According to Axios, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tried to convince Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to apologize for the way she handled her vote to impeach former President Trump ahead of the House GOP’s conference meeting last week.
The news outlet reported that Cheney refused the request, citing two people with direct knowledge.
Cheney rolled the dice, refusing her leader’s ask and counting on her supporters to keep her as conference chair, the party’s No. 3 post in the House. Newly empowered, she’s now embracing her role as the Republicans’ Trump critic-in-chief.
McCarthy, who hesitated in the first place about holding a vote to oust Cheney, told her privately hours before Wednesday’s caucus meeting that their members wanted to hear her say she was sorry.
“Several members have asked me to apologize for the vote, they’ve asked my colleagues who also voted to impeach to apologize for the vote,” Cheney (R-Wyo.) told her colleagues.
“I cannot do that. It was a vote of conscience. It was a vote of principle — a principle on which I stand and still believe.”
Per the report, Cheney was confident that she could win the vote on her ouster, which she did, 145-61.
Axios also reported that Cheney “doubled down on her condemnation of the former president during a Fox News interview Sunday, telling Chris Wallace that Trump ‘does not have a role as the leader of our party going forward.’ ”
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