ABC News reports:
House Republicans voted on Wednesday to keep Rep. Liz Cheney in GOP leadership despite her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump last month, with a strong majority of the conference rejecting the challenge from Trump allies to punish the Wyoming Republican.
The conference voted 145-61 in a secret ballot, after members spent hours venting frustrations about Cheney’s vote, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s past support for conspiracy theories and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s leadership of the conference following Trump’s defeat.
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It’s worth noting that Donald Trump was calling R House members to encourage them to sack Cheney.
Yes, secret vote. But it’s a big loss for Trump, too.
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) February 4, 2021
The lopsided vote to keep Liz Cheney in leadership—despite her vote for impeachment—tells us something about how House Republicans actually feel about Trump.
Impeachment vote was public.
Cheney vote was secret ballot.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 4, 2021
Last night, the Republican caucus voted to keep Cheney in her leadership position by a vote of 145-61. https://t.co/EZxxvkmoOY
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) February 4, 2021
Wait… so… can we use a secret ballot for Impeachment? Cause… I think that’s what cowards need in order to do the right thing.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) February 4, 2021