House GOP elects Stefanik to replace Cheney

Rep. Elise Stefanik was elected to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the third-highest ranking GOP member in the House on Friday. Stefanik is a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump.
2:44 | 05/14/21

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We turn next to the ongoing battle within the Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney ousted from her leadership position for speaking out against former president trump and election lies. Her replacement tonight, congresswoman Elise Stefanik. She's saying Donald Trump is a critical part of our Republican team. Jon Karl on it all tonight, and he's one-on-one with Liz Cheney. Reporter: Minutes after being elected one of the top members in the house today, Elise Stefanik declaring she's ready to work with Donald Trump, calling him a critical part of the Republican team. I support president trump. Voters support president trump. He is an important voice in our Republican par the I, and we look forward to working with him. Reporter: Shortly after the vote I spoke with congresswoman Liz Cheney who Stefanik replaced after she was ousted from Republican leadership. She was enthusiastically supported by Donald Trump and she has repeated all of what he said about election fraud. Is this a step in the wrong direction? I think the issue really is Donald Trump, and it really is the party and whether we're going to be a party that's based on the truth. What does it say about the party choosing somebody to replace you who was chosen by Donald Trump and is saying what she's been saying, the very lies you have been talking about? I think it's dangerous. Reporter: Cheney I urging the Republican party to turn away from trump, something she now wishes she herself had done earlier. Did awe vote for Donald Trump in 2020? I did. Reporter: Do you regret that vote? How could you not regret that vote given what's happened? Look, I was never going to support Joe Biden, and I do regret the vote. Reporter: Cheney says she is determined to do everything she can to ensure Donald Trump never makes it back to the oval office. Jon Karl with us live from the hill tonight. Jon, congresswoman Liz Cheney has been critical of the former president, the role she says she played in the leadup to the attack on the capitol. Today we should take note both parties in congress finally agreed to form a commission to investigate what happened that Reporter: There was a bipartisan agreement in the house, but that agreement, David, does not include the Republican leadership, and Liz ceney told my she expects a commission would subpoena Kevin Mccarthy to talk about his conversations with Donald Trump on January 6th. As you know, Mccarthy was one of the few people we know talking to Donald Trump at least once while the riot was going on. Jon, we should mention your entire interview with the congresswoman will be seen this Sunday morning on "This week". An M.I.T. Graduate student

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