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Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) rallied in Wyoming on Thursday against Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY), making good on his earlier promise to travel west in an effort to let Wyoming know they “can do better.”

“How can you call yourself a representative when you don’t represent the will of the people,” said Gaetz, addressing a crowd of several hundred, reports Politico. “That’s what all the neocons ask about the Arab dictators. I figure maybe we ought to ask the same question of a beltway bureaucrat turned fake cow girl that supported an impeachment that is deeply unpopular in the state of Wyoming.”

“The truth is that the establishment in both political parties have teamed up to screw our fellow Americans for generations,” said Gaetz. “The private insider club of Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi and Liz Cheney, they want to return our government to its default setting: enriching them.”

After the event, the Florida congressman tweeted: “Liz, you should come to Wyoming sometime. It’s beautiful here!”

In a statement to The Washington Examiner earlier this week, Cheney’s office swiped at Gaetz after he announced his plan to rally against her in Wyoming: “Rep. Gaetz can leave his beauty bag at home. In Wyoming, the men don’t wear make-up.”

Gaetz, along with dozens of other House Republicans, has called for new leadership in the House Republican Conference but has also emphasized that he doesn’t want that leadership position for himself.

Cheney has been drawing significant backlash from congressional Republicans since she joined with Democrats and nine other House Republicans to impeach President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection over the January 6 riot at the Capitol building.

At least 107 House Republicans have expressed support for ousting Cheney from the House GOP Leadership in a secret ballot, Politico reported last week, citing “multiple GOP sources involved in the effort” to oust Cheney from her GOP leadership role.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has expressed support for Cheney to continue her leadership position, but the top House Republican also said last week that there are still unspecified “questions that need to be answered” within the confines of the conference. More recently, McCarthy reportedly asked House Republicans in a private conference call to stop attacking each other in public, according to Politico, which cited multiple sources on the call.

Cheney has stood by her decision to impeach Trump, recently telling Fox News that she believes it’s important to remember the events of January 6 and to move forward at the same time.

“I think it’s also important we come together as a party now to move forward, to make sure that we are fighting against the kinds of policies that we know the Democrats are going to put forward and also that we’re putting forward a positive agenda of hope and opportunity for the future letting people understand what Republicans stand for.”

Author: Eric Quintanar

Source: Daily Wire: Matt Gaetz Travels To Wyoming, Rallies Against Liz Cheney

On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed delaying the start of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial until mid-February so that all involved could have more time to prepare their legal arguments.

McConnell said Thursday that Republicans in the Senate were “united behind the principle that the institution of the Senate, the office of the presidency, and former President Trump himself all deserve a full and fair process that respects his rights and the serious factual, legal, and constitutional questions at stake.”

Under McConnell’s proposed pre-trial timeline, the impeachment article would be read before the Senate on January 28. Trump would then have to respond by February 4, and after he responds, would have another week (February 11 at the latest) to submit a pre-trial brief. The House, meanwhile, would be required to submit a pre-trial brief by February 4, and a rebuttal pre-trial brief by February 13.

“Given the unprecedented speed of the House’s process, our proposed timeline for the initial phases includes a modest and reasonable amount of additional time for both sides to assemble their arguments before the Senate would begin to hear them,” said McConnell. “At this time of strong political passions, Senate Republicans believe it is absolutely imperative that we do not allow a half-baked process to short-circuit the due process that former President Trump deserves or damage the Senate or the presidency.”

McConnell said Thursday the proposal had been sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Schumer’s office told Politico they planned to review McConnell’s proposal and discuss it with him.

Trump was impeached for incitement of insurrection earlier this month, becoming the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Every Democratic member of the House voted to impeach the president, and ten Republican members of Congress did as well, including House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY).

“The President of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the 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. There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she said.

No president has ever been convicted in the Senate, which requires a ⅔ vote, following an impeachment in the House.

According to The Washington Post, 42 senators — all Democrats or Independents who caucus with Democrats — have said they plan to vote for a conviction. Nineteen senators, including 14 Republican senators, have said they are open to conviction or have not expressly ruled it out as a possibility. Twenty-six Republican senators have ruled out conviction, and thirteen senators, including ten Republicans and three Democrats, have not made statements on convicting Trump, or have made ambiguous ones.

The Associated Press reports that, were Trump convicted in the Senate, precedent says that senators would also take a separate vote on whether to bar him from holding federal public office again. When such post-conviction votes have been taken against federal judges as part of impeachment trials in the past, reports AP, only a majority vote among senators has been needed to bar the official from federal office.

Author: Eric Quintanar

Source: Daily Wire: McConnell Proposes Impeachment Trial Be Delayed Until Mid-February

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