Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, the GOP conference chairwoman and No. 3 Republican in the House, announced that she will vote to impeach President Trump.
Cheney, Wyoming's lone representative and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her support in a Tuesday evening statement blasting the president's handling of the Capitol Hill siege that resulted in the deaths of several people.
“Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” she said. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney added.
With her statement, Cheney becomes the highest-ranking House Republican to support the Democratic effort to impeach Trump. The move puts her at odds with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who has said he opposes impeachment.
Cheney has been at odds with Trump in the past. Earlier this month she blasted efforts by some GOP lawmakers to object to the Electoral College results showing that Joe Biden beat Trump on Nov. 3. Cheney wrote in a memo to her colleagues, “By objecting to electoral slates, members are unavoidably asserting that Congress has the authority to overturn elections and overrule state and federal courts.”
Cheney represents, Wyoming, the state that voted most heavily for Trump during the 2020 election. Voters there picked Trump over Biden 70% to 27%.
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