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Pelosi Puts Cheney On Committee to Investigate Jan 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was appointed Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on a special House committee formed to look into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Cheney was one of only two House Republicans to vote for establishing the select committee during proceedings Wednesday.

“I’m honored to have been named to serve on the January 6th select committee,” she said in a statement. “Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814.”

Representatives on Wednesday voted 220-190 to create the special House committee after the U.S. Senate last month blocked legislation that would have created an outside, independent, bipartisan review commission to look into the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.

Five people died during the incident, which saw armed individuals force their way into the Capitol while electoral votes from November’s general election were being certified.

Cheney has called for an independent body to look into the incident since February, expressing support for the independent review commission.

When voting for the House committee on Wednesday, Cheney said she would have preferred the investigation be handled by an independent panel, but since that proposal was killed, the House select committee was the best way to move forward.

Cheney was one of the eight House members to be selected for the committee by Pelosi, a Democrat. Five more positions will be filled with selections from the Republican Party.

Cheney said the investigation by the committee will help make sure such an incident does not occur again.

“(Jan. 6) saw the most sacred space in our Republic overrun by an angry and violent mob attempting to stop the counting of electoral votes and threatening the peaceful transfer of power,” she said in her statement.

“What happened on January 6th can never happen again. Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious, and non-partisan manner.”

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Cheney Votes For House Select Committee To Investigate Attacks On January 6

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney voted in favor of creating a House Select Committee to investigate the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Cheney said a bipartisan independent commission “would have been the best way to address the dangerous assault on the institutions of our democracy,” but the bill that would have enacted that mechanism failed in the U.S. Senate after passing the House.

Cheney was joined by only one other Republican — Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — in voting for the House Select Committee.

The select 13-member committee will have subpoena power, will investigate “the facts, circumstances and causes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack” according to the resolution.

Eight members of the committee will be named by the majority Democrat party while the other five members will be named with input from the minority Republican party.

The structure and the makeup of the investigating body would have been far better, Cheney said, if the bipartisan commission would have been created instead.

“Earlier this month, along with 34 other House Republicans, I supported the establishment of a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the attack of January 6th,” Cheney said in a statement. “As I’ve said before, that would have been the best way to address the dangerous assault on the institutions of our democracy.”

“I believe this select committee is our only remaining option. I will vote to support it,” she said.

Prior to today’s vote, Cheney spoke out for months in support of the creation of a bipartisan panel modeled after the 9/11 commission to obtain the facts about what happened in the lead-up to and on January 6th.

“It needs to really be bipartisan and really be populated with serious individuals who will take a clear-eyed look at what went on,” she said during a speech at the Reagan Institute earlier this year

While appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation in April, Cheney stressed that the investigation shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

“You just had 140 national security officials from Republican and Democratic administrations send a letter to Congress saying, ‘We need a commission’,” she said.

On Wednesday she again stressed the need for a non-partisan look at the events which resulted in the deaths of five individuals.

“This investigation can only succeed if it is sober, professional, and non-partisan. The threat to our democracy is far too grave for grandstanding or political maneuvering,” she said.”

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Cheney: It’s Unfortunate Biden Chose to Meet With Putin

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is questioning President Joe Biden’s decision to meet this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an international summit.

Cheney appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show Thursday morning to talk about her distrust for the Russian president and her belief Biden shouldn’t give the Russian president a platform.

“It was unfortunate that President Biden decided to go to this meeting with Putin,” she said on the radio program. “We see this again and again where U.S. presidents don’t recognize that meeting with Putin gives him a platform on the world stage.”

Biden and Putin met for three hours on Wednesday to discuss cyberattacks, the conflict in Ukraine, arms control and more, according to The Associated Press.

Cheney said Biden should clearly communicate by his actions that he won’t stand for the alleged misconduct of Putin and other Russians, such as their influence in the 2016 election. She added Biden and his administration did not appear to have a strategy before attending the meeting with Putin.

“I think there were some other things President Biden should have been doing rather than that,” she said.

According to CNN, the U.S. and Russia reached several agreements during the meeting, including the decision to allow each other’s ambassadors to return to their posts. Russia’s ambassador to the United States was called back to Moscow in March after Biden referred to Putin as a “killer,” while the American ambassador to Russia returned to Washington, D.C., in April.

The two leaders also agreed to establish task forces to deal with cyberattacks.

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Cheney Compares Trump’s Election Claims to Chinese Community Party

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

During a recent appearance on political analyst David Axelrod’s podcast, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney compared former President Donald Trump’s remarks about election fraud to claims made by the Chinese Communist Party.

Cheney appeared on the latest episode of “The Axe Files,” which is hosted by Axelrod, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

During her appearance, Axelrod asked if Cheney was uncomfortable with Trump’s claims about election fraud leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.

“There were a number of occasions where I spoke out with respect to things like guaranteeing a peaceful transition of power even before we got to the election,” she said. “The other thing that occurs to me is when you listen to Donald Trump talk now, when you hear the language he is using now, it is the same things that the Chinese Community Party say about the United States and our democracy.”

She added that when Trump claims the nation’s democratic system is broken and incapable of conveying the word of the people, it is similar to propaganda spread by the CCP against the U.S.

Cheney and Axelrod noted that she voted with the former president 93% of the time he was in office, but she was not one to blindly follow his lead. She pointed out a time when she criticized Trump for siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he believed the Russian’s statements over reports by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The representative has also tried to explain to Wyoming voters the reasoning behind her vote to impeach Trump following the Capitol attack by comparing him to Obama.

“One of the ways I explained my vote to my constituents is ‘You need to imagine if it were Barack Obama doing these things, if it were Barack Obama had tried to steal the election, had been pressuring local democratic officials to change the results in defined votes,'” she said.

Cheney has received much blowback from her impeachment vote, even being removed from her position as House Republican Conference chair. Wyoming legislators Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, announced their respective campaigns against Cheney for her House seat in response to her vote.

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Cheney Backs Independent Commission To Investigate Capitol Invasion

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney voted in support this week of Congress creating an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

On Wednesday, Cheney posted two photos of police officers and National Guard soldiers sitting on the floor of the Capitol following the insurrection earlier this year, defending her decision to vote in support of the commission.

“What happened that day must never happen again,” she said. “I urge the Senate to pass the bipartisan 1/6 commission bill. Some things must be above politics.”

Cheney was one of 35 House Republicans to support forming the commission, and so the bill is now headed to the Senate.

In a recent op-ed Cheney penned for the Washington Post, she pointed out although other branches of government are investigating the riot, it is critical for Congress to dispel misinformation circulating in the press and on social media.

“We should appoint former officials, members of the judiciary and other prominent Americans who can be objective, just as we did after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,” she wrote. “The commission should be focused on the Jan. 6 attacks.”

She also noted in a recent statement that it is common to form a commission after many major tragic events in the country, such as Pearl Harbor and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Cheney has been vocal in condemning the attack on the Capitol, even voting to impeach former President Donald Trump over allegations he incited the action with his comments shortly before the incident. This has generated considerable criticism of the representative and she was recently voted out of her position as House Republican Conference chair earlier this month.

Many congressional Republicans have downplayed the events of Jan. 6, causing a rift in the Republican Party.

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UW Prof/Author: Cheney Situation Is Uncharted Territory For Wyoming

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By Jen Kocher, Cowboy State Daily

The circumstances and fallout surrounding the ouster of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her U.S. House leadership position have left even a guy who studies state politics and history for a living scratching his head.

James King, a University of Wyoming political science professor and co-author of “The Equality State: Government and Politics in Wyoming,” told the Cowboy State Daily that the situation surrounding Wyoming’s only member of the House has put the state and nation into uncharted territory.

“Normally, the Republican elected officials and the Republicans in the state are pretty much in tune with one another,” he said. “They keep focusing on the same agenda. But we’ve not had a situation where a former elected official has continued to insert and try to exert an influence on what the party is doing.”

King said several key factors are at the heart of the fracture within the Republican Party, primarily former President Donald Trump’s refusal to retire quietly in keeping with tradition. He also pointed to the rise of social media as a popular platform for bickering for all sides of the dispute.

Then there’s the unprecedented rioting at and invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6 during what has traditionally been a benign perfunctory counting of electoral votes. 

Regardless of the factors leading up to this point, King noted, the country and party are currently in a place they have never been as backers of both Cheney and Trump dig in their respective feet.  

Ironically, King said, Trump and Cheney have more in common than not. Along with winning their respective nominations by landslides, the two align strongly on conservative values and policies popular with the majority of voters in the Cowboy State.   

Now, however, Cheney’s dissent seems not to be based on ideological lines, but rather the future direction of the party. 

“Certainly we’re in a situation where Representative Cheney has been and is looking to set one course for the Republican Party, and other members want a different course,” King said. “I don’t think there’s really disagreements about policy, or policy objectives…but clearly Cheney has been trying to focus the discussion prospectively, looking to the future, while others who want to continue the link with former President Trump see it as the way to advance the agenda in the coming elections. So basically, we have a disagreement over what’s the best way to get to where we want to go.”

This disagreement in itself, King noted, is rare for a party that is typically aligned on the fundamentals. 

This riff will no doubt manifest itself in the upcoming midterms, King predicted, although he thinks that given her voting record and popularity with voters in Wyoming, Cheney will retain her congressional seat should she choose to run for re-election in 2022.

“I think within Wyoming, there’s still going to be a base of support shortly,” he said. “Cheney will lose some support in the primary next year, but there is going to be a primary challenge, and she would lose support regardless.”

As to her motives, King said he would take Cheney at her word that her vote to impeach Trump following the Capitol riot was a principled decision. He noted Cheney was not the only Republican to have voted for Trump’s impeachment, but added her standing and name recognition fueled the discord and name calling seen in the mainstream media and social media.

The national media has highlighted the division within the Republican conference, which further fuels the narrative, King said.

“Stories of everybody getting along don’t make the front pages of the newspaper,” he said, nor has there been a former president so savvy at dominating the coverage. 

“When (Trump) was a candidate, he was very expert at keeping the attention focused on him and away from his challengers for the Republican nomination. As president, he set the tone for what the issues were going to be in terms of discussion. And he’s for the Republican Party, at least, has continued to do that. His use of a medium that is relatively new has proved to be quite expert.”

Up until now, there hasn’t been an equivalent of a former president emerging in a show of force in an attempt to influence the party or drive policy, he added. 

Together, these elements are proving to be transformative both on a state and national level. If anything, the midterms will be a bellwether for the party’s direction, King said.

“Instead of the Republican primaries playing out as candidates try to position themselves as the best to challenge Joe Biden, they may find the debate being within the Republican primary about who’s most loyal to Donald Trump,” he said. “And that’s a very different dynamic than we’ve ever seen.”

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Cheney: We Have a Responsibility to Fight For, Rebuild Republican Party

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney still believes in the conservative values of the Republican Party and wants to continue to fight for them, she told Wyoming reporters on Thursday morning.

“I don’t think [the party] is irrevocably broken, because this is a party with an unbelievable history, the one of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan,” she said during a news conference. “I think we have a responsibility to fight for and rebuild that party. The country needs a Republican Party.”

Cheney’s comments came just 24 hours after House Republicans voted to remove her from her No. 3 position in Republican leadership as the party’s House Conference chair. The vote was taken in response to her ongoing skirmish with former President Donald Trump over his allegations of election fraud during last year’s general election.

Cheney told reporters the Republican Party shouldn’t be hijacked by a cult of personality, referring to Trump and his most fervent supporters. Some of those supporters have called Cheney a traitor for her vote in January to impeach Trump, but she noted prior to the impeachment vote, she had voted with him around 93% of the time.

“There are millions and millions of Republicans who are very worried about the direction the party is going and don’t want the party to be dragged backward by a former president,” she said. “Some of them are not as public as others, but it’s our duty to stand up for these things.”

