By staff reports
If you thought Wyoming’s Liz Cheney might be buckling under some Republican calls for her to resign because of her support for the the impeachment of President Trump, think again.
The outspoken and powerful representative told reporters on Wednesday that she has no plans to step down from office despite a petition from some House conservatives for her to be removed.
“I’m not going anywhere” Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, told reporters at the Capitol.
“This is a vote of conscience. It’s one where there are different views in our conference. 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.”
The aforementioned petition stated that Cheney’s personal opinion on the matter “does not reflect that of the majority of the Republican Conference and has brought the Conference into disrepute and produced discord.”
Cheney has received both condemnation and praise from across the spectrum for Tuesday’s announcement that she would support impeachment.
Former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer, a two-term Republican, chimed in on Facebook Tuesday evening that supported her announcement.
“Thank you Liz Cheney. We strongly agree with your intention to vote FOR impeachment,” he said.
State Rep. Landon Brown, also a Republican, on Wednesday tweeted his support as well.
“I stand with @RepLizCheney,” he said. “His [Trump’s] policies have done our country and the world good but he violated the constitution and his oath of office last week. I wish he would take accountability for those actions.”
U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis didn’t mention Cheney by name in a statement released to the Casper Star Tribune but said she didn’t agree with impeachment.
“I respect the right of all of my colleagues to vote their conscience, but we need to calm the rhetoric and start finding ways to work together as Americans,” Lummis said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the most pressing issues we face today.”
Rising Republican star Rep. Dan Crenshaw signaled his support of Cheney late Wednesday afternoon.
“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect. She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support. We can disagree without tearing eachother apart,” he tweeted.