Cheney was among 10 Republican congressmen who voted for the impeachment of the same-party president.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday held a secret vote, following which it was decided to remove Congresswoman Liz Cheney from the post of chairman of the Republican Conference in connection with her criticism of former President Donald Trump.
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was among 10 Republican congressmen who voted in January to impeach Trump on charges of sedition in connection with the January 6 attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
In recent days, Cheney has said that false claims of election fraud “poison the country’s democratic system” and that anyone who makes such claims “spreads a big lie.”
It is unclear when Republicans will decide who will replace Cheney as chairman of the party conference, which helps shape the party’s position on the legislative agenda and assists lawmakers on a range of issues.
Trump and congressional Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Stephen Scalise supported the nomination of Elise Stefanik, but some members of the caucus consider her insufficiently conservative. A vote on the appointment of a new chairman could take place as early as Friday.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night, Cheney strongly condemned the false allegations of election fraud.
“If you keep silent and ignore the lies, it gives courage to the liar,” she said. – I will not be a part of it. I will not sit back and watch in silence as others lead our party away from the rule of law and join the former president’s campaign to undermine our democracy.”
McCarthy, announcing the vote, said: “Obviously, we need to make changes. These internal conflicts must be resolved so as not to distract attention from the efforts of our entire team.”
Republican aides and party strategists believe that Cheney’s ouster could help the party in the short term by securing the support of Trump supporters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, in which Republicans hope to regain majorities in the House and Senate.
However, the move could alienate undecided voters, whose support Republicans need to win.
Congressman Barry Laudermilk said he sees no need to rush to appoint a new chairman. In his opinion, the co-chairman of the conference, Mike Johnson, could serve as the leader to give Republicans more time to choose a replacement.