DES MOINES — Iowa Democratic Party Chair Mark Smith released the following statement in response to the U.S. House vote to impeach Donald Trump:

“Today, Democrats and Republicans joined in a bipartisan vote to impeach Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection in an attempt to overturn the will of the people. Trump remains a clear and present danger to the Constitution. His crimes are too overwhelming to ignore, and I’m proud of Rep. Cindy Axne for standing up for our country today.

“Five Americans — including a Capitol Police officer — lost their lives in an attack on our democracy that was fueled by months of Trump and Republicans’ casting doubt on our elections. In response to violent insurrection, Iowa Republicans are staying the course on the wrong side of history.

“Rather than stand up to sedition, Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, and Randy Feenstra have chosen Trump over their oath to the Constitution. They should be ashamed of their spinelessness and Iowans will hold them accountable. As the Senate prepares to take action, I implore Senators Grassley and Ernst to join the bipartisan impeachment and put their duty to our country before their party.

“In one week, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will get to work to restore democracy and respect for the rule of law.”