House Republicans vote to remove Cheney from leadership

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was voted out of her GOP leadership position on Wednesday following her ongoing criticism of former President Donald Trump and his attacks on the 2020 election results.
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Transcript for House Republicans vote to remove Cheney from leadership
We also have new reporting tonight amid the battle inside the Republican party. Representative Liz Cheney tonight ousted from her leadership position today for speaking out against president trump and about lies involving the election. It took just minutes, with reports of boos while Cheney made a last-ditch argument to save her post and she argued the Republican party. Moments after the vote, Cheney saying she promises to do everything she can to, quote, ensure that the former president never again gets near the oval office. ABC's Rachel Scott back on the hill again tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the historic vote. House Republicans forcing congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership position for one simple reason. She refuses to stay silent about Donald Trump's lies about the election. Behind closed doors, Cheney had begged her colleagues not to, quote, "Let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy." But they booed her and within 15 minutes, she was ousted in a secret voice vote. I spoke with one of her few defenders. Was there anyone that tried to stop this from going forward? Anyone that spoke out in her defense? No, it all just happened so quick. It was kind of blinding for all of us. None of us expected this. You had a few that stood up and tried to ask a question, but they were quickly gaveled down. Reporter: Afterwards, Cheney, defiant. We must go forward based on truth. We cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the constitution. Reporter: Hours earlier, she took to the house floor. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that. Reporter: Cheney's downfall, engineered by house Republican leader Kevin Mccarthy, who today denied Republicans are embracing trump's lies. Mccarthy speaking to reporters after his first meeting with president Biden at the white house. I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. I think that is all over with. We're sitting here with the president today. Reporter: But Mccarthy himself voted to overturn the election. Many Republicans still openly question the results. And today, a GOP congressman denied there was even an insurrection at the capitol on January 6th. Watching the TV footage of those who entered the capitol and walked through statuary hall showed people in an orderly fashion, staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. You know, if you didn't know the TV footage was a video from January 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit. Reporter: Of course, the video that day tells a very different story. Ahh! Reporter: The former president himself has relentlessly pushed lies about the election. Today, he called Liz Cheney a "Bitter, horrible human being." Cheney herself now on a mission. I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the oval office. What a scene playing out on the hill today. Rachel Scott back up on the hill tonight. And Rachel, as you reported here, Liz Cheney voted with president trump on his agenda about 93% of the time. We know that's much more than the congresswoman in line to replace her, congresswoman Elise Stefanik. Today, the Republican leader, Kevin Mccarthy, actually insisting that nobody is questioning the legitimacy of the election, but then hours later, you reported that Stefanik said there are serious issues related to the election? Reporter: Yeah, that's exactly right, David. She said there's, quote, irregularities with Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She is all-in for former president Donald Trump. He has endorsed her, which makes her a clear front-runner when Republicans voes to replace Cheney on frizz, David. Rachel Scott, thank you. Overseas this evening and to the other major story

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