GOP Rep. Biggs Calls for GOP Rep. Cheney to Step Down for Supporting Impeachment as Party Rift Widens
Representative Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, called on GOP Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming to step down from her role as chair of the House Republican caucus after she voiced her support for impeaching President Donald Trump
Cheney, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives' leadership, became the second Republican in Congress to back impeachment on Tuesday. In her statement announcing her decision, she said that there's "never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution" than Trump's incitement of a violent insurrection against the U.S. Capitol last week.
Now the GOP lawmaker is facing backlash from some colleagues.
"I don't think she should be the chair of the Republican conference anymore," Biggs, who leads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News. "The reality is, she's not representing the conference. She's not representing the Republican ideals."
Representative Matt Rosendale, a Montana Republican, shared similar views in an official statement posted to Twitter after Cheney's announcement.
"When Representative Cheney came out in favor of impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters," Rosendale said. "She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair."