"I've had it with her": McCarthy caught on hot mic trashing Liz Cheney
Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority chairman of the House of Representatives, said Tuesday that he "lost" confidence in Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) During a moment of candor on a hot microphone, like one of them Axios's reviewed tape shows.
What he says: "I think she's got real problems," McCarthy told Steve Doocy before a live interview with Fox and Friends. "I had it with ... I had it with her. You know, I've lost my trust. ... Well, someone just has to propose, but I assume that is likely to happen."
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Comments made in what appeared to be a conversation with Doocy set out how the House Conference chair could be removed by a vote by the Republican members of the Chamber.
McCarthy's comments contrasted with the nearly 6-minute on-air interview in which he told Doocy that he had heard members concerned about Cheney's ability to carry out her job as a party leader.
"This is about whether the Republican Party will uphold lies about the 2020 election and try to whitewash what happened on January 6," said Cheney spokesman Jeremy Adler in response to McCarthy's aired Fox interview . "Liz won't do that. That's the problem."
Why It Matters: To date, McCarthy has left some of his sharper criticisms to his lieutenants, but this puts him firmly on the record - even if it was a fluke.
Top Republicans said Axios' Jonathan Swan and Alayna Treene last week that Cheney could be removed within a month.
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