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House Republicans vote to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership post

Cheney was the House GOP chairwoman, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber. 

Updated: May 12, 2021 - 12:53pm

House Republicans voted Wednesday morning in favor or removing Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership post.

Cheney was the House GOP conference chairwoman, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber. The vote to remove Cheney occurred via a voice vote, according to Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Following the vote, Cheney told reporters she would work to make sure former President Trump is not elected again.

Cheney survived a vote earlier this year to remove her, after she voted in favor of impeaching President Trump following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. She failed to survive a second vote on Wednesday after she continued to publicly feud with the former president over his claims about widespread 2020 election fraud. 

"I will do everything I can to ensure that the former President never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said after the vote to remove her as conference chair.  "We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the constitution and I think it's very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the constitution."

House Republicans say the public spat became a distraction and interfered with their agenda, which has taking control of the chamber in next year's midterms at the top of the list. 

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has endorsed New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik as the replacement for Cheney. 

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy and other conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus have been critical of Stefanik over her voting record and stances on hot button issues like illegal immigration.

The vote on Cheney's replacement is likely to take place at a future GOP conference meeting due to the timing of President Biden's meeting with GOP leaders at the White House on Wednesday.