Kevin McCarthy tries to kill off revenge plot against Liz Cheney

Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he would not support an effort from Republican lawmakers to push out Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House.

'Do you want Liz Cheney to remain as conference chair or no?' a reporter asked McCarthy during his weekly conference on Thursday.

The Minority leader simply shot back: 'Yes.'

Cheney, who represents Wyoming and serves as GOP conference chairwoman, is facing extraordinary clapback from her own party after she became the highest ranking Republican to vote for impeaching Donald earlier this month.

But McCarthy says she should remain in her post.

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Many of 's House allies are circulating a petition demanding a vote to call on Cheney to resign.

Cheney is also facing fallout in her home state, where Cheney already has her first primary challenger for the 2022 race.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he does not want Liz Cheney removed from her post as GOP conference chairwoman

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he does not want Liz Cheney removed from her post as GOP conference chairwoman

Cheney is facing fallout from her party after she became the highest-ranking Republican lawmaker to vote for impeaching Donald Trump last week. A petition within the GOP is circulating to call on her to step down

Cheney is facing fallout from her party after she became the highest-ranking Republican lawmaker to vote for impeaching Donald last week. A petition within the GOP is circulating to call on her to step down

In her home state, Cheney is also facing backlash as Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard announced Wednesday he will launch a primary run against Cheney in 2022

In her home state, Cheney is also facing backlash as Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard announced Wednesday he will launch a primary run against Cheney in 2022

Wyoming State Senator Anthony Bouchard announced Wednesday – in the midst of Joe Biden's inauguration festivities – that he would challenge the representative as her third term comes to a close.

Cheney represents a state where had some of his biggest victories in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. In the former, earned 68.2 per cent of the vote to 's 21.9 per cent – and in 2020 he won the state with 70.4 per cent to Biden's 26.7 per cent.

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The state doesn't have much of an impact on federal elections, however, with only three Electoral College votes.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED 'YES' ON IMPEACHMENT

Liz Cheney - Wyoming. Republican royalty and House Number 3

'There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.' 

Adam Kinzinger - Illinois. Outspoken critic and Air Force veteran

'If these actions are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?'

John Katko - New York. Holds swing district and co-chairs moderate group

'To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.' 

Fred Upton - Michigan. 14-term rep who co-chairs moderate group 

'It is time to say: Enough is enough.'

Jaime Herrera Beutler  - Washington

Five-term rep in deep blue state 

'The President of the United States incited a riot. That riot led to five deaths.' 

Dan Newhouse - Washington

One of only two GOP reps from state 

'Turning a blind eye to this brutal assault on our Republican is

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