Conservatives seek to remove Rep. Liz Cheney as GOP conference chair over impeachment support

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise both voted against impeachment

Published: January 14, 2021 1:44pm

Updated: January 14, 2021 3:20pm

Conservatives in the House of Representatives are seeking to remove Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership role as the third-ranking Republican in the chamber due to her support for impeaching President Trump.

Cheney was among the 10 Republicans who on Wednesday backed impeaching Trump.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus, among Congress' most conservative groups, are calling for a "special" meeting focused on debating Cheney's status as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. 

A draft of the petition for the meeting contains a resolution that argues Cheney should resign from her role because her "personal position" on impeachment does not reflect the majority of the caucus and that has brought the conference into "disrepute and produced discord." 

Conservatives in the House have started circulating the petition among members of the Republican caucus. GOP Reps. Jim Jordan, Ohio, and Matt Gaetz, Florida, have called for Cheney to resign as conference chair. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona has also asked for Cheney to resign.

It is unclear if every member of the House Freedom Caucus is backing the petition.

Just the News reached out to Biggs about the status of the petition but his office did not return a request for comment.

Both House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise both voted against impeachment.

McCarthy's office was not available for comment on the petition. 

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