Trump meetings with Cheney opponents don't include Anthony Bouchard, top fundraiser with complicated past

Former President Donald Trump is meeting next week with several of the Republican candidates who are aiming to unseat Rep. Liz Cheney – but one of the most high-profile candidates in the race says that he wasn’t invited. 

Republican Wyoming State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who has vastly outraised other candidates seeking to oust Cheney, R-Wyo., told Fox News Tuesday that he is not among the candidates who will be meeting Trump in Bedminster, N.J., next week. 

“I wholeheartedly agree with President Trump’s statement that we are stronger against Liz Cheney with one candidate,” Bouchard said, saying he believes the fact he was left off of the list was “expected.”

“I’m the only candidate with any measurable grassroots support in Wyoming. More than 1,000 Wyoming Republicans have donated to my campaign. That’s more than ten times the totals from all other Cheney Challengers combined,” Bouchard added. “The weeding out process needs to begin now — starting with the weakest candidates — to give Wyoming conservatives our best shot of defeating Liz Cheney in 2022.”

Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in the primary race, speaks to supporters after a rally against Cheney on January 28,

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