McCarthy rejects kicking Cheney from GOP leadership

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rejects calls within the Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from party leadership over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a McCarthy spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO on Thursday.

A number of GOP members have demanded Cheney be ousted from her conference chair position after she became the highest-ranking House Republican to vote for Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday. Cheney was also the second House Republican to openly endorse impeachment on a count of inciting insurrection, in a scathing statement she issued on Tuesday night.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney wrote in the statement, blaming Trump for inciting a mob of rioters to trash the Capitol last week.