This Week on Washington Week: GOP Civil War & Panic Over Pipeline Hack
House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from their leadership. After being ousted, Cheney reiterated her criticisms of former President Donald Trump’s election lies and said, “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) denied anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election, or that Trump’s efforts to undermine President Biden’s win are shaping policy and rhetoric in the GOP. But Republican lawmakers’ statements at hearings this week seem to signal Trump's lies are still embraced by large swaths of the party.
And, just hours after Republicans ousted Cheney from party leadership, President Biden met with key lawmakers including both McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The question remains if the president can govern and make deals in this heavily partisan atmosphere. And after a lackluster jobs report last week and a ransomware attack on a key gas pipeline this week, the Biden administration is eager to pass a sweeping infrastructure bill. Will the president reach consensus with Republicans, or go it alone?
Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor this week:
- Eugene Daniels, White House Correspondent for POLITICO and Co-Author of “Playbook”
- Kasie Hunt, Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News and Host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early”
- Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today
- Manu Raju, Chief Congressional Correspondent for CNN
The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30 P.M. We will discuss President Biden’s response to the rising tensions in the Middle East, and racial inequities in the post-pandemic reopening of schools.