In the case of the riot at the Capitol that led to five deaths, Cheney said Trump crossed a line that should never be crossed, not only by the comments he made immediately prior to the storming of the Capitol, but also in his refusal to call for help. Former Vice President Mike Pence was ultimately the one to call in the National Guard, hours after the attack began.

“I think people have been betrayed by the former president,” Cheney said Thursday. “He is perpetuating lies and saying things that are fundamentally not true. Those of us who swear an oath to the Constitution have a duty to uphold that oath.”

Cheney is expected to be replaced as House Republican Conference chair by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, although no timeline has been officially set.

Trump celebrated Cheney’s removal from her position on Wednesday.

“I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party,” Trump said. “She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history.”

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Liz Cheney Declines To Answer Questions About White House Bid

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

In an appearance on “The Today Show” Thursday, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney would not answer questions about a potential presidential campaign.

Cheney, who lost her House leadership position by a voice vote on Wednesday, said she would do whatever it took to keep former President Donald Trump away from the Oval Office as she believes he is “unfit” for the presidency.

“He never can be anywhere close to the Oval Office,” Cheney said. 

Today Show host Savannah Guthrie pressed Cheney three times if she was considering a run for the nation’s highest office.

Cheney never answered directly but did repeatedly say that she would do “whatever it took” to ensure the former president doesn’t reclaim the office.

“I am going to do everything that I can, both to make sure that that never happens. But also to make sure that the Republican Party gets back to substance and policy and these things are connected, we have to embrace the Constitution, we have to reject the lie,” Cheney said.

“Whatever it takes,” Guthrie said.

“Whatever it takes,” Cheney repeated.

Cheney said she wasn’t surprised with the results of Wednesday’s voice vote ousting her as the House Republican Conference chair, adding the issue of protecting the Constitution is “much larger” than a leadership position in the House.

She said she has much “admiration” for most members of the House, she loves the institution of Congress, and that history is going judge House Republicans for the vote.

“I made it clear that if what they’re looking for are leaders who are willing to perpetuate the lie, which I think unravels our democracy, that I’m not their person,” she said.

Cheney said Trump’s actions were an attack on the Constitution and protecting the Constitution the most important issue facing the country, far more important than a House leadership position.

“it’s a really important and grave moment,” she said. “It’s a moment where we have to decide as a party, whether we’re going to embrace the truth,” she said.

Cheney also criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for changing his positions “multiple times” on the seriousness of the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol.

“Look, he hasn’t provided the leadership that we need. And, and as I’ve said, if the price of having his support is being complicit in the lie, that’s obviously not a price I’m willing to pay,” she said.

When Guthrie pointed out that Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York), the likely successor to Cheney in the House Conference, voted with President Trump significantly fewer times than Cheney did, the congresswoman responded that the vote was not about substance and policy, but the “willingness to perpetuate the idea that the election was stolen. And I won’t participate in that.”

Cheney said she was “absolutely” planning to run for re-election in Wyoming and firmly believes she can win again despite the fact Trump received more votes than she did in 2020.

As for former President Trump stating that his top political goal is to find a challenger to beat Cheney, she said “bring it on.”

“If they think that they’re going to come into Wyoming, and make the argument that the people of Wyoming should vote for someone who is loyal to Donald Trump over somebody who’s loyal to the Constitution, I welcome that debate,” she said. “And and I look forward to having that debate for the next 18 months.”

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Cheney Opponents Praise House Republicans For Ouster

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Republican challengers to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in her congressional re-election campaign are praising House Republicans for removing her from her position as House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, both of Cheney’s Wyoming colleagues declined to comment specifically on the ouster, but vowed to continue working with Cheney on issues important to Wyoming.

“House leadership decisions are up to the House caucus, but I look forward to continuing my work with Rep. Cheney and Senator Barrasso to do what is best for our state,” said U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis.

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso echoed a similar sentiment to Lummis.

“Wyoming has a three-member delegation,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “All three of us will keep standing up for Wyoming and fighting the attacks from the Biden administration. Today’s vote in the House doesn’t change that. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Liz Cheney and Cynthia Lummis on behalf of the people of Wyoming.”

Both Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, celebrated the news in the hours following Cheney’s removal from her position as the No. 3 ranking Republican in the House of Representatives. She is expected to be replaced U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, although no timeline has been officially set.

“Republican members of Congress finally did what so many Wyomingites have longed to do — get rid of Liz Cheney,” Gray said in a statement Wednesday. “While Wyoming voters must wait until 2022 to also vote her out, this is a welcome first step and shows Republicans are serious about making sure our party doesn’t sell out to socialist Democrats the way Liz Cheney already has.”

Gray added that Cheney is siding with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while continuing to “falsely” attack former President Donald Trump, a development he said was “disgusting.” He again criticized Cheney for voting to impeach Trump earlier this year and for recently fist-bumping President Joe Biden when he gave a joint speech to Congress.

“Wyoming voters gave her a chance to prove that she could effectively represent them and she has failed us miserably,” Gray said. “Today’s vote exposes Cheney for who she really is and is a good reminder that she can’t keep fooling Wyomingites like she did when she moved here to buy herself a seat in Congress.”

Like his colleague and opponent, Bouchard also celebrated Cheney’s removal, saying she was ousted because Republicans were the party of “America First” and Cheney refused and failed to represent this idea.

“Building the wall, reopening America and bringing American jobs back, opposing endless war, and stopping our enemies like China,” Bouchard wrote on his social media Wednesday. “That is AMERICA FIRST and Liz Cheney despises it. We must FIRE LIZ CHENEY! Vote Anthony Bouchard for Congress!”

Denton Knapp, a U.S. Army veteran who has become the sixth challenger to Cheney, said Wednesday’s decision shows that Republicans nationally are as unhappy with Cheney as he believes Wyoming residents are.

“That’s been coming for a long time,” he told Cowboy State Daily. “Not only does Wyoming disagree with her, but also the Republicans nationally.”

However, the move was criticized by Wyoming Democratic Party Joe Barbuto, who said Cheney’s ouster showed the Republican Party was more focused on defending a failed president and his lies than doing the work of the American people.

“In Wyoming and across the nation, the GOP is willfully choosing to build their party on a foundation of misinformation and falsehoods,” Barbuto said. “It’s a decision they will come to regret and voters will remember for many election cycles to come.”

Congressional candidate Darin Smith did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

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Trump Celebrates After Cheney Ousted From House Leadership Position

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has been officially ousted from her position as U.S. House conference chair.

Cheney was removed from her position on Wednesday morning as she continued to urge Republicans to reject former President Donald Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 presidential election.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney told reporters after she was ousted during a closed-door meeting,” Cheney said. The party is in a place that we’ve got to bring it back from. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president.”

She told her colleagues before they voted to oust her from her number three position in the House that she would continue to fight for conservative values in the United States and work to keep socialism out of the country.

Cheney has drawn the ire of many of her colleagues in recent weeks due to her regular skirmishes with Trump over his claims of fraud in the November general election.

The former president on Wednesday celebrated Cheney’s removal from her position, calling the representative a “bitter, horrible human being.”

“I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party,” Trump said on Wednesday. “She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history.”

On Wednesday, Cheney made a plea for her colleagues to reject Trump’s claims and vowed not to align herself with people who perpetuate lies about the election.

“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before,” Cheney said. “A former president who provoked a violent attack on this capital. In an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year. Many legislators believe Trump helped incite the attack, as he held a rally where he claimed he won the election just hours before the riot occurred.

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Cheney Vows to Make Sure Trump Never Gets Back to Oval Office

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Following her ouster from House Republican leadership on Wednesday morning, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney said she didn’t feel betrayed by the vote of her colleagues but added she will do all she can to make sure former President Donald Trump does not serve as president again.

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney said. “We have seen the danger that he continues to provoke with his language. We have seen his lack of commitment and dedication to the Constitution. And I think it’s very important that we make sure whomever we elect is somebody who will be faithful to the Constitution.”

Speaking with reporters moments after the voice vote which expelled her from the third highest position in Congress, Cheney said she has a different view of what the Republican Party stands for.

“We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the Constitution going forward,” she said. “The nation needs a strong Republican Party. The nation needs a party that that is based upon fundamental principles of conservatism. And I am committed and dedicated to ensuring that that’s how this party goes forward. And I plan to lead the fight to do that.”

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Cheney Blasts Trump From House Floor On Night Before Expected Ouster From Leadership

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

On the eve of her expected ousting from Republican leadership in Congress, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney on Tuesday evening came out swinging against President Trump in an impassioned speech from the House floor.

In a 6 1/2 minute speech, Cheney said she would not line up with or speak out against Republican leaders who continue to allege that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

“I will not sit back and watch in silence, while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy,” Cheney said.

“Today, we face a threat America has never seen before,” Cheney said. “A former president who provoked a violent attack on this capital. In an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him. He risks inciting further violence.”

Cheney, one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump in January, is expected to lose her leadership position in a vote before the House conference on Wednesday.

She survived an earlier vote by a large margin (145 – 61).  At that point, she could have dropped her criticism of President Trump’s election fraud claims and her desire to see a 9/11 style independent commission to focus on the January 6 attack on the Capitol. 

But she never swayed — even with the likely political consequences.

“What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history, and I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,” Cheney said in April.

Her push for a commission coupled with continued criticism of Trump’s allegations of election fraud got her into hot water with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans  — including those in Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and U.S. Senators John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis have offered no support to Cheney.

Cheney said during her speech Tuesday that her position has more to do wth the truth than politics.

“This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie, emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that,” Cheney said.

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Cheney Narrates Ad Affirming Her Position on Capitol Riot, Trump

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Days before House Republicans were expected to vote on removing her from her Republican leadership position, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney appeared in an ad affirming her stances on the presidential election and what it means to be a Republican.

The Republican Accountability Project advertisement features news clips of former President Donald Trump and clips of the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year, with a narration from Cheney, taken from various audio clips.

“President Trump, for months leading up to Jan. 6, spread the notion that the election had been stolen,” she said in the video. “There was a judicial process in place. This is not something we can simply look past.”

She also said in the video that the Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln, not of Q-Anon or white supremacy.

The Republican Accountability Project was formed in 2020 as “Republican Voters Against Trump” and compiled testimonials from Trump’s former supporters, conservatives, Republicans and others on why they wouldn’t vote for him in the 2020 election.

Earlier this year, it became the Republican Accountability Project following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Now, the group works to defend “Republican principles” and criticizes legislators its members hold responsible for the Capitol riot.

The ad debuted Monday morning, two days before House Republicans were expected to vote on whether to remove Cheney from her position as the Republican conference chair, the No. 3 GOP position in the house, because of her continued sparring with Trump over his claims of election fraud.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Lousiana, confirmed that he is now backing Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, for Cheney’s position. Trump is also expected to endorse Stefanik for the job.

“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair,” said Scalise’s spokeswoman Lauren Fine.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, also said that some Republicans were concerned about Cheney’s “ability to carry out her job” as a result of her public comments about Trump.

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No. 2 House Republican Supports Ousting Cheney From House Conference Chair

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House has officially come out in support of ousting U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her seat as House Conference chair.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Lousiana, confirmed this week that he is now backing Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, for the position, according to the Associated Press. Former president Donald Trump is also expected to endorse Stefanik for the job.

“House Republicans need to be solely focused on taking back the House in 2022 and fighting against Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical socialist agenda, and Elise Stefanik is strongly committed to doing that, which is why Whip Scalise has pledged to support her for Conference Chair,” said Scalise’s spokeswoman Lauren Fine.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said this week that some Republicans were concerned about Cheney’s “ability to carry out her job” as a result of her public comments about Trump, the AP also reported.

In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the 2020 presidential election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE,” referring to his thoughts that he actually won the presidency, but it was rigged against him from the start.

