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Lindsey Graham Joins Mitch McConnell in Defending Liz Cheney

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/2/2021 Darragh Roche
Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC on January 19, 2021. Graham defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as she takes heat from Republican colleagues for voting to impeach former president Donald Trump. © ALEX EDELMAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC on January 19, 2021. Graham defended Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) as she takes heat from Republican colleagues for voting to impeach former president Donald Trump.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has defended Congresswoman Liz Cheney amid a push to remove her as chair of the House Republican Conference following her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

"I believe @RepLizCheney is one of the strongest and most reliable conservative voices in the Republican Party," Graham said on Twitter on Tuesday. "She is a fiscal and social conservative, and no one works harder to ensure that our military is well prepared."

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Graham's comments follow remarks by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday. The Kentucky Republican praised Cheney in a statement to CNN as some of her House colleagues try to force her out.

"Liz knows that a strong America is a safe America. She believes we must confront radical Islam and take the fight to them to ensure there are no more 9/11's," Graham added on Twitter

"In the eyes of many - Liz Cheney's experience, leadership, and strength are invaluable to the Republican Party."

Cheney, who represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district, is the third highest-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives and the most senior member of the GOP caucus to vote for Trump's impeachment.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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