WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking Home GOP chief, mentioned Sunday she was undeterred by a censure from Wyoming Republicans and criticism from some Home colleagues over her vote to question Donald Trump, and won’t resign or again off her repudiation of the previous president.
Cheney mentioned the oath she took to the Structure compelled her vote for impeachment, “and it doesn’t bend to partisanship, it doesn’t bend to political strain.”
She prompt that if she had been within the Senate, she would possibly vote to convict Trump over his position within the Jan. 6 riot on the Capitol. Trump’s trial within the Senate begins Tuesday.
“I might hearken to the testimony — I might hearken to the proof,” Cheney advised “Fox Information Sunday.” “I clearly consider and did then that what we already know is sufficient for his impeachment. What we already know does represent the gravest violation of his oath of workplace by any president within the historical past of the nation, and this isn’t one thing that we will merely look previous or fake didn’t occur or attempt to transfer on.”
“We’ve bought to ensure this by no means occurs once more,” she mentioned.
On Saturday, the Wyoming Republican Celebration voted overwhelmingly to censure Cheney. Solely eight of the 74-member state GOP’s central committee opposed the punishment in a vote that didn’t proceed to a proper rely. The censure doc accused Cheney of voting to question Trump, despite the fact that the Home didn’t provide him “formal listening to or due course of.”
That adopted a 145-61 secret-ballot vote this previous week within the nation’s capital during which Home Republicans overwhelmingly rebuffed a rise up by hard-right conservatives to toss Cheney from management over her impeachment vote.
“We have to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was name for a peaceable meeting and protest for a good and audited election,” mentioned Darin Smith, a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer who misplaced to Cheney within the Republican main for the Home seat in 2016. “The Republican Celebration must put her on discover.”
Cheney has mentioned repeatedly she voted her conscience in backing impeachment for the riot, which adopted a rally the place Trump inspired supporters to do away with lawmakers who “aren’t any good, the Liz Cheneys of the world.”
Removed from main a peaceable demonstration, Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this assault,” Cheney mentioned in an announcement earlier than the Jan. 13 impeachment vote. About two-thirds of Home Republicans voted to again Trump’s effort to overturn his November election loss — simply hours after his supporters’ lethal siege of the Capitol.
“Individuals have been lied to,” she mentioned Sunday. “The extent to which the president, President Trump, for months main as much as Jan. 6 unfold the notion that the election had been stolen or that the election was rigged was a lie.”
Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and a fixture of the occasion institution, blasted her state occasion for the censure, noting that state Republicans embraced conspiracy theories akin to the incorrect declare that non-Trump supporters had been behind the violent protests.
She additionally was important of her Home colleagues for standing behind Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying that her occasion — not Democrats — ought to have been those to punish the hard-right Georgia Republican for her on-line embrace of racist and violent views and weird conspiracy theories. The Democratic-led Home on Thursday voted to strip Greene of her assignments on the Home Schooling and Price range committees, with solely 11 Republicans becoming a member of to help the transfer.
“We’re the occasion of Lincoln, we’re not the occasion of QAnon or anti-Semitism or Holocaust-deniers, or white supremacy or conspiracy theories. That’s not who we’re,” Cheney mentioned.
“We have to be sure that we as Republicans are the occasion of reality and that we’re being trustworthy about what actually did occur in 2020, so we even have an opportunity to win in 2022 and win the White Home again in 2024,” she mentioned.