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Republican 45-member committee in Wyoming vote unanimously to censure Liz Cheney


U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is continuing to face the consequences of her decision to vote to impeach President Donald Trump as she faces censure in her home state of Wyoming.

All 45 members of the Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County voted in favor of passing a resolution to censure Cheney, finding that her actions against the president “did not represent our voice.”

Republican colleagues in Congress and others quickly demanded that Cheney step down from her leadership position as the chair of the House Republican Conference after she issued a statement holding Trump accountable for the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. In the following week, the third-ranking GOP House member joined Democrats in voting to impeach the president a second time.

The Wyoming Republican Party blasted Cheney’s decision and over the weekend, the Carbon County GOP officially voted to censure her.


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“Our representative did not represent our voice,” Joey Correnti IV, chair of the Carbon County GOP, said at the Saturday meeting, according to The Washington Times.

Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump was condemned in the resolution and the committee demanded the congresswoman appear before them to explain her decision to do so. The resolution had accused Cheney of acting in defiance of the will of most Wyoming Republican voters, noting that an “overwhelming majority of the electorate in the state” voted to reelect Trump.

The resolution also noted that a “vocal majority of Wyoming Republicans recognize there were significant irregularities” in the November presidential election.

The committee called out the second impeachment effort against the president, saying it was conducted without any formal hearings or giving Trump his constitutional right to due process. The GOP members added that Cheney had “violated caucus rules” when she made her public announcement about her decision to join the rush impeachment.

She also put in “jeopardy” her leadership roles in the U.S. House of Representatives, the resolution noted, adding that her actions have had a ripple effect on Republicans in the state who are stepping down from various positions or have left the Republican Party altogether.

Cheney came to her own defense after Trump’s impeachment, telling reporters that she did not see her vote against the president as political at all.

“I will continue to talk to and hear from my constituents all over Wyoming. But when it came down to it, the president of the United States inciting a mob … is, in my mind, absolutely high crimes and misdemeanors,” she said on a conference call.

“I really don’t consider the politics at all. There are just times when those of us who are elected officials are called on to act in a way that does not take politics into consideration,” Cheney added. “I think it would be wrong to think about this decision and this vote in the context of politics.”

The Carbon County GOP chairman noted that Cheney had not yet responded to the central committee.

“People in the county party have attempted to get a hold of Rep. Cheney through email, phone calls — and I think only one person got a response from a staffer and it was pretty short,” he said. “We haven’t heard anything.”

The Wyoming Republican Party released a statement condemning Cheney’s actions last week.

“The wind in Wyoming has been horrendous today—with gusts up to 65 miles per hour. That is nothing compared to the whirlwind created by Representative Cheney’s announcement that she would be voting to impeach President Trump, and her subsequent follow-through of doing just that,” the party said.

“There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans, with the anger and frustration being palpable in the comments we have received. Our telephone has not stopped ringing, our email is filling up, and our website has seen more traffic than at any previous time,” the statement continued. “The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions.”

Frieda Powers

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