‘He’s going nowhere’: Cheney votes to impeach Trump, rejects Republican criticism by Reuters

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United States Representative Liz Cheney broke with most of her fellow Republicans by directly blaming President Donald Trump for the deadly mutiny Americans saw unfold on the US Capitol a week ago. And she has no qualms about it. “I’m not going anywhere,” the three-term congresswoman proclaimed to reporters after some background Republicans angrily demanded on Wednesday that she be fired from her post as the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives. She was one of the ten Republicans, and the highest-ranking, to vote to impeach Trump for the second time in the chamber that lawmakers fled last week when a crowd of Trump supporters angered by her false claims of voter fraud. they sacked the Capitol. The move made her the highest-ranking Republican to formally break with Trump after his defeat in the November election. Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who last week rejected Trump’s two-month campaign citing election fraud, said he would decide whether to vote for the impeachment in Trump’s trial. A rising star in the party, the vote would be an indelible mark on Cheney’s resume, for better or for worse, in any future leadership battle. Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy dismissed or ignored questions from reporters about Cheney’s measure on Wednesday. As the House debated whether to impeach Trump, Cheney explained that his problem with the president was not simply about a difference of opinion on the legislation. The impeachment resolution, he said, was “a vote of conscience” during a crisis not seen since the US Civil War. House Democrats spearheaded an impeachment accusing Trump of inciting insurrection, no less a charge. However, Republican Representative Andy Biggs, a Trump ally, sought revenge against the leader of the House Republican Caucus, a position his father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, once held when he served in Congress. “She shouldn’t serve in this conference. That’s it. This is bullshit,” Biggs told reporters. New Rep. Matt Rosendale, also a Republican, joined Biggs and said: “He is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and he is in no condition to lead.” Meanwhile, Cheney was winning praise from opposition Democrats, something not exactly a prized possession at a time of unannounced partisanship in Congress. “I think Liz Cheney is a principled person who knows a lot about government … I’d say she’s a very conservative Republican, but she’s also a principled person,” House Majority Leader Steny said. Hoyer. Washington politicians have a reputation for sometimes covering up their positions and comments so as not to offend any constituent at home who may have different opinions. But Cheney, from the deeply Republican state of Wyoming, did not hesitate to announce Tuesday his intention to vote in favor of Trump’s impeachment. “The president of the United States summoned this mob, rallied the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” said Cheney, who won reelection last November with a solid 68.7 percent of the vote. And in case there was any uncertainty about his position, he added: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States in charge and his oath to the Constitution.”