Trump defenders seek Cheney's ouster from House leadership over Trump's impeachment

January 13, 2021 at 20:38

(CNN) Several House Republicans are hammering Rep. Liz Cheney, the party's third-ranking House leader, calling for her to step down from her leadership position over her intention to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is opposed to impeachment, House GOP leaders are not lobbying their members to oppose it, and Cheney told the conference Monday it was a "vote of conscience."
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally on Capitol Hill, told reporters he thinks Cheney should be ousted from her leadership position after she said she'd support impeaching the President.
"I think there should be a conference and have a second vote on that," he added.
Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, who helped sow discord in an attempt to overturn the election, also said Cheney should be removed as conference chair.
Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona said Tuesday that Cheney should resign from her position.
While Trump defenders like Gosar, Jordan and Biggs have called on Cheney to resign, there have yet to be similar calls from other members of House Republican leadership for the Wyoming Republican to step down from her leadership post.
And Cheney is not the only GOP member expressing support for impeachment.
There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."
Cheney, who represents Wyoming and is the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, on Wednesday dismissed pressure for her to resign after coming out in support of impeaching Trump.
"I'm not going anywhere," Cheney told reporters at the Capitol.
Unlike the other two top leaders in her conference -- McCarthy and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise -- Cheney opposed Trump's efforts to overturn the election, and voted to certify the results last week.
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