Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, faced a vote to strip her from the House GOP conference chair during a secret ballot Wednesday.
A measure that was shot down among Republican House members by a 145-61 margin.
The Wyoming Representative, who has served in congress since 2017, reportedly refused to apologize for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. Cheney was among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the president,” Cheney said before the House vote on Jan. 13.
The impeachment vote has broken the GOP’s agenda, leading to some pro-Trump officials to question those who’ve gone against the base of the party.
Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), who surprised Republicans by voting to impeach Trump along with Cheney, questioned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to travel to Mar-a-Lago to meet with the former president last week.
Some in the GOP have called for primary challenges in 2022 and beyond to move the party forward, but still practicing the principals Trump laid down during his four-year term. Cheney, Rice and others will likely face challenges in next year’s primary after their rebuke of Trump.