Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) held her ground in a closed-door House Republican conference meeting Wednesday, CNN reports.
Cheney, who has faced criticism from some GOP house members for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump last month, reportedly calmly but firmly told those gathered she won’t apologize for the vote. The no. 3 House Republican also reportedly called for a vote on her status as the House Republican conference chair, which, CNN notes, was interpreted by some in the room that Cheney is confident about her standing.
Indeed, most Republicans have not gone after Cheney, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is also reportedly planning to defend Cheney and make the case for her to remain in the leadership position.
House @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy has been telling ppl he plans to DEFEND Liz Cheney during closed-door meeting and make the case for her to stay in leadership, per sources.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) February 3, 2021
Meanwhile, regarding the separate, but related, GOP drama in the lower chamber, McCarthy issued an official statement Wednesday condemning past conspiracy theory-laden comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), but he did not indicate any plans to kick her off committees, instead saying hell “hold her to her word” that she’ll hold herself to a “higher standard” as a member of Congress.
McCARTHY condemns GREENE but doesn’t say he will kick her off committees pic.twitter.com/uF8AjJfGUD
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) February 3, 2021