A resolution to censure Rep. Liz Cheney was passed unanimously by Wyoming’s Carbon County Republican Party after the GOP lawmaker voted with nine other Republicans to impeach President Trump in the House of Representatives.
“Representative Cheney has violated the trust of her voters, failed to faithfully represent a very large majority of motivated Wyoming voters, and neglected her duty to represent the party and the will of the people who elected her to represent them,” the resolution, which now goes to the State’s Republican Central Committee for consideration, said.
Cheney, who is the third-highest ranking member of the House Republican leadership, has faced an onslaught of criticism since declaring her intention to vote in favor of impeachment.
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The Wyoming GOP has already condemned Cheney for the vote and demanded she “explain” her vote at its next meeting.
“By announcing her decision to vote for impeachment Representative Cheney denied President Trump due process; she judged the ‘evidence’ before it was presented and refused to listen to the arguments made,” the Wyoming GOP said in a statement last week.
While most House Republicans opted to side with Trump during the speedy impeachment proceedings, Cheney and nine other Republicans joined Democrats in voting yes:
Cheney is not the only Republican who voted for impeachment to face backlash – although she is the highest-ranking one. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., is facing criticism from her district’s conservative base. Washington state group Clark County Republican Women vowed to back a primary challenge to Herrera Beutler over the impeachment vote. Herrera Beutler’s district includes Clark County.
The other eight GOP lawmakers that voted with Democrats were Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (OH), Peter Meijer (MI), Dan Newhouse (WA), Adam Kinzinger (IL), John Katko (NY), Fred Upton (MI), Tom Rice (SC), and David Valadao (CA).
The fate of impeachment faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to take up the measure before the inauguration of Joe Biden. His decision would force the Senate to hold a trial after Trump leaves office, something that has caused debate about whether or not impeaching a former office holder is a legal approach.