 House Republican, had “the courage” to act on her convictions following her vote to impeach Trump last month over the charge of inciting the deadly insurrection that ransacked Capitol Hill on 6 January.
Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them, McConnell said. He added she was an important leader in the party and in the US and he was grateful for her service and looked forward to continuing to work with her on crucial issues.
According to experts, the signs of support were significant as Republicans charted their future with Trump out of office but still active. They add the former president was focusing his political energy on targeting Cheney.