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Carbon County GOP Censures Cheney For Impeachment Vote

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Carbon County Republican Party has voted to formally censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney after she voted to impeach President Donald Trump last week.

“The Carbon County Republican Party has unanimously voted to formally censure U.S. Representative Liz Cheney,” party chairman Joey Correnti IV said in a statement.

A censure is an expression of disapproval and has no binding effect on its subject.

Cheney voted to impeach the president, who will leave office on Wednesday as President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated, after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Cheney said at the time that her vote was based on the fact she believed Trump had incited the mob to action.

In the censure, Correnti and the party said Cheney voted to impeach without any quantifiable evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors.

Many Congressional leaders have criticized Trump for his comments regarding his refusal to concede to Biden, saying he incited the riot at the Capitol. Five people died as a result of the attack.

“Additionally, we have called for her to appear before the members of the (Carbon County Republican Party) to explain her recent actions to the body, the State Republican Party membership and the entirety of the concerned Wyoming electorate,” Correnti said.

The party also accused Cheney of violating the trust of her voters and failing to faithfully represent a large majority of Wyoming voters, 70% of whom voted for Trump in the November election.

Correnti has been a controversial figure in Wyoming politics. Last year, he was involved in a fistfight at the Wyoming Republican Party convention.

According to published reports, Correnti got into an altercation with Michael Pearce, then chairman of the Albany County Republican Party. Pearce was accused of striking Correnti and witnesses said Correnti restrained Pearce until police could arrive.

Cheney has repeatedly said that her decision to impeach the president came from her conscience, not her political beliefs.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she previously said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

This isn’t the first group to openly criticize Cheney for her vote.

Last week, the Wyoming Gun Owners Association blasted both her and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso for their criticism of the president, although the latter hasn’t publicly said whether or not he will vote to impeach Trump when the Senate meets.

The Wyoming Republican Party also condemned her decision to impeach.

“Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the ‘worst thing ever in our history’ (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda,” the Wyoming GOP said in a statement.

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Wyoming Gun Owners Criticize Cheney, Barrasso Over Trump Impeachment

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Wyoming Gun Owners Association has joined the chorus of organizations criticizing U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote this week to impeach President Donald Trump this week.

“Its (sic) a statewide embarrassment that our only voice in the House of Representatives, Liberal Liz, is included in this list of hyper moderates! What a joke….” the group wrote on its social media account this week, linking to a story from the New York Times that had a list of Congressional Republicans voting to impeach the president.

Cheney voted this week to impeach Trump on allegations that he incited a mob in Washington, D.C., to storm the Capitol. She has repeatedly said that her decision to impeach the president came from her conscience, not her political beliefs.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

WYGO is also criticizing U.S. Sen. Barrasso, posting on its Facebook page a screenshot from Twitter that included a list of Republican senators leaning toward convicting Trump. The list included Barrasso and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In the screenshot, someone has circled Barrasso’s name and added the acronym “WTH,” which means “What the hell.”

“Who does John Barrasso think he works for??? Has [sic] you or any other gun owners that you know of asked John to vote with Chuck Schumer and the hard left, to impeach President Trump??” WYGO wrote in the post.

It should be noted that Barrasso hasn’t publicly said whether or not he will help impeach Trump during a Senate trial.

WYGO has been known for attacking politicians and political candidates its members deem “RINOs,” or “Republicans in name only,” including making denigrating comments about former Wyoming legislators Michael von Flatern and Tyler Lindholm following their defeats in the primary election in August.

The organization is a conservative lobbying group headed by Aaron Dorr.

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Wyoming Republican Party Condemns Liz Cheney’s Impeachment Vote

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The Wyoming Republican Party is criticizing Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

The party on Wednesday condemned Cheney’s vote, stating that in recent memory, there has never been as much feedback from Wyoming Republicans as there has been against Trump’s impeachment and Cheney’s vote.

The statement — attributed to Wyoming Republican Party leadership — listed a number of comments the party has received since the vote — none of which are supportive of Cheney’s position.

“The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions,” reads the statement.

It goes on to list some of the feedback received from party members in order to share it with Cheney.

“President Trump did not incite anyone to riot. Read the transcript of what he said and watch the video,” reads one statement.

