‘The votes are there’ to oust Liz Cheney

Rep. Liz Cheney’s days as the No. 3 House Republican may be numbered, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Wednesday.

Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, told “Fox News Primetime” that “the votes are there” to remove Cheney as House Republican Conference chair and added that such a vote “will happen, most likely, next Wednesday.”

Cheney survived a vote to remove her from the leadership back in February.

But lately, the Wyoming Republican has drawn the ire of her colleagues over her continued denunciations of former President Donald Trump’s insistence that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats. Cheney was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump back in January in connection with the deadly riot at the US Capitol Jan. 6.

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The axe could come down on Rep. Liz Cheney due to her challenges of former President Donald Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was rigged against him.
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While Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, retained her position earlier this year with the backing of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), his support appears to have waned since McCarthy was caught on a hot mic Tuesday telling Fox News host Steve Doocy that “I’ve had it with her”.

“She definitely needs to go,” Jordan told “Fox News Primetime” host Pete Hegseth, before describing the GOP as a “pro-America, populist party rooted in conservative principle with Donald Trump as our leader.”

House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney
Rep. Liz Cheney was one of only 10 House Republicans to vote for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
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“You can’t have a Republican conference chair reciting Democrat talking points,” Jordan said of Cheney. “You can’t have a Republican conference chair taking a position that 90 percent of the party disagrees with, and you can’t have a Republican party chair consistently speaking out against the individual who 74 million Americans voted for.”

Cheney appears to have no intention of leaving leadership quietly, penning an op-ed for the Washington Post late Wednesday that warns her party “must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the Constitution.”

“We Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality,” she wrote, adding that Republicans must not “choose to abandon the rule of law and join Trump’s crusade to undermine the foundation of our democracy and reverse the legal outcome of the last election.”

Jordan accused Cheney of speaking “for herself, and not for the conference, not for the Republican Party,” claiming this has been a pattern that goes clear back to last fall.

Rep. Jim Jordan
Rep. Jim Jordan said the vote to oust Liz Cheney will most likely happen next Wednesday.
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“In the run-up to the election, she was against the president on his Afghanistan policy, on his Syria policy,” he continued. “She spoke against him on the Russian bounty issue, which we all know was a complete hoax. So it’s a consistent pattern, and finally it just became so much and for so long that our conference says, ‘We’ve got to make a change,’ and I believe that’s going to happen very soon.”