Newhouse vote on Liz Cheney’s removal remains a mystery

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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-4th)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fourth District U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside still hasn’t disclosed how he voted on the removal of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from House Republican leadership.

Newhouse’s office has not responded to requests for comment this week from both NCWLIFE and the Yakima Herald-Republic. The vote on Cheney’s leadership came Wednesday after Republicans censured Cheney over her criticism of former President Donald Trump, removing her from the top tier of GOP conference leadership. New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Trump loyalist, was named to succeed her.

Cheney was removed for repeatedly calling out Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, in which the former president said, with no evidence, that he lost to Joe Biden only due to fraudulent vote tallies. Insurrectionists cited his claims when they attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, seeking to halt a House certification of the electoral college votes that gave the presidency to Biden.

The Cheney removal was done by a voice vote in a closed caucus, with no public record of how the 212 House Republicans voted.

Newhouse was one of 10 GOP congressmembers who voted Jan. 13 to impeach Trump for his handling of the Jan. 6 insurrection. But prior to that, Newhouse joined more than 100 other Republicans supporting a lawsuit that sought to overturn election results in four swing states.

The impeachment vote sparked political opposition in his home district, with heads of six county Republican committees condemning the act. Three Republicans have filed to oppose him in next year’s primary election.

Yet when Congress returned to session in January, Newhouse was named assistant whip, a prestige job in the Republican caucus.