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House Freedom Caucus chairman calls on Cheney to resign from leadership over impeachment support

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs called on House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney to resign from her leadership post after she announced Tuesday she would support impeachment efforts against President Trump.

“She should resign her position as a conference chair and should not be serving this conference. That’s it,” Biggs, an Arizona Republican told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday night.

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who is the third-ranking member of her party in the House and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, excoriated Trump in a statement for his response to the Capitol Hill siege that resulted in the deaths of five people including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

“Much more will become clear in the coming days and weeks, but what we know now is enough,” she said. “The President of the United States summoned this mob, and lit the flame of this attack Everything that followed was his doing. None of this would have happened without the President. The President could have immediately and forcefully intervened to stop the violence. He did not.”

She added, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

New York Republican Rep. John Katko and Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger also called for Trump’s impeachment.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a letter to House Republican members on Monday suggesting censure as a possibility but Biggs, who leads some of the most conservative members, responded by saying he would not support a censure of the president either.

Fellow Arizona Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko, a member of the Freedom Caucus, also told the Washington Examiner that she would not support invoking the 25th Amendment, impeachment, nor censure of the president.

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