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Nebraska House members won't say how they'll vote on Cheney
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Nebraska House members won't say how they'll vote on Cheney

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Congresswoman Liz Cheney is speaking out as she faces potential removal from her House leadership role.She wrote in The Washington Post that the Republican party is "at a turning point" and "must decide whether we are going to choose truth and fidelity to the constitution."The third-highest-ranking House Republican is facing opposition from her party for saying the 2020 presidential election was not stolen and that anyone spreading what's been dubbed the "big lie" is "poisoning the democratic system."Wednesday, former President Trump and number two House GOP leader Congressman Steve Scalise endorsed Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who is a staunch Trump supporter. Cheney acknowledges embracing the president's statements may help lawmakers politically but says it will "do profound long-term damage" to the Republican party and the country.Cheney already survived a no confidence vote after she voted to impeach President Trump last year.But this time around House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is no longer defending her.Cheney writes she's committed to defending "the basic principles that underpin and protect our freedom and our democratic process no matter what the short-term political consequences might be."President Biden also weighed in on the power struggle in the Republican Party calling it a "mini revolution.""I've been a democrat for a long time. We've gone through periods. We've had internal fights and disagreements. I don't ever remember any like this," said the president. "I think the Republicans are further away from trying to figure out who they are and what they stand for than I thought they would be at this point."Lawmakers return to Washington next week and we could see a GOP conference vote on Cheney's future Wednesday.

All three Nebraska congressmen are declining to say how they expect to vote when Republican House members decide whether to oust Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her House GOP leadership role.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies are demanding that Republicans replace Cheney as chair of the House GOP Conference in the wake of her continuing criticism of Trump for his claims disputing the 2020 presidential election results that ousted him from the White House and for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"The 2020 presidential election was not stolen," Cheney has tweeted.

"Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system."

During a closed meeting hosted by the American Enterprise Institute earlier this week, Cheney said: "What he (Trump) did on Jan. 6 is a line that cannot be crossed."

Trump is urging House Republicans to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a pro-Trump congresswoman.

Asked whether he will support continuation of Cheney's leadership role, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry replied: "Our conference will discuss this matter next week."

"I respect Liz Cheney and am friends with both her and Elise Stefanik," Rep. Don Bacon said. "I look forward to hearing from both of them in DC next week."

Rep. Adrian Smith said: "I will join the rest of my colleagues in listening to both Representatives Cheney and Stefanik next week."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSdon

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