GOP divided over Liz Cheney's future

One defender said she could play a vital role in helping vulnerable moderates retain their seats. This source also said it would be a bad idea for the House GOP to oust the highest-ranking women in leadership.

“Cheney now has important credibility with moderate Republicans, independents, and swing Democrats — the critical voters we’ll need to win if we’re going to take back the House. She’s going to be an asset campaigning for GOP members and candidates in bellwether districts that determine who is in the majority in 2023,” this source said.

Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — two of Trump’s top defenders during his first impeachment trial — have both been suggested as possible Cheney replacements, sources said. One GOP official said Stefanik has been making calls to her colleagues on the matter.