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On Wednesday, Democrats hurtled toward a Thursday vote on stripping committee assignments from Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, over comments and social media posts promoting QAnon conspiracies and anti-Jewish tropes.
On a parallel track, Republicans met to consider ousting Representative Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, from a top leadership post. She is one of the few in her party to risk political peril by rebuking former President Donald J. Trump and voting to impeach him.
Both sagas have far-reaching implications for power players in post-Trump Washington. Here are four takeaways.
Embattled GOP Rep. Liz Cheney didn't apologize for her vote three weeks ago to impeach then-President Trump.
And in the end, she didn't need to.
The House Republican Conference Chair on Wednesday night easily survived a push by House GOP Trump loyalists to strip her of her number three leadership position.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) survived an attempt to remove her from a key GOP House leadership position for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, while Republican leadership refused to take action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday.
House Republicans voted 145-61 against removing Cheney as chair of the House Republican Conference during a secret ballot vote on Wednesday night. Democrats plan to force a Thursday vote to strip House committee assignments from Greene, who has been heavily criticized for resurfaced social media activities in support of far-right extremism, despite GOP leadership failing act on the matter themselves.
Cheney holds the third highest ranking GOP leadership position in the House and was the most prominent of 10 Republicans who joined with Democrats in voting to impeach Trump over his alleged incitement of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice and will be facing an unprecedented second impeachment trial in the Senate starting next week.
The House Republican Conference held a secret ballot on whether the House GOP should oust Cheney.
Sixty-one House Republicans voted to oust her, 145 Republicans voted to keep her, and one Republican voted present.
The vote came after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke in defense of Cheney.
The House GOP Conference ballot was held because many House conservatives led a movement to remove Cheney as the third-ranking Republican after she announced that she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
“I won’t apologize for the vote,” Cheney told the House Republican Conference.
Republicans such as Reps. Matt Rosendale (R-MT) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) circulated a petition to remove her as the House GOP chair.
Rosendale said in a statement after the vote, “The Conference has spoken, and it’s time for Republicans to unify to take back the majority. I will do my part to achieve that goal.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) even traveled to Wyoming to urge her constituents to primary her.
During his Wyoming rally, Gaetz noted that Cheney had impeded the Trump America First agenda and sold out to the “forever war machine.”
Gaetz and other House conservatives such as Biggs and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) opposed Cheney’s efforts to add an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would tie the president’s hands from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.