Cheney has challenged these claims from the president several times and took to social media again this week to repeat her thoughts.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.

Last month, the New York Times Magazine wrote a detailed report about the backlash Cheney has received for standing against the former president and her vote to impeach him following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Wyoming Democratic Chair Amused With Allegations of Liz Cheney Being A RINO

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto on Tuesday said he was amused that Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney is frequently called a liberal or a RINO (Republican in Name Only) by Republicans in the state.

Barbuto, in two Facebook posts, said the labeling of Cheney as anything but a partisan Republican doesn’t make sense and her votes show it.

“I’m getting a kick out of the posts/comments accusing Liz Cheney of being a liberal,” Barbuto wrote.  “Have you seen her voting record? She is most definitely on the conservative end of the political spectrum.”

“In fact, she voted in line with Donald Trump’s positions almost 94% of the time,” he said.

Barbuto told Cowboy State Daily that he believes the labeling of Cheney as a liberal or a RINO comes from one vote — the impeachment vote. He said if anyone truly believes she leans left, they aren’t paying attention or they’re just getting their news through biased social media accounts.

“Cheney is rated as one of the most partisan members of Congress on the right side of the aisle,” he said. “There is no case to be made that’s she’s liberal.”

“When Kevin McCarthy says she’s not delivering our message anymore, then what’s their message then? Because everything I hear are Republican talking points,” Barbuto said. “That’s been her role as long as she’s been in Washington, DC to be the megaphone for the Republican Party. She’s deviated from the message on one point and suddenly she’s not carrying the message anymore.”

Barbuto shared a CNN article that said Cheney could be losing support for her leadership role in Congress. Cheney is the third highest ranking Republican in the House.

The article mentioned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s alleged frustration with Cheney for not toeing the party line all the time.

“We all need to be working as one, if we’re able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given, they are earned, and that’s about the message about going forward,” McCarthy said on FOX News.

However, Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler said the issue was about President Trump’s allegation that the presidential election was stolen and the significance of the riots at the U.S. Capitol in early January.

“This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6,” Adler told CNN.  “Liz will not do that. That is the issue.”

Because Cheney won’t bend, her leadership position could rest in the balance. 

A second vote to remove Cheney (she survived the first attempt by a 145 – 61 margin in early February) could happen as early as May 12.

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Cheney Fires Back At Trump’s Claims Election Was Stolen (Again)

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and former President Donald Trump are once again trading barbed words about Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and that he was the rightful winner.

In a statement Monday morning, Trump claimed that the election would henceforth be known as “the BIG LIE.” Cheney has shot down these claims multiple times from the former president, but again took to social media to repeat her thoughts.

“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system,” she wrote on Twitter Monday.

While speaking at a conference in Georgia on Monday, Cheney expanded on her comments about the former president, according to CNN.

“We can’t embrace the notion the election is stolen. It’s a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy,” she said. “We can’t whitewash what happened on Jan. 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on Jan. 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him was part of the reason Cheney ultimately voted to impeach him earlier this year following the riot at the U.S. Capitol. She was only one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump.

The attack occurred as Congress was confirming the Electoral College results, which certified Joe Biden as the president-elect. Five people were killed during the riot.

Cheney received much criticism from Wyoming Republicans as a result of her impeachment vote, which also prompted two Wyoming state legislators to run against her for the congressional seat.

The U.S. House Republican conference even voted in February to decide whether or not Cheney would keep her seat as conference chair, which she ultimately did.

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Cheney On Fist Bump Backlash: “We’re Different Political Parties, Not Sworn Enemies”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday fired back at those who criticized her for fist bumping President Joe Biden before his joint congressional speech earlier this week.

“I disagree strongly w/@JoeBiden policies, but when the President reaches out to greet me in the chamber of the US House of Representatives, I will always respond in a civil, respectful & dignified way,” she wrote on Twitter. “We’re different political parties. We’re not sworn enemies. We’re Americans.”

Some Republicans, including Cheney’s opponents in her re-election bid, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, criticized the moment, and both Bouchard and Gray called for her impeachment following the friendly exchange.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Biden exchanged fist bumps with multiple politicians, including Cheney, when he entered the House chamber on Wednesday ahead of his first joint address to Congress.

It should be noted that Cheney spoke with Wyoming reporters just hours before Biden’s speech and criticized many of his policies, including his oil and gas moratorium, his decision to stop construction of the U.S./Mexico border wall and more.

However, she has also shown civility and respect to Biden, even welcoming him and Vice President Kamala Harris to the White House when they were sworn into office earlier this year.

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Cheney Fists Bumps Biden; Bouchard, Gray Respond With Impeachment Calls

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A fist bump exchanged between U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and President Joe Biden before Biden’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday night has drawn the ire of Cheney’s congressional opponents.

While attending Biden’s speech on Wednesday night, Cheney could be seen fist-bumping with the president, who was not shaking hands due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden fist-bumped multiple other politicians as he entered the House of Representatives’ chambers.

However, this friendly gesture was seen as a slight against the Republican Party, as Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, noted on their respective social media accounts.

“The lady in blue, @RepLizCheney is probably the only republican allowed in the room,” Bouchard wrote on Twitter. “She is a disgrace and fails to represent the people of Wyoming. #embarrassing#resign#impeachlizcheney. Let’s get her out! Help me fight!”

Bouchard wrote two posts about the fist-bump, encouraging impeachment of the representative.

“Never Trump RINO Liz Cheney spends her time attacking Donald Trump but fist bumps her pal Quid Pro Joe Biden,” he wrote Wednesday night. “Liz Cheney cares more about being liked by the Fake News Media, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi than she does about standing up for America. FIRE LIZ CHENEY!”

Gray’s message was more subdued, but offered a sentiment similar to that of the Cheyenne senator.

“Liz, fist bump your way right out of Wyoming. We need to fire Liz right now,” he wrote.

Both men linked their messages to their respective campaigns, telling prospective voters to donate to them. They each launched their campaigns in the wake of Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, who she blamed for helping to incite the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Cheney On Biden’s First 100 Days: “An Unfortunate Time For Wyoming”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office has been an unfortunate time for Wyoming.

During a call with Wyoming reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Cheney spoke about her expectations ahead of Biden’s first speech in front of both congressional houses.

“Even thought it’ll look different, the message we’ll be hearing from President Biden will be the same that we’ve been hearing since his first days in office,” she said. “It’s been a really unfortunate time, in terms of policy demand, particularly for Wyoming.”

She criticized Biden’s decision to stop construction on a border wall between the United States and Mexico first implemented by President Donald Trump.

“There are supplies that have already been purchased, we’ve already appropriated contractors that could easily be used to complete construction of the wall in places where we know people are coming across illegally,” she said.

However, since the Biden administration halted construction, taxpayers are footing the bill for both the materials and contractors, neither of which are being used.

Cheney has supported the border wall for some time, noting in the call that the U.S./Mexico border was being controlled by drug cartels who also are engaged in human trafficking.

“I would hope that we would begin to see a change in policy but I don’t believe we will,” she said, adding that she expected to see more policies enabling situations like the border crisis.

She reiterated sentiments expressed by her colleague, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, that the situation at the border is both a national security and humanitarian crisis.

This is not the first time the representative has addressed Biden’s “lax” policies regarding immigration, joining in with Barrasso last month to criticize the president regarding undocumented immigrants crossing the border.

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NYT Details Potential Political Fallout From Cheney’s Trump Impeachment Vote

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump is a defining moment in her political career and could potentially impact her in the next election, a new New York Times Magazine profile has concluded.

In an article published online Thursday titled “Liz Cheney vs. MAGA,” the magazine details Cheney’s ascent into political power in Wyoming, her climb to high ranks among House Republicans and how her refusal to side with Trump when he claimed he won the presidential election last fall has been a turning point among her colleagues and constituents.

“In past Republican administrations, it was OK to speak up and disagree on things,” former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Virginia, said in the article. “That was Liz’s experience. These new ideologues, that’s not what they did. Trump would show up at conferences and point to different members and tell them how great they were on TV, and then they’d hang out at the White House.”

The article mentioned the vote to remove Cheney from her position as House Conference Chairwoman back in February, not long after she announced her intent to vote for impeachment.

“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 at the time. ““We cannot become the party of QAnon. We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, alleging he helped incite the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.

This drew ire from not only her Republican colleagues in Washington, D.C., but Republicans in Wyoming, many of whom voted to censure her for her actions.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, even traveled to Wyoming in late January to criticize his colleague, holding a rally at the state Capitol.

Cheney has also said she wouldn’t endorse Trump if he ran for president again in 2024.

“Whoever does become the prime challenger to Cheney is going to have a hard, expensive road ahead,” Carbon County Republican Party chairman Joey Correnti IV said in the article. “So hopefully the people of Wyoming and Trump can come to an agreement.”

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Lummis Scoffs At Biden’s Order to Quit Using Phrase “Illegal Alien”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis scoffed at President Biden’s order that federal agencies can no longer use the phrase “illegal alien” when describing immigrants who are not in the United States legally.

The phrase, which is used throughout U.S. immigration law, is not the issue, Lummis said. Rather, it’s the calamity at the U.S. – Mexico border, where tens of thousands of migrants have illegally entered the United States with the change of presidential administrations.

“While President Biden should be focused on the crisis happening at our southern border, it’s disappointing to see him instead focusing on semantics,” Abegail Cave, a spokesperson for Lummis, told Cowboy State Daily. “Immigrants who come across our border illegally are, in fact, illegal immigrants.”

The president earlier this week directed all U.S. immigration divisions to stop using the term “illegal alien” and to instead use the phrase “undocumented noncitizen”.

“We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody,” the memo reads.

Like Lummis, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney said the issue is the crisis at the border, not terminology.

“People who attempt to enter the country illegally are not simply non-citizens,” Cheney said. “[Biden and Harris’] decision to embrace open borders has resulted in a humanitarian, public health and national security crisis. Migrants who unlawfully enter our country are, by definition, illegal aliens.

“President Biden needs to reverse course and put in place the policies that will secure our border and put an end to the surge of illegal immigration,” she added.

While Sen. John Barrasso did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for a comment, he has previously criticized the president’s approach to immigration.

“It’s not just one crisis: it’s a double crisis. It’s a national security crisis as well as a humanitarian crisis,” the senator said on the Senate floor earlier this month. “We spoke to the Border Patrol agents. They told us their jobs got an awful lot harder on Jan. 20, when Joe Biden became president of the United States.”

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Cheney: Our Adversaries Are Testing the Biden Administration

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued her criticism of President Joe Biden’s approach to national security on Tuesday, saying the administration has performed poorly in response to tests by America’s adversaries.

On Tuesday morning, during a news conference with other Republican U.S. House leaders, Cheney addressed her concerns about the administrtaion’s national security skills.

“Our adversaries are testing this new administration,” Cheney said during the news conference. “Whether you’re talking about what’s happening in Russia…whether you’re talking about about what’s happening with the Chinese government…around the globe we’re watching as our adversaries test us, as our adversaries threaten us and so far, the Biden Administration has been lacking, sadly, in its response.”

Cheney has previously been outspoken about her distrust of China and how the U.S. has an unstable relationship with the country.

Among other things, Cheney has spoken out against Disney working with China to film the live action “Mulan” remake, and has criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not being more assertive in dealing with about U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who unknowingly had connections to a Chinese spy.

Cheney has even suggested that the United States not participate in the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

During Tuesday’s conference, Cheney said the country needs to be able to show strength in the face of challenges.

“Our adversaries need to know that we have the will and the capacity to defend ourselves, that is the only way to deter the kind of threat that we see,” she said. “We in the House Republicans are absolutely dedicated, committed to ensuring that we do our part in terms of oversight, in terms of highlighting the extent to which we know that a military that is second to none and a strong relationship with our allies – those two things are very important for us to be able to defend ourselves.

