GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote

House Republicans return to Washington this week embroiled in a bitter battle over the direction of the party, the face of its leadership and what role former President Trump should play heading into next year’s elections — and far beyond.

All three of those questions will take center stage Wednesday when the GOP conference will gather behind closed doors in the Capitol to decide the fate of Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican whose sustained attacks on Trump for lying about his election defeat have quickly made her a pariah in the eyes of many colleagues.

“She’s done as a member of leadership. I don’t understand what she’s doing,” said a former House GOP lawmaker. “It’s like political self immolation. You can’t cancel Trump from the Republican Party; all she’s done is cancel herself.”