Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, defended her support for impeachment vote as a vote of her conscience during a contentious closed-door GOP conference meeting Wednesday, a person in the room told CNN. “I won’t apologize for the vote,” Cheney told the House Republican conference.
Cheney delivered an eight-minute speech near the beginning of the Wednesday meeting, two people in the room said, offering what was described as a calm yet firm defense of the Constitution. She did not apologize during her remarks.
Cheney also told members that she wanted a vote to be called on her leadership status, which was interpreted by some in the room as an act of confidence in her standing with a broader cross-section of Republicans, the majority of which did not air their grievances toward her.
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