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Jim Jordan says he will try to oust Liz Cheney from GOP House leadership

Trump ultra-loyalist Rep. Jim Jordan said he wanted Republicans to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position over her push to impeach President Donald Trump

‘I think she’s, I think she’s totally wrong,’ Jordan said. ‘The conference should have a second vote on that,’ the Ohio Republican told reporters, saying he believed lawmakers should get a say on removing Cheney from her No. 3 position. 

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, another top Trump ally, was circulating a petition to GOP members pushing for Cheney’s removal, C-SPAN and CNN reported.   

Rep. Jim Jordan told reporters Wednesday that he’d like to see the House’s No. 3 Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney, ousted from her leadership position, as Cheney says she will vote yes on impeaching President Donald Trump 

Rep. Liz Cheney (right), one of the five Republicans who've said they will vote for impeachment, conferred Tuesday night with Rep. Jamie Raskin (left), the Maryland Democrat who was named the House's chief impeachment manager

Rep. Liz Cheney (right), one of the five Republicans who’ve said they will vote for impeachment, conferred Tuesday night with Rep. Jamie Raskin (left), the Maryland Democrat who was named the House’s chief impeachment manager 

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO WILL VOTE ‘YES’ ON IMPEACHMENT

Liz Cheney – Wyoming

Adam Kinzinger – Illinois 

John Katko – New York 

Fred Upton – Michigan 

Jaime Herrera Beutler  – Washington 

Dan Newhouse – Washington

AND SENATORS TO WATCH

Mitt Romney – Utah. Certain to vote to impeach

Mitch McConnell – Kentucky.  ‘More than 50/50 to convict’ 

Lisa Murkowski – Alaska. Already said she wants Trump ‘gone’

Susan Collins – Maine. Key moderate

Pat Toomey – Pennsylvania. Said Trump should resign

The House Republican caucus held leadership elections for the 117th Congress on November 17, two weeks after Election Day. 

Cheney, again, was selected to be the Republican Conference chairman, and ran for the position unopposed. 

On Tuesday she announced she would side the the Democratic majority and vote to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection.’ 

In an explosive statement, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney laced into Trump saying he ‘lit the flame’ of insurrection. 

‘There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,’ Cheney said.  

Four other GOP House members have said they will vote for Trump’s impeachment: Reps. Adam Kinzinger, Fred Upton, John Katko and Jaime Herrera Beutler. 

Trump spoke at a rally last Wednesday at the ellipse near the White House and encouraged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. 

Lawmakers were gathered in a joint session to certify the Electoral College results, which affirmed that President-elect Joe Biden was the victor.  

A MAGA mob then violently stormed the Capitol, having believed Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him. 

Five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer, died in the immediate aftermath.   

On the floor Wednesday, Democrats pointed to Cheney’s statement as evidence they were in the right. 

The Democrats’ No. 2, Rep. Steny Hoyer, recited Cheney’s words during his turn to speak. 

‘That is not some irresponsible new member of Congress of the United States,’ Hoyer said. ‘This is the daughter of the former Republican whip and former vice president of the United States of America.’ 

‘She knows of which she speaks,’ Hoyer argued. 

Speaking to Capitol Hill reporters, Jordan was unsure if there was a mechanism to push a member out of leadership.

‘I don’t know about that – it’s just where I’m at,’ he told the press.   

When asked if the conservative Freedom Caucus, of which Jordan is a leader, was supportive of pushing Cheney out, Jordan replied sarcastically, ‘What do you think?’ 

‘You know the answer. You know the answer to that question,’ he went on. ‘Of course.’ 

Jordan was also asked if Republicans had a ‘cohesive leaderhip team’ with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Cheney appearing to be in direct conflict.

‘Leader McCarthy and whip Scalise have done a great job,’ Jordan answered.

Rep. Steve Scalise is the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives.   

Jordan was recently given a Presidential Medal of Freedom behind closed doors by Trump.   


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