Rep. Liz Cheney survived an attempted vote to remove her from GOP leadership in the House of Representatives Wednesday night, in spite of a major push by many pro-Trump Republicans to remove her.
Cheney won the vote by a measure of 145-61.
The vote was conducted by secret ballot, meaning GOP house member were able to cast their vote without the threat of blowback from voters.
As Fox News reports:
In a secret ballot vote by the entire House Republican Conference, only 61 members voted to strip Cheney of her leadership role, with 145 supporting her.
On the eve of the impeachment vote, the three-term congresswoman from Wyoming said that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She stressed that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Cheney was reportedly asked whether she regretted her vote to impeach President Trump, she responded with a confident ‘no.’
The most shocking part of it all was that allegedly pro-Trump House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy backed keeping Cheney in her leadership positions, in spite of her vote against Trump.
House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who had given Cheney tepid support in recent days, spelled out at the meeting that he supported keeping Cheney in her leadership position.
According to multiple sources, McCarthy urged House Republicans to move past Cheney’s impeachment vote and stay united in order to take back the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.