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Wyoming GOP Rep. Liz Cheney is going after Donald Trump and her own party — again.
Cheney just dealt GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a big loss at an Orlando, Florida retreat for House Republicans and handed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a huge win.
Cheney sided with Pelosi over McCarthy saying the Speaker was correct that the commission looking at political violence should focus on the Jan. 6 chaos at the U.S. Capitol.
McCarthy has been negotiating with Pelosi so the commission will have equal GOP representation (he got that concession from Pelosi earlier) and that it will look at the Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests, as well.
But on Monday, when Cheney took Pelosi’s side, McCarthy will have a near-impossible job getting any more concessions from Pelosi.
“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.
“I’m very concerned, as all my colleagues are, about the violence that we saw, the BLM, the Antifa violence last summer. I think that’s a different set of issues, a different set of problems, and a different set of solutions,” she said.
“And so I think it’s very important that the Jan. 6 commission stays focused on what happened on Jan. 6, and what led to that day,” she added.
She also took a veiled shot at Donald Trump.
“I think right now, the Republican Party is headed Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders, you know, are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party,” Cheney said.
“And I think as we look at ’22 and ’24, we’re very much gonna be focused on substance and on the issues,” Cheney said.
“And I think that’s where you got to attract back the voters that we lost in 2020, by conveying to them that, in fact, you know, we are the party that they can trust.
“We’re the party of competence and of conservative principles.”
Cheney added more fuel to their feud when she was asked if Trump should be prosecuted for his role in Jan. 6 attacks.
She said that’s up to the Justice Department.
From The Hill:
Cheney was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that was aimed at stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory; McCarthy has been one of Trump’s most loyal, steadfast defenders.
With her comments about the Jan. 6 commission, Cheney has aligned herself with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who also has advocated for the creation of a new 9/11-style panel that is narrowly focused on the events leading up to and on Jan. 6
Cheney was asked if Trump should be prosecuted for his role in Jan. 6 attacks.
She said that’s a decision for the Justice Department to make.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 26, 2021
Back in February, Wyoming Republican officials overwhelmingly voted in favor of censuring Cheney and called on her to resign.
In the state’s censure resolution, the Wyoming GOP accused Cheney of violating “the spirit” of GOP caucus rules by disclosing her intention to impeach Trump “prior to having any evidence presented” in the House of Representatives.
They also accused Cheney of violating the trust of Wyoming voters, and claimed registered Republicans across the state and country were leaving the party because of Cheney.
Furthermore, the committee called on Cheney to “immediately resign from her position and allow the Wyoming Republican Party to nominate her replacement.”