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Rep. Gaetz joins demonstrators in Wyoming for anti-Liz Cheney rally

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Hundreds gathered at the Wyoming State Capitol this week to campaign for Republican Rep. Liz Cheney’s removal from office after she said she would join the effort to impeach former President Donald Trump.

Two weeks ago, Cheney declared she would support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment articles against Trump.

Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” following the Capitol riot on January 6.

In a statement earlier this month, Cheney blamed the violence — including the death of five people — on Trump, saying he “summoned,” “assembled” and “lit the flame of this attack.”

Cheney’s Republican colleagues began demanding her removal from House leadership, with support from more than 100 members of the caucus.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz joined the demonstrators in Wyoming Thursday to demand for Cheney’s removal.

“This is my first time in Wyoming. I’ve been here for about an hour and I feel like I already know the place a lot better than your misguided representative, Liz Cheney,” Gaetz said to the crowd.

Gaetz and other lawmakers have pushed for Cheney to step down from her position as conference chair of the House GOP.

“We are in a battle for the soul of the Republican party, and I intend to win it,” said Gaetz. “You can help me break a corrupt system. You can send a representative who actually represents you, and you can send Liz Cheney home — back home to Washington, DC.”

Throughout his presidency, Trump frequently expressed his contempt for Cheney.

During his Jan. 6 rally, Trump said, “We’ve got to get rid of the weak congresspeople, the ones that aren’t any good, the Liz Cheneys of the world.”

“I see every day the cost of the wars that Liz Cheney has advocated for,” Gaetz said Thursday. “I see it in the tearful goodbyes at airports, the marriages that are destroyed, the parenting that’s interrupted, the drug abuse, the veteran suicide, lost limbs, lost minds, lost lives, lost hope.”

Nearly 56,000 people have signed a Change.org petition asking for the “recall” of Cheney.

“Liz Cheney does not speak for the people of Wyoming we have had enough of these swamp people this petition might not do much but maybe it will tell her we will not sit by and take it anymore,” petition organizer Shelley Horn said.

All but five Senate Republicans voted in favor of an effort to dismiss Trump’s second impeachment trial on Tuesday.

The impeachment trial will begin the week of Feb. 8. Conviction would require the support of all Democrats and 17 Republicans, or two-thirds of the Senate.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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