Wyoming Republican Party votes to no longer recognize Liz Cheney.
The Wyoming Republican Party voted this weekend to no longer recognize the congresswoman Liz Cheney, who represents the state, as a member of his party. Cheney, one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump, is one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for Cheney, said in a statement that it is “ridiculous to suggest that Liz is anything but a committed conservative Republican.”
“She is bound by her oath to the Constitution,” Adler said. “Sadly, a part of Wyoming’s Republican leadership has abandoned that fundamental principle and instead has been taken hostage by the lies of a dangerous and irrational man.”
The news was first reported by the Associated Press and the Casper Star-Tribune.
This is the second action the Wyoming Republican Party has taken against Cheney, after censoring her in February. That censure resolution says the state party will not raise money for her in the future and also asks her to refund any donations made to her 2020 campaign by the state party and any county party that requests it.
Before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked her to join the committee, Cheney was the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House before the GOP stripped her of her leadership position in May. On the eve of the vote, Cheney delivered a defiant speech on the floor of the House, warning her party that she would “not sit back and watch in silence” as Trump made unsubstantiated claims that he won the 2020 election.
Cheney has become one of the most prominent Republicans in Congress to speak out against Trump. She said “60 minutes” in September that” millions of people across the country have been betrayed and deceived by Donald Trump. ”
Cheney already faces several primary challengers from 2022, and Trump has endorsed Harriet Hageman, a family friend, and longtime Cheney supporter.
“I think it will be the most important House of Representatives race in the country in 2022,” he told “60 Minutes.” “And it will be one where people have the opportunity to say, ‘We want to defend the Constitution.’
The Wyoming Republican Party’s move against Cheney comes as former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon turned himself in on criminal contempt charges after he refused to appear for a deposition ordered by the house Jan 6 committee. Bannon was indicted last Friday by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress. Several other key Trump advisers, including Stephen Miller and Kayleigh McEnany, have also been cited by the committee.
Pelosi created the House Jan.6 committee earlier this year to investigate the attack, when thousands of Trump supporters descended on Capitol Hill as Congress counted electoral votes, a largely ceremonial final step affirming Biden’s victory.
Lawmakers were sent to flee amid the riots, which caused the death of five people and the arrests of hundreds more.
Trump, who encouraged his supporters to “walk” toward the Capitol during the Stop the Steal rally, was indicted by the House a week later for inciting riots but was later acquitted by the Senate.