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Liz Cheney: Impeachment Vote About Protecting Constitution, Not About Politics

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Friday told FOX News that her vote to impeach President Trump following the riots that occurred at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month was about protecting the Constitution.

“All of us have an obligation to the Constitution and obligation to do what what we believe is right, what our oath compels us to do that that is above politics and above partisanship,” Cheney said.

Cheney, the third ranking Republican in the House, has received backlash from some conservatives for her vote against Trump while other high profile Republicans have praised her despite thinking differently on the issue.

One high profile critic, Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida, has lashed out at Cheney, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for how they’ve handled the issue.

Now Gaetz is planning on coming to Wyoming on Thursday to denounce Cheney. Critics have speculated that he’s doing this because he wants her job.

“I do not want her job. I unequivocally am not seeking a position in House Leadership,” Gaetz tweeted on Saturday.

“I also know Wyoming can do better,” he said.

If Cheney is concerned by Gaetz or others unhappy with her actions, she doesn’t let on to it.

“I think we’re going to have these discussions inside the conference, we have differences of opinion about a whole range of issues, including about this one,” Cheney said.

“And I anticipate and I’m confident that we will be united as a conference going forward, we recognize how important it is to make sure that we’re standing up and fighting against the policies of the Biden administration,” she said.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising conservative star in the House, voted differently on impeachment but signaled his support for Cheney immediately after the vote.

“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,” Crenshaw tweeted.

“She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he said.

Cheney said Vice President Mike Pence deserves “tremendous praise” for not unilaterally rejecting electors despite pressure from President Trump.

“I think it’s important that what happened on January 6, never happens again,” she said.  “Vice President Pence deserves our gratitude for standing firm for his constitutional oath for doing what he knew was right.”

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Bouchard Calls Cheney’s Impeachment Vote a “Stab in the Back”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, this week described the vote of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to impeach former President Donald Trump as a “stab in the back.”

Bouchard’s comments came during an appearance on Fox with Laura Ingraham, his first televised appearance since announcing his campaign against Cheney in 2022 for her House seat, which she has held since 2017.

When Ingraham asked Bouchard why it was a problem for Cheney to vote her conscience to impeach Trump, Bouchard said it wasn’t her job to vote on her feelings.

“She’s there to vote for the people of Wyoming,” he said. “We’ve had a full-on attack on conservatives, it’s gone on and on and on. We had a man that was president that was fighting for us, and what he got was an ice pick in the back by 10 people.”

Cheney on Jan. 13 was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment following an assault on the U.S. Capitol she believed Trump helped to incite.

Bouchard said he expected this kind of behavior from the “swamp” in Washington, D.C., but not from a representative from Wyoming.

“That’s why I’m running, I think we have to make a good fight against what’s going on,” he said. “If we have someone from Wyoming just going to Washington to make deals, what good is that going to do?”

Ingraham said she wished Cheney and other legislators like U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah were as tough on congressional Democrats as they were on Trump.

Conservative columnist Henry Olsen on Thursday said the Democratic Party is looking forward to intra-party battles like this.

“They know that the more Republicans fight each other, the likelier they won’t reunite to fight them,” Olsen said. “Democrats are surely drooling over the rumored prospect of Trump creating his own Patriot Party that would position itself to the GOP’s right on rhetoric and policy.

“In our first-past-the-post election system, in which a candidate does not need a majority of the vote to win, Democrats know that a split center-right can only help them,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bouchard announced on his social media accounts Friday that he had raised more than $50,000 in donations within the first two days of announcing his congressional campaign.

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Cheney Condemns Biden’s First Executive Orders

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney followed in the footsteps of Wyoming colleague U.S. Sen. John Barrasso on Thursday by condemning some of the actions taken by the newly sworn-in president, particularly those aimed at curtailing the use of fossil fuels.

“We face significant challenges that require bipartisan responses. Today’s executive orders reverse important policies and impose significant economic cost that will imperil our recovery,” Cheney said.

Specifically, Cheney criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, blocking the Keystone Pipeline and stopping funding for important security measures.

“Rejoining the deeply flawed Paris Climate Accord and blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline will eliminate jobs, increase the cost of energy and embolden our adversaries,” Cheney said. “Meanwhile, blocking funding for important border security enhancements, including the continued construction of the wall, lays the foundation for increased illegal immigration.”

These sentiments were similar to those expressed by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso this week.

However, Cheney didn’t just criticize Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday, as she noted their inauguration was an important opportunity for Americans to come together.

She welcomed the new Biden administration to the White House on Wednesday.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris have the prayers and hope of the entire nation with them as they take office today,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning shortly before Biden took the oath of office.

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Cheney Always Willing To Meet With Republican Colleagues, Office Says

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney its always willing to speak with fellow House Republicans, especially now in the face of changes championed by new President Joe Biden, one of her staff members said Wednesday.

Cheney is the target of an effort by some House conservatives seeking to have her ousted as the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position among House Republicans, because of her vote to impeach President Donald Trump last week.

Several representatives who objected to Cheney’s position have launched a petition drive to force a special meeting among Republicans to vote on a resolution calling for Cheney to resign from her leadership post.

