Pelosi's office steps into fight between Republican leaders Cheney and McCarthy
The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compounded the ongoing dispute between House Minority Chair Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., And Chair of the House Republican Conference, Liz Cheney, R-Wyo next fall.
"It is well known that for a litany of very Republican reasons, the House GOP leaders are trying to oust MP Liz Cheney from her position as Chair of the House Republican Conference - her oldest woman on the GOP leadership - she will not lie , it is not. " Not humble enough, she's like a friend who cares about the wrong team and more, "Pelosi's office said on a blog posted on her website.
This comment comes from the fact that the rift between McCarthy and Cheney, the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, appears to be boiling after the Capitol Rebellion.
Cheney has refused to back off her criticism of former President Donald Trump, despite mounting pressure from other Republicans. She was the senior Republican woman voted to indict Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot and has since been at odds with other members of the House's GOP leadership for accepting Trump and entertaining his electoral claims . She has repeated and emphatically rejected Trump's stolen election lie.
Cheney's position contradicts McCarthy, who tried to reconcile his conference with the former president. After initially blaming Trump for the insurrection - despite voting hours after the attack to block the counting of some votes for Joe Biden - McCarthy has worked to regain the former president's favor, including the visit by Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.
Speaking to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, McCarthy said "there are no concerns about" Cheney's impeachment vote from other Republicans in the House.
"I've heard from members who are concerned about their ability to lead the role of conference leader and the message. We must all work together if we can win the majority," said McCarthy, adding, "I haven't heard any members say, who were concerned about their impeachment vote. It's more about work ability and what's our best step forward so that we can all work together rather than attacking each other. "
A Cheney spokesman, Jeremy Adler, said in a statement to NBC News following McCarthy's remarks: "This is about whether the Republican Party will perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and try to back what happened on January 6th whitewash. "
"Liz won't do that," said Adler. "That's the problem."
Democrats currently have a slim 218-212 house majority over the GOP. Given the historical tendencies against the party in power during the first half of a new president, Republicans are confident they can recapture the majority without a big boost.
The final episode began Monday after Cheney tweeted that anyone claiming the 2020 presidential election was stolen "poisoned our democratic system," a direct response to a Trump statement earlier in the day.
Cheney also warned Monday that the GOP should not "whitewash" the riot, telling a crowd of donors and scholars during a confidential interview with former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., At the annual retreat of the American Enterprise Institute. "We cannot accept the idea that the election is stolen."
"It's a poison in the bloodstream of our democracy," Cheney said in comments first reported by CNN. An employee familiar with the comments confirmed that NBC News was correct. "We cannot whitewash what happened on January 6th or uphold Trump's big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6th is a line that cannot be crossed."
While Cheney has emerged as Trump's most powerful Republican critic in the House of Representatives, an attempt by Trump allies in February to deprive her of her leadership position failed overwhelmingly with 145 to 61.
The unilateral vote was secret ballot, suggesting widespread private support for Cheney within the conference, although many were cautious about speaking publicly for fear of sparking Trump's anger.
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