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Wyoming Republican party votes to formally censure Liz Cheney

BREAKING: Wyoming Republican party votes to formally censure Liz Cheney, demands she resign and hand back all state political donations after she voted to impeach Trump

  • Only eight of the 74-member state GOP ‘s central committee stood to oppose censure in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count
  • The censure document accused Liz Cheney of voting to impeach even though the U.S. House didn’t offer Trump ‘formal hearing or due process’ 
  • In addition to the vote, the party also announced that it was going to ‘withhold any future political funding’ from Cheney 
  • The motion also called for Cheney to repay donations from the state GOP and any county Republican parties that donated to her most recent campaign  
  • Cheney in a statement after the vote said she remained honored to represent Wyoming and will always fight for issues that matter most to the state
  • Republican officials said they invited Cheney but she didn’t attend. An empty chair labeled ‘Representative Cheney’ sat at the front of the meeting room 

The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Only eight of the 74-member state GOP‘s central committee stood to oppose censure in a vote that didn’t proceed to a formal count. The censure document accused Cheney of voting to impeach even though the U.S. House didn’t offer Trump ‘formal hearing or due process.’

‘We need to honor President Trump. All President Trump did was call for a peaceful assembly and protest for a fair and audited election,’ said Darin Smith, a Cheyenne attorney who lost to Cheney in the Republican U.S. House primary in 2016. ‘The Republican Party needs to put her on notice.’

The Wyoming Republican Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday to censure U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Donald Trump f

In addition to the vote, the party also announced that it was going to 'withhold any future political funding' from Cheney, CNN reports.

In addition to the vote, the party also announced that it was going to ‘withhold any future political funding’ from Cheney, CNN reports.

Added Joey Correnti, GOP chairman in Carbon County where the censure vote was held: ‘Does the voice of the people matter and if it does, does it only matter at the ballot box?’

In addition to the vote, the party also announced that it was going to ‘withhold any future political funding’ from Cheney, CNN reports. 

The motion also called for Cheney to repay donations from the state GOP and any county Republican parties that donated to her most recent campaign. 

Cheney in a statement after the vote said she remained honored to represent Wyoming and will always fight for issues that matter most to the state.

‘Foremost among these is the defense of our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. My vote to impeach was compelled by the oath I swore to the Constitution,’ Cheney said.

Republican officials said they invited Cheney but she didn't attend. An empty chair labeled 'Representative Cheney' sat at the front of the meeting room

Republican officials said they invited Cheney but she didn’t attend. An empty chair labeled ‘Representative Cheney’ sat at the front of the meeting room

Republican officials said they invited Cheney but she didn’t attend. An empty chair labeled ‘Representative Cheney’ sat at the front of the meeting room.

The censure vote was the latest blowback for Cheney for joining nine Republican representatives and all Democrats in the U.S. House in the Jan. 13 impeachment vote. Just three months after winning a third term with almost 70%, Cheney already faces at least two Republican primary opponents in 2022.

They include Republican state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, a gun-rights activist from Cheyenne, who was at the meeting but not among those who speak. Smith also has said he is deliberating whether to run for Congress again.

Cheney in a statement after the vote said she remained honored to represent Wyoming and will always fight for issues that matter most to the state

Cheney in a statement after the vote said she remained honored to represent Wyoming and will always fight for issues that matter most to the state

On Jan. 28, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, led a rally against Cheney in front of the Wyoming Capitol. About 1,000 people took part

On Jan. 28, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, led a rally against Cheney in front of the Wyoming Capitol. About 1,000 people took part 

On Jan. 28, Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, of Florida, led a rally against Cheney in front of the Wyoming Capitol. About 1,000 people took part, many of them carrying signs calling for Cheney’s impeachment though several were supportive.

Cheney will remain as the third-ranking member of the House GOP leadership, however, after a 145-61 vote by House Republicans on Wednesday to keep her as conference committee chair.

Trump faces trial in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday over allegedly inciting insurrection when a mob of supporters stormed into and rampaged through the Capitol after a nearby rally led by Trump and close allies.

Liz Cheney is up for re-election in 2022, and is already facing the prospect of a challenge in a primary as she's endured intra-party criticism for her support of impeachment

Liz Cheney is up for re-election in 2022, and is already facing the prospect of a challenge in a primary as she’s endured intra-party criticism for her support of impeachment

Censure opponents mainly came from Casper, Wyoming´s second-largest city, and the Jackson Hole area near Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

‘Let´s resist this infusion of left-wing cancel culture to try to censure and get rid of anybody we disagree with,’ said Alexander Muromcew with the Teton County GOP.

Momentum for censure had been growing for weeks as local Republicans in around a dozen of Wyoming’s 23 counties passed their own resolutions criticizing her impeachment vote.

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