“Representative Cheney has aligned herself with leftists who are screaming that what happened last Wednesday is the ‘worst thing ever in our history’ (or similar such claims). That is absurd and shows their lack of knowledge of history as well as their willingness to skew the facts to further their corrupt agenda,” reads another.

In an interview with Wyoming reporters on Wednesday, Cheney addressed what she saw as the the historical significance of the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, stating that this is a “very dangerous moment for our nation” and noting the presence of U.S. troops in the Capitol.

“Some of you have probably saw the pictures of the troops sleeping on the floor of the Capitol Visitor Center,” she said. “It was a scene reminiscent of the Civil War, when troops were housed in the Capitol.”

“This is a moment when it’s important for all of us to recognize that our Republic is very fragile, and that we all have an obligation to ensure we’re doing everything that we’re compelled to do by our oath to ensure the survival of that Republic,” Cheney said.

Republicans from all over the state have offered their opinions. In a column for Cowboy State Daily, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray Hunkins called the riot a “gift” to Trump’s political adversaries.

“I was hopeful the rally in Washington would be a positive event; that the Joint Session of Congress on that day would provide an opportunity to hear the President’s position regarding the ‘stolen’ election and learn about the evidence his campaign believed supported that assertion. It didn’t happen. The riot that took place at the Capitol overshadowed all else,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, former Cheney foe Rod Miller, who lost a primary battle against her in 2018, praised the congresswoman’s vote and blasted — in advance — the Wyoming Republican Party for what he thought it would say.

“I also fully expect Frank Eathorne and the radical right in the Wyoming GOP to spew their tired and acrid rhetoric her way, thumping their chests and squealing, ‘Commie, deep state, but the emails, MAGA, MAGA, MAGA'” he wrote.

The GOP statement concludes by stating that the party respects elected officials in Wyoming and “assumes they will respect and represent their constituents.”

“We are receiving the message loud and clear that what happened yesterday is a true travesty for Wyoming and the country,” the statement reads.

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Liz Cheney: Impeachment Vote Was Of Conscience, Not Politics

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Wednesday said her vote to impeach President Trump had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with her conscience.

Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was one of 10 Republicans who cast a vote for Trump’s impeachment and has subsequently received much criticism in some Republican circles for that action.

Speaking with Wyoming reporters following the historic vote, Cheney dismissed a question about her political future stating that there are moments when leaders have to put aside politics.

“There are times when those of us as elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” she said. “Dealing with something as serious and as grave as the attack on the Capitol is one of those times.”

Earlier in the day Cheney told reporters that she was not concerned with calls from some House Freedom Caucus Republicans calling for her resignation.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said.

Cheney said it wouldn’t have made any difference to her whether the president was a Republican or Democrat, her vote would have been the same under similar circumstances.

“I think it’s it’s important that no matter what party we belong to, we all recognize that insurrection and sedition,” she said.  “Those are things that that, you know, tear at the very heart of our Republic, and those are things that cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney emphasized the gravity of the situation many times during the 15-minute phone call, mentioning that the vote to impeach was done with a “heavy heart” but adding that for her, there was no other option.

The sight of U.S. troops sleeping in the Capitol, she said, reminded her of historical passages during the Civil War when troops were housed in the building.

“It’s a moment of real peril,” she said. “It’s a moment when it’s important for all of us to recognize that our Republic is very fragile and that we all have an obligation to ensure we’re doing everything we’re compelled to do by our oath to ensure the survival of the Republic.”

Cheney sounded an optimistic note for Republicans when discussing life after the inauguration.

She said she was putting together alternatives to Biden Administration policies and was looking forward to reclaiming control of the House.

“I’m laying out an agenda and a positive agenda for for the future. And it’ll be one that will allow us to win the majority back in two years. And so you know, that that’s what I’m focused on,” she said.

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Liz Cheney On Calls For Her to Resign: “I’m Not Going Anywhere”

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By staff reports

If you thought Wyoming’s Liz Cheney might be buckling under some Republican calls for her to resign because of her support for the the impeachment of President Trump, think again.

The outspoken and powerful representative told reporters on Wednesday that she has no plans to step down from office despite a petition from some House conservatives for her to be removed.

“I’m not going anywhere” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, told reporters at the Capitol.