Cheney’s spokesman, Jeremy Adler, said Cheney welcomes any opportunity to speak with her Republican colleagues, especially given Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden.

“As President-Elect Biden takes office and begins to Implement an agenda that threatens our economic recovery and reverses course on important national security issues, our conference will be united in standing for conservative solutions to bring the nation together and retake the majority in 2022,” Adler said.

The House Freedom Caucus started work on Jan. 13 to collect enough signatures on a petition to force the meeting.

The Hill, a political website, on Wednesday quoted an anonymous source as saying the petition had the support of more than half of House Republicans. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there had been no official announcement of the petition’s status.

However, since news of the Freedom Caucus’ efforts was released, a number of House Republicans have stepped up to support Cheney’s position, including Reps. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, John Katko of New York and Dan Crenshaw of Texas.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: (Liz Cheney) has a hell of a lot more backbone than most and is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw said in a posting on his Twitter page. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

Cheney’s vote for impeachment, which she said was made as a matter of conscience rather than politics, has also sparked a backlash among some of her constituents.

The Wyoming Republican Party issued an official statement criticizing Cheney, she was censured by the Carbon County Republican Party and the Wyoming Gun Owners called her vote an embarrassment.

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Bouchard Files to Run Against Cheney in 2022

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, will challenge U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the 2022 primary election.

Bouchard filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission on Wednesday. He has been a member of the Wyoming Legislature for four years.

“I expect Never Trumpers to do this stuff and CNN to play along. But Cheney should be run out of town, and back to Virginia for joining the blame game!” Bouchard wrote on his Facebook page earlier this month after Cheney voted to impeach President Donald Trump.

Bouchard is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring to challenge Cheney in the next primary election. She has represented Wyoming in the House of Representatives since 2017.

The announcement comes after the Wyoming Republican Party, of which Bouchard is a member, criticized Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump last week.

“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 GOP said in a statement.

Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the U.S. House, was one of 10 Republicans who cast a vote for Trump’s impeachment.

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.

That thought was echoed by rising Republican star Rep. Dan Crenshaw who signaled his support of Cheney shortly after the two cast opposite votes.

“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.

The Wyoming Gun Owners Association, which has supported Bouchard in the past, also criticized Cheney’s vote.

“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, linking to a story from the New York Times that had a list of Congressional Republicans voting to impeach the president.

Bouchard was recently elected to his third term in the Legislature after being challenged by Democrat Brittany Wallesch.

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Cheney Welcomes Biden Administration

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney used a Twitter post to welcome the new administration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday, one week after voting to impeach former President Donald Trump.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris have the prayers and hope of the entire nation with them as they take office today,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning shortly before Biden took the oath of office.

Her comments quickly followed those of colleague U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, who encouraged all Wyoming residents to pray for both Biden and the United States.

Like Lummis, Cheney commented on the peaceful transfer of power in her tweet.

“The peaceful transfer of power in this great nation is, as Ronald Reagan said, both miraculous and commonplace,” Cheney wrote.

Cheney has received both praise and criticism in the last week for voting to impeach Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

She has repeatedly said that her decision to vote for Trump’s impeachment 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.”

Some organizations, such as the Wyoming Gun Owners Association, have accused Cheney of aligning herself with her more liberal colleagues, although she wasn’t the only Republican member of the House of Representatives who voted to impeach the now-former president.

Her vote has also reportedly sparked an attempt among some House Republicans to remove her from her position as House’s Republican Conference chair, the third highest position among House Republicans.

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Cheney Slams Newspaper’s “Sexist” Jab at Republican Colleague

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney slammed a newspaper’s jab in a since-deleted blog about a fellow Republican congresswoman’s lack of children as sexist and despicable.

Cheney came to the defense of U.S. Rep. Elisa Stefanik, R-New York, over comments attributed to her in what one media report said was a work of fiction published as a blog by the Albany Times-Union.

@EliseStefanik deserves praise for serving her constituents and our country,” Cheney wrote. “Our nation depends upon us to have civil policy debates without descending into heartless personal attacks.”

Stefanik issued a statement on Tuesday morning also criticizing the Albany Times-Union for the article.

“This shameful statement is not only inherently sexist, but also hateful, abusive and heartless,” Stefanik said, while also calling on the paper to retract the article and issue an apology to her.

While the blog has been deleted, Fox News said the newspaper labeled it as a work of fiction that described a visit by Stefanik to first-grade students at a public school.

According to the Fox account, the blog took a number of jabs at Stefanik for her positions on coronavirus and education before attributing a fictional quote to her in which she addressed the fact she has no children.

“I myself am childless because I am a rising star in the Republican Party, and family planning is possible by way of the contraception paid for by my excellent taxpayer-provided healthcare plan,” the blog quoted Stefanik as saying.

Last week, Cheney and Stefanik had been mentioned as possible foes following Cheney’s vote to impeach President Trump.

Washington, DC political media outlet “The Hill” said Stefanik was exploring a challenge to Cheney’s leadership position in the House and said there were reports of the lawmaker making phone calls to colleagues to test the waters.

That possibility was quickly squashed when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would not support efforts of some conservatives to oust Cheney from her leadership position.

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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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