Mitt Romney backs Liz Cheney as pressure against her builds in her own party

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Sen. Mitt Romney publicly backed embattled Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday in the increasingly public fight over her disagreements with President Trump and her party leadership role.

In a tweet the day after Ms. Cheney called Mr. Trump’s claim of a stolen 2020 presidential election ”THE BIG LIE,” Mr. Romney praised Ms. Cheney as a “person of conscience.”

“Every person of conscience draws a line beyond which they will not go: Liz Cheney refuses to lie,” the Utah Republican wrote.

Mr. Romney is the only senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president of his own party, following on the vote of Ms. Cheney and nine other House Republicans to impeach Mr. Trump.
He drew a comparison between the two situations Tuesday.

“As one of my Republican Senate colleagues said to me following my impeachment vote: ‘I wouldn’t want to be a member of a group that punished someone for following their conscience,’” he wrote.

Ms. Cheney is the third-ranking House Republican as the chairwoman of the party’s conference, but that position was looking in greater jeopardy than ever Tuesday over her increasing criticism of Mr. Trump.

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