Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s ongoing feud with former President Donald Trump has sparked discussion within the House’s GOP leadership about her future as the party’s conference chair with a vote on whether she should continue in the role possible next week, according to sources who are confidential situation.
A leading source for the House GOP leadership said it was “more than likely” that Republicans would hold a vote on Cheney’s status as conference chairman when Parliament returns to session next week.
Cheney has emerged as one of Trump’s leading critics within the GOP since January, when she was among 10 House Republicans who voted to accuse him of his role in the Capitol uprising. The House̵
“When you only have that much time, she will talk about Trump, not the people who are driving the country into the ground,” a source said.
As a conference chair, Cheney is the third highest-ranking Republican in Parliament and the most senior GOP woman in Congress. In February, she defeated pressure from Trump loyalists to oust her as a conference chair after a tense closed-door meeting on her leadership.
Speculation about Cheney’s future resurfaced this week Monday after she publicly reprimanded Trump for issuing a statement describing his loss in the 2020 presidential election as “The Big Lie” – a phrase that Trump critics have often used about his unproven claim that the election was stolen.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was spreading THE BIG LIE is turning his back on the rule of law and poisoning our democratic system,” Cheney wrote on Twitter.
Cheney’s tweet led to a renewed attack from Trump, who said in a statement that “she will never run in a Wyoming election again!”
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Cheney was initially backed by prominent Republicans, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, when she criticized Trump in January. But prominent figures within the party have begun to raise questions about her leadership.
Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told Axios last week that Cheney’s repeated criticism of Trump was an “unwelcome distraction.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise also raised concerns.
“This idea of you just ignoring President Trump is not where we are, and honestly he still has a lot to offer,” Scalise told the outlet.