Rep. Cheney Says McConnell and McCarthy Are Leading the GOP, Dismisses Trump’s Role

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on April 26 that Republicans Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are the leaders of the Republican Party, opposing her colleagues’ idea that former President Donald Trump has great influence over the party. Cheney has spoken out harshly against Trump and was 1 of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach him after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Her response about Republican leadership came when a reporter asked her what role she would like to see the former president take in Republicans regaining control of the House and Senate in 2022. “I think right now, the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy in the House. I think our elected leaders are the ones who are in charge of the Republican Party,” Cheney said while at the House Republicans’ policy retreat in Florida. “I think as we look at ’22 …

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