Kevin McCarthy tried to persuade Liz Cheney to apologize for the way she handled her vote to impeach former President Trump before the upcoming House of Representatives meeting last week – a request she turned down, two people with direct knowledge of Axios said.
why does it matter: Cheney rolled the dice, rejected her leader’s request and relied on her supporters to keep her as convention chairperson, the party’s third position in the House of Representatives. Newly empowered, she is now adopting her role as Republican top critic of Trump.
What we hear: McCarthy, who had been hesitant in the first place about a vote to oust Cheney, told her in private hours earlier. The cluster meeting is on Wednesday Their members want to hear her say she’s sorry.
- He also indicated that it might affect some of its opponents.
- The sources said that Cheney’s team ran a whip count, and were confident that it would get at least 142 votes.
- A McCarthy representative declined to comment.
Inside the room:Several members have asked me to apologize for the vote, and have asked my colleagues who have also voted to apologize for the vote, ”Cheney (R-Weo) told her colleagues.
- “I can’t do that. It was a vote of conscience. It was a vote of principles – a principle on which I stand and still believe in.”
- Towards the end of the four-hour meeting last week, Cheney and members of the House Freedom Bloc demanded – for opposite reasons – that the conference hold a vote. She ended up winning 145-61.
what do you want to watch: Cheney is now looking to capitalize on her prestigious profile.
- On Monday, she will be hosting a virtual fundraising event, according to A copy of the invitation Axios obtained it.
- Among the notable guests is former House Speaker John Boehner. Sarah Bunjian, a Republican donation collector and wife of former Congressional Leadership Aide Ron Bunjian; Former Florida Representative Ilhana Ross Lehtinen; And former George W. Bush official Maria Sino.
It also doubled Regarding her conviction of the former president, during an interview with Fox News on Sunday, she told Chris Wallace that Trump “has no role as the leader of our party in the future.”
- “People have been lied to,” Cheney said. “President Trump, for several months until January 6, has been spreading the idea that the elections have been stolen … and people need to understand that.”
But but but: The criticism has not completely subsided for Cheney.
- Wyoming Republican Party Saturday sound For criticism over Trump’s impeachment vote.
- It also maintains several critics in the Freedom Bloc and the National Republican Circles.