“As far as Liz Cheney is concerned, she’s conservative, she did a conscience vote and she shouldn’t be ousted because of a conscience vote,” Hutchinson told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” of the vote. of Cheney to impeach Trump after Jan.6. insurgency at the US Capitol.
“And whatever the reasons for what’s going to happen in the vote, and it looks like she almost recognizes that she’s going to be replaced – but it’s going to be seen by the American body politic as an ouster because of a vote. I don’t think it’s healthy for our party – that perception. We have to start talking about ideas again and how to unite. “
Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, has faced growing opposition in her role as House Leader No.3, and party leaders, including Trump and Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have been part of it. a growing effort to remove her from her post.
In a Washington Post editorial on Wednesday afternoon, Cheney called on the GOP to support the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, as well as a separate bipartisan congressional committee tasked with ‘review the event – a decision that is unlikely. gain more support among Republicans who seek to push it back.
A vote to remove Cheney from the conference chair could take place as early as next week. And although she survived a similar vote in February, when House Republicans voted 145-61 in favor of keeping her on the leadership team, she appears to be in a much weaker position now.
Still, some Republicans, like Cindy McCain – widow of longtime Republican Senator John McCain from Arizona – have warned that the GOP must exercise caution as it considers ousting Cheney.
Asked Tuesday by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about his thoughts on Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, a vocal advocate for Trump who is emerging as the top contender to potentially replace Cheney, McCain said in part, “We have to be careful. “
“It is no use just to oust someone who is really a good representative of the party,” said McCain, an establishment Republican and staunch critic of Trump.
Hutchinson stressed on Wednesday that the GOP “cannot come together if we point fingers and fight against each other over the January 6 perception.”
“We have to come together for 2022,” he said.