Cheney appears to be shoring up Republican backing in the aftermath of her vote, GOP lawmakers said.
“Obviously, a lot of members have wanted to talk to her after the vote,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican. “She’s been very open and has been listening — that’s what you want a leader to do — reach out and listen.”
Rep. Tom Reed of New York said he had spoken with Cheney and noted that he’s willing to defend her during the conference meeting.
“So I told her that I will be a voice to say, ‘Hey, guys, you know we don’t purge our fellow members. That is not something we do. We are, as Republicans, we are a family, we air our differences, we settle it in the conference chamber just like I do with my loving older brothers and sisters, and we come out of it united.'”
But the Trump defenders who are seeking to oust Cheney plan to make their case that she should be removed from her spot because she doesn’t represent the views of Republicans and shouldn’t serve as conference chairwoman — in the aftermath of a vote as crucial as impeaching a President from their own party.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who is seeking Cheney’s ouster, said “don’t know” when asked if he had the backing to boot her from her job.
Cheney has also gotten support from prominent Republicans in the Senate and outside of Washington. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina became the latest high-profile GOP elected official to defend Cheney earlier Tuesday.
“Liz Cheney is a leader with deep convictions and the courage to act on them,” McConnell said. “She is an important leader in our party and in our nation. I am grateful for her service and look forward to continuing to work with her on the crucial issues facing our nation.”
McConnell’s statement defending Cheney is more of a full-throated defense than the one offered by House Republican leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who said he backs Cheney but said she would have to answer to their conference for her vote.
“Look, I support her, but I also have concerns,” McCarthy said last month, days before he jaunted down to South Florida to visit the former President and claimed the two were united in attempting to take back the House next year.
This story and headline have been updated with additional developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Ali Main and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.