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PACs Contribute $300,000 To Cheney, None To Her Opponents In First Quarter

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Of the three top candidates for Wyoming’s lone U.S House seat, only the campaign of incumbent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney received money from political action committees during the first quarter of the year, according to federal reports.

Cheney, who will be seeking her fourth congressional term in office in 2022, received $301,000 in contributions from political action committees in the first three months of 2021.

Cheney’s two chief opponents in the Republican primary for the office, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Casper, and state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, have received no donations from PACs, according to federal campaign documents.

The reports showed that Cheney raised almost $1.54 million in the first quarter of the year, compared to Bouchard’s $334,165 and Gray’s contributions of $40,154.

A fourth candidate in the campaign, Marissa Joy Selvig, has raised $1,968, according to her FEC filings.

According to the documents filed last week, at least 41 organizations identified in their names as political action committees have donated to Cheney’s re-election campaign.

A political action committee is a group formed to represent individuals with shared interests or business concerns to donate money to the campaigns of candidates they feel will act in the best interests of their industries or concerns.

Among the groups contributing to Cheney were the Air Line Pilots Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the National Beer Wholesalers, Dow Chemicals and the National Association of Broadcasters, each of which donated $5,000 to Cheney’s campaign.

The Bluegrass Committee, a PAC formed by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, also donated $5,000, as did the health care companies CVS Health and HCA Healthcare.

Other donors included Best Buy ($1,500), The Gap ($1,000), pharmaceutical company Merck ($1,000), and the Value in Electing Women PAC ($5,000).The Oneida Indian Nation gave Cheney’s campaign $5,800 in two donations, while the Northern Arapaho Indian Tribe donated $3,000.

The two donations from the Northern Arapaho Tribe were among 47 received from Wyoming sources in 2021, according to the FEC filings. Donors listed as contributing to Cheney’s campaign included her parents, former U.S. Rep. Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney, who donated a total of $11,200.

Also donating were former Wyoming House Speaker Randall Luthi, R-Freedom, and former Wyoming Attorney General Gay Woodhouse.

Total donations from all individuals contributing to Cheney’s campaign totaled almost $1.02 million.

Of those donations, $167,065 was not identified as coming from a particular donor. The threshold for donors to be identified is $200, according to the FEC, and many candidates choose not to identify those donating less than $200.

If a large number of contributions of less than $50 is made at a political event, the total amount collected may also be included in the “unitemized” category on the FEC report.

Cheney received 1,221 contributions from identified donors in the first quarter of the year, the reports said.

Meanwhile, all of Bouchard’s donations came from individuals, according to his filings.

Bouchard, who announced his challenge of Cheney after she voted to impeach former President Donald Trump on allegations he incited a mob to invade the U.S. Capitol in January, reported he had received $334,370 in 210 donations.

Of those donations, 52 came from Wyoming individuals. Individual contributions coming from unidentified donors totaled $230,295.

Gray’s report showed he received $40,154 from donors, including $34,300 from identified donors and $5,854 from donors who were not identified.

Of Gray’s 36 identified donations, 28 were from Wyoming sources.

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Cheney On Troops Leaving Middle East: “This Is A Huge Propaganda Victory For The Taliban”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

While many are celebrating President Joe Biden’s move to pull soldiers out of the Middle East after nearly 20 years, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is not among them.

At two different points this week, Cheney criticized Biden’s decision to pull troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, an extension of the May 1 deadline set by former President Donald Trump.

“Wars don’t end when one side abandons the fight,” Cheney said after the announcement. “Withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan by September 11 will only embolden the very jihadists who attacked our homeland on that day 20 years ago. By declaring that this withdrawal is not based on conditions on the ground, the Biden Administration is sending a dangerous signal that the United States fundamentally does not understand — or is willfully ignorant of — the terrorist threat.”

She added Biden was handing the Taliban and al Qaeda a “propaganda victory,” a sentiment she repeated during a news conference on Thursday.

“I can tell you that that is a huge propaganda victory for the Taliban, for al Qaeda. The notion that on the day they attacked us, we are going to mark that anniversary by withdrawing our forces,” Cheney said during the news conference. “A withdrawal of forces that isn’t based on conditions on the ground is fundamentally dangerous.”

Biden said this week there was no military solution for the problems in the Middle East, so instead, he would focus on putting the U.S. government to work helping with diplomatic relations between the Taliban and Afghan government, according to USA Today.

The Biden administration warned the Taliban that any attacks on the U.S. during the withdrawal would be met with a forceful response, according to the White House.

The conflict with al Qaeda has cost the United States more than $2 trillion and 2,300 American lives. More than 38,000 Afghan civilians have been killed.

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Trump Calls Cheney “Crazy”; Bouchard Urges Other Candidates To Stay Out of Race

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Using a moniker he reserved most recently to describe U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Trump on Wednesday called Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney “crazy” in announcing he would be endorsing someone “soon” to run against her.

In a statement, Trump said: ”So many people are looking to run against Crazy Liz Cheney — but we only want one.”

“She is so far down in Wyoming polls that the only way she can win is numerous candidates running against her and splitting the vote,” he said. “Hopefully, that won’t happen. I’ll make an Endorsement soon!”

Trump’s statement was issued after Cheney’s announcement earlier in the day that her campaign broke all prior quarterly fundraising efforts with a haul of over $1.5 million dollars, with at least $1 million of that coming from individual donors.

Cheney political consultant Kevin Seifert told Cowboy State Daily that the increase in fundraising is due to her “effective, principled leadership.”

“Liz is standing up for the Constitution and standing up to the Biden Administration’s partisan overreach, so it’s no surprise her approach is resonating in the form of increased donations,” Seifert said.

Following Cheney’s announcement, State Sen. Anthony Bouchard issued a press release urging others to stay out of the congressional race touting his own first quarter fundraising numbers.

“Others considering this race should look at joining my campaign now rather than splitting the anti-Cheney vote — exactly what our enemies want,” Bouchard said. “Right now there’s only one candidate against Cheney who is taking this campaign seriously and that’s me.”

Bouchard said his campaign raised $334,370 this quarter from all 50 states.

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Cheney Hits Record-Setting Quarterly Fundraising Amount With Over $1.5 Million

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney had a rough start to 2021, it sure wasn’t reflected in fundraising.

According to documents obtained by Cowboy State Daily, Cheney will smash all of her previous quarterly fundraising efforts by raising $1.54 million during the first quarter of 2021.

For context, Cheney raised $321,000 in the first quarter of 2019 — this represents a five-fold increase in fundraising activity.

Also significant is where the money came from, with more than $1 million of the funds coming from individual donors.

This puts Cheney’s cash on hand at $1.43 million — up from $153,000 at the end of 2020.

Cheney political advisor Kevin Seifert told Cowboy State Daily that the increase in fundraising is due to her “effective, principled leadership.”

“Liz is standing up for the Constitution and standing up to the Biden Administration’s partisan overreach, so it’s no surprise her approach is resonating in the form of increased donations,” Seifert said. “She resoundingly won the support of the House Conference in February and she will continue to generate support from those who are concerned with the future of the Republican Party.”

Although the Wyoming Republican Party censured Cheney for her vote to impeach President Trump earlier this year, it hasn’t appeared to stop her activity in the state.

She has participated in a number of high-profile meetings in communities across Wyoming and hasn’t shied away from meeting with the press.

Most recently, Cheney appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation this past Sunday, where she criticized Trump for his remarks over the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago compound. Not only did he condemn his former vice president for certifying the results of November’s general election, but called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son-of-a-bitch.”

So far two candidates have announced their plans to run against Cheney in the Republican primary in 2022. Wyoming State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and State Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, both announced their campaigns earlier this year.

Individual donor information was not available. Campaigns and committees are required to file first-quarter financial reports with the FEC by April 15.

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Cheney: Trump Using Same Language That Provoked Violence on January 6

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If anyone thought U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney would back away from her criticism of former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, they will continue to be surprised.

Cheney, the third ranking Republican in the House, isn’t going out of her way to bring up the melee which ultimately killed five people, but when asked about it, she doesn’t shy away from her opinions.

Anything but. She offers the same straightforward criticism she has offered repeatedly in the past and then lets her constituents know what she said. She was asked about it this weekend on a national Sunday morning program and she posted the clip on her Facebook page.

It was of no surprise that following the question and answer period about President Biden’s infrastructure bill on Face the Nation on Sunday, host Margaret Brennan would pivot toward the Jan. 6 riots and Cheney’s denunciation of the president.

Was it worth it for Cheney to be one of the few Republicans who stood up against the president and condemned his actions, Brennan asked.

Cheney answered by saying there needed to be a bipartisan commission to study what happened on Jan. 6 to ensure that it could not happen again.

“You just had 140 national security officials from Republican and Democratic administrations send a letter to Congress saying we need a commission,” Cheney said. “I think that’s the single most important thing we need to do to make sure that kind of attack never happens again.”

Cheney also condemned the president’s remarks at Mar-A-Lago over the weekend, when he called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, a “dumb son-of-a-bitch” and expressed disappointment that his former vice president Mike Pence didn’t do more to stop the elections from being certified.

“The former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6,” Cheney said.  “We know as a party. . .we need to be focused on embracing the Constitution, not embracing insurrection.”

“The election wasn’t stolen, there was a judicial process in place. If you attack the judicial process, and you attack the rule of law, you aren’t defending the Constitution, you’re at war with the Constitution,” she said.

Brennan also gave Cheney the chance to comment over the troubles being faced by perhaps her top detractor, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is the subject of ethics and criminal investigations

But Cheney didn’t take that bait. She said the charges against Gaetz are “sickening” but passed on calling for his resignation or offering any other comment.

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Cheney Says Biden Infrastructure Bill is 94% Not Infrastructure And Middle Class Tax Hikes Would Pay For It

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Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney isn’t against spending tax dollars on infrastructure projects. She’s against spending tax dollars on programs disguised as infrastructure projects.

Appearing on Face the Nation on Sunday, Cheney said she couldn’t support President Biden’s $2.2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan because 94% of it has nothing to do with infrastructure.

“This bill needs to be fundamentally redone,” Cheney said. “It would need to be a different bill, it would need to actually focus on infrastructure, not on so many of the additional Green New Deal spending priorities.”

Cheney, who was an outspoken supporter of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal, said she was worried about the economic impact of a $2.2 trillion dollar spending bill which significantly raises taxes to pay for it.

“The National Association of Manufacturers has said that we will probably lose over a million jobs if this is enacted,” she said. “And you are certainly going to see in addition to the corporate tax increases in the bill, you’ll see middle class tax increases.”

Although the Biden administration has said that tax increases on individuals are not a part of this bill, Cheney, the third-ranking Republican leader in the House of Representatives, said not to believe it.

“This is a pattern that we watch the Democrats use time and again, where they massively increase spending, they massively expand the size and scope of the federal government. And then they come back around and impose middle class tax increases,” she said.

Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso said Biden’s so-called infrastructure bill was a “Trojan horse” for more spending and higher taxes.

“Infrastructure means highways, roads, bridges,” Barrasso said on FOX News. “The kind of things that I got through the Environment and Public Works Committee that Bernie Sanders and I both supported. That’s bipartisan infrastructure. That’s what we ought to be doing. That’s the model that we ought to be using for the country.”

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Cheney, Barrasso Mourn Slain U.S. Capitol Officer

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and U.S. Sen. John Barrasso mourned the loss of a U.S. Capitol police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Friday.

A person rammed a vehicle into a police barricade on Friday, killing one officer and injuring another. The names of the officers and the suspect have not yet been released.

“Our deepest condolences to the family of the @CapitolPolice officer who was killed today defending our Capitol,” Cheney wrote on Twitter Friday. “US Capitol Police put their lives on the line to protect us and our republic. They deserve our unwavering support.”

