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This is why House Republicans are moving to punish Liz Cheney

May 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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If House Republicans vote to purge Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as their third-ranking leader in a secret ballot vote Wednesday, it will cement their commitment to the political legacy of former President Donald Trump.

(CNN)If House Republicans vote to purge Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as their third-ranking leader in a secret ballot vote Wednesday, it will cement their commitment to the political legacy of former President Donald Trump.

That vote to take away Cheney's leadership role seems likely, but there has been a last-minute push by Republican senators and conservatives in the House that could mean surprises.

Along with nine other House Republicans, Cheney sided with Democrats and voted to impeach Trump earlier this year after he fomented the storming of the Capitol and rebellion against the Electoral College.

But Cheney was the only member of the House GOP leadership to vote for impeachment.

Rather than show penance for her vote, and unlike other GOP leaders in Congress, Cheney has refused to either buy into the false reality that the election was stolen from Trump or quietly tolerate it.

Cheney has continued to communicate, factually, that fraud did not cost Trump the election, and that it's more important for Republicans to stick by their commitment to the Constitution rather than the appeal of Trump.

House Republicans, to McCarthy's point, are respectful of the fact that Wyoming's voters elected Cheney as their representative.

The vote to kick Cheney out of the House leadership will likely occur Wednesday, and it is expected that North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx will start the process during a closed-door meeting.

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