REPORT: McCarthy told Cheney to apologize for voting to impeach Trump

We are learning today that Kevin McCarthy tried to get Liz Cheney to apologize for voting to impeach Trump:

AXIOS – Kevin McCarthy tried to get Liz Cheney to apologize for how she handled her vote to impeach former President Trump before last week’s highly anticipated House GOP conference meeting — a request she refused, two people with direct knowledge told Axios.

What we’re hearing: McCarthy, who hesitated in the first place about holding a vote to oust Cheney, told her privately hours before Wednesday’s caucus meeting that their members wanted to hear her say she was sorry.

He also suggested it could sway some of her opponents.

Cheney’s team, though, did a whip count, and she was confident she’d secure at least 142 votes, the sources said.

Inside the room: “Several members have asked me to apologize for the vote, they’ve asked my colleagues who also voted to impeach to apologize for the vote,” Cheney (R-Wyo.) told her colleagues.

“I cannot do that. It was a vote of conscience. It was a vote of principle — a principle on which I stand and still believe.”

Toward the end of last week’s four-plus hour meeting, Cheney and members of the House Freedom Caucus demanded — for opposite reasons — that the conference take a vote. She ended up winning 145-61.

She also doubled down on her condemnation of the former president during a Fox News interview Sunday, telling Chris Wallace that Trump “does not have a role as the leader of our party going forward.”

“People have been lied to,” Cheney said. “President Trump, for months leading up to January 6th, spread the notion that the election had been stolen … and people need to understand that.”

I know this is all moot now because Cheney has already won her revote, but it’s still interesting to see things went on behind the scenes. Clearly Cheney had no intention of apologizing and after her whip count she knew she didn’t have to.

Also she can say what she wants about Trump’s rhetoric, but he still wasn’t responsible for that riot at the Capitol. But that’s what she accused him of and that’s why she’s terribly wrong and needed to be ousted from leadership. But Republicans were too weak to make it happen, just like they were too weak to repeal Obamacare.

At least her state Republican party has some balls. “The Wyoming Republican Party voted Saturday to censure her over the Trump impeachment vote.”

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