The suspect was killed by police after exiting the vehicle and brandishing a knife at officers. One officer was reportedly stabbed in the incident.

“Bobbi and I are heartbroken to hear that one of the Capitol Police officers protecting the US Capitol today has passed away. Praying that the other officer injured recovers,” Sen. John Barrasso said.

The National Guard was also deployed to the Capitol on Friday.

This is the second attack this year on U.S. Capitol police, the first being the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 in the wake of Congress counting the Electoral College votes that would solidify President Joe Biden as the victor over former President Donald Trump.

One officer was killed in the attack, and multiple others died.

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Cheney Introduces Bill to Allow State-Inspected Meat to Be Sold Across State Lines

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney introduced a bill this week that would allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines.

The bill known as the Expanding Markets for State-Inspected Meat Processors Act of 2021 is similar to legislation Cheney introduced in a previous congressional session.

“The economic ramifications of COVID-19 resulted in processing interruptions and decreases in the amount of meat getting to market, leading to shortages across the country,” Cheney said following introduction of the bill. “As we recover from the challenges posed by the pandemic, we must be doing everything possible to expand opportunities and open markets that will allow livestock producers to increase their economic activity.”

The legislation would allow meat products inspected by state meat and poultry inspection programs to be sold across state lines.

The legislation was endorsed by Gov. Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Farm Bureau and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

“Rep. Cheney’s bill would finally acknowledge equity of Wyoming’s state inspection program and federal inspection requirements,” Gordon said. “Passage of this act would allow our hardworking state inspectors and the Department of Agriculture to better serve our producers and help Wyoming export high-quality products to additional markets. I fully support this concept and appreciate Rep/ Cheney’s efforts.”

Beef producers in Wyoming have long complained about the fact that four companies control 80% of the meat packing industry and have alleged that the companies work together to keep prices for beef producers artificially low.

The weaknesses of such concentration became apparent when several large meat processing plants were forced to close by the coronavirus, reducing the nation’s supply of meat and driving costs for producers even further down.

Gordon said last month he was working with legislators to expand the state’s meat processing capacity to address concentration of the industry.

“These producers play an essential role in powering our state’s economy and providing high-quality food to consumers across the country,” Cheney said. “Allowing state-inspected meats to be sold across state lines empowers producers to access these new markets while supplying the increasing demand. This legislation will also increase competition and offer more meat choices for American families.”

Current law prevents state-inspected meat from being sold out-of-state. Presently, there are 27 states, including Wyoming, with inspection programs certified by the Food Safety Inspection Service as meeting or exceeding federal inspection standards.

However, products processed at these FSIS-approved state MPI inspected facilities are not currently allowed to be sold across state lines. 

Department of Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto said the legislation would allow his staff to better serve the agricultural industry of Wyoming and would bring more opportunities to the state’s ranchers.

“The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, along with many of our counterparts across the nation work very hard to ensure that state eat inspection programs achieve status that is ‘equal to’ federal inspection,” Miyamoto said.

WSGA executive vice president Jim Magagna thanked Cheney for introducing the legislation again.

“Wyoming, until recently, had no federally inspected processing facilities, putting our livestock producers at a clear disadvantage in being unable to process their beef in-state to meet consumer demand in neighboring states and beyond,” Magagna said. “This discrimination against state-processed meat has no basis in food safety as our state inspection program is federally approved by the FSIS and must meet all of the same standards as  federal inspection.”

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Cheney: Boycott Beijing Olympics to Protest Chinese Communist Party

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said the United States should boycott the Beijing Olympics next year in protest of atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

During an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show this week, Cheney spoke about U.S./China relations on a variety of topics, from the Olympics to the U.S.’ defense budget and more.

“I remember when we boycotted the Olympics, I guess it was the 1980 Olympics. And it’s terrible for our athletes. And I understand that,” Cheney said. “But what we’re facing right now, the alternative to boycotting the Olympics would be participating in a show that essentially be whitewashing what the Chinese Communist Party is doing around the world.”

U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Florida, introduced a resolution last month calling on the U.S. Olympic Committee to withdraw from the Beijing Olympics unless another site outside of China was found.

Cheney added the U.S. has been blinded and naive about the threat from China and that it would be a dereliction of duty to not be focused on being able to defend ourselves.

“I mean, in some areas, we can’t even say we’re going to have superiority, or that we have superiority anymore. We can get back to it, but not with Defense cuts, not with the Defense straight line number, even,” she said.

Cheney has been outspoken about her distrust of China and how the U.S. has an unstable relationship with the country.

She has spoken out against Disney working with China to film the live action “Mulan” remake there, as well as criticizing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for not being more assertive about U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, who unknowingly had connections to a Chinese spy.

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Cheney Applauds “Heroism in Action” As House Votes to Award Capitol Police Congressional Gold Medal

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It wasn’t unanimous but for Congress, it’s about as close that you’re going to get.

By a vote of 413 – 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation awarding the Congressional Gold Medal — one of the highest civilian awards — to law enforcement personnel who protected the U.S. Capitol during the riots on Jan. 6.

Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said the U.S. witnessed “heroism in action” when the Capitol Police fought back against rioters who seized the Capitol Building, resulting in the deaths of five people including a member of the Capitol Police.

“Members of the U.S. Capitol Police and across law enforcement are heroes. We saw their heroism in action on January 6th when they defended the most sacred space in our Republic against violent insurrectionists who attempted to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional duty,” Cheney said following the vote.

“The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest expression of appreciation bestowed by Congress. I am proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to honor these heroes who not only ensured that our institutions held on January 6th, but who willingly risk their lives every single day in defense of our nation,” she said.

She said the patriotism shown by all law enforcement on the day of the insurrection will “never be forgotten” specifically mentioning Officer Sicknick and Officer Liebengood of the Capitol Police, and Officer Smith of the D.C. police who “paid the ultimate sacrifice as a result of what happened that day.”

The gold medals will be presented to the Capitol Police, the DC Police, and one to be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Cheney detractor Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) was one of 12 Republicans who voted against the bill.

He said the bill honoring law enforcement was “offensive” because it included “editorial comments about the Jan. 6 sequence of events.” 

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Cheney Slams Pelosi and Dems For COVID Bill Which Promotes “Anti-Life Agenda”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has joined her Wyoming colleagues in criticizing the latest coronavirus relief bill.

The U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on the bill Wednesday, and it was expected to narrowly pass due to a slight Democratic majority in the chamber. The U.S. Senate passed the bill over the weekend, but with amendments which must now be agreed to by the House.

“The partisan bill that Speaker Pelosi is ramming through is not a COVID relief bill,” Cheney said on social media late Tuesday about the bill. “But for Democrats, this was never really about COVID relief… This legislation is about implementing the ‘most progressive’ legislation that Congress has ever passed.”

As approved by the Senate, the $1.9 trillion bill includes stimulus payments of $1,400 for most taxpayers, along with extended unemployment benefits and funds for vaccine distribution, local governments, schools and small businesses.

It also includes language that would allow Planned Parenthood to obtain loans through the relief program, but does not contain language prohibiting the use of that federal money for abortions, often referred to “Hyde amendment” language.

“Preventing taxpayer funded abortions is something a majority of Americans agree with, yet Democrats are using ‘COVID relief’ to implement their anti-life agenda,” Cheney said Wednesday. “This is shameful behavior by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats.”

Among measures removed from the bill by the Senate was a provision that would have raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.

Cheney’s criticisms are similar to those echoed by U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis over the weekend, following the Senate passing the bill.

“Even after the most egregious, progressive handouts were stripped from this behemoth bill, we were left with a spending bill full of programs that have nothing to do with the targeted, temporary relief the people of Wyoming need to weather the rest of this pandemic,” Lummis said on Saturday.

Lummis submitted seven amendments to the bill, including one to make the Shuttered Venue Grant program more accessible to Wyoming businesses such as concert venues and rodeo grounds, an amendment to redirect money from Amtrak to help the rural aviation industry and multiple amendments to ensure relief money is properly allocated to programs including veterans’ services and tribal health care.

Barrasso agreed with his colleague during an appearance on “Meet the Press.”

“When people find out what’s in this bill, they’re going to lose any enthusiasm they may have for it right now,” Barrasso said. “This was not really about the coronavirus in terms of the spending. This was a liberal wish list of liberal spending, just basically filled with pork. It didn’t need to be this way.”

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Taking Another Dig at Cheney, Donald Trump Jr. Supports Runoff Elections In Wyoming

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Donald Trump Jr. has voiced his support for a bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature that would create runoff elections in the state.

Trump framed his argument in support of the bill as opposition to U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, one of a handful of Republicans in the U.S. House to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

“Any Republican in Wyoming who does Liz Cheney’s bidding and opposes SF145 is turning their back on my father and the entire America First movement,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Senate File 145 would require a runoff election following a primary for specific offices when no candidate receives a majority of the votes. It would also change the date of primary elections.

Cheney handily won both the primary and general elections in 2020.

The bill was slated to be discussed during a meeting of the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee on Tuesday morning, but no action had been taken as of the early afternoon.

On Monday, Trump encouraged Wyoming voters to contact the committee members (including Sens. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower and Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne) to request they approve the bill.

“The Wyoming Senate is voting on SF145 tomorrow. SF145 would enact a runoff system in WY, so candidates need over 50% to win a primary. Liz Cheney allies are working behind the scenes to kill the bill!” he wrote.

Trump has been on a social media campaign against Cheney for months, ever since she voted to impeach his father.

He said last month that he plans to make a trip to Wyoming to campaign against Cheney, but hasn’t given any indication of when that might occur.

“I hear it’s lovely during primary season,” he told Politico last month.

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Natrona County Rep. Chuck Gray Announces Run Against Cheney

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A Natrona County legislator has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in her re-election bid next year.

Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, announced his campaign for Congress on social media early Thursday.

“We’ve all had the conversations around the kitchen table, at the counter in the local diner, and at the pumps filling up our cars with gas . . . Wyoming deserves better representation in Washington, D.C. than we’re currently getting,” Gray wrote in a letter to voters on his new campaign website. “Many of you have even reached out to share this frustration with me. That is why I have decided to run for Congress.”

Gray is the second Wyoming legislator to announce a bid against Cheney during the 2022 primary. Cheyenne Rep. Anthony Bouchard announced in January he will run against Cheney, partially due to her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Cheney’s impeachment vote was also something Gray has vehemently opposed.

He noted that as a Christian, he values integrity above all else and gives back to his community by serving others before himself.

Gray got involved in politics by creating radio shows to “speak up for the voiceless,” and has been in the Wyoming Legislature since 2017.

“I’ve been a constant defender of liberty, economic freedom, limited government, and our shared, conservative values in this role,” Gray wrote. “Since the beginning, my number one priority has been Wyoming. After all, the role of a public servant is to serve those who they represent.”

Gray is also opposed to big government and tax increases and is pro-life.

“Wyoming is at a crossroads. To the left, we have the status quo — a career politician who looks at the job as a Member of Congress as her birthright that can be leveraged at her own discretion to further her own goals, values, and objectives,” Gray said. “To the right, we have the path towards prosperity.”

He added that he was a supporter of Trump’s “America First” policy, something Bouchard also said when he announced his congressional run.

“You have my word . . . this campaign will be about our shared values and the future of our Great State,” Gray said. “I look forward to spending more time with you over the coming months to discuss the issues that matter most to your family and plan our collective future together.”

Cheney Reintroduces Bill to Delist Grizzlies As “Threatened Wildlife”

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney recently reintroduced a bill to Congress that would remove grizzly bears from the endangered species list and prevent them from being considered threatened or endangered wildlife in the future.

Last week, Cheney reintroduced the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, a follow-up to a bill introduced by her retired colleague, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, in 2019.

