Rep. Andy Biggs, head of the House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News he called for rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., To resign from her leadership after publicly announcing she will vote to accuse President Trump.
Biggs’ comment seems to reveal early cracks within the Republican Party. The dividing line seems to be those who still see Trump as the party’s leader and those who want to move on as soon as possible after the riots at the Capitol last week.
Cheney, chair of the House GOP conference, said she plans to support Democrats’ efforts to accuse Trump. She issued a statement that on January 6, “rebellion caused damage, death and destruction in the most sacred space of our republic.”
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She accused Trump of creating anger. She said he “lit the flame for this attack. All that followed was his action.”
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Biggs told “Fox News @ Night” that Cheney does not represent the conference with these remarks and that she should resign.
“I do not think she should chair the Republican Conference anymore,” he told host Shannon Bream. “The reality is that she does not represent the conference; she does not represent the Republican ideals.”
He said he is not alone and believes others will also come out and express their disapproval of Cheney. He said that if she were a rank-and-file member, her comments would likely be pulled off, but she is the No. 3 House GOP leader.
Cheney’s office did not immediately respond to a Fox News email after opening hours. Five Republicans in the House said they would vote for indictment.
Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in history to be charged twice. The House on Tuesday night approved a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove Trump by a cabinet vote, even though Pence had already said he would not do so.
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Cheney said in an earlier statement: “There has never been a major betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Biggs said he voted against the resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. He said in a statement that the “individuals who committed the crimes at the US Capitol last week are solely to blame for their violent actions.
“And yet Democrats want to blame President Trump for the violence that took place on the Capitol – a continuation of years of efforts to undermine and overthrow the 45th President of the United States. Their biased and vicious actions are shameful and only serve to tear our nation further apart and crush our constitution, ”he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report