House GOP Conference Likely To Remove Cheney But May Not Install Stefanik Right Away

House GOP Conference Likely To Remove Cheney But May Not Install Stefanik Right Away

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We don’t know exactly how things will go down at Wednesday’s closed-door, secret-ballot House Republican Conference meeting. But we expect rank-and-file Republicans to vote late morning or midday to boot GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership post. 

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. ET.

But there are two wild cards.

Fox News is told the House Republican Conference probably won’t move right away to install Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., as Cheney’s successor. Expect a candidate’s forum for those interested in the job Thursday and another vote on the leadership slot Friday. 

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“I think it will be a few days,” said one senior House Republican leadership source.

But Fox News is told Stefanik shouldn’t have a problem eventually becoming the conference chairwoman.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and other Freedom Caucus members are making noise about whether Stefanik is in fact conservative enough. It’s possible the GOP could leave the seat vacant through the end of the week – or even longer – if enough Republicans aren’t ready to vote in Stefanik as Cheney’s replacement. Moreover, this could all go sideways because of the first meeting President Biden is slated to have with the bicameral, bipartisan congressional leaders. That meeting is slated for late morning. The GOP Conference meeting about Cheney and Stefanik could run headlong into the White House session. That causes another headache for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

But Fox is told the vote to remove Cheney “should be straightforward.”

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