“This legislation would return the management of the grizzly to the state-level, where it belongs,” Cheney said. “The federal government or unelected judges and bureaucrats should not be in the business of telling us how to operate. The state and people of Wyoming know what’s best for Wyoming.”

The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to re-issue its 2017 decision to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the endangered species list and prohibit further judicial review of this decision. It would also turn management of the grizzlies over to the states.

“The bill would also stop the abuse of the court system by environmental extremists and safeguard the scientifically proven delisting determination so that politically-motivated conservations cannot take advantage of that process,” Cheney said.

The grizzly bear was first listed on the federal threatened species list in 1975.

In 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed grizzlies from the endangered species list, citing a significant increase in bear populations and a doubling of their range land.

“I was proud to work on this legislation for years with Sen. Enzi and will continue to fight for it in the House of Representatives while working with my colleagues to fight for Wyoming’s statutory right to manage our wildlife,” Cheney said.

Enzi previously argued that while proper management of grizzly bears is critical to protecting the species, it is also critical to protect people from potential attacks, along with the species that grizzly bears prey on.

“As the grizzly bear population has increased in Wyoming, so has the danger these animals pose to livestock, property and to humans,” Enzi said. “That’s why I believe the authority to manage the species needs to be turned over to the states. I have often found that states are better suited to address these kinds of issues because they are more familiar with the unique needs of their own communities and ecosystems.”

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Donald Trump Blasts “War Monger” Liz Cheney

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Could Donald Trump actually hate Liz Cheney more than Mitt Romney?

Judging on the amount of time the former president spent discussing her on Sunday as opposed to any other Republican he doesn’t care for, she just might be number one on his hit list.

The former president, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, mentioned all of the Republicans who voted to impeach him but saved Cheney for last and added extra relish when mentioning her.

“Of course there’s the war monger, the person who loves seeing our troops fighting — Liz Cheney,” Trump said to a chorus of boos.

“The good news is in her state is that she’s been censured and her poll numbers have dropped faster than any human being I’ve ever seen,” he said.

The extra attention probably makes sense as Cheney is the only Republican in a leadership position who voted to impeach him.

“Now, more than ever, is the time for tough, strong, and energetic Republican leaders who have spines of steel,” he said in the roughly one hour speech. “We need strong leadership.”

“We cannot have leaders who share more passion than condemning their fellow Americans than they have ever shown for standing up to Democrats, the media, and the radicals who want to turn America into a socialist country,” he said.

Trump said if these Republicans spent the same time attacking Obama and Biden as they have criticizing him, they would “actually be successful.”

The only other Republican that he said anything extra about was Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse who received the moniker “Little Ben Sasse” reminiscent of the former nickname Trump gave Marco Rubio.

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Cheney, McCarthy Clash Over Trump’s Future in GOP and Country

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The two wings of the Republican Party sparred again Wednesday morning at a House Leadership press conference.

GOP House leaders held the news conference to discuss President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal.

On that issue, Republicans are united. They don’t like it.

But when reporters had their turn and asked about former President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend, the divisions were revealed.

“Yes, he should speak,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said immediately.

Of course, someone checked with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney to see if she concurred.

She said it was up to the organizers of the conference.

But she didn’t stop there.

“I’ve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which the events following January 6, I don’t believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country,” she said.

During Cheney’s remarks, McCarthy shut his eyes, fidgeted, and nervously moved back and forth while House Minority Whip Steve Scalise shook his head, appearing to disagree with her.

Silence followed, and then McCarthy expressed a clear desire to get out of there.

“On that high note, thank you all very much,” he said to laughter.

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Cheney: America Needs to Stand Up for Freedom

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday urged the nation’s leaders to stand up in defense of freedom.

“The security of our nation, the defense of our freedom, and America’s ability to continue to lead the world all demand that those of us who are elected and appointed officials conduct ourselves in ways that are worthy of the sacrifice so many have made in generations past for our freedom,” she said during her keynote speech to the Reagan Institute.

Cheney’s address covered a multitude of topics, from the need for America to be a global leader to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January and the need for a strong military.

“Preserving peace and freedom requires that our adversaries and our allies know we have the will and the means to defend ourselves and our interests,” she said. “This means we must fund the defense of the nation. And we must do so at levels sufficient to maintain, or regain, our superiority.”

However, the nation must also be aware of the threats posed by actions from inside the country, such as the attack on the Capitol, she added.

“The freedom that others have fought and died for must not be squandered,” Cheney said. “Attacks on it, such as the one we saw on Jan. 6, must not be minimized. The freedom that we all defend belongs not to us. It belongs to our children and grandchildren. To them, we owe fidelity to the Constitution and a duty to uphold our oath, an oath we swore under God, to do everything necessary to defend it.”

Cheney has spoken about her dedication to the Constitution regularly during public appearances, mainly in response to the attack on the Capitol and her subsequent impeachment vote against former President Donald Trump.

Cheney also spoke out against white supremacy during her talk, saying that the Republican Party would not be the face of it.

“We will right the unforgivable wrongs of Jan. 6,” she said. “We will make our party worthy once again of the mantle of Lincoln and of Reagan.”

Members of white supremacist groups were identified as being part of the mob that attacked the Capitol.

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Cheney: Wyoming Will Lose Jobs By U.S. Rejoining Paris Climate Accord

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday said Wyoming will lose jobs because the United States has rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.

“The Paris Accord is a bad agreement based on flawed science,” Cheney said in a statement. “It subjects the United States to unattainable requirements that will destroy jobs in Wyoming and across the country, while allowing other nations with terrible environmental track records to continue to operate without consequences.”

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in December 2015 and took effect in November 2016.

Its goal is to limit global warming during this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius — and preferably 1.5 degrees — compared to pre-industrial levels.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2017, a controversial move that received mixed response.

When President Joe Biden was sworn into office in January, he signed an executive order to rejoin the agreement, which became official late last week.

“President Biden’s decision to rejoin this deal is entirely motivated by politics, which provides no comfort to the American people who will lose their jobs or pay higher energy bills as a result of today’s action,” Cheney said.

According to CNN, under the Obama administration, the U.S. had pledged to slash carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Biden plans to hold a climate summit of world leaders in April, where he will present the nation’s goal for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

Many of Biden’s executive orders regarding energy in the United States have drawn harsh criticism from Wyoming officials from its congressional delegation to even Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

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Bouchard Unsurprised By Multiple Cheney Censures

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Cheyenne Sen. Anthony Bouchard isn’t surprised his congressional opponent has received multiple censures from Republican parties across the state for her vote on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Bouchard, who has announced he will run against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2022, on Friday spoke out against her and talked about his views on immigration, guns and more during an interview with New Right Network.

Bouchard added that he has explained this viewpoint to potential voters across the state, campaigning against Cheney’s vote, something he and other Republicans consider as a “stab in the back.”

“That’s what happens, we have people who go back to Congress and don’t talk about what’s happening,” he explained to host Jason Roberge. “They just come here and electioneer and they don’t tell people what’s going on.”

Cheney voted to impeach former Trump last month on allegations he incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol in early January as Congress met to confirm the Electoral College’s votes in the presidential election, in which now-President Joe Biden beat Trump.

While the House, with Cheney’s vote, approved articles of impeachment, Trump was acquitted of the charges last weekend in his Senate trial. U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis both opposed the impeachment.

Cheney has now been censured by multiple Republican parties since her vote, most recently by the Laramie County Republican Party earlier this week.

Last month, Bouchard announced his run against Cheney for her House seat, which she has held since 2017. The primary elections will take place next year.

“Representing the people is the most important thing, that’s the integrity of the system,” Bouchard said in his interview. “We’re losing it when we have people who go back to Washington and work to play the swamp games.”

Bouchard added that Cheney wasn’t a “real” Wyoming resident and couldn’t properly represent its residents.

“I think she’s working for the people of Virginia more than the people of Wyoming,” he said.

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Cheney Questions Wisdom Of Return To Iran Nuke Deal

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America’s return to a nuclear deal with Iran will just put nuclear weapons in the hands of a terrorist regime, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Friday.

Cheney released a statement criticizing the administration of President Joe Biden for announcing it would return to the deal abandoned by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2018.

“Re-engaging with the human rights abusers in Tehran to revive this disastrous, outdated agreement will embolden a ballistic missile-armed, terrorist regime and make us and our allies more vulnerable to their hostile behavior,” Cheney said in a statement.

The deal reaches back to the administration of former President Barak Obama, which joined with other western countries in 2015 to offer Iran an end to international economic sanctions if it would ship 97% of its nuclear fuel out of the country. The objective was to limit the ability of Iran to create nuclear weapons.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal, calling it one-sided, and began pushing the United Nations to restore sanctions against the Iranians. The Biden Administration, according to a New York Times report Friday, is backing away from efforts to restore sanctions.

But Cheney agreed that the deal was not a good one.

“The Iran nuclear deal was one of the most flawed agreements ever negotiated,” her statement said. “The Obama Administration sent billions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism in exchange for a pathway to obtaining a nuclear weapon.”

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Power Outages: Cheney Says Fossil Fuels Only Reliable And Affordable Source of Electricity

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

With nearly 70% of the nation experiencing snow and Arctic temperatures and large sections of the country going through power outages, you would think there would be no better time for advocates of the fossil fuel industry to speak up.

And they are.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday posted an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal which said “power shortages show the folly of eliminating natural gas — and coal.”

“Once again, the left’s agenda runs into reality,” Cheney said. “We need fossil fuels. They are crucial for our economy, and the only reliable and affordable source of electricity.”

Paul Ulrich, Vice President for Jonah Energy, applauded Cheney’s statement.

“The events of the past few days demonstrate the leading role natural gas should play in meeting energy demand,” Ulrich said. “Natural gas is reliable and low cost and we also produce some of the cleanest supply of natural gas in the nation.”   

“Major emission reduction efforts to address climate goals and responsible energy development are compatible. We have proven it at Jonah Energy and in Wyoming,” he said.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at the Biden Administration stating that an “American-first energy policy is critically important.”

“The Biden administration has taken unprecedented action in recent weeks to restrict the distribution of fuel sources that heat homes in South Dakota and many other states,” Noem said. “I am calling on President Biden to immediately change course in the interest of all the families struggling to heat their homes across our country.”

One viral photo that was making the Twitter rounds on Tuesday showed a frozen turbine getting “saved” by helicopter, which is, of course, powered by fossil fuels.

“A helicopter running on fossil fuel spraying a chemical made from fossil fuels onto a wind turbine made with fossils fuels during an ice storm is awesome,” Luke Legate tweeted.

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Laramie County GOP to Discuss Cheney Censure on Tuesday

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Laramie County Republican Party could soon join the ranks of other Republican party groups across Wyoming that have censured U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

According to an email sent from an address belonging to the Laramie County GOP, a resolution to censure Cheney was submitted for consideration during the party’s meeting Tuesday.

The unidentified party official who responded to questions from the Cowboy State Daily said he or she was not sure how the resolution would fare.

“While I normally have a good read on where the votes on resolutions will fall, this one is definitely going to have mixed votes and will likely be pretty split with whichever way it falls,” the email said.

When asked for a name, the person did not respond.

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

Multiple Republican parties across Wyoming, including the Wyoming GOP itself, have censured Cheney over the last month in response to her impeachment vote.

Cheney voted to impeach the former president after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. She said at the time that her vote was based on the fact she believed Trump had incited the mob to action.

Five people died as a result of the attack.

Earlier this month, congressional Republicans voted overwhelmingly to keep Cheney in House leadership by a 145 – 61 margin.

“This is just an example that the Republican Party is a very big tent, everyone is invited in, and when you look at the last election, we continue to grow and in two years, we’ll be the majority,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.

The Wyoming Republican Party wasn’t as supportive, however.

“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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Carbon County GOP Chairman on Cheney Censure: “The People Are Saying Something”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The chairman of the Carbon County Republican Party believes U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump will have far-reaching implications, including Cheney’s possible loss in her next re-election bid.