“This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference. But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the civil war, constitutional crisis. That’s what we need to be focused on. That’s where our efforts and attention need to be.”

The aforementioned petition stated that Cheney’s personal opinion on the matter “does not reflect that of the majority of the Republican Conference and has brought the Conference into disrepute and produced discord.”

Cheney has received both condemnation and praise from across the spectrum for Tuesday’s announcement that she would support impeachment.



Former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer, a two-term Republican, chimed in on Facebook Tuesday evening that supported her announcement.

“Thank you Liz Cheney. We strongly agree with your intention to vote FOR impeachment,” he said.

State Rep. Landon Brown, also a Republican, on Wednesday tweeted his support as well.

“I stand with @RepLizCheney,” he said. “His [Trump’s] policies have done our country and the world good but he violated the constitution and his oath of office last week. I wish he would take accountability for those actions.”

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis didn’t mention Cheney by name in a statement released to the Casper Star Tribune but said she didn’t agree with impeachment.

“I respect the right of all of my colleagues to vote their conscience, but we need to calm the rhetoric and start finding ways to work together as Americans,” Lummis said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the most pressing issues we face today.”

Rising Republican star Rep. Dan Crenshaw signaled his support of Cheney late Wednesday afternoon.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect. She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing eachother apart,” he tweeted.

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Cheney Will Vote to Impeach President Trump

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U.S. House Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday said she will vote to impeach President Trump.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said the president incited the mob that stormed the Capitol on Nov. 6 and added the violence and destruction would not have happened without the president’s involvement.

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said. “Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President.”

Cheney further said that the president didn’t got far enough in his efforts to stop the attacks once they began.

“The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.

“I will vote to impeach the President,” Cheney said.

Cheney has been a vocal critic of the president since the attacks occurred. Appearing on FOX News that evening, Cheney squarely blamed the events on President Trump.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

Cheney’s full statement follows:

“On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes. This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic.

“Much more will become clear in coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough. The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack. Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.

“I will vote to impeach the President.”

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Cheney, Lummis Send Condolences to Family of Fallen Capitol Officer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis have both sent their condolences to the family of a U.S. Capitol police officer who died after sustaining injuries in the mob attack on Wednesday.

“There are no words to express my sadness for the friends and family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Lummis wrote in a tweet. “His devotion to his nation will not be forgotten. My prayers are with his friends and family at this difficult time.”

“My deepest sympathies for the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,” Cheney wrote in a tweet. “Officer Sicknick was killed defending our Capitol from the violent mob on January 6. Please keep Brian and his family in your prayers.”

Sicknick died Thursday night from injuries he suffered while trying to repulse protesters who stormed the Capitol.

According to officials, thousands of people identified as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol after the rally, forcing its evacuation as members of Congress discussed the certification of the Electoral College’s vote.

Congress reconvened Wednesday night and certified the Electoral College’s vote.

When Sicknick returned to his division office after the riot, he collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sicknick’s death is being investigated by various law enforcement agencies. He is the fifth person and the first law enforcement officer to die as a result of the riots.

Sicknick joined the Capitol police in July 2008 and most recently served in the department’s first responder unit.

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Cheney Blames Trump For Mob Attack on Capitol

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney specifically blamed President Donald Trump for inciting the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left four people dead and scores more arrested.

Cheney spoke with Fox News via phone on Wednesday evening before Congress reconvened to confirm former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election, solidifying Trump’s defeat.

“We just had a violent mob assault the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent those from carrying out our Constitutional duty,” Cheney said. “There is no question that the president formed the mob, the president incited the mob, the president addressed the mob. He lit the flame.”

The representative was referring to Trump’s comments during a rally held shortly before Congress was to discuss certification of the Electoral College’s vote. During that rally, Trump told the crowd he would “never concede” the election to Biden and attacked Cheney and other “weak Congresspeople.”

Trump posted a video message Wednesday after the storming of the Capitol where he thanked protesters for their support, but asked them to go home. He also continued to claim throughout the day that the election had been rigged and stolen from him.

Cheney criticized Trump’s comments as inciting the protest at the Capitol, and took him to task for what she called his fairly weak call for protestors to leave the building and grounds.

