Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of a vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a 'liar on a crusade to undermine our democracy'.
Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday.
She said Tuesday: 'Our freedom only survives if we protect it. Today, we face threat America has never seen before.
'A former president who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him.
'Millions of Americans have been misled by the former president.
'This is not about policy. This is not about partisanship. This is about our duty as Americans. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.'
Liz Cheney on Tuesday refused to back down ahead of vote to oust her from GOP leadership, calling Donald Trump a liar 'on a crusade to undermine our democracy'
Cheney, who voted to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, is expected to be ousted from her No. 3 Republican leadership post Wednesday
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a Wednesday vote for removing Cheney from her No. 3 Republican leadership post.
He sent a letter Monday to GOP lawmakers saying it was clear that he and his fellow Republicans 'need to make a change.'
McCarthy´s letter did not mention Cheney or Trump by name.
But the move comes after Cheney repeatedly challenged Trump´s false assertions pinning his November re-election defeat on widespread voting fraud and criticized Trump´s role in encouraging supporters´ Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Cheney added Tuesday: 'Our duty is clear: Every one of us who has sworn the oath must act to prevent the unraveling of our democracy.
'Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution.'
Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, another of the 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump, says she will vote to retain Rep. Liz Cheney in Republican leadership.
'Jaime will be voting to keep the House leadership in place,' Beutler's spokesman Craig Wheeler told The Seattle Times in an email.
Wheeler said the congresswoman had no additional comment.
Beutler represents the 3rd Congressional District in southwest Washington.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6, Capitol insurrection, says she will vote to retain Rep. Liz Cheney in Republican leadership
Beutler was at the center of a debate in February in the Senate over whether the former president dismissed lawmakers´ pleas for help when his supporters stormed the Capitol.
She said Trump rebuffed a request from McCarthy, which upended Trump´s Senate trial and sparked a fight about calling Beutler as a witness.