This subject was one of a number addressed by Joey Correnti IV during a 45-minute interview with FYNTV, a Georgia-based media outlet, on Thursday morning.

“I understand people [think the censures against Cheney] doesn’t mean anything, that it’s a slap on the wrist,” Correnti said. “Well, that shows their own ignorance of when you get slapped on the wrist by the hand that feeds you. The people are saying something.”

The host of the program asked Correnti if he thought it was appropriate for Cheney to “vote her conscience” instead of voting for how she thought Wyomingites would want her vote.

“I don’t expect our representative to take a poll of the entire electorate of Wyoming every time they have a decision to make,” Correnti responded. “But she didn’t have to take a poll. Wyoming took a poll on November 3.”

The Carbon County GOP was the first of multiple Wyoming GOP organizations to criticize Cheney for her vote to impeach Trump following the attack on the U.S. Capitol in early January. The Wyoming Republican Party followed up with its own vote for her censure last weekend.

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

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach the president on allegations he helped incite the riot.

Correnti expressed disappointment and frustration that Cheney was quick to make a judgment about the riot and that she was not available for any form of contact the night of the riot, which saw Congress reconvene to confirm electoral college results giving President Joe Biden victory over Trump in November’s general election.

Cheney’s lack of availability was one of the major reasons the Carbon County GOP decided to censure her, Correnti said.

“I couldn’t get ahold of our representative, and the people do have a voice, we ended up putting together a resolution,” he said.

Trump’s Senate trial is taking place this week, but both U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis have indicated they will not vote to convict the former president.

Correnti added that there was no evidence that Trump helped incite the riot and that Cheney was only trying to further her own interests with her impeachment vote.

“She said she voted her conscience based on her constitutional duty,” he said. “That, to me, sounds like an accusation.”

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Cheney Estimates 1 Million Jobs Will be Lost Due to Energy Lockdown

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney estimated that 1 million jobs will be lost due to President Joe Biden’s moratorium on energy and natural gas leases on federal property.

Cheney predicted Wyoming would lose around 18,000 jobs due to the lockdown.

“The negative ramifications from the #BidenBan will be felt all across the country,” Cheney said. “Our nation will be more dependent on our adversaries, families will face higher energy bills, and an estimated million jobs will be lost — including 18,000 here in Wyoming.”

Biden issued an executive order in late January halting new oil and gas leasing on federal land to allow the Department of Interior to conduct a comprehensive review of the federal leasing program and existing fossil fuel leases.

Many Wyoming officials, from Cheney to Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow and U.S. Sens. Cynthia Lummis and John Barrasso, have spoken out against the moratorium.

A University of Wyoming study commissioned by the Legislature concluded that a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal land could reduce Wyoming’s production by $872 million per year, costing the state more than $300 million a year in tax revenue.

“This is significant,” Balow previously said. “What we know in Wyoming is that this could be, by modest estimates, about $150 million a year in lost revenue within just a couple of years.”

Last week, Gov. Mark Gordon directed state agencies to determine how the state will be affected by a ban on oil and gas leasing on federal land and help him plot legal strategies to battle the ban.

“Forty-eight percent of our state is federally owned. Anything you do here in the energy space probably has some aspect of federal leasing tied to it,” Gordon said on Fox earlier this week. “Losing that revenue is devastating to our schools, our communities, those small businesses that depend on the energy sector.”

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Cheney, House GOP Warn Biden of Potential “Border War” With Immigrants

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U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and 51 other House Republicans warned President Joe Biden of a potential “border war” that could result from illegal immigrants flooding the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The senators expressed their concerns just weeks after Biden put a halt to construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.

“We write today to bring attention to the rising illegal migration crisis that is already beginning at our southern border, a mere few weeks into your administration,” the Republicans told the president. “Based on information from sources on the ground, this week Customs and Border Protection agents have seen the average daily flow soar to more than 3,500 migrants, up from 2,000 earlier last month.”

Cheney was joined by other House Republicans including Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

They added that around 300 undocumented minors are crossing the border daily, numbers not seen since around 2019.

Border Patrol agents have encountered more than 200,000 undocumented immigrants since October, according to the letter.

“In Arizona, law enforcement officers have seen increases in illegal foot traffic in areas that ‘went completely dead’ under the Trump administration,” the letter said. “Illegal migrants are not just coming from our southern neighbors either, for example, last Monday, Border Patrol agents arrested 11 Iranians after sneaking across the border in Arizona.”

The House Republicans added that by any standard, these are crisis-level numbers, which are being driven by Biden’s “open border” policies.

“Despite these rising numbers, on your first day as president, you signed multiple executive orders aimed at dismantling the security of our borders -rescinding policies from the Trump administration that were working as intended to halt the flow of illegal migration,” the letter said.

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Donald Trump Jr. Plans Wyoming Trip to Campaign Against Cheney

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Former President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., intends to make a trip to Wyoming to campaign against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in the near future.

“I hear it’s lovely during primary season,” he told Politico over the weekend.

He didn’t indicate when he would visit the state, however, and the next primary election won’t occur until August 2022.

His statements followed Cheney’s interview on Fox News Sunday, when she said she wouldn’t resign her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after being censured by the Wyoming Republican Party. The vote Saturday came in response to Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump.

“As I’ve explained, and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state and voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment, and it doesn’t bend to partisanship and it doesn’t bend to political pressure,” Cheney said.

Trump Jr. would be the second national Republican figure to visit the state to campaign against Cheney. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared in Cheyenne last month to criticize Cheney.

“Every day, I see the cost of the wars Liz Cheney has advocated for,” Gaetz said during a rally in January. “I see the tearful goodbyes in airports, the marriages destroyed, the parenting that’s interrupted, the drug abuse, the suicides, lost limbs, lost minds, lost lives, lost hope.”

The campaigns against Cheney follow her decision to vote to impeach the former president for allegedly making remarks that helped incite the attack on the U.S. Capitol in early January. Five people died in the ensuing chaos.

The representative has been censured by multiple county-level Republican parties, culminating in Saturday’s vote by the state Republican Party.

“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,” Darin Smith said while explaining the censure vote. “The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.”

In response to Cheney’s impeachment vote last month, Cheyenne Sen. Anthony Bouchard announced his run against her in Congress.

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Cheney Dismisses Wyoming GOP Call To Resign Following Censure

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If you thought Liz Cheney might resign as a result of the Wyoming Republican Party’s censure on Saturday, think again.

As far-fetched as it sounded, FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace had to ask the question as the party asked her to step down following vote by members to censure the representative. The censure vote stemmed from Cheney’s decision to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Immediately dismissing the mention of her resignation, she defended the impeachment vote as a result of her loyalty to the Constitution.

“As I’ve explained, and will continue to explain to supporters all across the state and voters all across the state, the oath that I took to the Constitution compelled me to vote for impeachment, and it doesn’t bend to partisanship and it doesn’t bend to political pressure,” Cheney said.

Attendees of the GOP central committee meeting in Rawlins may have hoped their political pressure would have a different outcome as the vote to censure was overwhelming, with only eight of 74 people voting against it.

“We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,” Darin Smith said while explaining the censure vote. “The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.”

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who announced he is running for Cheney’s seat in 2022, criticized the congresswoman for not attending the meeting and posted an empty chair with her name on it on his Facebook page.

“Maybe Liz should run inside the DC Beltway in (Virginia) where she lives full-time, because she’s never here and has no clue how we think. And doesn’t care. #AWOL,” he said.

The issue of who was responsible for the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 appears to be one of the disputes between Cheney and the Wyoming Republican Party.

According to the language in the censure, the Party believes “Antifa and BLM radicals” were behind the unrest.

“That’s just simply not the case,” Cheney said. “It’s not true. People have been lied to.”

Same goes for the election, Cheney said, stating that the president lied about the results of the election being “stolen or rigged” for months preceding the Jan. 6 riots.

“We need to make sure that Republicans are the party of truth, and that we’re being honest about what really did happen in 2020. So we actually have a chance to win in 2022 and win the White House back in 2024,” she said.

After easily beating back a challenge to her U.S. House leadership position earlier in the week, the question now is how widespread is voter dissatisfaction with Cheney in Wyoming.

To some like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who will face a censure vote on Feb 13, and Dan McLaughlin, a writer at National Review, these universe of those asking for censure is separate from the universe of most voters.

“The common thread in these sorts of censure resolutions is a party establishment that was not elected by the mass of its state’s voters attacking a public official who was,” McLaughlin tweeted on Saturday.

In a video message on Thursday, Sasse said members of Nebraska’s central committee aren’t representative of conservative voters in his state.

“I listen to Nebraskans every day, and very few of them are as angry about life as some of the people on this committee — not all of you, but a lot. Political addicts don’t represent most Nebraska conservatives,” he said.

We really don’t know if there is widespread dissatisfaction with Cheney in Wyoming. There has been no polling that the public has access to.

It might similar to the recent situation in Washington, when a disgruntled group of conservatives said they had the votes to topple Cheney from her leadership post. But when push came to shove, Cheney won by an overwhelming margin.

Or it could be completely different. Wyoming is the reddest state in nation with more than 70% of its voters supporting President Trump last November.

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Liz Cheney Wins Resounding Affirmative Vote To Stay In Leadership

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For all the talk about the certainty of Liz Cheney being ousted from her leadership position in the House, it wasn’t even close.

In a commanding 145 – 61 vote margin, Wyoming’s sole representative retained her position as the third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.

The vote, only one week after Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz told a Wyoming crowd that Cheney’s defeat was imminent, put to rest any thought that Cheney’s influence would be less significant.

If anything, Cheney’s standing in Congress will likely be more powerful now.

That’s because the congresswoman withstood challengers by not blinking an eye or backtracking at all.

She not only told the Republican conference that she would not apologize for her vote to impeach President Trump but that she “absolutely did not” regret that vote.

Moments after the meeting concluded, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the vote proved the resiliency of the Republican Party.

“This is just an example that the Republican Party is a very big tent, everyone is invited in, and when you look at the last election, we continue to grow and in two years, we’ll be the majority,” he said.

As for Cheney, she made it clear that the vote sent a powerful message not only for her but for the party.

“We had a terrific vote tonight and we laid out what we’re going to do going forward as well as making clear that we’re not going to be divided,” she said. “We’re not going to be in a situation where people can pick off any member of leadership,” Cheney said.

“It was a very resounding acknowledgment that we need to go forward together and we need to go forward in a way that helps us beat back the very negative and dangerous Democrat policies,” she said.

Meanwhile, Gaetz’s predictions that the Republicans had the votes to oust her or that McCarthy would avoid a vote fell flat.

In fact, Cheney was so confident that she would retain her leadership position, she asked for a vote during the meeting.

That, pundits said, showed remarkable confidence.

“She was blunt… She wanted the up-or-down vote. She got it and won big,” New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin said.

As for her standing in Wyoming, it’s likely that Gaetz got it wrong here as well when he told a crowd last week that: “Liz Cheney is less popular among Republicans in her own state than Muammar Gaddafi was among the Libyans.”

Cheney has been censured by a number of county Republican parties but tonight’s overwhelming show of support could take the steam out of these efforts.

She’s already received high-profile support in Wyoming from former Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau, former Republican Party chair Matt Micheli, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Mining Association.

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McConnell Praises Cheney’s Courage In Wake of Impeachment Vote

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has praised U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for her courage in voting to impeach former President Donald Trump.

“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them,” McConnell told CNN on Monday. “She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”

McConnell is one of many members of Congress who have backed Cheney following her impeachment vote, which has received a mix of praise and criticism from legislators and the public alike.

According to CNN, the McConnel hasn’t spoken to the former president since Dec. 15.

Cheney and nine other House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in mid-January following an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Many congressional legislators felt Trump’s comments at a rally earlier in the day helped incite the riot.