“The president is abusing the trust of the American people and abusing the trust of the people who supported him,” she said. “We’ve never in our 245-year history had a president refuse to concede and leave office after the Electoral College had voted. There are serious questions about the President’s involvement and responsibility for what happened here today at the Capitol, and it cannot be tolerated.” 

Cheney has in recent weeks taken several positions against Trump, including when she confirmed she would not contest the Electoral College votes that showed he lost the election.

This is in stark contrast to newly-elected U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who has continued to praise the president into the new year. Lummis did contest some of the Electoral College votes during the Congressional session on Wednesday, but Biden was still confirmed as president-elect.

“This is what America is not,” Cheney said. “The mob will not prevail. What happened today can never happen in the United States, and the President needs to take responsibility for it.”

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Cheney on Capitol Attack: “It Is a Dangerous Moment For Our Country”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney joined her colleagues on Wyoming’s congressional delegation in condemning the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, but she also took the opportunity to criticize President Donald Trump for creating the atmosphere that led to the attack.

An undetermined number of people described as supporters of Trump breached the security measures in place around the Capitol on Wednesday as members of Congress discussed certifying the results of the Electoral College vote from November’s presidential election.

Cheney placed blame for the attack on Trump and said he failed to adequately address the situation once it got out of hand.

“It doesn’t matter what side of those issues you stand on,” Cheney said during an interview with NBC News on Wednesday afternoon. “The President of the United States’ statement now, in my view, was completely inadequate – what he has done and what he caused here is something that we’ve never seen before in our history.”

Cheney was referring to a short video Trump posted to Twitter earlier Wednesday after the invasion began in which he thanks the protesters for their support, but calls on them to “go home.”

Despite the sharp political differences seen in the country, violent actions are not the answer, Cheney said.

“We have very deep and clear political differences in this country, but we don’t resolve those differences by mob violence,” she said. “It has been 245 years and no president has ever failed to concede or agree to leave office after the Electoral College has voted.”

She added that Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol was a result of Trump’s continued insistence that he actually won November’s presidential election and that there was a conspiracy keeping him from being returning to the White House.

“I think what we’re seeing today is a result of that –  a result of convincing people that somehow Congress was going to overturn the results of this election, a result of suggesting he wouldn’t leave office,” Cheney said. “Those are very, very dangerous things. This will be remembered and this will be part of his legacy, and it is a dangerous moment for our country.”

Trump said during a rally earlier Wednesday that he would “never concede.”

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Trump Attacks Cheney, “Weak Congresspeople” During Wednesday Rally

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

President Donald Trump singled out U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for scathing criticism during a rally appearance on Wednesday morning.

“The Liz Cheneys of the world. We have to get rid of them,” Trump said during his speech.

In recent days, Cheney has advised fellow Republican not to object to the outcome of the Electoral College vote that gave victory in November’s presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.

The comments by Trump came during a rally that took place just hours before many of his supporters stormed the steps of the U.S. Capitol building, forcing evacuation of the building by the legislators inside. Members of Congress were preparing to decide on the certification of the Electoral College’s vote at the time.

During the rally, Trump also told his supporters to get rid of the “weak Congresspeople,” referring to those who didn’t agree with his belief that the presidential election was rigged or that Biden didn’t win fairly.

Trump also claimed that “big tech” rigged the election in Biden’s favor.

“We will never give up, we will never concede,” the president said during the rally. “It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

These comments come days after Cheney confirmed that she would vote to certify Biden’s win and also calling Trump’s recent phone call with the Georgia Secretary of State “disturbing.”

“Congress has an important role to play in supporting states as they address election fraud,” she previously said. “Congress does not, however, have the authority to overturn state presidential election results by refusing to count electors and thereby substituting our views for the votes of the people in the states. Doing so would be establishing a tyranny of Congress and stealing power from the states and the people in those states.”

Cheney’s position on certification of the Electoral College vote was shared by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, who said he would vote in favor of certification during the joint session of Congress held Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, however, joined 10 other Senate Republicans in saying she would object to to the Electoral College results until an audit of elections in states where Trump has suggested voter fraud occurred can be completed.

Lummis’ statements on the Electoral College vote won thanks from Trump during the rally.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso confirmed Wednesday morning that he would also certify the Electoral College’s vote.

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