At the same time, several Republicans are focusing on the role of conservatives like Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama in riling up the crowd at a rally last week before the deadly riot, with some urging that he be censured or removed from his committee spots.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a staunch Trump ally on Capitol Hill, told reporters he thinks Cheney should be ousted from her leadership position after the Wyoming Republican came out for impeachment.
“I think she’s totally wrong,” he said. “I think there should be a conference and have a second vote on that,” he added.
And some House conservatives are circulating a petition to oust Cheney from her leadership spot.
Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, said “yes” when asked by CNN if Cheney should step down as conference chair.
GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York said of Cheney and her decision to impeach, “It is extremely difficult for someone to be in a position of speaking for the conference with those thoughts.”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who voted for impeachment, voiced his support for Cheney on Wednesday night, tweeting, “Liz has more support now than she did two days ago. She has gained immeasurable respect. Since the discussion is opened though, we may have to also have a discussion about who in our party fomented this, and their roles as ranking members.”
Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Wednesday dismissed pressure for her to step down after coming out in support of impeaching Trump.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Cheney told reporters at the Capitol before the vote. “This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference,” she added. “But our nation is facing an unprecedented, since the Civil War, constitutional crisis. That’s what we need to be focused on. That’s where our efforts and attention need to be.”
Consequences for conservatives who spoke at the rally?
While some Republicans are going after Cheney for her defiance of Trump, others want there to be consequences for members who they believe went too far in supporting the President’s push to overturn the election results.
Brooks has come under scrutiny for addressing the January 6 ‘Stop the Steal” rally in Washington shortly before supporters of the President stormed the Capitol.
He defended his remarks to CNN, saying, “I said no violence. That’s always been number one.” He argued that his remarks were meant to reassure supporters of the President “to ensure their freedom, to make sure that their voices are heard. They’re the governed. We listen to them,” and that he did not regret his role addressing the crowd.
The congressman, a staunch conservative and one of Trump’s closest congressional allies, was one of the first speakers at the rally, and his fiery language helped set the tone for what came next.
“Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass!” the six-term Republican shouted to the assembled protesters. “Our ancestors sacrificed their blood, their sweat, their tears, their fortunes and sometimes their lives. … Are you willing to do the same?”
The congressman expressed little concern at the prospect of a censure from his colleagues for his role in inciting the crowd, slamming “socialist Democrats” and saying, “I don’t know what they’re going to do. But I’m going to stand my ground.”
CNN’s Casey Tolan contributed to this report.