“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 previously said.

Last week, fellow U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, visited the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne to voice numerous criticisms about Cheney to a crowd of hundreds.

“The establishment power brokers like Liz Cheney are climbing in a deeply corrupt game,” Gaetz said during the rally. “We do not have to be condemned to some grim fate.”

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, has announced he will run against Cheney for her House seat, largely because of her vote to impeach Trump.

After the articles of impeachment against Trump were approved by the House, they were sent to the Senate, where members must decide whether to hold a trial on the allegations.

All but five Senate Republicans (including Utah Sen. Mitt Romney) voted against an impeachment trial, which many political pundits believe is a sign that the former president will likely be acquitted, meaning he can run again for office, should he choose so.

U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis voted against the trial.

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CNN Visits Gillette Woman Who Started Liz Cheney Recall Petition

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By Jennifer Kocher, County 17

Shelly Horn wants Liz Cheney to know that there are a lot of people back home who aren’t so happy with her right now.

Not only do they feel betrayed by Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump, Horn noted, but they’re also offended by her explanation that she’d voted with her conscience rather than standing up for the values of Wyoming people.

“She’s not there to act on her own interests,” Horn said. “She’s there to represent the people who voted her into office and pay her salary. I feel like she’s turned her back on us.” 

Sitting in a recliner in her living room Wednesday afternoon surrounded by a bevy of television cameras and overhead lights, Horn further explained to CNN correspondent Lucy Kafanov why she had launched the petition to recall the Wyoming Congresswoman earlier this month.  

The petition, which has since has since gone viral with just under 55,000 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon, continues to gain steam with nearly 1,000 new signatures every day. This follows calls by fellow Republican House members for Cheney to resign her post as House Republican Conference Chair.   

These rebukes come on the heels of a Jan. 27 McLaughlin poll that showed 70% of Wyoming voters believe the impeachment trial was unconstitutional with more than two-thirds of Wyoming voters disproving of Cheney’s actions. Another 63% say they will likely not vote for Cheney again. 

Horn is definitely one of these dissatisfied voters, she said. In fact, she was so angry when she’d heard that Cheney was among the throng of representatives pushing for impeachment that something just snapped, she said, and she knew she had to do something to push back.

Prior to this, the 57-year-old Gillette woman and mother of five daughters had an interest in politics nor had she even cast a vote until this past election. This is the first petition she’s ever created and admitted it took some fumbling around on the internet to figure out how to do it.

This is not about Trump, Horn clarified, nor was her goal ever about physically recalling Cheney from office, given that it’s not even legally possible in Wyoming. Rather, Horn wanted to send Cheney a direct message condemning her for what Horn believes was a divisive move that only served to enflame more division and hatred in a country already sorely divided and angry.

“It just sows more hate and division,” Horn said, “and people are tired of it.”

Even she is surprised by how many people have signed on to her petition and how much attention its gotten in both state and local media. She thought maybe she’d get around 1,000 signatures from people in Campbell County, but never imagined she’d end up being interviewed on CNN. 

When asked if Horn voted for Trump or Cheney, she said yes to both. She hadn’t voted for Cheney in the primaries, but she did in the general election. 

When asked if she thought Cheney had a good argument for impeaching Trump, Horn immediately shuts down any argument that Trump was responsible for inciting the Jan. 6 rioting at the capitol. No, the people who stormed the capitol are responsible for their violence, Horn clarified, and should be held accountable. She feels that too many people like Cheney rushed to judgement against the president before the evidence was even revealed. 

In her mind, Cheney’s actions only further divided the country by riling up more vitriol and fanning the flames.

“It’s just sows more hate and division,” Horn said, “and people are tired of it. Our country can’t stand much more.”  

She tried to talk directly to Cheney about the petition but said her many calls and emails to her office were never returned, so instead she shared a copy of it on Cheney’s Twitter page, so she could monitor its progress. 

“She can’t just run and hide,” Horn said, “She needs to come home and face the voters in Wyoming and explain why she did what she did.” 

Along with sending a clear message to Cheney in this interview, Horn said she wants to do her part to put an end to the division and hate and try to unite the country by listening to other people and respecting their differences even if she doesn’t agree.

She laughed about the notion of having CNN reporters in her house for the interview. Luckily, she joked, the three-person team was traveling in an unmarked rental car where none of her neighbors could see a CNN truck parked in front of her house.

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“I think this is the first time I’ve ever had liberals in my house,” Horn laughed, “but heck, I’ll invite anyone in to sit down and share their opinions.” 

Nonetheless, she’d been shocked when the CNN producer called, she asked him if this was some kind of joke.

Some of her family and friends thought she was crazy for agreeing to do it, including her daughter who declined to there that day, but Horn shrugged and said she hoped that they wouldn’t twist her words to make her sound like a ‘crazy hick or a Trump cultist or some nonsense.” 

In the end, she decided to just be herself and say exactly what was on her mind.

That earned an eyeball from two of Horn’s other daughters, Kamber Beck and Kim Horn, who were watching the interview from the kitchen with Kim’s boyfriend Josh Braband. They  know their mother all too well as well as her tendency to say exactly what she’s thinking, no holding back. Kim flinches when she recounts the first time her mom met Josh and commented on how much she hated his flat cap and all his tattoos.  

Overall, Horn thought it went really well and the crew seemed super eager to learn more about her life in Wyoming, particularly when they learned she’s in the tutu business, which she makes by hand.

“The producer told me he’d never met anyone who made tutus for a living,” she laughed, “and he was super curious about it.”

So curious that she promised to show them when they got there. For the interview, Horn had even set out a couple child-size mannequins adorned in her sparkly, poofy pink and yellow creations. They don’t even require sewing, Horn told them, and are fun to make. She sells them on internet for $20, or more often than not, just gives them away. 

And if nothing else comes out of this petition, Horn said, it has at least made her sit up and pay attention. From now on, she plans to be involved and do her homework. The Biden Administration already has her concerned after its first flurry of executive orders that in her mind aren’t good for Wyoming or the country.

She worries about further hits to the energy industry and the security of her husband’s job supervising oil rigs. Right now, he’s working on a rig in Pennsylvania, where he flies home every two weeks. Prior to that, he’d been tasked with shutting down rigs and laying off  workers.

We need politicians to be working right now for the greater good of the country and people, Horn added

“It’s time for this country to heal,” she said, “not open more wounds.”

And though Cheney has likely lost Horn’s vote, Horn nonetheless extended an olive branch and invited Cheney to come to Gillette to hold a town hall for the people, to give Cheney the opportunity to explain why she did what she did and what she’s going to do moving forward.

“Come here and face us,” Horn said. “Don’t just hide and run away.”

For her part, Cheney remains steadfast in her decision to defend the Constitution, which is why she said she voted to impeach.

“I’m honored to represent the people of Wyoming in Congress and will always fight for the issues that matter most to our state,” she wrote in an email to County 17 Thursday. “Foremost among these is the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. Wyoming citizens know that our duty to defend the Constitution is above politics and partisanship.”

The most important part of her job is listening to and speaking with citizens the state, she continued, and stand up for Wyoming.

Her focus right now, she continued, is on the challenges facing the country, primarily combating the disastrous policies of the Biden Administration.

“I look forward to continuing to work with officials and citizens across Wyoming to be the most effective voice and advocate in defense of our families, industries and communities,” she said, not directly commenting on Horn’s petition or her invitation to come to Campbell County.

Meanwhile, Horn headed down to Cheyenne Thursday morning to stand with Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on the steps of the state capitol to further voice her dissent.

Horn’s interview is tentatively scheduled to air on Erin Burnett OutFront on Thursday evening around 5 p.m., which will also include coverage of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s anti-Cheney protest at the state capitol Thursday.

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Bouchard Campaign Ad Says Cheney “Betrayed” Wyoming

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, released a new radio campaign ad this week in which he condemns incumbent U.S. Rep Liz Cheney for an “America last” agenda.

“Wyoming was Donald Trump’s best state not once, but twice,” Bouchard said in the ad, noting that “Liz Cheney betrayed nearly 200,000 of us who voted to re-elect our president.”

Bouchard announced his 2022 campaign against Cheney for her seat in Congress last week, due largely to her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

However, he said in his ad that the impeachment wasn’t the only reason for his congressional bid.

“President Trump made America great again with America first policies like bringing home our troops, building the wall and fighting illegal immigration – all policies Joe Biden, Liz Cheney and their fellow globalists oppose,” Bouchard said, adding he stands for “the Trump agenda of America first, not Liz Cheney’s globalist agenda of America last.”

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment following an assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month that she said Trump helped to incite.

Bouchard has raised almost $100,000 in donations during his first week of campaigning.

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Liz Cheney Voted With Trump More Often Than Matt Gaetz Did

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Liz Cheney doesn’t get rattled. She doesn’t get worked up. She knows how to counterpunch effortlessly. And usually her counterpunches are more effective and, quite frankly, funnier.

If Cheney is worried about Congressman Matt Gaetz coming to Wyoming, she doesn’t let on to it. Instead, she’s lampooned it.

Maybe that’s because something just doesn’t add-up about the visit.

Gaetz, who casts himself as a champion for President Trump, is holding a rally in Wyoming to protest Cheney’s impeachment vote and to talk about his “vision for the Republican Party.”

During the call, he criticized her for “opposing many of [Trump’s] policies”.

The problem with that criticism? Based on voting records, Cheney is more supportive of the former president than he is.

Gaetz voted with Trump 85% of the time. Cheney voted with Trump 93% of the time.

He also criticized her for being part of the establishment. Problem is, they’ve been in Congress for the same amount of time.

And he said she was “doing all she can to seize power in Washington.”

She didn’t have to seize anything. After one term in office, she was voted — by her colleagues — to the third highest position in Congress.

Maybe this is why when asked about the Florida congressman’s visit, her office just made fun of it.

“Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don’t wear make-up,” a Cheney spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, alluding to a video where the Florida congressman is joyfully applying makeup before appearing on TV.

It’s not the first time, she’s ridiculed opposition. It’s an effective way of redirecting the conversation.

When Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul criticized her for “wanting perpetual war”, she took a shot at his height.

“Rand and I do have one thing in common, though. We’re both 5’2” tall,” she tweeted.

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Florida Rep. Gaetz to Appear in Cheyenne This Week for Anti-Cheney Campaign

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, will appear at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne this week to speak out against his colleague U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, he said Monday.

During a phone call with reporters, Gaetz announced he will be at the Capitol in Cheyenne at 1 p.m. Thursday to criticize Cheney for her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Also during the call, the representative called for Cheney’s removal as the House Republican Conference chair, a position she has held since 2019. However, he reiterated to reporters that he didn’t want her job as the conference chair.

“Let me be clear: Republicans really have no power in Washington, D.C., right now,” Gaetz said. “The principal job of the conference chair is to carry the message of their fellow Republicans. Most of the members of the Republican Conference don’t believe Liz Cheney speaks for them.”

The House Republican Conference is responsible for electing the House Republican leadership, approving GOP member committee assignments, managing leadership-driven floor debates and executing a communications strategy within the party.

The conference will meet next week to discuss the roles of the chair and whether or not Cheney should be removed from her position.

Gaetz, who won election to his third term in November, said he was already opposed to Cheney’s positions, but her vote to impeach President Donald Trump was the catalyst for this visit to Wyoming.

The representative backed the former president during the call on Monday, saying the Republican Party should embrace Trump’s spirit and style.

“I believe we ought to have an America-first policy agenda,” Gaetz said. “There are corporatist and establishment members of our party who want to go backwards, they want to go back to the days of the Bushes, the Cheneys and the Powells.”

Cheney wasn’t the only target in Gaetz’s sight, as he added he plans on traveling frequently this year to campaign against the other nine Republicans who voted to impeach Trump.

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