(CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s repeated rebuttals of former President Donald Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him has put her in a precarious position within the Republican Party.
Just three months after an overwhelmingly vote to keep Cheney in her leadership position as the No. 3 House Republican, some of her colleagues are warning that she could face another test. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News on Tuesday that his members are “concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair to carry out the message.”
Cheney spokesperson Jeremy Adler responded that the intraparty fight is over “whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6.”
“Liz will not do that,” Adler added. “That is the issue.”
Cheney has no intention of stepping aside as House Republican conference chair, two people familiar with the matter tell CNN. This means that if she’s ousted, it will have to be done through a conference vote.
Here’s how that could happen:
Leadership can singled-handedly call for a vote
McCarthy has the power to call for a quick vote that would effectively seek Cheney’s removal from his leadership team. A vote to oust Cheney from her leadership job seems all but certain and could happen as soon as May 12, according to several senior Republican members and aides. It can be approved by a simple majority of the full House GOP Conference.
Alternatively, members can petition for a vote
If McCarthy doesn’t call for a vote, another Republican could. But there are also special procedures in place to ultimately force another vote, which could take more time.
One path requires 20% of the House GOP conference — 43 members — to submit a petition for a special meeting. They would then schedule that meeting within 10 “legislative”
How a vote on Liz Cheney’s leadership post could happen
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