According to a new report, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) — who is facing possible ousting from her leadership role, secretly arranged a Washington Post op-ed by ten living former defense secretaries warning that then-President Trump would try to politicize the military.
The letter was signed by Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and was released three days before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters.
“She was the one who generated it because she was so worried about what Trump might do,’ Eric Edelman, a close friend of Cheney’s and her father’s former advisor recently told the New Yorker. “It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”
According to the paper, the Wyoming Republican — who has regularly chastised Trump for his assertions that he won the 2020 election — also circulated a 21-page memo ahead of the election’s certification warning colleagues not to contest the outcome.
The news of her efforts comes just days before the House Republican Conference votes to oust her from her role, with conservatives claiming that her “Never Trump” stance makes it difficult for her to communicate with the conference.
And that may be the last political nail in her coffin.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday on “Fox News Primetime” that “the votes are there” to oust Cheney as chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Back in February, Cheney survived a vote to remove her from the leadership.
Cheney has not apologized for voting three weeks ago to impeach Donald Trump and fortunately for her, it appears that she did not have to.
Cheney, who is the House Republican Conference Chair, easily survived a push by her fellow members of the GOP within the House to strip her of her leadership position.
A secret ballot vote was held by the entire House Republican Conference. Only 61 members voted to strip Cheney of her leadership role and 145 cast their votes in support of her.
Cheney came under scrutiny several weeks ago when she voted to impeach Donald Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Ten Republicans joined Democrats to impeach Trump. Cheney was the most senior of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach so she bared the brunt of the backlash. The other 197 GOP members voted against impeaching Trump.
The day before the impeachment vote, Cheney, who is a three-term congresswoman, stated that Trump “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack.” She then added that “there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
Heading into the vote Rep. Matt Gaetz and others claimed that more than half of House Republicans would vote to strip her of her position.
During the meeting which lasted more than an hour, Cheney stated that “I won’t apologize for the vote.”
Later she was asked off camera if she regretted her vote to impeach Trump and she stated “no.”
“You don’t regret it at all?” she was asked.
She again responded, “No.”