US Republicans have voted to oust a top lawmaker, Liz Cheney, from her leadership post over her criticism of former President Donald Trump.
The Wyoming lawmaker, daughter of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney, has held the third-ranking post in the House of Representatives since 2019.
On Tuesday she said her party could not stand for truth if it upheld Trump’s false claims he won the 2020 election.
House Republicans will probably replace her this month with a Trump loyalist.
The move is seen as a sign Trump’s grip on the party is stronger than ever six months after he lost the election.
Cheney’s fate was decided in less than 20 minutes by House Republicans behind closed doors.
Colleagues reportedly applauded her leadership tenure, but Cheney drew boos when she spoke during the session and said: “We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy.”
The ballot was not recorded but lawmakers cast an overwhelming voice vote in favour of removing Cheney from her post.
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” she said immediately following her removal.
Cheney has repeatedly condemned Trump over his unfounded claims that the 2020 vote was stolen from him.